Alice Cooper would be a rock ‘n’ roll legend even if all he contributed to the pantheon was his celebrated theatrical concerts of the ‘70s, shocking displays of gore and violence that took the concept of rock shows to a whole other place. But Cooper and his band, which was originally called Alice Cooper before frontman Vincent Furnier took the name for himself, made some of the best, no-nonsense records of the early ‘70s. Coming out of Detroit, the Alice Cooper band blended old-school pop hooks with a metallic crunch that would foreshadow everything from glam, punk and metal. But Cooper was a showman foremost, jolting classic songs like ‘I’m Eighteen’ and ‘School’s Out’ with an onstage energy that wowed audiences back in the day. A whole generation of artists has been influenced by Cooper’s concerts, but he got there first. And nobody does it better.
How Alice Cooper Hit a Grand Slam With 'School's Out'
Shock-rockers were armed with a career-defining rock anthem and an LP's worth of macabre, vaudevillian choice cuts.
Alice Cooper Names Three Bands Every Young Musician Should Hear
Shock-rock icon says too many hopefuls "just throw it away."
Why Alice Cooper's 'Muscle of Love' Was Doomed to Fail
Shock-rockers struggled to follow back-to-back smashes 'School's Out' and 'Billion Dollar Babies.'
How Desmond Child Helped Aerosmith 'Break out of Their Mold'
Songwriter and producer also tells UCR how the arrival of Nirvana was like a "nuclear bomb."
John Lennon Couldn't Make Alice Cooper Go Political
Shock-rock legend was more interested in Keith Moon's antics during their Hollywood Vampires drinking era.
Alice Cooper Releases 'Tome of Madness' Spoken-Word LP
Album accompanies 'Tome of Madness' online slot game.
Alice Cooper Hopes All Big Bands Helped Crews Through COVID
His organization “put money aside” once scale of pandemic began to show.
Alice Cooper Unveils Spring 2022 North American Tour Dates
Shock-rocker is hitting the road with support from Buckcherry on most dates.
When Alice Cooper Saved a Fan’s Home Painted in His Honor
The "House of Alice" was set to foreclose until the shock rocker stepped in.
Why Three Rock Legends Were Once Told Not to Look at Prince
Alice Cooper, David Bowie and Elton John got the orders from late legend's bodyguards.