After a handful of warm-up shows in his native Michigan, Alice Cooper hits the road tonight (July 2) in Grand Rapids, Mich., as the special guest on Motley Crue's farewell tour.
The two acts have been friends for many years, and Cooper tells us that he doesn't mind being second-billed for this occasion:
"It's their final tour and we've never worked together, and they said, 'Would you guys want to be our guest stars?' And I said, 'Yeah, that'd be fun'...It's their final tour, and why not?...They're great. I knew them when they were, like, party central. I've known Nikki (Sixx) now since he's straightened out his world and Tommy (Lee), same with Tommy. And Vince (Neil), Vince is really the only wild card there at that point. The rest of the guys are pretty much, y'know, as far as done it all, seen it all, kinda slowed down the party. So it'll be fun."
Cooper still plans to employ his trademark theatrics during the tour but will be scaling down somewhat form his usual headlining productions:
"It's not our tour; it's their tour. It'll be like our last show only we'll have to do surgery on it to cut it down a little bit. But I think that we'll be in front of a lot of different people. We'll be in front of people who wouldn't normally be seeing Alice Cooper. That's an audience we want, so it'll be the best of the best-of."
Cooper will be with the Crue into late November; it's not yet known if he'll be part of international dates the group is planning for 2016.
Meanwhile he's promoting the home video release of the documentary "Super Duper Alice Cooper" and is putting the finishing touches on his next album, a tribute to the "Hollywood vampires" crew he partied with during the 70s.