RYAN ROXIE – ALICE COOPER’S LONG-TIME LEAD GUITARIST – RELEASES NEW LYRIC VIDEO & SINGLE “TO LIVE AND DIE IN L.A.”
Written by Mike Bertoli on May 20, 2018
RYAN ROXIE (Alice Cooper guitarist) have released a new lyric video & single for ‘To Live And Die In L.A.‘. The song is taken from from his upcoming solo album, “Imagine Your Reality” with physical release date May 25th via Lenata Records (Digital), Cargo Records UK (Compact Disc) and Bellyache Records (Vinyl).
“…The straight ahead riff-rock guitar part, the sardonic lyrics and over-all angst were originally concocted years ago, but I could never get the balance of sarcasm & anger just right…until now. This song was actually very therapeutic in helping me let go and make certain situations in my life ‘water under the bridge’…And in the end, ‘To Live & Die in L.A. was too good a phrase to just be a cop/action/suspense movie…” – Ryan Roxie
Vocalist/guitarist & songwriter, RYAN ROXIE, is best known as ALICE COOPER’S long-time lead guitarist and collaborator. Ryan has also worked with Slash and Gilby Clarke and been a member of Classic Rock award-nominated band CASABLANCA.
Roxie began working with Alice Cooper in 1996. He was initially offered a ‘one year tour’ and 22 years later (with one leave of absence for family commitments) he’s become an integral part of the band.1997
“Imagine Your Reality” is Ryan‘s first official solo release and sees him joined by other noteworthy musicians, including a collaboration with CHEAP TRICK‘s Robin Zander on the track “California Man”.
Says Roxie: “CHEAP TRICK were a major influence in my musical upbringing. Both Robin Zander and Rick Nielsen have joined us onstage at Alice Cooper shows in the past and have always been the most quintessential rock stars. In my opinion, Robin Zander‘s voice is the definition of rock ‘n’ roll, so having him guest vocal on ‘California Man’ definitely ticks a box off my ‘greatest moments in rock ‘n roll’ list.”
“Imagine Your Reality” continues Roxie‘s legacy of creating infectiously melodic songs and straight-ahead, no-nonsense rock riffs, and this time with more guitar than ever before. Ten tracks, all underlined by ten gleaming guitar solos. From the punk rock undertones of “Never Mind Me” to the un-sugarcoated tale of life in La-La Land with “To Live And Die In LA” to the superb BEATLES-y/OASIS nod “Look Me In The Eye” — it’s an uplifting big rock sound. Zander transforms “California Man” into the ultimate vintage-vibed, top-down, drive-in-the-sunshine rock ‘n’ roll anthem.
Ryan says: “With this album, I think we kept the spirit and power of the 3.5-minute rock song intact as well as keeping the dream of guitar-driven music alive and well. I can’t wait for people to experience my reality.”
“Imagine Your Reality” was produced by Kristoffer Folin,Tommy Henriksen and Jon Bordon. It was recorded and mixed at Purple Skull Studios in Stockholm, Sweden.