Michael Bruce was an original band member of the Alice
Cooper Band, along with Dennis Dunaway, Neal Smith, Glen Buxton and of course
Michael was over in the UK to promote his new live CD
Halo of Ice (NMC), play some UK dates including the recent Alice
Cooper convention in Crewe and he will also be on stage with Alice Cooper
performing Schools Out at the London Monsters date.
A big thanks to Nikk Gunns for helping with the interview,
Ross & Carlton at NMC, Michaels manager Chris and the man himself,
Michael Bruce. Check out the live CD a great interpretation of the
How has the tour been going?
Played Iceland and froze my butt off! Did the Cooper
convention in Crewe with Neal and Dennis, Joe Bouchard (ex-BOC) was there
as well. They did a show in Paris, one in London, Crewe and now their back
in the States.
What as the Alice Cooper convention like?
There was a Q&A period, autograph signing. Then
Sadness played (Sadness Killed the Superman Michaels backing
band for his UK tour), I got up and sang a few numbers with them. It started
twelve and went on until twelve. I never had to buy a drink all day!
What do you think of Marilyn Manson? (Often accused
of stealing his stage ideas from Alice).
I dont really follow him. I watch a lot of MTV
you know I see too much, hear too much. I try not to listen to too
much music in case I pick-up the wrong thing. He is a big Cooper fan, he
makes no bones about it.
I was talking to a friend of mine who had talked to
the bass player of David Bowies band and said when they saw Alice and
it changed their whole style. We did the circus thing and he never mentions
it he says Alice who? I saw him once at Ralston Musical
Hall and I really liked Spiders from Mars and what they were doing. He seems
to bounce around a lot trying different things.
In 1999 you played with Alice at the Glen Buxton tribute.
Was that planned or did it just happen?
We didnt know if Alice would make it he
said he would try too. It was planned Neal Dennis and me would be there,
we werent just sure whether Alice would be there. Next year there maybe
another tribute at Coopers Town in Cleveland.
Is it true that you are playing on the 16th at Wembley
Yeah I will be there and Brian (May) also. Brian came
down last year to do Schools Out. Brian wants
Schools Out for the Air Guitar 2 album hes
compiling. So I told him about how Glen came up with the riff. I said as
a footnote that Glen had to have his jewellery taped to his body as he rattled
too much. I am in London for the next week promoting the record.
are with NMC for this live CD. Are you doing any new material?
Were talking about that right now. We recently
filmed a show in Iceland and that may come out as a DVD. I have recorded
eleven tracks but I havent finished them yet. NMC may be interested.
Ive got them in the can and I am looking for a label.
If Alice asked would you ever tour with him
Yeah, theres no reason not to.
Would you ever get the original band back together?
We never toured over here with Billion Dollar
Babies and we toyed with the idea of touring. Glens no longer
with us but we could get Bob Dolin. Make the whole stage show and maybe make
a DVD. Do some European dates. At this point in Alices career it is
a gamble. Procul Harum is a good example. They did a tour and nothing happened.
Its a gamble. A band like Kiss, a lot of those are our audience but
we dont do as much make-up. Alice would have more to lose if we
got back together.
When Alice came back in 1989 did you think maybe you
could have come back into the band again then?
I got out of Grade school. I was in the Eighth Grade
and I started playing guitar. I was into folk singing Peter, Paul
& Mary until I heard the Beatles. I did records on my own, the
struggling years. So I have had a real complete career that ended at the
top. I am now doing my solo stuff. Towards the end it got really rough. I
take my hat of to Alice, hes still doing it. This is probably more
work than going on the road for 2-3 months. I wish I was 25 again!
How do you get your backing bands?Do you pick
them or are they booked for you?
Actually they came out to the Glen Buxton memorial. I
met Ingrid there and they came out the following year for following years
Glen Buxton memorial. I also met them again at Chiller in New York. Chiller
it covers horror/sci-fi with autograph signings, memorabilia. They
said do you want to come over (to Iceland) to play some gigs, that was last
year. They are good players. They would like to do more. I am like a
songwriter/guitar player without a band, like Chuck Berry.
Who would you like to work with in the future?
John Lydon, Marky Mark some other cats who are
on vacation, not doing anything right now. I would like to finish this album
and get it out there.
Toying with the idea of writing for some movies or TV.
I do like to write but I also like to get and out and play. I am losing track
of all the Cooper versions that I do I have one for Iceland, different
one over here. I am like which ending was that? The album is
tentatively called Dark Side of Love. Get the album out by spring
next year and then tour. Kinda test the waters with the new songs, see if
I have some success. Ive got this great version of Im
Eighteen called Forever Eighteen. Very major very
Tell us a little more about tonights show
the first UK headlining show for you.
We rehearsed for three hours. What I dont like
is getting over and not having enough time to rehearse properly. Just because
they know the songs its not like playing the album.
Which Cooper song do you enjoy playing live the
Cooper had great songs and great production with Bob
Ezrin. The Alice Group was a frightening group with a great sense of humour.
Wasnt all just death, we didnt take ourselves too seriously.
I love playing Muscle of Love, Desperado. Alice will
be appearing on the childrens telethon over here? (BBCs Children
in Need) Alice is a great yarn spinner and he gets better with age.
Any more writing planned?
Well the second edition covers Glens passing and
what have you. There will be another version that will be cut down to pocket
size covering Glens memorial concert.
What style of music will the new album
Very straight-ahead rock, very acoustic. There are a
couple of piano tracks. Some tentative titles are Dark Side of Love,
Muff Daddy. The 9/11 events kinda threw me and I just chilled.
Another version of Muscle of Love with a Yardbirds power
riff. Dark Side of Love is this guys sitting here with
his heart ripped out and a nice pair of legs walking away with his heart.
Acoustic finger picking and then it gets kinda chunky. All the songs relate
to the dark side of love. But is has good melodies and nice catchy
Thats about it. Thanks for your time and good
luck tonight and with the new album.