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Alice Cooper Inducted into White Castle Hall of Fame

Alice Cooper Inducted into White Castle Hall of Fame

Tell us the truth, Mr. Cooper. You wish that fire in your hand was a handful of White Castle sliders, don't you?

Legendary rocker Alice Cooper can now say that he is the proud member of two Halls of Fame: the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame, into which Cooper and his band were inducted in 2011, and now the White Castle Hall of Fame: reserved for serious four-corner burger fans. The “School’s Out” singer was inducted into the White Castle Hall of Fame on July 7th and joins the ranks of 170 other cravers who all have rich and varied stories about their love for White Castle.

"When you're on the road, you live at different restaurants," said Alice Cooper at the Hall of Fame Ceremony at White Castle headquarters in Columbus, Ohio. "And anyone that knows my band knows that if we're on this side of the Mississippi and we pass a White Castle, we stop."

Other hall of famers include the team behind Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle, as well as a woman who fell in love with her husband over their mutual love for the fast food joint, and a 90-year-old woman who claims to be the first-ever White Castle fan (and was born the year White Castle was founded).

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There Is Apparently A White Castle Hall Of Fame & Alice Cooper Is Now In It

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There Is Apparently A White Castle Hall Of Fame & Alice Cooper Is Now In It

In what could only have been an event filled with piles upon piles of steamed meat, Cooper was inducted into the ranks of about 177 members who have all proved their devotion in some way or another in a ceremony at the company headquarters in Columbus, Ohio yesterday, reports 10TV.com.

It’s unclear what the exact requirements for earning a spot on the list is — there’s a priest who breaks 40-day meat fasts by bringing parishioners to White Castle at 2:30 a.m. and of course, the people behind Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle — but Cooper has managed to snag a spot among them. Maybe being a famous musician has something to do with it?

(Note: Somehow I don’t think being in college and waking up to empty stacks of Crave cases and a faint memory that you did something very, very bad the night before will get you in.)

“When you’re on the road, you live at different restaurants,” he said. “And anyone that knows my band knows that if we’re on this side of the Mississippi and we pass a White Castle, we stop.”

And yes, he’s already in the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame — which makes him the first to be in both the Craver Hall AND that other one. Apparently heavy metal rockers who have become household names and are greeted everywhere they go by legions of adoring fans really can have it all. Who knew?

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How to Get Inducted Into White Castle's Hall of Fame

— -- Want to be a true burger king or queen? Since 2001, 7,645 people have tried to be admitted into White Castle's Hall of Fame, but only 170 have been inducted.

How do you join this venerable list of White Castle fans, the latest of whom is rocker Alice Cooper?

Unless you're Cooper, who was invited to be inducted, you just have to apply online.

White Castle accepts applicants year-round on its website, though only entries submitted by July 31 will be considered for White Castle's 14th annual Cravers Hall of Fame contest. Applicants simply submit their "story" behind their love of White Castle, a photo and basic information.

A panel of judges then rates the stories and selects any number of finalists, according to Todd Hutchins, a White Castle spokesman.

Hutchins said the company can get, say, 1,600 applications and narrow the pool down to 20 or 40 people. Then the panel can select as many as a dozen people for the Hall of Fame.

Inductees include the creators and actors of the 2004 film, "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle," and a woman who first dated her husband of more than 32 years at the fast food chain.

Cooper was inducted into the White Castle Cravers Hall of Fame at the home office in Columbus, Ohio, on Monday. Cooper did not apply, Hutchins said.

"Alice grew up in Detroit and he has basically been a White Castle 'craver' since he was a child. He has made mention of that in the past," Hutchins said.

Bill Ingram, CEO of White Castle, happens to be friends with Cooper's manager and invited the rock star to become inducted. The ceremony took place this week while Cooper was in Ohio for an unrelated performance.

The other inductees will take part in a ceremony in October at the headquarters, with transportation and lodging paid for by the company. After an office tour and meeting White Castle executives, inductees tell their story in a ceremony and then get a plaque.


