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    Alice Cooper - Neal Smith's Billion Dollar Babies 1973 Tour Premier Mirror Ball Drum Set. With six gold and five platinum records to his name, Neal Smith is a living legend. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame drummer for the Alice Cooper Band used this custom wrapped, 18 piece Premier drum kit on the groundbreaking 1973 Billion Dollar Babies Tour. This iconic set consists of two (2) kick drums (22 inches), three (3) floor toms (16 inches), six (6) rack toms (3 measure 14 inches and 3 measure 13 inches), six (6) stand toms (measuring 16 inches, 15 inches, 14 inches, 13 inches, 12 inches and 10 inches), an era correct chrome Premier snare (14 inches), 3 early 1970's Zildjan 18 inch crash/ride cymbals and all hardware. There are areas of honest to goodness road and play wear to the wraps, hoops and heads that tell the story of life on the road with one of the most important and exciting bands of all time. Sold as-is with no warranty or return. Included with the lot will be a Neal Smith-signed copy of the Billion Dollar Babies deluxe reissue CD, featuring live bonus tracks recorded with these very drums. From the Neal Smith Alice Cooper Collection.

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    As a founding member of the original Alice Cooper group, drummer extraordinaire Neal Smith is an integral thread to the fabric of Rock & Roll. Along with his cohorts - bassist Dennis Dunaway, guitarists Michael Bruce and the late Glen Buxton, and larger-than-life vocalist Alice Cooper - Smith helped to invent, innovate, and define a new style of shocking, theatrical Rock. Birthed from garage-Rock act the Spiders, the Alice Cooper group began in the realm of Psychedelic weirdness, releasing the albums Pretties for You and Easy Action in 1969 and 1970, respectively. To match their musical freak-outs, the group donned the weirdest clothes they could find, and when they couldn't, Smith's sister Cindy Smith fashioned out-there threads for the boys. On 1971's Love it to Death, the group shed many of their Psychedelic and Progressive trappings for a more streamlined Hard Rock sound that was more direct in some ways, while upping the weird-factor in others. The band incorporated ghoulish, shocking elements - such as blood, snakes, faux-executions, and Cooper's ghastly, trademark makeup - into their stage show, and wrote a song here or there centering on explicitly horrific subject matter. Subsequent albums, Killer (1971), School's Out (1972), Billion Dollar Babies (1973), and Muscle of Love (1974), were all massive successes that continued the group's innovative mixture of glam and gore, and introduced the term Shock Rock to the world's youth, cementing their place in the history of pop culture. Every bit as important as Alice Cooper's image, was their musicianship. They were all incredibly adept, perhaps none more so than percussive machine Neal Smith, whose drumming is an incredible mixture of fluidity, flair, and precision. Smith and his former bandmates now sit alongside exalted Rock royalty Elvis, the Beatles and the Stones, as on March 14, 2011, they were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Before there was Goth, Glam, Punk, or Heavy Metal, there was Alice Cooper. Here we present amazing memorabilia from the group's historic rise, never before offered to the public anywhere.

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    February, 2016
    20th Saturday
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