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2nd November 2006 11:52 AM
Ten Thousand Motels Alice 'n' wonder band
Larry Rodgers
The Arizona Republic
Nov. 2, 2006 12:00 AM

Alice Cooper has been a fan of the Rolling Stones for 40 years, dating back to his days at Cortez High School in northwest Phoenix, when he was known as Vincent Furnier.

His first band, the Earwigs and later the Spiders, played nothing but Stones songs in its early days, recalls Cooper, who will open for the rock legends when they play Wednesday in Glendale.


Although he has been friends with Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ron Wood since the early '70s, Cooper says he's still flattered to be asked to open for three dates of the Stones' Bigger Bang Tour.

Cooper, 58, called last week to talk about the Stones.

It sounds as if your first two dates with the Stones, in Nova Scotia and Kentucky, were wet.

Nova Scotia was unbelievable. The only way I could get it across is: Go in your shower, turn it on and stand in it for an hour. I've never been that wet in my life. It was cold, too. Then we go into Louisville and we got nailed again.

Do you know some of the Stones better than others?

I've known all those guys for a long time. Keith refuses to call me Alice; he calls me Vince. He goes (in a low Richards purr), "Vinnie, Vinnie." And I swear he's Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp's character in Pirates of the Carribean). He sounds exactly like Johnny Depp, but, of course, Johnny Depp got that from him. Mick is perfectly together all the time, and so is Charlie. Ronnie has always got the energy up, always ready to play.


Were the Stones your biggest influence?

Any rock band that has a guitar in their hands was influenced by the Beatles or the Stones. I don't care if it's Shakira, the Association, Cradle of Filth or Tony Bennett, everybody's got a Beatles or Stones influence somewhere.

Did you steal any moves from Jagger as a teenager?


For anybody who's a lead singer, he was the prototype. He was the first one who broke away from the band and became the lead singer. So for the Steven Tylers, Ozzy Osbournes and Alice Coopers of the world, he was our blueprint.

What are your three favorite Stones songs?

Brown Sugar is probably the best rock song they ever did. I like the early stuff, Spider and the Fly . . . and Gimme Shelter.


Favorite albums?

I love 12 X 5, England's Newest Hitmakers and Aftermath. I liked it when the Beatles did Magical Mystery Tour and they did Their Satanic Majesties Request, when they got into the acid stuff.

What's the biggest challenge of playing in a stadium?

You have to exaggerate everything. If I make a move that would normally be a small one onstage, I have to make it three times bigger because it's got to play to the guy in the back of the 60,000 people who are there.


Will you invite the Stones to a meal at Alice Cooper'stown in Phoenix?

Absolutely. But they might get back on their planes and go right back to LA after the show.
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2nd November 2006 11:55 AM
jb So nice to see Cooper getting his due. He was a very influential performer in the 70's who seemed to get lost in the 80's like many bands/performers. His set in Louisville was the best opening act I have ever seen for the Stones. Moreover, as I posted, he was a pleasure to talk to and very friendly to us.
2nd November 2006 12:03 PM
Egbert bodies..........need............rest...........
2nd November 2006 12:04 PM
Jumping Jack Some comments about his recent Orpheum show from a Who-lligan on the Who board.


larrydee33
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Posted: October 30 2006, 08:15 Post subject: Coop Rocks Boston

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Happy Jack was right Alice Cooper is better than he was in the 70's they are the balls.
Going into last night didn't know what to think as you all know I don't sugar coat anything so here goes.

Started off at the bean town pub right up the street from the Orphium in they came Cooper look alikes what a cross section from bikers to yuppies the boomer generation in full bloom all witih Cooper painted faces and top hat's most havent seen Coop since the 70's like me.

The Orphium was jam packed standing and hanging from the rafters.
The opening band sucked to put it bluntly their last song was called FU-- so creative the audience was polite but there was this great sense of anticapation in the air.

