Kane Roberts Hopes for Machine Gun Guitar at Alice Cooper Shows
Returning Alice Cooper guitarist Kane Roberts expressed hope that his trademark machine gun guitar could appear onstage again during his five-week run.
He was recently confirmed as Nita Strass’ immediate replacement after she decided to move on, and he’ll hit the stage with old friend Cooper during September and October this year.
In a recent interview with Vinyl Writer Music, Roberts noted that the custom instrument’s return was expected. “We’ll see what happens,” he said. “Because there’s a lot of things involved with doing … I told Alice… ‘You know, a lot of people took that idea, and now we have to compete with that.’
“Nikki Sixx is now shooting flames, and the same thing with Gene Simmons, and they even had a heavy metal guitar player in the new Road Warrior movie that shot flames with his guitar, too. So, I said, ‘We’re competing with that now. Whatever we do, if we do use it, it’s got to be a lot 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 also to wear, but he recalled a time during his first stint with Cooper when it wasn’t operating properly. "There was one time when we were at a theater," he explained, "and it didn’t shoot, and I went, ‘Ah, shit. Okay.’ I don’t know why, but it didn’t shoot, and it didn’t shoot the night before either.
“I did the dumbest thing – I did the thing you’re never supposed to do onstage because you’re just supposed 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 like pointed at the audience, and I turned around, and it was shooting flames over the audience! Man, I wasn’t paying attention.”
Roberts noted that the possibility of rejoining 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 reunion beyond the tour, he replied, “Well, I do want to record and sing with him. … Right now, it’s five weeks … there’s a sort of a semblance 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 then there will be reasons why it shouldn’t.”