Legendary shock rocker Alice Cooper and his original band-mates have been chosen to perform at this year’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ceremonies. The live telecast on March 14th is expected to draw millions of viewers, as fans both young and old gather around the television for what is expected to be an unforgettable rock & roll spectacle, as only the Alice Cooper Group can deliver.
Alice and the boys broke into the music scene in the late sixties, trading in a burned out peace and love movement for violent images of blood and gore. The horror shtick stuck, and the Alice Cooper Group rocketed to super-stardom, scoring a bevy of hits, including the classics, Billion Dollar Babies, School’s Out, I’m Eighteen and No More Mr. Nice Guy. The band released seven studio albums and a multi platinum Greatest Hits collection before going separate ways to pursue solo careers in 1975.
Alice, (born Vincent Furnier) continued to record under the Alice Cooper moniker, releasing eighteen solo albums do date. Alice is currently in the studio with legendary record producer Bob Ezrin recording a follow-up to his classic album ’Welcome to My Nightmare, due later this year.
The original Alice Cooper Group featured Glen Buxton and Michael Bruce on guitars, Dennis Dunaway on bass, Neal Smith, drums and Alice on vocals. Buxton, whom Rolling Stone Magazine ranked among the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.” passed away in 1997.
Michael Bruce speaks fondly of those early days of rock & roll mayhem. “We were in the studio recording tracks for the Billion Dollar Babies album when Shep (band manager Shep Gordon) came in with an elaborate scale model of our new stage layout for the upcoming tour. It was all very Spinal Tap, but after the initial shock wore off, we realized it was a pretty cool stage design. When the actual stage arrived, it was magnificent, with these two reflective, vertical columns that glittered brightly under the lights. What we didn’t know was that the columns were coated with a thick fiberglass-like material which would slice our arms to ribbons by the end of each show. Some of that blood up there was real”
“We were pushing the envelope” states Michael with a broad smile. “That tour (Billion Dollar Babies) took off and just kept growing.” Ultimately, the Billion Dollar Babies tour went on to break attendance records previously held by the Rolling Stones.
Alice Cooper and the boys have announced plans to extend their re-union affair after their Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction on March 14th. The band intends to take the show on the road, with performances in Los Angeles, Detroit, Toronto and more.