Alice Cooper In Wonderland

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Yesterday, I blogged on the 15 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame nominees.  One was our friend and Valley neighbor, [lastfm]Alice Cooper[/lastfm]!  It’s about time, right?

(Courtesy of Larry RodgersArizona Republic)

After more than a decade of being snubbed in the nomination process, Cooper released this statement about his chance to get into the Cleveland-based hall (Results of final voting will be released in December):

“On behalf of Dennis (Dunaway), Neal (Smith), Michael (Bruce) and the late, great Glen Buxton (the original members of Cooper’s band), we are honored to be nominated for induction in to the hall. Anytime you are nominated in your chosen profession, it’s definitely a compliment to be recognized.

“It’s hard to fathom possibly being in the same club as artists who inspired us originally, like the Beatles, the Stones, the Beach Boys, the Who, the Yardbirds and Chuck Berry, and to be nominated the same year as legendary artists like my personal favorite songwriter of all time, Laura Nyro, as well as Donovan, who sang on our “Billion Dollar Babies” record, and our good friends in Bon Jovi, is a great feeling.

“Five guys starting a band, just hoping to meet girls and drink free beer, rehearsing and playing local bars five hours a night for the first few years – that was us. We came up with the theatrics and made every effort not to sacrifice the music one bit; we thought it was like our job to bring theatrics to rock ‘n’ roll.

“And then, amazingly enough, we were having a bunch of massive hit records, which was proof that theatricality and rock ‘n’ roll could, in fact, be joined successfully. We’ve been told that we revolutionized the live concert experience, and if that’s truly the case and it’s led to this nomination for induction into the hall of fame, the only thing to say is, of course, ‘There’s no business like show business!’ “

Cooper, 62, remains active in the recording studio and on tour. He currently is touring with Rob Zombie.

  • Maggie Blaetz

    And to think his band use to practice on Alice Ave in 1965 – 1966 at around 4:00 every Saturday afternoon. All the kids would hear the guitars warming up and run to the fence and sit on it and watch the Spiders put on a free show. Day Tripper was the one song I remember them playing. Thanks Coop for the memories.

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