Black Hall of Fame Inducts 3 Whites

Three black women and three white men were among more than two dozen persons inducted into the Black Hall of Fame at the organization's first dinner at the Americana Hotel last night attended by about 1,000. The women were Althea Gibson, tennis champion Wilma Rudolph, Olympic gold medal winner, and Alice Coachman, the first black woman winner of an Olympic gold medal.

The white men were Branch Rickey, Brooklyn Dodger general manager who broke the color line in baseball by playing Jackie Robinson Jack Twyman the long time guardian for Maurice Stokes, his paralyzed Cincinnati Royal teammate, and Morris Levitt, a historian.

There were also three oldtimers among the inductees: Dr. E. B. Henderson, 91 years old a historian Hank McDonald, 90, the first black professional football player, and Fritz Pollard, 80, an All‐American and the only black coach ever in the National Football League.

From baseball: Willie Mays, Josh Gibson, Satchel Paige, Hank Aaron and Monte Irvin. From basketball: Chuch Cooper. From football: Jim Brown, Buddy Young. From track: Jesse Owens, Rater Johnson, Eulace Peacock and Representative Ralph Metcalfe of Illinois. From tennis: Arthur Ashe. From golf: Charlie Sifford, From boxing: Sugar Ray Robinson, Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali.


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Cooper was born in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Ether Moroni Furnier (1924–1987) and his wife Ella Mae (née McCart born 1925). He was named after his uncle, Vincent Collier Furnier, and the writer Damon Runyon. [11] His father was an evangelist in The Church of Jesus Christ (Bickertonite) [12] and his paternal grandfather, Thurman Sylvester Furnier, was an apostle (from 1917) in and president (1963–1965) of that church.

Cooper was active in his church at ages 11 to 12. [13] [14] Following a series of childhood illnesses, he moved with his family to Phoenix, Arizona, where he attended Cortez High School. [15] In his high school yearbook, his ambition was to be "A million record seller". [16]

1960s Edit

The Spiders and Nazz Edit

In 1964, 16-year-old Furnier was eager to participate in the local annual Cortez High School Letterman's talent show, so he gathered four fellow cross-country teammates to form a group for the show: Glen Buxton, Dennis Dunaway, John Tatum and John Speer. [fn 1] They named themselves the Earwigs. [17] They dressed up in costumes and wigs to resemble The Beatles, and performed several parodies of Beatles songs, with the lyrics modified to refer to the track team: in their rendition of "Please Please Me", for example, the line "Last night I said these words to my girl" was replaced with "Last night I ran four laps for my coach". [18] Of the group, only Buxton knew how to play an instrument—the guitar—so Buxton played guitar while the rest mimed on their instruments. [17] [19] The group got an overwhelming response from the audience and won the talent show. As a result of their positive experience, the group decided to try to turn into a real band. They acquired musical instruments from a local pawn shop, and proceeded to learn how to play them, with Buxton doing most of the teaching, as well as much of the early songwriting. [19] They soon renamed themselves the Spiders, featuring Furnier on vocals, Buxton on lead guitar, Tatum on rhythm guitar, Dunaway on bass guitar, and Speer on drums. [17]

In 1966, The Spiders graduated from Cortez High School, and after North High School football player Michael Bruce replaced John Tatum on rhythm guitar, the band released their second single, "Don't Blow Your Mind", an original composition which became a local No. 1 hit, backed by "No Price Tag". [17]

By 1967, the band had begun to make regular road trips to Los Angeles to play shows. [17] They soon renamed themselves Nazz and released the single "Wonder Who's Lovin' Her Now", backed with future Alice Cooper track "Lay Down and Die, Goodbye". Around this time, drummer John Speer was replaced by Neal Smith. By the end of the year, the band had relocated to Los Angeles. [17]

