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Along Came A Spider


'Along Came A Spider' was originally aimed at 2007, but problems with producer scheduling caused it to slip back a year. Many songs and demos were prepared during 2007. Further recording and writing took place in February 2008 with the album completed in April 2008.
Alice told Billboard.biz that the album is "a real 'Alice' album. Conceptually, it's going to be pretty interesting" and said the album is based on a fictional serial killer named Spider, who wraps his victims in a silk web. "Every song is sort of a letter to the police," he explains. "They think they're investigating it from the outside, but he's actually woven them into the whole thing."
In the end the album split fans with as many thinking it was a dissapointment as a success. Part of the problem was that the build up to the album, which included a three song mini-movie featuring Slash, presented it as a dark, brooding affair, but the end result was much more light weight in tone then many hoped and much of the blame was laid on the producers who wrote and played on most of it.


Germany, Austria, Switzerland: July 25th
Rest of Europe: July 28th
North America: July 29th

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  1. Prologue/I Know Where You Live (Alice Cooper, Danny Saber, Greg Hampton) [4:21]
  2. Vengeance Is Mine (Alice Cooper, Danny Saber, Greg Hampton) [4:26]
  3. Wake The Dead (Alice Cooper, J Osbourne, Danny Saber) [3:53]
  4. Catch Me If You Can (Alice Cooper, Danny Saber, Greg Hampton) [3:15]
  5. (In Touch With) Your Feminine Side (Alice Cooper, Chuck Garric, Damon Johnson, Keri Kelli) [3:16]
  6. Wrapped In Silk (Alice Cooper, Danny Saber, Greg Hampton) [4:17]
  7. Killed By Love (Alice Cooper, Chuck Garric, Jim Bacchi, Keri Kelli) [3:34]
  8. I'm Hungry (Alice Cooper, Danny Saber, Greg Hampton) [3:58]
  9. The One That Got Away (Alice Cooper, Keri Kelli, Jani Lane) [3:21]
  10. Salvation (Alice Cooper, Danny Saber, Greg Hampton, Bernard Fowler) [4:36]
  11. I Am The Spider/Epilogue (Alice Cooper, Danny Saber, Greg Hampton) [5:21]
  12. Shadow Of Yourself - iTunes exclusive Bonus Track [3:33]
  13. I'll Still Be There - iTunes exclusive Bonus Track [3:56]
  14. Salvation (unplugged with Strings) - iTunes exclusive Bonus Track [4:49]

 

 

The Album

Produced by Greg Hampton, Danny Saber and Alice Cooper
Mixed by Danny Saber
Recorded at Wonderland Studios, Hampton Hacienda, Undercity Recording

Musicians

Alice Cooper - Lead and backing vocals

Prologue/I Know Where You Live
Danny Saber - Guitars, Keyboards, Bass
Eric Singer - Drums
Bernard Fowler, Gerg Hampton - Backing vocals

Vengeance Is Mine
Greg Hampton - Guitars, Backing vocals, strings
Chuck Garric - Bass, Backing vocals
Eric Singer - Drums
Slash - Lead guitar
Danny Saber - Additional Guitars

Wake The Dead
Danny Saber - Guitars, Keyboards, Bass
Bernard Fowler, Greg Hampton - Backing Vocals

Catch Me If You Can
Danny Saber - Slide guitar, Ebow Guitar, Synth bass
Greg Hampton - Guitars, Backing vocals, Bass, Keyboards
Eric Singer - Drums
Bernard Fowler - Backing Vocals

(In Touch With) Your Feminine Side
Keri Kelli, Jason Hook, Danny Saber - Guitars
Chuck Garric - Bass
Eric Singer - Drums
Bernard Fowler, Calico Cooper - Backing vocals

Wrapped In Silk
Danny Saber - Guitars, Keyboards, Bass
Greg Hampton - Guitars, Backing vocals
Eric Singer - Drums
Steffen Presley - B3 Organ
Bernard Fowler - Backing vocals

Killed By Love
Keri Kelli - Guitars
Danny Saber - Guitars, Piano, Keyboards
Eric Singer - Drums
Chuck Garric- Bass
Bernard Fowler - Backing vocals

I'm Hungry
Danny Saber - Guitars, Keyboards, Bass
David Pinbauer - Drums
Whitey Kirst - Additional lead guitar
Greg Hampton - Background vocals, Additional guitar
Bernard Fowler - Backing vocals

