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Alice Cooper Guitar Slingers and Hired Guns

The keys to the kingdom are the musicians you surround yourself with. Alice Cooper has always been the showman and Icon in the front yet had the wisdom to showcase his band members. There have been many Guitarists involved for substantial amounts of time and all have contributed their own Genius sounds.

Alice Cooper Slingers and hired guns

Glen Buxton and Michael Bruce are the reason we are studying this subject today. Had it not been for them there would not be the rest. 

Alice Cooper – Public Animal No 9 (Live 1972)

The Original 2 armed with SG’s were Raw and Rough-in the Best of ways. Buxton and Bruce had the ability to take up a jam and add the explorations that kept the same songs fresh and exciting night after night. They were the foundation for everything thereafter and were everything Rock Guitar is supposed to be. So Many of us wish that band with Dennis Dunaway and Neil Smith could have gone on forever but by 1974 it became the epitome of “When one door Closes, Another Opens.”

1974-1979 

Alice continued the Nightmare and the players involved are equally fascinating. Everyone is his own man.  Jim Gannon, Bob Kulick,  Davey Johnstone, Jefferson Kewley. Then you have the Double Trouble team of Dick Wagner and Steve Hunter. The two guitarists brought an incredible dynamic with Wagner’s visionary writing skills as more weaponry and well Steve Hunter is just always been a Force on nature. 

Dick Wagner & Steve Hunter guitar duel

Early 80’s 

John Nitzinger and Mike Pinera arrived and were part of the crew including more work with Mandel and Dick Wagner to create the music of “Flush the Fashion” “Special Forces” and others.

Alice Cooper – Clones (We’re all) – HD

Mid to Late 80’s 

After Alice went through not only a musical transition but a Life change to Sobriety He was Joined by Guitarist Kane Roberts and the time came to relaunch his career as the original Shock Rocker Holding a Televised Concert from Detroit on Halloween night. Machine gun guitars and all.

Alice Cooper. Welcome To My Nightmare. “The Nightmare Returns”. (1986 ). Real VIDEO

1989-1995

Players Steph Burns, Pete Friesen, Vinnie Moore, Al Pitrelli, Joe Satriani, Paul Taylor, and even Steve Vai lent their talents to recordings and/ or stage work. This became the time when the industry would refer to musicians as “The A-List”. First calls for work. The bands to follow became the Long timers as they would eventually form a foundation that was as solid as the original Alice Cooper Group.

1996-2002

This period of time was when I started going to see Alice. It is the first time to witness the Talents of Ryan Roxie. 

Reb Beach, Eric Dover, Mark Francis, Pete Friesen, Damon Johnson, and Phil X were active in many forms. Yet Roxie became a mainstay. Albums and tours for “Brutal Planet” and “Dragontown” were creating new Masterpieces in the studio and on the stage.

2003-present day

Jason Hook, Eric Bergeron, Damon Johnson, and Kerri Kelly were in the fun. Roxie was still on Board and Bassist  Chuck Garric entered the band that was gradually becoming the Beast to come later. Lady Badass Orianthi paid her dues on the road as well.

The Ultimate lineup that is the best I’ve seen since the Original is now Garric, Roxie, Tommy Henrickson, and Queen Nita Strauss. It Is a Barn Burner of a band. After Many an Alice show I ticked off on my Bucket List with Up Front Tickets during the 2018 “Paranormal” Tour at The Louisville Palace and you would be hard-pressed to find a tighter and more talented band ever.

Alice cooper Nita Strauss on stage

Alice Cooper Brutal Planet Live 3-18-18 A Paranormal Evening With Tour Louisville Palace KY

Nita Strauss solo Louisville Palace 2018

The Coop has always given 110% for his audience and demands the best players to provide it as well. He’s encouraged those that have worked with him and had aspirations to go elsewhere and chase their dreams to do just that. The Original Villain of Rock is a thoughtful Gentleman offstage, but when the clock says go and “Alice “ has to take over he wants to Tear the place apart and knows how to pick the right guitar players to do just that! 

From Guitardoor we wish you a Happy Halloween!

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  1. The current band is my favorite lineup ever and actually the Kane Roberts era is my second favorite era. I love all Alice but I actually prefer much of Alice’s solo work to the original band.

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