In a recent interview with Vinyl author music, Roberts noted that the return of the adapted instrument was expected. “We’ll see what happens,” he said. “Because there are a lot of things involved in doing… I said to Alice… ‘You know, a lot of people took that idea and now we have to compete with it.’
“Nikki Sixx now shoots flames, and the same with Gene Simmonsand they even had a heavy metal guitar player in the new one Road warrior movie that shot blazes with his guitar, also. So I said, ‘We’re competing with that now. Whatever we do, if we use it, it has to be much more robust than what we did before.’ … I think it would be fun though, so we’ll see what happens.”
Roberts said the guitar was remarkably comfortable to play and wear, but he recalled a time during his first stint with Cooper when it didn’t work properly. “There was one time when we were in a theater,” he explained, “and it wasn’t shooting, and I was like, ‘Ah, shit. Okay.” I don’t know why, but it didn’t fire, and it didn’t fire the night before.
“I did the stupidest thing – I did what you should never do on stage because you just have to roll with it. … I kind of looked back at the drummer, Ken K. Mary … and I was like, ‘Oh, Jesus, it’s not working again.’ … Ken, he was like pointing at the audience and I turned around and it shot flames across the audience! Man, I wasn’t paying attention.”
Roberts noted that the possibility of joining Cooper had been raised on several occasions, but it didn’t feel like the right move in the past. Asked if he had any hopes for the post-tour reunion, he replied: “Well, I’d like to record and sing with him. … Right now it’s five weeks … there’s a kind of hint of perfection in that, right? It has a beginning and an end to it. But if it evolves past that, there will be reasons why it should, and if it doesn’t, there will be reasons why it shouldn’t.”
Alice Cooper Albums Ranked
You can’t kill Alice Cooper.