- Neal Smith (drummer)
Neal Smith Born September 23, 1947
Genres Rock, hard rock, heavy metal Occupations Musician, songwriter Associated acts Alice Cooper
Neal Smith (born September 23, 1947 in Akron, Ohio) was the drummer for the rock group Alice Cooper from 1967 to 1974. He performed on the group's early albums Pretties For You and Easy Action, the breakout album Love It to Death and the subsequent successful albums Killer, School's Out, and Billion Dollar Babies. His last album with Alice Cooper was Muscle of Love.
Neal Smith graduated from Camelback High School in Phoenix, Arizona, while the rest of his band mates graduated from Cortez High School. Smith talks about his high school in the song "Alma Mater" sung by Alice Cooper. It has been stated by Alice Cooper and Bob Ezrin, producer of the band, that Smith would frequently call the drummer of The Who, Keith Moon, and ask him how many drums he had. It was a priority of Smith's to always have one more drum than Moon. Alice Cooper confirmed this in an interview included in the video compilation "Prime Cuts". Neal Smith's drum part on the title track of the number one album in the U.S and UK Billion Dollar Babies, is considered one of the most original and dynamic amongst musicians and fans of the group.
Billion Dollar Babies was also the name of the band founded by former Alice Cooper group musicians Michael Bruce, Dennis Dunaway and Neal Smith along with Bob Dolin and Mike Marconi after they split from Alice Cooper in 1974. This band was embroiled in a legal suit over the usage of the name. They only released one album, 1977's Battleaxe, before disbanding.
Smith has been selling real estate in New England since the early 1980s. He is also still active in music, and has performed with Alice Cooper during a show in 1998. In 1999, he released his first solo album, Platinum God, recorded in 1975. He is also currently the drummer/percussionist and songwriter for Bouchard, Dunaway & Smith (BDS), composed of Smith, former Blue Öyster Cult bassist, Joe Bouchard, and original Alice Cooper bassist, Dennis Dunaway. The band has co-written songs with Ian Hunter. BDS has released two albums: 2001's Back From Hell, and 2003's BDS Live In Paris. Smith has also released two albums under the group name Cinematik, with guitarist Robert Mitchell and bassist Peter Catucci, produced by Rob Fraboni. Cinematik has a loose, jam-laden world-beat sound, as opposed to BDS's more classic-rock sound.
Smith has also recorded with Buck Dharma of Blue Öyster Cult (Flat Out, 1982), Plasmatics (Beyond The Valley of 1984, 1984), and Deadringer (Electrocuxion of the Heart, 1989). Neal played on Bruce Cameron's CD Midnight Daydream along with an all-star cast of Jack Bruce, Buddy Miles, Billy Cox, Mitch Mitchell, Harvy Dalton Arnold and Ken Hensley. Neal Smith also has an industrial rock project Killsmith. Killsmith's sophomore release underway makes Neal Smith set to be the first member of the original Alice Cooper Group to have a project of original material released after the group's induction to the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame.
Neal Smith plays on 3 songs on Alice Cooper's 2011 album Welcome 2 My Nightmare.
On July 1, 2010 when talking about the newly retitled album, Welcome 2 My Nightmare, Alice said in a Radio Metal interview: "We’ll put some of the original people on it and add some new people, I’m very happy with working with Bob (Ezrin) again.” Names mentioned so far are Slash, Neal Smith, Dennis Dunaway, Steven Hunter and Dick Wagner. Dunaway and Smith have already written two songs.
- ^ "Outsight Radio Hours interviews". Archive.org. http://www.archive.org/details/NealSmithInterviewsOnOutsightRadioHours. Retrieved 2011-10-26.
- ^ "22-May 2011 Outsight Radio Hours interview". Archive.org. http://www.archive.org/details/NealSmithInterviewsOnOutsightRadioHours. Retrieved 2011-10-26.
Alice Cooper Alice Cooper • Steve Hunter • Chuck Garric • Orianthi • Tommy Henriksen • Glen Sobel
See: Former members list
Studio albumsPretties for You • Easy Action • Love It to Death • Killer • School's Out • Billion Dollar Babies • Muscle of Love • Welcome to My Nightmare • Alice Cooper Goes to Hell • Lace and Whiskey • From the Inside • Flush the Fashion • Special Forces • Zipper Catches Skin • DaDa • Constrictor • Raise Your Fist and Yell • Trash • Hey Stoopid • The Last Temptation • Brutal Planet • Dragontown • The Eyes of Alice Cooper • Dirty Diamonds • Along Came a Spider • Welcome 2 My Nightmare Live albums Singles"Reflected" • "Eighteen" • "Caught In A Dream" • "Under My Wheels" • "Be My Lover" • "School's Out" • "Elected" • "Hello, Hooray" • "No More Mr. Nice Guy" • "Billion Dollar Babies" • "Halo of Flies" • "Teenage Lament '74" • "Muscle of Love" • "Only Women Bleed" • "Department of Youth" • "Welcome to My Nightmare" • "I Never Cry" • "You and Me" • "(No More) Love At Your Convenience" • "School's Out (live)" • "How You Gonna See Me Now" • "From The Inside" • "Clones (We're All)" • "Talk Talk" • "You Want It, You Got It" • "Seven and Seven Is" • "For Britain Only" • "I Am the Future" • "I Love America" • "He's Back (The Man Behind the Mask)" • "Teenage Frankenstein" • "Freedom" • "Poison" • "Bed of Nails" • "House of Fire" • "Only My Heart Talkin'" • "Hey Stoopid" • "Love's a Loaded Gun" • "Feed My Frankenstein" • "The Garden" (w/ Guns N' Roses) • "Lost in America" • "It's Me" • "Gimme" • "Keepin' Halloween Alive" Compilations
and box setsSchool Days: The Early Recordings • Greatest Hits • Prince of Darkness • The Beast of Alice Cooper • Science Fiction • Classicks • Super Hits • The Life and Crimes of Alice Cooper • Mascara and Monsters: The Best of Alice Cooper • The Definitive Alice Cooper • The Essentials: Alice Cooper • Hell Is • School's Out and Other Hits • Old School: 1964-1974
Videography ToursPsycho Drama (2007-2009) • Theatre of Death Tour (2009-2010) • No More Mr. Nice Guy Tour (2011) Related articles Book:Alice Cooper · Category:Alice Cooper · Portal:Heavy metal
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