The music business changed completely in the 00s when the internet started to become popular and accessible, resulting in the first file-sharing platforms where fans could download music for free. The piracy “killed” in the following years the albums sales and made older and already famous acts stop releasing new records because it wasn’t good financially. In an interview with Heavy Magazine (Transcribed by Ultimate Guitar), Alice Cooper, that is about to release a new album called “Road”, said that he doesn’t make new music for the money anymore, but for the fans.
“Well, I’m always going to do classic Alice albums. Which is a thematic album, that tells one big story, but every song tells a story of its own. And you put them all together and they tell the big story. I’ve done that since the very beginning. I don’t think I’ll ever write just for, like, here’s a single for Spotify, here’s the single for this… I just can’t do that.”
“It’s the same thing with Aerosmith, same thing with Guns N’ Roses, these bands, they make albums because there’s fans out there that want to hear new music. At this point, we’re not doing it for the money. We made a lot of money back in the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, so now you’re making an album for your fans.”
“I heard them ask the same thing the Bob Dylan. And Bob Dylan says, ‘I write songs, besides the record songs, and I play songs for the audience. That’s what I do.’ He does 200 shows a year, Bob Dylan.”
“I thought about that and I said, ‘That’s exactly what I do.’ I said, ‘I can’t think of anything I would rather do than that.’ People say, ‘Well, why don’t you retire?’ And I go, ‘Why? I’m at the top of my game right now,'” Alice Cooper said.
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