Name change to "Alice Cooper" Edit

In 1968, the band learned that Todd Rundgren also had a band called Nazz, and found themselves in need of another stage name. Furnier also believed that the group needed a gimmick to succeed, and that other bands were not exploiting the showmanship potential of the stage. [17] They chose the name "Alice Cooper" largely because it sounded innocuous and wholesome, in humorous contrast to the band's image and music. In 2007 in his book Alice Cooper, Golf Monster Cooper stated that his look was inspired in part by film. One of the band's all-time favorite movies was What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? starring Bette Davis. "In the movie, Bette wears disgusting caked makeup smeared on her face and underneath her eyes, with deep, dark, black eyeliner." Another movie the band watched over and over was Barbarella. "When I saw Anita Pallenberg playing the Great Tyrant in that movie in 1968, wearing long black leather gloves with switchblades coming out of them, I thought, 'That's what Alice should look like.' That, and a little bit of Emma Peel from The Avengers." [20]

The classic Alice Cooper group lineup consisted of Furnier, lead guitarist Glen Buxton, rhythm guitarist Michael Bruce, bassist Dennis Dunaway, and drummer Neal Smith. [17] With the exception of Smith, who graduated from Camelback High School (which is referred to in the song "Alma Mater" on the album School's Out), all of the band members were on the Cortez High School cross-country team, and many of Cooper's stage effects were inspired by their cross-country coach, Emmett Smith. [21] Cooper, Buxton, and Dunaway were also art students, and their admiration for the works of surrealist artists such as Salvador Dalí would further inspire their future stage antics. [22]

One night after an unsuccessful gig at the Cheetah club in Venice, California, where the band emptied the entire room of patrons after playing just ten minutes, they were approached and enlisted by music manager Shep Gordon, who saw the band's negative impact that night as a force that could be turned in a more productive direction. [17] Shep then arranged an audition for the band with composer and renowned record producer Frank Zappa, who was looking to sign bizarre music acts to his new record label, Straight Records. [17] For the audition Zappa told them to come to his house "at 7 o'clock." The band mistakenly assumed he meant 7 o'clock in the morning. Being woken up by a band willing to play that particular brand of psychedelic rock at seven in the morning impressed Zappa enough for him to sign them to a three-album deal. Another Zappa-signed act, the all-female GTOs, who liked to "dress the Cooper boys up like full size Barbie dolls", played a major role in developing the band's early onstage look. [23] [fn 2]

Cooper's first album, Pretties for You (released in 1969), was eclectic and featured an experimental presentation of their songs in a psychedelic context.

Alice Cooper's "shock rock" reputation apparently developed almost by accident at first. An unrehearsed stage routine involving Cooper, a feather pillow, and a live chicken garnered attention from the press the band decided to capitalize on the tabloid sensationalism, creating in the process a new subgenre, shock rock. [17] Cooper claims that the infamous "Chicken Incident" at the Toronto Rock and Roll Revival concert in September 1969 was an accident. [17] A chicken somehow made its way onto the stage into the feathers of a feather pillow they would open during Cooper's performance, and not having any experience with farm animals, Cooper presumed that, because the chicken had wings, it would be able to fly. [17] [24] He picked it up and threw it out over the crowd, expecting it to fly away. The chicken instead plummeted into the first few rows occupied by wheelchair users, who reportedly proceeded to tear the bird to pieces. [fn 3] The next day the incident made the front page of national newspapers, and Zappa phoned Cooper and asked if the story, which reported that he had bitten off the chicken's head and drunk its blood on stage, was true. Cooper denied the rumor, whereupon Zappa told him, "Well, whatever you do, don't tell anyone you didn't do it." [17] [25] [fn 4]

The band later claimed that this period was highly influenced by Pink Floyd, and especially the album The Piper at the Gates of Dawn. Glen Buxton said he could listen to Syd Barrett's guitar for hours at a time. [26]

1970s Edit

Despite the publicity from the chicken incident, the band's second album, Easy Action, produced by David Briggs and released in June 1970, fared even worse than its predecessor, entirely failing to dent the Billboard Top 200. Around this time, fed up with Californians' indifference to their act, they relocated to Pontiac, Michigan, where their bizarre stage act was much better received by Midwestern crowds accustomed to the proto punk styles of local bands such as the Stooges and the MC5. Despite this, Cooper still managed to receive a cream pie in the face when performing at the Cincinnati Pop Festival. Michigan would remain their steady home base until 1972. "L.A. just didn't get it," Cooper stated. "They were all on the wrong drug for us. They were on acid and we were basically drinking beer. We fit much more in Detroit than we did anywhere else." [27]

