The shock rocker and session legend are teaming up again. For his No More Mr. Nice Guy summer tour, Alice Cooper is bringing legendary session guitarist Steve Hunter (Lou Reed, Peter Gabriel) back into the fold.
In the ’70s, Hunter played on five of Cooper’s albums, including Billion Dollar Babies and Welcome to My Nightmare. He, and frequent collaborator Dick Wagner, also toured with Cooper following the breakup of the Alice Cooper band. Speaking of the band, Hunter also will be joining them at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on March 14 and at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards show on April 20, sitting in for late guitarist Glen Buxton.
Cooper has some other changes in store for the summer tour. Tommy Henriksen will replace Keri Kelli on guitar, but Damon Johnson will be continuing with the band (which means, yes, three guitarists on the tour). Glen Sobel will replace Jimmy DeGrasso on drums, and Chuck Garric will stay on bass.
“Steve’s always been one of my favorite guitarists since the first time I ever heard him play, and I’ve been working with Tommy a lot on the new album,” Cooper said in a statement. “Oh, and yes, a new snake might make the band lineup... you never know. We will miss Jimmy and Kerri, but I know we will be sharing a stage again in the future.”
Cooper’s summer tour will begin in North America in May, then hit South American and Europe through mid-July and return to the U.S. in August. Dates have yet to be announced.
by Bryan Wawzenek