Alice Cooper

Born: February 4, 1948
Detroit, MI, USA
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Alice Cooper was born Vincent Damon Furnier in Detroit, Michigan. His first band was formed, however, in Arizona, where he and his family moved while he was still a teenager. The band name changed from the Earwigs to the Spiders, and eventually they would change it to the Nazz. In 1968, as the story goes, it was changed to Alice Cooper when the band was playing with a ouija board and Furnier was told he was the reincarnation a witch by the same name. Eventually Furnier would also go by Alice Cooper, and he would create an evil persona to complete the effect. The band moved to California as the sixties came to a close, though, and it was there that they would meet Frank Zappa and Shep Gordon. They signed with Zappa’s label, Straight Records, and released two albums. In 1970, they signed with Warner Brothers, and this is where Cooper met Bob Ezrin, who helped sculpt the Cooper metal sound. In 1971, the released Love it to Death, which featured “Eighteen”, a monstrously enormous hit single. The tour that followed was a huge, spectacular event that Cooper soon became known for. Alice Cooper became synonymous for stage theatrics, blood, gore, and heavy metal rocking. The following album, Killer, went gold as well, but the album that followed in 1972, entitled School’s Out, would push Cooper’s popularity over the edge. The follow-up album, Billion Dollar Babies, released one year later, would be Cooper’s biggest selling album, reaching number one and spinning off hits such as “No More Mr. Nice Guy”. After the successful run of four albums in a row, however, Cooper disintegrated. Upon the release of the unsuccessful Muscle of Love, Cooper fired the rest of the band, and kept the name for his following solo career. After hiring a new band, he released a new album titled Welcome to My Nightmare. The new solo release attracted Cooper’s old faithful listeners, and the album went gold. Almost prophetically, came next, and after the album hit gold, that is exactly what happened. Due to stress in his work and alcoholism, Cooper’s career began to spiral downward. But, in 1978, Cooper entered rehab, and wrote an album while he underwent therapy, entitled From the Inside. Throughout the 80’s, however, Cooper would not enjoy the same popularity that he did in the previous decade. Even though he consistently released albums, he didn’t attract the audience that he used to. Kids were into good-looking hair metal bands, and the new wave pop revolution was in full swing, with skinny ties and slick, synthesized music. In the late 80’s, however, Cooper did manage a successful comeback with the help of hair metal artists Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora, as well as some of the members of Aerosmith. Cooper also had some guest appearances in horror flicks, which aided his returning popularity. He didn’t manage to retain the popularity, however, and has faded during the 90’s. His most recent effort, Brutal Plant, has received some radio airplay, mostly by the classic rock stations, and he supported the album with a tour that was sold out in many cities. Cooper has managed to retain a cult status that not even his political stance can damage.



Instruments Played / Skills:
Songwriter Vocals

Genres:
Glam Rock Heavy Metal

Alice Cooper Has Worked With:
Kip Winger Derek Sherinian Paul Sabu Bob Ezrin Johnny Bee

Alice Cooper Was Influenced By:
Little Richard

Artists That Were Influenced By Alice Cooper:
Ann Boleyn Ozzy Osbourne Randy Rhoads
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"I would advise you to keep your overhead down, avoid a major drug habit, play everyday, and take it in front of other people. They need to hear it, and you need them to hear it."

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