When Coop hit the stage the audience went completely crazy chants of Cooper Cooper were heard loud and clear all night when the audience wasn't singing the lyrics to all his songs
What an atmosphere everyone was on thier feet going bonkers everybody was standing no sitting here even for a second
Right from the second Coop hit the stage He had them in the palm of his hand as he threw his cane to the audience

What a pereformance what a freaking band of young studs Good or better than anything I've seen in quite awhile.
Of special note are the drummer who reminds me of Carl Palmer he attacked his drums with complete abandon all night also the lead guitarist reminds me of a young Jimmy Page he stamped around and starngled and went at that guitar with no mercy all night . Both are big time talents
The band is that good what a sound pure high energy kick ass rock and roll all night long.
This is what a rock and roll concert is all about as the show progressed from one stage to another Coop just took everyone higher and higher one climax after another the audience was over the top.

One scene had this leather clad blonde with a whip whippng all the band members then she whipped Coop he grabs the whip she puts her cape around both of them and they disappear Phew gone Harry Houdini couldn't have done it better then on with the theatre portion of the show Won't spoil it for you but it's Classic Coop in full bloom and then some.
All during this the band played this hard driving totally kick ass music loud and clear Just an incredable sound behind all the theatrics.

At $36.00 for a 3rd row front of stage ticket it was the deal of the century Alice Cooper has pulled off what all the so called 70's super groups are trying to accomplish but are falling right on their asses

This is a can't miss show. This band kicks some serious ass if they can put on this type show night after night they are indeed the kings of rock and roll
I nominate Alice Cooper for President of Rock and Roll nation he more than deserves it.
Coop you are the man Congradulations.

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larrydee33
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Posted: October 30 2006, 10:53 Post subject:

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Just heard Coop on WZLX live in Boston. He has quite a few stories to tell One of which in the 70's he belonged to a drinking club in LA called Hollywood Vampires with Keith Moon etc etc He said one day John Lennon came in and asked if he could join as he just had a fight with Yoko

Didn't know Coop has 30 albums out there. Didnt know also he has a world wide radio show on over 300 stations with WZLK being one of them.
The guy is a rock Icon besides that he seems really down to earth.
Quite a welcome change

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Posted: October 30 2006, 14:23 Post subject:

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larrydee33,

Saw Cooper do his "Nightmare Returns" concert on Halloween 1986 at Detroit's Joe Louis Arena. You're description of "Coop Fandamonium" is dead on. No sitting. Standing for every song.
"Welcome to My Nightmare" tore the roof of !!! "Billiona Dollar Babies" had Alice lancing bady dolls some headless, others wer just the heads) on his "Errol Flynn Sword". "Teenage Frankenstein" had Alice being chased by a Frankenstein, only to get "slayed" by Coop. The Highlite was "I Love the Dead", complete with guillotine. Don't ask me, but Cooper got his head chopped off, but somehow managed to still keep on singing.
"Elected" had Alice waving Old Glory, and the crowd was in a full "fist pump.

He hasn't played a small club in Detroit this year. He did play the 2006 Michigan State Fair. But I had other plans around the Labor Day Holiday.

happyjack has taken "mucho, mucho heat" for his Alice Cooper "man love", from other "Who-ligans" on this site. But the fact remains, that when bands like Cooper, Seger, Pearl Jam, Metallica, and NIN, to name a few, are getting the "job done" for less ticket cost, that speaks volumes to Cohl, and his ca$h grabbing "Whores".

Peace, Foadlom

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larrydee33
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Posted: October 30 2006, 16:35 Post subject:

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foadlom
Believe it or not Cohl promoted Coop's Boston date. So it's really up to the act to set the ground rules instead of listening to Cohl get rich schemes like The Who and The Stones have done.

Looks like Coop is done touring for the year from what his site say's
Hope he keeps the same band members in tact next year when he hit's the road.
A live album of this crew would be the balls.

foadlom sure Coop has his fun and games but as Happy Jack says this is a killer band just killer. You have to see them live to really appreciate how good they really are.
Coop said on WZLX today shock rock is dead When you can see live on the internet somebody getting their head cut off in Iraq. That's the end of shock rock.
He seems just like a regular guy Happy Jack would know better than me.
But I'm telling you foadlom this band will knock you right on your ass.

