Alice Cooper on Today's Bands: "They Usually Just Look Like Six Guys From the Mall"

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Recently we spoke with Alice Cooper. That same day British newspaper The Guardian posted an archived article from 40 years ago highlighting efforts of high-ranking government officials to ban his shock-rock stage shows from entering the United Kingdom. Needless to say, it just helped build his legend even more on the back of hits such as "School's Out" and "Billion Dollar Babies."

See also: Alice Cooper's Ode to Teenage Rebellion Hits Middle Age

"There was no profanity, no nudity, and nothing blasphemous," Cooper protests. "But the British were very touchy about blood. But when you tell the entire country you can't see a band, no amount of money in the world could have paid for the benefits of what happened afterwards. But when we did our show, the British audience got the humor behind everything we were doing. They knew we weren't butchering babies, they knew we were using baby dolls. They loved that it was a choreographed show constructed for entertainment."

Back then, slashing the heads of baby dolls was pretty shocking.

"At that point in time it was so easy to shock an audience," Cooper explains. "There was no Internet. Word spread via urban legend. If I had a ten-foot snake on stage with me one night, by the time we returned to town, it became a forty-foot snake. I would get into a city, and I would ask 'What's the local rumor?' 'Oh, you set a German Shepherd on fire last night!'"

But much has changed, and the Detroit-born Cooper cedes that his show is more entertaining than shocking in 2013.

"You can't be more shocking than CNN," he asserts. "I'm watching CNN and I see three girls getting rescued after being held in a basement for ten years. That's shocking! A gigantic tornado in Oklahoma causing the destruction it does is shocking. Alice getting his head cut off in a staged performance is not shocking. Especially when everyone knows it's a trick."

Those tricks may not be shocking any more, but they certainly will entertain the crowd at the Family Arena next week, when Cooper co-headlines with '90s shock-rocker Marilyn Manson. Cooper has great respect for the antics of the younger Manson, though he wasn't sure what to make of Manson when he broke through.

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13 comments
Jonathan Steinke
Jonathan Steinke

I compare the current rock backdrop to Burger King selling ORGANIC fries or Old Country Buffet having tempeh: Yeah, it COULD be good for you, but follow the source.

Jonathan Steinke
Jonathan Steinke

Speaking of 'judging,' we'll scratch that down on the further talent list apparently being kept here. Yes, it is important to be vigilant of the fucking hippies destroying your padded, protective-elastic-waistband little world.

JJ O'Brand
JJ O'Brand

You get all that charm in Dittmer????

JJ O'Brand
JJ O'Brand

She can't get enough of that wookie-junk....

JJ O'Brand
JJ O'Brand

Your moms doesn't seem to mind tony...

JJ O'Brand
JJ O'Brand

Oh wow that's a win for you... That's like me going off on your need of glasses, fucking dumb. Whatever makes you feel better about yourself..... Oh and your a cunt. Have an asinine day dolt.

Tony Bologna
Tony Bologna

Judging by your cover photo I'd really start working on another talent - personal hygiene.

Dan Porter
Dan Porter

Music is always amazing, whether from the 20's or the 2000's... Just got to look in the right places.

Jake Houchlei
Jake Houchlei

that is all that is getting put on the radio... bands like the former Mars Volta and Mastodon, or God Speed You Black Emperor have made quality music.

JJ O'Brand
JJ O'Brand

They have talent and kno more than 3 power chords????

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