Alice Cooper appeared at the Woodstock-esque Strawberry Fields Festival near Toronto, Ontario, in August 1970. The band's mix of glam and increasingly violent stage theatrics stood out in stark contrast to the bearded, denim-clad hippie bands of the time. [28] As Cooper himself stated: "We were into fun, sex, death and money when everybody was into peace and love. We wanted to see what was next. It turned out we were next, and we drove a stake through the heart of the Love Generation". [29]

In autumn 1970, the Alice Cooper group teamed with producer Bob Ezrin for the recording of their third album, Love It to Death. This was the final album in their Straight Records contract and the band's last chance to create a hit. That first success came with the single "I'm Eighteen", released in November 1970, which reached number 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 in early 1971. Not long after the album's release in January 1971, Warner Bros. Records purchased Alice Cooper's contract from Straight and re-issued the album, giving the group a higher level of promotion. [30]

Love It to Death proved to be their breakthrough album, reaching number 35 on the U.S. Billboard 200 album charts. It would be the first of 11 [fn 5] Alice Cooper group and solo albums produced by Ezrin, who is widely seen as being pivotal in helping to create and develop the band's definitive sound. [31]

The group's 1971 tour featured a stage show involving mock fights and gothic torture modes being imposed on Cooper, climaxing in a staged execution by electric chair, with the band sporting tight, sequined, color-contrasting glam rock-style costumes made by prominent rock-fashion designer Cindy Dunaway (sister of band member Neal Smith, and wife of band member Dennis Dunaway). Cooper's androgynous stage role had developed to present a villainous side, portraying a potential threat to modern society. The success of the band's single and album, and their tour of 1971, which included their first tour of Europe (audience members reportedly included Elton John and a pre-Ziggy David Bowie), provided enough encouragement for Warner Bros. to offer the band a new multi-album contract. [ citation needed ]

Their follow-up album Killer, released in late 1971, continued the commercial success of Love It to Death and included further single success with "Under My Wheels", "Be My Lover" in early 1972, and "Halo of Flies", which became a Top 10 hit in the Netherlands in 1973. Thematically, Killer expanded on the villainous side of Cooper's androgynous stage role, with its music becoming the soundtrack to the group's morality-based stage show, which by then featured a boa constrictor hugging Cooper on-stage, the murderous axe chopping of bloodied baby dolls, and execution by hanging at the gallows. In January 1972, Cooper was again asked about his peculiar name, and told talk-show hostess Dinah Shore that he took the name from a "Mayberry RFD" character. [ citation needed ]

The summer of 1972 saw the release of the single "School's Out". It went Top 10 in the U.S. and to number 1 in the U.K., and remains a staple on classic rock radio to this day. The album School's Out reached No. 2 on the US charts and sold over a million copies. The band relocated to their new mansion in Greenwich, Connecticut. [32] With Cooper's on-stage androgynous persona completely replaced with brattiness and machismo, the band solidified their success with subsequent tours in the United States and Europe, and won over devoted fans in droves while at the same time horrifying parents and outraging the social establishment. [ citation needed ] In the United Kingdom, Mary Whitehouse, a Christian morality campaigner, persuaded the BBC to ban the video for "School's Out", [33] although Whitehouse's campaign did not prevent the single also reaching number one in the UK. Cooper sent her a bunch of flowers in gratitude for the publicity. [34] Meanwhile, British Labour Member of Parliament Leo Abse petitioned Home Secretary Reginald Maudling to have the group banned altogether from performing in the country. [35]

In February 1973, Billion Dollar Babies was released worldwide and became the band's most commercially successful album, reaching No. 1 in both the US and UK. "Elected", a late-1972 Top 10 UK hit from the album, which inspired one of the first MTV-style story-line promo videos ever made for a song (three years before Queen's promotional video for "Bohemian Rhapsody"), was followed by two more UK Top 10 singles, "Hello Hooray" and "No More Mr. Nice Guy", the latter of which was the last UK single from the album it reached No. 25 in the US. [36] The title track, featuring guest vocals by Donovan, was also a US hit single. Around this time Glen Buxton left Alice Cooper briefly because of waning health. [37]

