Alice Cooper – True Rock And Roll Is Live Once past acts on stage are famous, or infamous, depending on your point of view, but one thing thats indisputable is that his show is one that every member of the audience remembers.
Vincent Damon Furnier was born in Detroit on February 4, 1948.
His heritage was quite interesting, in that his grandfather was an ordained Apostle of the Church of Jesus Christ and his father was an elder in the same church.
His tone in these columns was quite sarcastic, and two of his loyal readers became his closest friends of the time
– Glen Buxton and Dennis Dunaway. Buxton and Dunaway would play a large role in Furniers musical career down the road.
Their first foray into the musical world occurred during a school talent show where they donned wigs and gave a mock performance of songs by The Beatles.
The groups musical influences included The Beatles, Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Kinks and especially Eric Clapton and The Yardbirds. The name Earwigs didnt last long, as the band soon became known as the Spiders.
The Spiders released a single,
“Don’t Blow Your Mind,”
that was a hit on Phoenix radio, and as a result, the band once again changed their name to The Nazz and traveled to Hollywood to pursue larger goals.
Despite years of struggle in Los Angeles, The Nazz did manage to play opening acts for such bands as The Doors and The Yardbirds.
In 1969, the band Alice Cooper released their first album, Pretties For You,
was sold reasonably well but was seen as an outlandish work at the time.
This legend helped play into the overall theme of craziness that the band embodied going forward.
The band Alice Cooper released a total of five albums, but they split up in 1974. Furnier then became known as Alice Cooper, and released his first album, Welcome to My Nightmare, in 1975. The album became a top ten hit, and Cooper was on his way to stardom.
Since then, Cooper has released more than 30 studio, live and compilation albums, and has sold millions of records worldwide. His onstage legend has never waned.
He has always flown a bit under the radar, but his shock rock innovations have been admired and to an extent imitated by the likes of
Judas Priest, Kiss, Megadeath and Marilyn Manson.
One thing is sure – to see Alice Cooper is to see a show youll never forget.