Neal Smith (Akron Ohio, 1947), the original Alice Cooper Group drummer, is a true legend. NB: Neal Smith is not to be mistaken with the jazz drummer Neal Smith, who is bearing the same name.
Smith's work on the first seven albums (eight if you count the 'Greatest Hits' album) released by the original Alice Cooper Group, which besides Smith was comprised of Alice Cooper on vocals, Michael Bruce and the late Glen Buxton on guitars and Dennis Dunaway on bass, ranks up there with the finest rock drumming ever recorded.
It was Neal Smith's exemplary playing on the classic songs that helped propel the band to international stardom back in the early 70's. Tracks such as "Halo Of Flies," "Killer," "Billion Dollar Babies," "School's Out," "I'm Eighteen," and "No More Mr. Nice Guy," to name just several, solidify his reputation as one of the top musicians ever behind the kit.
More than thirty years after the breakup of the original band, Neal Smith is still going strong, recording several albums with ex Cooper bassist Dennis Dunaway and former Blue Oyster Cult bassist Joe Bouchard on guitar and vocals as Bouchard, Dunaway and Smith, (BDS) a power trio that retains the feel of classic heavy rock while moving boldly into the new millennium. Other musical activities include the Cinematik project with bassist Peter Catucci, Deadringer, The Billion Dollar Babies and solo efforts.