Last Friday saw the release of ’The New Normal’, the latest solo album by former Alice Cooper guitarist Kane Roberts. Not only does his former boss sing on the new single taken from it, Beginning Of The End’, but Alissa White-Gluz of Arch Enemy also joins in the fun….and they both co-star with Roberts in the song’s cinematic video. The mini–action movie sees the trio wreaking all sorts of havoc together while singing the propulsive cut.
“As you can imagine, the road to locking this group of people down in one location was loaded up with explosives, but suddenly there we all were, on set, cameras rolling in Vancouver,” Roberts enthuses. “The actors (Sheryl Cooper, Randy Robison), stunt people (Thomas Lorber), directors, crew and, of course, Alice and Alissa all fought hard to to pull down something really special. Not easy. At one point I did something you’re typically not supposed to do on set – I stopped and looked around at what I was able to mash together. I thought, ‘How fucking lucky am I?!’ The thing of it is, you get Alice Cooper and Alissa White-Gluz in the same room, there’s no safe-zone. You gotta get it done. Fortunately, we captured it on film. Don’t even ask me about post-production! RTFO!”
Of all the iconic 1980’s rock ’n’ roll in concert images, one of the most memorable is Alice Cooper’s Rambo-alike guitarist and his M-60 machine gun guitar. That musician is Kane Roberts, an accomplished writer and singer in his own right, who went on to record four solo albums (including the ‘Phoenix Down’ project released via Frontiers Music in the late 90’s).
Roberts first came to prominence co-writing and playing on Alice Cooper’s ‘Constrictor’ album in 1986, which was soon followed by a self-titled debut solo release. Further albums and tours with Cooper followed, making Roberts’ name well-known in the music business not only for his writing and guitar skills, but also his body-builder image and iconic machine-gun shaped guitar.
As a solo recording artist, he has landed US Top 40 hits and, besides his tenure with Alice Cooper, his CV includes recording, writing and touring with artists such as Rod Stewart, Desmond Child, KISS, Diane Warren, Alice in Chains, Berlin, Guns N’ Roses, Garland Jeffries and more. He has also written or recorded for films like Light Sleeper, The Decline of Western Civilization, Friday The 13th IV Jason Lives and Prince of Darkness. His second solo album, ‘Saints and Sinners’ (1991) included the Top 40 Billboard hit ‘Does Anybody Really Fall In Love Anymore?’, written by Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora.
Roberts is now back with a new album, entitled ‘The New Normal’, and this time he has made it extra special by enlisting some well-known friends in its making. These include Alice Cooper guesting on lead vocals alongside Alissa White-Gluz of Arch Enemy on the record’s first single, ‘Beginning Of The End’. The song also features an appearance from Babymetal’s powerhouse drummer Aoyama Hideki. Roberts has also reunited former Alice Cooper bandmates Kip Winger, Paul Taylor and Ken Mary for album opener ‘Above and Beyond’, while other guest appearances include Nita Strauss (currently with Alice Cooper) on lead guitar for ‘King of the World’ and Lzzy Hale (Halestorm), who has co-written ‘The Lion’s Share’.
‘The New Normal’ re-introduces a unique artist ready to return to the spotlight. Melding the old and new in Metal on an outstanding album, it is not to be missed. Get ready to be blown away!
THE NEW NORMAL
1 King Of The World (feat. Nita Strauss)
3 Beginning Of The End (feat. Alice Cooper, Alissa White-Gluz)
4 Who We Are (feat. Katt Franich)
5 Forever Out Of Place
6 Leave This World Behind
7 The Lion’s Share
8 Leave Me In The Dark
9 Above And Beyond
Out now on Frontiers
Buy or stream the album http://radi.al/TheNewNormal
Kane Roberts, Alice Cooper, Alissa White-Gluz, Katt Franich – vocals
Kane Roberts, Evan Magness, Nita Strauss – guitars
Kip Winger, Ed ‘Special Ed’ Modigliani, Johnny 5, Betty Has Eyes – bass
Scot Lang, Paul Taylor, Alex Track – keyboards
Ken Mary, Christopher Tisi, Alex Track – drums
Alex Track – percussion
David Balfour, Kip Winger, Kane Roberts, Ken Mary – backing vocals
Kane Roberts – Beginning Of The End
Kane Roberts – Forever Out Of Place
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