For more than 40 years, Alice Cooper has shocked audiences around the world with his live performances and wild stage antics. This unconventional style has made Cooper a staple amongst the list of "must see live" artists.
In 1975, Alice Cooper joined forces with longtime collaborator and producer Bob Ezrin to record his first solo album Welcome to My Nightmare, a theatrical concept album about the nightmares of a young boy named Steven. Now, Cooper has followed Steven into adulthood and presents Welcome 2 My Nightmare (2011), a new but familiar concept album about the fear, anxiety and disgust that haunt Cooper's dreams in an era of Facebook, Lady Gaga, Sketchers and Angry Birds.
A wild, surreal odyssey, Welcome 2 My Nightmare provided Cooper and Ezrin the opportunity to work with numerous musicians and experiment with various musical styles. The three surviving members of the original band, guitarist Michael Bruce, bassist Dennis Dunaway and drummer Neal Smith, co-wrote three songs and they all played on "When Hell Comes Home," a gritty '70s-style rock track about the nightmare of domestic abuse. The collaborations with his fellow original band members stemmed from their 2010 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, for which they reunited to play four songs
The first single from Welcome 2 My Nightmare, "I'll Bite Your Face Off," is about a gorgeous but deadly female who takes Alice by the hand and guides him through the various scenes of his nightmare. The song was co-written by Neal Smith and features a swaggering '60s British rock rhythm, brash, bluesy guitars and sneering, seductive vocals. On "Disco Bloodbath Boogie Fever," Cooper combines a tongue-in-cheek disco beat and rhythm with near-rap vocals and lyrics about taking a machine gun to zombie disco dancers who refuse to die. Then there's the zany surf rock of "Ghoul's Gone Wild," the derelict down-on-his-luck slur of "The Last Man on Earth," and the Beatles meet Gary Glitter show tune "The Congregation," which stars Rob Zombie as a narrator describing such modern-day nightmares as telemarketers, lawyers, pimps, mariachi bands and mimes.
One of the highlights for Cooper is the throbbing, modern rocker "What Baby Wants," which stars Ke$ha as the devil. Like The original Welcome To My Nightmare, which was highlighted by "Only Women Bleed," Welcome 2 My Nightmare also features a lovelorn ballad, "Something to Remember Me By," which was written with Dick Wagner back when they released "I Never Cry" in 1976.
Welcome To My Nightmare, which was released in 1975, was a landmark album for Cooper. It was his first solo release, following a historic string of anthems written and recorded by the original band between 1971 and 1974, including "School's Out," "No More Mr. Nice Guy," "Elected," and "I'm Eighteen." A multimedia smash long before the dawn of music television, Welcome To My Nightmare proved that Cooper could remain popular musically and could take theatricality to an entirely new level of dream by exposing audiences to the crippling fears of a seven-year-old child with an active imagination.