Original ALICE COOPER guitarist Steve Hunter has announced via his Facebook page that he will not be joining the legendary rocker on the road this year. Steve‘s statement reads as follows:
“Hello all my peeps and fans. I have an announcement to make. I have spent many weeks mulling this over…losing sleep.
“For many reasons, both personal and professional, I have reluctantly decided not to join Alice Cooper onstage this year. None of the reasons has to do with my health, which is very good at the moment. Nor do any have anything to do with my poor eyesight, because I was able to find ways around my impairment to enable me to perform and play guitar onstage. Nor is Alice any part of the reasons I have made this decision. He is a brother to me, and we share a real history.
“I think it’s time I move on. I have a solo album to finish among other things.
“I will miss all the beautiful people I met last year. I will miss glancing over to my right and seeing Alice belting out ’18’ again.
“I hope you all understand and aren’t disappointed in me. But I think I have to do this.
“I hope to see you all out there again one day soon. Thanks for understanding and God bless!”
Hunter appeared on five classic ALICE COOPER albums: “Billion Dollar Babies”, “Welcome To My Nightmare”, “Lace And Whiskey” and “Alice Cooper Goes To Hell”. Hunter was also featured on Cooper‘s 2011 album “Welcome 2 My Nightmare”, which was produced by Bob Ezrin, who helmed the original multi-platinum “Welcome To My Nightmare” album in 1975.