Every great production deserves a sequel—even if comes 35-plus years after the original.
In 1975, Alice Cooper recorded his first solo albumWelcome to My Nightmare, a theatrical concept album about the nightmares of a young boy named Steven. Now, he’s followed Steven into adulthood and presentsWelcome 2 My Nightmare, a new but familiar concept album about the fear, anxiety and disgust that haunt Alice Cooper’s dreams in an era of Facebook, Lady Gaga, Sketchers and Angry Birds.
Like The original, 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. “We never used it on an album before because I never felt I was good enough to sing that song,” Cooper reflects. “It was never in my key, I could never get it right. Finally, we got it where my voice is in the right place so we included it, and it may be the prettiest ballad we ever wrote. Steve Hunter played guitar on it, and we ended up with a nice Beatles-y sound.”
Welcome To My Nightmare, which came out 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, includingSchool’s Out, No More Mr. Nice Guy, and I’m Eighteen.
Now, Alice Cooper—the undisputed 'King of Shock-rock'—will be paying a much-anticipated visit to the RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest to feature his iconic classics, along with new songs from Welcome 2 My Nightmare.