Kane Roberts is an American heavy metal guitarist best
known for his tenure in Alice Cooper's band from 1985 to 1988. Next to
the work for Alice, Kane had a solo career and this year the 4th album,
‘The New Normal ‘, was released. Maurice had the change to interview
Kane, what are you doing right now and how are you
feeling at this moment?
Well, right now I am cooking some delicious food, and I
am quite happy with it, haha! Jokes aside, in general I am working on
editing a video for the song “Beginning of the End”. Alice Cooper is on
that Video and many other artists as well who managed to get all
About the new album, ‘The New Normal’, which came out in
January 2019. Are you satisfied with the result and what is the concept
Actually, I didn’t plan a new record at all but I am
jamming a lot and Kip Winger asked me to do something together and I
said okay to it. Usually I am not a real fan of record companies, but
Frontiers Records are doing a very good job and work hard for the
artists and I feel lucky to be with them. I usually just want to play
the way I want to play and that’s what Frontiers allowed me to do, which
is highly appreciated for me as an artist. I also was hooked up with
some great writers to work with. And then I wanted to make every song
sound like a movie. For me the guitar sound is probably the best I ever
recorded. All-in all a great result for me personally.
Did you do the record all on your own or are there other
musicians involved in this new release?
No, there are quite many musicians involved in this work.
You have Alice Cooper, Nita Strauss, Kip Winger, members from Baby
Metal, Arch Enemy and many more. Quite a collection of musicians,
artists and writers. I didn’t do it on my own, I needed a lot of help,
and fortunately I got it!
Going back in time, of course we all remember the great
Video ‘Freedom’ with Alice Cooper. Have you been in contact with him
over all those years?
Well, when Alice and I met, we were friends immediately,
and we managed to stay in touch ever since. I am really very, very lucky
to meet this genius and great person. I quite remember being so nervous
when I met him and Bob Ezrin, the producer, and all those great people
who changed the music world back then and to work with them. Now I
really would take the chance anytime to share the stage with him again.
Is there any funny story or trivia you remember about
this time period?
Oh, many funny stories, ha ha! I remember one show in
particular that we did and it was our last song. I left the stage and
had to come back. Suddenly I stepped with my right foot (I had big and
heavy boots on) on a sword and with my left foot I started to slip on
stage blood and all those probs. My guitar was still on and the audience
thought it was part of the show, but it wasn’t, haha! Really funny
What are you doing when you are not doing music?
Well, I am right now heavily involved in producing and
editing the video we are working on, and working together with all those
great artists and people. This is just my priority at this very moment.
Ok. And what are your plans for the future and will there
be any chance to see you soon on stage in Europe, especially Germany,
Holland or Belgium?
Well, there are no real plans right now, I simply don’t
know. But I really would like to get on stage again, but I need to find
the band to tour with me. I got in contact with a guy called Dave
Balfour from the band Maverick. They asked me if I could tour with them,
which really makes me very proud. So that might happen in the near
future. For now I am concentrating on getting the videos done.
Ok, Kane, thanks so much for your time and hopefully we
meet again sometime soon if you are on the road.
Thanks to you, Maurice, for your time and see you soon!
Maurice Schreiber for Headbangerszine and Metal-Experience.com
1986 - Constrictor
1987 - Raise Your Fist and Yell
1989 - Trash
1987 - Kane Roberts
1991 - Saints And Sinners
1999 - Under A Wild Sky
2000 - New Place Now
2012 - Unsung Radio
2019 - The New Normal