ALICE COOPER recently spoke to RollingStone.com about his upcoming album, "Dirty Diamonds", due in June.
According to Cooper, the new CD isn't a concept album, like recent outings "Brutal Planet" and "Dragontown". Instead, Cooper says, he took a suggestion from his old producer Bob Ezrin, who helmed such Cooper classics as "Killer" and "School's Out".
"One of the things Bob said was, 'If you're just gonna do twelve songs, how about twelve great songs — no filler? If I hear filler on your album, I'll personally come beat you to death with a hammer,'" explains a chuckling Cooper, who says he's bounced ideas off Ezrin throughout his career.
"He expects the best out of me," Cooper adds. "So I refused to write a song that you can't sit down at a piano and play — the verse, the chorus and the B-section."
"Dirty Diamonds" was actually overseen by Steve Lindsey, who co-produced Cooper's 2004 duet with rapper XZIBIT "Stand" (off the official Olympics Games album, "Unity") and has worked with Elton John, Luther Vandross and Leonard Cohen.
Read more at RollingStone.com.
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