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Welcome to his nightmare

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Alice Cooper brings his nightmarish vaudeville show to Dawson Creek on Nov. 13

Welcome 2 Alice Cooper’s rock and roll nightmare! The master of the macabre brings his live legendary theatrics and decades of classic cuts to the Encana Events Centre Nov. 13. Alice Cooper is much more than just make-up, guillotines and straight-jackets, the man behind the mask is also a radio host, movie star, author and avid golfer. Don’t miss the horror-meister’s cross-Canada “Night of Fear” tour – one night only.

“Our Canadian audiences are huge. They’ve always been very loyal to me, which is great. Ozzy, Aerosmith and Rush have a loyal audience. I have a very loyal audience in Canada and you know, I’ve been touring for 45 years and a lot of those people still come but we’re getting a lot of younger kids coming because they’ve heard the legend of Alice and they’ve heard the mythical stories about Alice,” said Cooper.

“Now, I think when you get bands like Ozzy, Alice and Aerosmith and bands that are vintage rock bands, I think fans realize that when we’re gone there’s not going to be those bands anymore. There’s just something about those groups that I just feel are classic. We came from a time when we actually knew The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Doors and Jimi Hendrix. So there’s some history involved in these bands,” he added.

With over 25 albums and a bucketful of Top 40 blood-curdling hits, Cooper has dominated the shock rock world while delivering some of the most unforgettable rock anthems of all time including “School’s Out,” “I’m Eighteen,” “Welcome to My Nightmare,” “No More Mr. Nice Guy” and “Billion Dollar Babies”. Alice Cooper has carved a niche in the hallowed halls of rock and roll history. Cooper’s career began in 1969 with the release of the album, “Pretties for You” and the release of his first solo album in 1975.

But what happens when legends such as Cooper or Kiss no longer rock and become only faded memories? Who will replace The Rolling Stones, the Aerosmiths and the Ozzy Osbournes? And where or where has all the good rock gone?

“I’m not one of those guys that sit around going, ‘Well in the old days’ and ‘There’s no good bands around anymore’. Now, there’s one pet peeve I do have. I would say nine out of 10 rock bands are the wimpiest bands I’ve ever seen in my life. I mean, just wimpy. They don’t have any attitude, they don’t care what they look like on stage and they don’t have any sort of rock and roll venom in them at all. They’re just kind of like, ‘We’re kind of folk and we kind of want to look like everybody else’. I’m talking about American bands and British bands. I keep looking around going, ‘Where are the rock stars?’ and ‘Where are the guys that are the next rock stars?’ It’s sort of like this generation is afraid to be rock stars, you know they just want to fit in. In my generation, rock stars wanted to not fit in, they wanted to have their own identity whereas this generation all wants to sort of fit in together. So I mean I don’t quite understand that. But bands like The Foo Fighters, that’s a great rock band. There are still a few out there, Jack White, he’s a real innovator,” said Cooper.

“I used to really like Billy Talent, great band and ‘Red Flag’ was an amazing record. They were sort of like Canada’s Green Day. To me Green Day is a real high energy band. So, that’s what I’m looking for in rock bands. It just seems like this generation needs a gigantic shot of testosterone or something.”

When not touring the globe Cooper can be heard on over 100 radio stations, five hours a night and five nights a week on his syndicated radio show “Nights with Alice Cooper”. Cooper picks the songs and reminisces about the good old days of rock.

“Every band I play, I know. So I can tell a story about every single band that I play or five stories or 10 stories, so there’s uniqueness about my show. There’s a lot of back stage stuff, information that other people don’t have. I talk about, ‘Well there I was hanging from a chandelier with Jim Morrison trying to see who could hold on the longest’,” said Cooper. “We have a million stories with those guys because they were friends of ours.”

Alice has also written a book, “Golf Monster” that explores one of his favourite past-times and Alice also owns “Cooperstown”, a Phoenix-based sports bar and restaurant. Cooper also had a cameo in the Tim Burton directed “Dark Shadows” which starred Johnny Depp. “Johnny’s a pretty good guitar player. We put him in the band a couple of nights and he holds his own,” joked Cooper.

According to Cooper, one thing’s for sure, you can’t get bored when you tour the world for six months out of every year. “When you get up to do ‘School’s Out’ or ‘I’m Eighteen’ or ‘No More Mr. Nice Guy’ or anything like that and the audience reacts to every single song, you can’t be bored with that song.”

“When you get everybody standing up and cheering every time you start a song it’s impossible to be bored with that. When I hear about bands complaining, ‘I don’t want to have to do my hits again’ I go, ‘Come on, the audience is paying to hear the songs they associate you with so don’t give me that I’m not going to do my hits stuff’. We always do the hits,” said Cooper.

A night of fear with Alice Cooper and his vaudeville-like antics. The show starts at 8 p.m.



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