The One That Got Away
Keri Kelli - Guitars
Chuck Garric - Bass
Eric Singer - Drums
Greg Hampton - Keyboards, Additional guitar
Calico Cooper - Spoken Word vocal
Bernard Fowler - Backing vocals

Salvation
Danny Saber - Guitars, String Arrangement, Bass, Keyboards
Bernard Fowler - Backing vocals
David Pinbauer - Drums

I Am The Spider/Epilogue
Danny Saber, Greg Hampton - Guitars, Keyboards, Backing vocals, String Arrangements
Eric Singer - Drums
Bernard Fower - Backing vocals

Along Came A Spider Press Release

March 7th 2008
ALICE COOPER SIGNS WITH STEAMHAMMER/SPV

Recording already underway
New album scheduled for fall 2008 release

Steamhammer/SPV are proud to announce another spectacular new signing in rock icon Alice Cooper. The label from Hanover, Germany, has agreed on a worldwide contract with the legendary American star. Autumn 2008 will see the arrival of the eagerly awaited new studio album, which Cooper began recording in February. The working title of the upcoming release is Along Came A Spider. The album is being co-produced by Greg Hampton and Danny Saber in Los Angeles.

Alice Cooper ranks among the top echelon of great rock stars who first achieved success in the Seventies and who are still actively touring and recording. His spectacular live shows, skillfully staged using visual effects, elaborate outfits, his trademark make-up and props including guillotines, gallows, electric chairs, snakes, and plenty of blood, are legendary, and he has recorded a myriad of celebrated worldwide classic hits including, among others, ‘I’m 18,’ ‘School’s Out,’ ‘Elected,’ ‘No More Mr. Nice Guy,’ ‘Billion Dollar Babies,’ ‘Only Women Bleed,’ ‘I Never Cry,’ ‘Poison,’ ‘Bed Of Nails,’ ‘Hey Stoopid,’ and ‘Feed My Frankenstein.’ He has long enjoyed a reputation as a musical enfant terrible, an artist who has been described as “a chaotic reflex of the electronic age” by the media and referred to himself as the “end product of an affluent society.”

Alice’s “Nights With Alice Cooper” syndicated classic rock radio show continues to air Monday through Friday on 90 stations throughout North America plus outlets in Australia, Ireland, the UK, and other countries. And the paperback edition of his recent “Golf Monster” book hits the stores in May 2008.

Cooper will interrupt the current studio production for March shows in Australia, New Zealand and Japan, and plans extensive touring later in 2008 covering Europe, Canada, and the USA. His band features longtime drummer Eric Singer, guitarists Keri Kelli and Jason Hook, and bassist Chuck Garric.

June 10th 2006 - SPV Press Release

There are only a handful of rock artists that have proven to be as enduring and influential as Alice Cooper has over the years. Name just about any hard rock artist, and they’ve probably borrowed a thing or two from Alice. And on his latest studio recording, ‘Along Came A Spider’ (issued via SPV Records on July 29), Alice has returned with a concept album with a sinister streak.

‘A dark and menacing album for dark and menacing times’ is perhaps the most fitting description for Alice’s 25th studio album overall, as a chilling conceptual thread runs through the songs, which are told through the voice of a serial killer named Spider - one that Alice describes as “an arachnophobic psychopath” (in the song “Catch Me If You Can”). Alice, the master storyteller, weaves a web of danger, intrigue and death that rivals his best work.

Co-produced by Danny Saber, Greg Hampton and Alice himself, ‘Along Came A Spider’ manages to marry both vintage and modern day Alice. As theatrical as ever, the album is a sonic combination of familiar Alice musical elements from albums as diverse as ‘Billion Dollar Babies’ and ‘Brutal Planet,' with the storytelling of "Welcome To My Nightmare," capturing the historic dark side of Alice in peak form, an instantly recognizable presence that will be welcomed by his fans. Joining Alice on the album are members of his touring band - longtime Alice drummer Eric Singer, bassist Chuck Garric, and guitarists Keri Kelli and Jason Hook, with additional contributions from others, including Saber, Hampton, and renowned backing vocalist Bernard Fowler.

Saber and Hampton co-wrote several of the album's songs with Alice, while others were collaborations with Alice's band members. Danny Saber, best known for his role as member and producer of Black Grape, has also worked with many other artists, including the Rolling Stones, Ozzy Osbourne, and David Bowie, while Greg Hampton's been working on a new album project teaming up Buckethead and Bootsy Collins.