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foadlom
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Posted: October 30 2006, 17:15 Post subject:

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larrydee33,

Didn't know that about the Cooper & Cohl "bed-in". Also, Seger is getting promoted by "Shit Nation".com, but I see where he's keeping tickets at around $60 for ALL seats. I can promise you this, there won't be black tarps, $20 fire sale tickets, and "Family Four Paks" for Seger when he tours. EVERY show is a sell-out. However, I see he is doing a "ticket auction" for shows, AFTER the general sale is sold out. I'm not happy about that.

I saw Cooper's "Leopard Boots", and the Guillotine, complete with Alice's "Other Head" (in the basket) at The R 'n R HOF in 1996. Dude, I still to this day don't know how he pulled off the stunt, and the one "Henchman" picked the head out of the basket, and the "head" finished the song while the "Henchman" held it up to the microphone.

Peace, Foadlom

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larrydee33
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Posted: October 30 2006, 17:37 Post subject:

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foadlom
This time a bunch of scrubs and the woman fight over Coop's head Great theatre.

foadlom have been trying to think of what Coop's band sounds like Really hard to describe.
But remeber the great kick ass rock and roll bands out of Detroit in the 60's and the 70's I mean the great ones.

The closest I can come with a name is Mitch Ryder and Detroit not The Detroit Wheel's just Detroit.
What a kick ass outfit did a few dates with them in the early 70's Micth was a real piece of work Have to check amazon.com to see if they have any of their albums. Detroit was a real bad ass crew god help anyone who messed with Mitch He didn't need any bodyguards if you know what I mean But they sure knew how to rock and roll

Somehow Coop has managed to recreat that great kick ass rock and roll sound of that era with this new band. You should have seen him he was like a conductor up there seemed to be really enjoying himself.
Who wouldn't with a band like that behind him.

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Posted: October 30 2006, 19:32 Post subject:

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You are right about Coop's band. When I saw them earlier this month, they came out for the first song wearing these white masks and for a second, I thought one of the guitarists was Buckethead (he had on kind of like a top hat and he did this robotic kind of playing). These guy's are tight! BTW, the drummer is Eric Singer who replaced Eric Carr in KISS after he passed away. Did a 10 minute solo which I thought would kind of suck but really blew me away (hadn't seen a drum solo since the 80s).

The girl who danced on stage was Calico Cooper, Alice's daughter.

2nd November 2006 01:46 PM
ListenToTheLion Cooper = old waffler
2nd November 2006 02:10 PM
guitarman53 Alice Cooper is an original, I'm only a fan of the original Alice Cooper Group, before the band got into all that horror stuff, they were almost a transvestite band, I can remember they getting Boooo on the stage, people throwing stuff at them, being called a lot of homophobia names, they (Alice Cooper) opened up a door for other's to follow.
3rd November 2006 06:37 AM
corgi37 I've never seen him, and he came out here this year, playing small venues (2,000 approx).

I would have liked to have seen him, but i had cask wine to drink. Is he still doing his radio show? How can a young lad from Oz listen to him?

He and Moonie really went through some booze in L.A. in the 70's. Rather odd combination, when you think of it.
3rd November 2006 07:03 AM
Ten Thousand Motels ALICE COOPER's Radio Show Picked Up By Boston's WZLX-FM - Nov. 1, 2006

Jessica Heslam of BostonHerald.com reports that Alice Cooper's syndicated radio show, "Nights with Alice Cooper", has been picked up by Boston's WZLX-FM.

"I don't do politics. Hate politics," said Cooper, who said rock and politics don't mix. "Rock 'n' roll is entertainment. Since when do we rockers know anything about politics?"

Cooper's radio show was on just five stations when it debuted nearly three years ago. Now, it's heard on more than 100 stations.

"I go to deeper music. I come from the '60s, '70s era and I think a lot of that classic rock gets lost. And with that, every single artist I play I know," Cooper told BostonHerald.com.

"I can tell stories about people that DJs can't do. I can say things about artists that DJs can't say. The artists I talk about are guys that know my sense of humor," Cooper said.

