Alice Cooper admits Rolling Stones influence on new single 'I'll Bite Your Face Off'

First single from new album 'Welcome 2 My Nightmare' is a 'tip-of-the-hat' to Mick Jagger and co

Alice Cooper admits Rolling Stones influence on new single 'I'll Bite Your Face Off'

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Alice Cooper has admitted that his new single 'I'll Bite Your Face Off' is a tribute to the early work of The Rolling Stones.

The singer revealed that the track – which is released today (August 22) along with another new track, 'Caffeine', and is the first single to be taken from his new album 'Welcome 2 My Nightmare - was similar to Rolling Stones material from the mid 1960's, and insisted that he had no problem "showing people where I get my songs from".

He said:

This is my tip-of-the-hat to early Rolling Stones. Like in 1964/65 when their songs were very Chuck Berry-orientated. They just feel so good, in the pocket. This song was begging to be in the live show. We've done it in four different continents now and no one had ever heard it. By the second chorus, the whole audience is singing 'I'll Bite Your Face Off'. It's the perfect little three-minute hit single.

He added:

I don't mind showing people where I get my songs from. I can guarantee there were times when major acts took an Alice Cooper song and said 'We want it to sound like that'. Because I've heard it and recognised it. I see it as a compliment.

Cooper also spoke about 'Welcome 2 My Nightmare', which is a sequel to his 1975 album 'Welcome To My Nightmare' – his first record as a solo artist, and not as frontman of the Alice Cooper Group - and claimed it was more humorous than its predecessor.

He said:

This is Alice's nightmare 35 years later. Bob [Ezrin, producer] and I created this character and we know how to write for him. I play the part but we're not writing for me, we're writing for Alice. We kept the first 'Nightmare' album very personal to us, on this one we found more humour and we were more open.

The release date for 'Welcome 2 My Nightmare' is September 12.

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