Who else but Alice Cooper, with ‘Along Came A Spider,' would create a "love story" about a serial killer named Spider? His trademark is wrapping his victims in silk, and his victims are specifically chosen to feed his hunger to kill. But, upon meeting his (possibly) last victim, he falls in love with her and cannot kill to complete his plan. That could be his demise.

Though it is often said about artists with as rich a history as Alice that their newest albums capture the essence of their greatest work, it may honestly be proposed that ‘Along Came A Spider’ does exactly that. It's got hard rock with hooks, an Alice trademark (“Vengeance is Mine,” “I Know Where You Live”), classic balladry, another Alice trademark (“Killed by Love,” “Salvation”), and always with an overtone of evil, yet another Alice tradmark. Throughout the album, Alice BECOMES Spider, telling the story of a cold-blooded killer to life vocally, as if this were the soundtrack to an as-yet unmade horror film.

Ozzy Osbourne lends some harmonica work on a track he co-wrote, “Wake the Dead," and Slash lends some guitar style to "Vengeance Is Mine."

Before such theatrical rockers as David Bowie, the New York Dolls, Kiss, Slipknot, Rob Zombie, and Marilyn Manson, there was Alice Cooper. The original Alice Cooper group quickly became despised by adults and authority figures, while being idolized by teens and rock fans everywhere, on the strength of a succession of all-time classic albums ('Love It to Death,’ ‘Killer,’ ‘School’s Out,’ ‘Billion Dollar Babies,’ etc.) and anthems (“I’m Eighteen,” “Under My Wheels,” “School’s Out,” "Elected," “No More Mr. Nice Guy,” etc.). Alice had continued success as a solo artist, releasing successful albums like ‘Welcome To My Nightmare' and 'Trash,' featuring classic hits such as "Only Women Bleed," "I Never Cry," and "Poison." All one has to do is look at the many other artists that have covered Alice to understand how far reaching his influence is – the list is endless -- or just keep in mind that Johnny Rotten auditioned for the Sex Pistols to the tune of "I'm Eighteen.


A short promotinal film was made to promote the album, produced by Piggy D. Featuring three songs ('Feminine Side', Vengeance Is Mine' and 'Killed By Love' though only Vengeance is played in full) it showed Alice and the band in a menal asylum with cameos from Slash and 'Nurse Rozetta'. The promo was a huge success online although was probably not aired on TV more then a handful of times which was a great shame as it was excellent and would have surely pulled more people to the album.

Known Releases

Country

Format

Number

Date

Chart

Label

Notes

US

CD

 

29th July 2008

 

Steamhammer/SPV

Digipak
Initial copies seem to have had the CD holder attached to the right hand panel, rather then the middle panel where it's supposed to be.

US

CD

 

July 2008

 

Steamhammer/SPV

Jewel case version

US

Vinyl

 

July 2008

 

Steamhammer/SPV

 

UK

CD

SPV 90602 CD

28th July 2008

 

Steamhammer/SPV

Digipak
Actually made in Germany

UK

Vinyl

SPV 90601 LP

28th July 2008

 

Steamhammer/SPV

Alternate Cover

Europe

CD

SPV 90602

July 2008

 

Steamhammer/SPV

White promo CD without cover.

Europe

CD

80002004 CD

July 2008

 

Steamhammer/SPV

Promo CD with cover.

Europe

CD

SPV 90643 CDS

July 2008

 

Steamhammer/SPV

4 track radio single promo included 'Vegeance Is Mine', (In Touch With) Your Feminine Side, 'Killed By Love' and 'Catch Me If You Can'
4 Track Promo

Argentina

CD

ICARUS 513

2008

 

ICARUS MUSIC 

Jewel case version put in a card board box, only the cardboard has original 'ALice Face' cover, and the booklet inside has 'Alice holding a book'

Germany Vinyl LC090602S       Coloured Vinyl

Russia

CD

SPV 90602

 

 

 

Jewel Case

Ukraine

CD

SPV 90602

 

 

 

Jewel Case

The Tour - Alice Cooper's Theater Of Death

There was no 'Along Came A Spider' tour as such. The album came out during the 'Psychodrama' Tour during which only two new songs were performed, 'Vengeance Is Mine' and (In Touch With) You're Feminine Side' the latter of which was dropped when Alice put together a new show. For most of 2008 Alice had been promising a tour supporting the album would begin in 2009, but when the following year arrived instead he created the 'Alice Cooper Theater Of Death' show which strangely only featured 'Vengeance Is Mine' to represent the then most current release. By then the band personal featured:

  • Keri Kelli - Guitars/Vocals
  • Damon Johnson - Guitars/Vocals
  • Chuck Garric - Bass/Vocals
  • Jimmy DeGrasso - Drums
  • Ttiffany Lowe - Nurse Rozetta etc

Damon Johnson returned during a year off for his own country/rock band 'Whiskey Falls' who had been receiving some success in the US as well as touring Europe. He replaced his own replacement, Jason Hook, who moved on to 'Five Finger Death Punch'.
Eric Singer was committed to Kiss (who's first album of new material for some years, 'Sonic Boom', was released in 2009 and featured Singer) for the year so Jimmy DeGrasso returned to the drum stool having stepped in for Eric on previous occasions the previous tour.
Tiffany lowe joined the show after Calico Cooper performed at the first dress rehearsals in Indiana. Calico apparently had acting commitments and while many fans worried that it wouldn`t be the same without Calico, Tiffany proved an excellent replacement and soon won everyone over.

The Theater Of Death show was Alice's most theatrical production in years with almost every song having some form of theatrical presentation. The tour by-line was 'They keep killing him... but he keeps coming back' and, sure enough, Alice was killed no less then four times during the production which included the gallows (during 'I Never Cry'), the guillotine (Dwight Fry'), death by lethal injection ('Poison') and finally a box of spikes which impaled him ('Killer'). The show, produced by 'Beauty and The Beast' Disney producer Rob Roth, featured four facets of the Alice Cooper character each being killed off before he rises again during the sole encore of 'School's Out'.

It was designed to confuse fans and turn the conventions of the last decade on their head by opening with the traditional show closer 'School's Out' and including such encore songs as 'Poison' much earlier in the set. The fact that 'School's Out' both opened (in shortened form) and closed the show baffled many people (couldn't he think of anything else to play?) but in fact it was all part of the show set up. Alice wanted the show to be like a traditional theatrical production. In a traditional stage production it is common for a cast to encore by repeating a popular song from the main show, and then do their bows at the end, as normally a musical stage play would tell a story and not have any additional songs to perform. This is what Alice and the band did.

The set list for most shows was as follows:

  • School's Out (part only)
  • Department of Youth
  • Eighteen
  • Wicked Young Man
  • Ballad of Dwight Fry
  • Go To Hell
  • Guilty
  • Welcome To My Nightmare
  • Cold Ethyl
  • Poison
  • The Awakening
  • From The Inside (w/ extended instrumental end)
  • Nurse Rozetta
  • Is It My Body
  • Be My Lover
  • Only Women Bleed
  • I Never Cry
  • The Black Widow (Instrumental)
  • Vengeance Is Mine
  • Devil's Food
  • Dirty Diamonds
  • Billion Dollar Babies
  • Killer
  • I Love The Dead (excerpt)
  • No More Mr. Nice Guy
  • Under My Wheels
  • Schools Out (full version)

The intro music played at the start of the show was taken from the 1980 Jack Nicholson version of Stephen King's 'The Shining' (from the scene where Torrance comes across a nude lady in the bathtub, who seduces him before turning into an old woman).

'Devil's Food' included a new verse which Alice wrote to extend the song while the band worked on it in rehearsals.

Along Came A Spider Vinyl EditionPeople have asked about the current 'Music Director' in the band. In past years one band member has been given the job of rehearsing the band before Alice comes in to fine tune everything, However this is no longer really that case. Damon Johnson says:

"Basically we all work it out, particularly this group of players.  Jimmy and Chuck have played with Alice for so long they have played almost every song in his live catalog. Keri and I have a great rapport and sit together and determine who is going to play which guitar part. Honestly, there was such an emphasis on the "show" at rehearsals in  the summer that Coop and Rob were very comfortable letting us work out  the musical bits. Sure seems to have been the correct approach."

Starting from the first show of the UK leg of the tour surprised fans discovered that for the first time you could buy recordings of that nights show on a USB stick as you left the building. The way it worked involved buying a token from the merchandising stand which you handed in after the show to receive your USB stick which came in a small black box with the 'Theater Of Death' graphic on the front. The USB actually only included half the show and inside the box was a sticker with a code allowing you to go online and download the 'encores', in fact the last hour of the show, which for obvious time reasons couldn`t be put on the USB on the night. The idea proved successful and continued until the end of 2009 meaning Alice effective released sixteen live albums in just two weeks! On top of the USB sticks, you could also purchase the whole show online.

The Hammersmith Apollo show in London was filmed for the official DVD 'Alice Cooper's Theatre Of Death'.