Hey music lovers,

To celebrate 64 Facebook Likes, here are 2 interviews I did with Alice Cooper. They are similar, as I used the one interview for 2 publications, which is naughty, but I only got 300 words for one, and longer for the other publication. And it’s two years old now, so if you wanna lock me up and throw away the key, “I’ll Bite Your Face Off”… And send Alice after you…

Enjoy!

 

Alice Cooper
By Angela Allan
Published: Melbourne Weekly Eastern, August 2009

Alice Cooper has a penchant for the grotesque; he lost a bag of horror movies en route to Russia that he says only Marilyn Manson could love, and he states that if he wasn’t a rock star, he would be writing film scripts but there is one thing Cooper and his fans agree on: they both love Alice Cooper.

“I’m never tired of Alice because I look at Alice as my favourite rock star. If you decided you wanted a fantasy rock star and you made that rock star everything you wanted it to be in your head and you get to play that character, how much fun is that?

“And I get to step outside him and get to be very objective about it,” he says over the phone from Russia, where he is currently touring with his new stage show, Theatre of Death.

In past shows, Cooper has been hanged, shot out of a cannon and beheaded. He ensures audiences that this will happen again, along with other methods of dying, while covering 28 of his hits.

“When they say Theatre of Death that means that they are determined to eliminate me in this show. And yet, I can tell you right now, that I survive the whole thing. Actually, I hope I survive. In the script, I survive everything.”

Cooper, whose real name is Vincent Furnier, has been playing the shock rocker for 40 years. After he left rehab in the late ‘80s, he says Alice changed from “society’s whipping boy to the arrogant villain.”

Not one to hang up his black threads, Cooper will head back into the studio to create a follow-up to last year’s Along Came a Spider, promising some classic Alice sounds as well as some new tracks.

“It’s a new character I’m going to introduce and at the same time, it’s going to allow Alice to be a lot more versatile on the album.”

 

Alice Cooper
By Angela Allan
Published: Forte magazine, 2009

Forty years after creating the shock rocker, Alice Cooper is back to grace Australian stages in the first new stage show in two years.

In previous shows, he beheaded a mannequin of Britney Spears then paraded around with the head, been hanged while in a straight jacket and generally upset the peace. But no one is complaining.

Cooper is currently touring Russia, where he lost a bag filled with about 300 horror films. He offered VIP tickets and no questions asked if the bag was returned. Not surprisingly, it reappeared.

“Whoever got my bag, opened up the bag and went, ‘I’m never gonna watch these,’ but Marilyn Manson, if he stole these, he would be in heaven,” he jokes.

Cooper’s new show Theatre of Death, which is directed by Beauty and the Beast musical’s Rob Roth, features new methods of eradicating Cooper, all while intertwining 28 of his hits.

“I’m only going to tell you that they do behead me and that they do hang me. There are three other ones,” he says. “I really want to get all the songs across. If we spend 10 hours in rehearsal, eight hours is focused on the music. You can’t have icing on the cake if you don’t have the cake and I consider the music the cake. The icing is the theatrics.”

Cooper, along with his daughter Calico (who also performs in the show), his wife Sheryl (who is a choreographer and used to dance in some of the first shows Cooper produced) and Roth face the challenges of creating a stage show around some of Cooper’s most well-know tracks, such as School’s Out, Elected and Poison.

“That’s the fun part, really,” he says. “When you are working with really creative people, I’ll have my ideas about what should happen, Rob will have his ideas and I let the band and Calico and my wife [contribute ideas]. They are very bright when it comes to things like this, saying, ‘to get from this song to that song, we need a bridge, what if this happened?’

“By the time we get to Australia, it will look like we have been doing [the show] for five years.”

The enduring rock star, who still enthralls audiences from children right through to adults who have followed Cooper from day one, says the character of Alice has had some changes during his decades-long career.

“He was society’s victim, catering for the lunatic fringe out there. There were millions of people that felt like they didn’t belong.When I quit drinking in 1981-82, Alice was not burdened with alcohol, so he became the arrogant villain. He goes on stage now with a grudge and proves he’s not a victim. He’s like a dominatrix to the audience.”

There is still an underlying good-natured feud between modern-day shock rocker Marilyn Manson and Cooper. They pair did perform together two years ago, but Cooper insists he’s still the rocker to watch out for.

“Alice is more Phantom of the Opera, Marilyn Manson is more cerebral. I think I can affect your nightmares a bit more,” he laughs.

 

Mascara and Monsters is Angela Allan's blog covering music and mayhem. She's also the founder and editor of Soot Magazine.

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