Cooper doesn't use bad language on the radio — or on stage. "It's much funnier and much more clever to work clean," he said.
3rd November 2006 09:18 AM
Jumping Jack The Montreux 2005 DVD is MUST HAVE!!!
3rd November 2006 03:15 PM
Navin
I like Alice Cooper, a lot, have never seen him/them but that don't seem to matter.

How come no one's complaining about too many "warhorses" in the setlist
3rd November 2006 03:24 PM
Dan
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Navin wrote:

How come no one's complaining about too many "warhorses" in the setlist



Because he always throws in a few new songs and plenty of gems like "You Drive Me Nervous" and "Guilty" this tour or my personal favorite "Halo Of Flies" on previous tours.
3rd November 2006 03:30 PM
Jumping Jack Women of Mass Distraction and Dirty Diamonds are new songs and as strong as anything else it the set.

Dirty Diamonds and Billion Dollar Babies sound like they could have come from the same album although 30+ years apart.

What songs on ABB sound like they came off Sticky Fingers or Exile?
3rd November 2006 03:44 PM
Navin
Thanks Dan, and Yeah, I personally liked the addition of "rarities" like "Wish I Were Born In Beverly Hills" - one of my favorites (along with "Nurse Rozetta" from 'From the Inside')

Good to know about "Guilty" being played again - another great one in that league would be "Who Do You Think We Are"

But seriously, even the "warhorses" rock out on any Alice show...I would be disappointed without "Eighteen" "Wheels" and "B$B"....and "Dead Babies" - though this is not performed every time, its either "Dwight Fry" or "I Love the Dead"

And yes, Jumpin Jack, 'Dirty Diamonds' is a great record, but why play just those 2 tracks, even the Stones are doing 4-5 from ABB every show..."Sunset Babies" "Steal that Car" "Worst Enemy" and maybe one more could be added.


3rd November 2006 03:48 PM
Jumping Jack I agree about Sunset Babies and they played it in Atlanta last summer, but dropped it when Roxie left.

I read somewhere that Damon and Keri asked to do Nervous and Guilty so it may depend on what the band wants to play.
3rd November 2006 04:25 PM
Ten Thousand Motels CULTURE WARRIOR.
3rd November 2006 06:09 PM
Jumping Jack Hey, that's my avatar on the Coop boards, LOL!!!
4th November 2006 08:27 AM
Homercles Corgi, the Coop's radio show is broadcast on 96fm in Perth every weeknight from 10pm Perth time - you can listen online at 96fm.com.au. I don't know if any other fm station in Australia is doing the same thing as 96fm is part of southern cross network and from what i understand most of the southern cross radio stations are on the am band. It's well worth listening to though if you get a chance - the Coop has a great sense of humour & excellent music taste.
5th November 2006 05:17 AM
corgi37 Hey, thanks for that. I will have a listen this week.
5th November 2006 08:59 AM
Homercles no dramas mate, i actually have 2 of the shows on cd if you want a copy plus I also have a very cool recording of a radio doco hosted by John Lydon who is a huge Coop fan - it's pretty good. Let me know if you want copies and send me an email to homerjrichards@yahoo.com.au with your postal address and I'll mail them to you this week.
5th November 2006 02:41 PM
danielharris627
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Jumping Jack wrote:
Hey, that's my avatar on the Coop boards, LOL!!!


Hey what cooper boards do you belong to?
And yes alice rules.
5th November 2006 04:39 PM
Beast of Alice Yes,"Sunset Babies" is a kickass Coop tune.It also reminds me of "Sweet Hitchhiker" from CCr.Dirty Diamonds is awesome!You should check out Ryan Roxies Cd -Peace,love,and Armegeddon.This Cd is as Great ,if not better.I think better even though I have been a Coop fan for over 25 years.I saw Alice recently and he will be touring for at least 10 years before he needs to call it quits.Do not miss him.It is worth every penny!
5th November 2006 05:01 PM
WattsAtScotts What are some good Alice Boards?
5th November 2006 05:28 PM
Jumping Jack Coop boards:

http://www.sickthingsuk.co.uk/

http://www.nightswithalicecooper.com/forum/forum_topics.asp?FID=8

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