With a string of successful concept albums and several hit singles, the band continued their grueling schedule and toured the United States again. Continued attempts by politicians and pressure groups to ban their shocking act only served to fuel the myth of Alice Cooper further and generate even greater public interest. [ citation needed ] Their 1973 US tour broke box-office records previously set by the Rolling Stones and raised rock theatrics to new heights the multi-level stage show by then featured numerous special effects, including Billion Dollar Bills, decapitated baby dolls and mannequins, a dental psychosis scene complete with dancing teeth, and the ultimate execution prop and highlight of the show: the guillotine. The guillotine and other stage effects were designed for the band by magician James Randi, who appeared on stage during some of the shows as executioner. In 2012 at Dragon Con, Randi and Cooper discussed their working relationship during this period. [38] The Alice Cooper group had now reached its peak and it was among the most visible and successful acts in the industry. Beneath the surface, however, the repetitive schedule of recording and touring had begun to take its toll on the band. [ citation needed ]

Muscle of Love, released at the end of 1973, was to be the last studio album from the classic lineup, and marked Alice Cooper's last UK Top 20 single of the 1970s with "Teenage Lament '74". An unsolicited theme song was recorded for the James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun, but a different song of the same name by Lulu was chosen instead. By 1974, the Muscle of Love album still had not matched the top-charting success of its predecessor, and the band began to have constant disagreements. For various reasons, the members agreed to take what was expected to be a temporary hiatus. "Everyone decided they needed a rest from one another", said manager Shep Gordon at the time. "A lot of pressure had built up, but it's nothing that can't be dealt with. Everybody still gets together and talks." Journalist Bob Greene spent several weeks on the road with the band during the Muscle of Love Christmas Tour in 1973. His book Billion Dollar Baby, released in November 1974, painted a less-than-flattering picture of the band, showing a group in total disharmony. [39] Cooper later wrote an autobiography with Steven Gaines called Me, Alice which gave the singer's version of that era of his career, among other things. [40]

During this time, Cooper relocated back to Los Angeles and started appearing regularly on television shows such as The Hollywood Squares, and Warner Bros. released the Alice Cooper's Greatest Hits compilation album. It featured classic-style artwork and reached the US Top 10, performing better than Muscle of Love. However, the band's 1974 feature film Good to See You Again, Alice Cooper (consisting mainly of 1973 concert footage with 'comedic' sketches woven throughout to a faint storyline), released on a minor cinematic run mostly to drive-in theaters, saw little box-office success. On March 5, 1974, Cooper appeared on episode 3 of The Snoop Sisters playing a Satanic cult singer. The final shows by Alice Cooper as a group were in Brazil in March and April 1974, including the record indoor attendance estimated as high as 158,000 fans in São Paulo on March 30, at the Anhembi Exposition Hall at the start of the first ever South American rock tour. [41]

In 1975, Alice Cooper returned as a solo artist with the release of Welcome to My Nightmare. To avoid legal complications over ownership of the group name, "Alice Cooper" had by then become the singer's new legal name. Speaking on the subject of Alice Cooper continuing as a solo project as opposed to the band it once was, Cooper stated in 1975, "It got very basically down to the fact that we had drawn as much as we could out of each other. After ten years, we got pretty dry together." Manager Gordon added, "What had started in a sense as a pipe-dream became an overwhelming burden". [39] The success of Welcome to My Nightmare marked the final break-up of the original members of the band, with Cooper collaborating with their producer Bob Ezrin, who recruited Lou Reed's backing band, including guitarists Dick Wagner and Steve Hunter, to play on the album. Spearheaded by the US Top 20 hit ballad "Only Women Bleed", the album was released by Atlantic Records in March of that year and became a Top 10 hit for Cooper. It was a concept album that was based on the nightmare of a child named Steven, featuring narration by classic horror movie film star Vincent Price, and serving as the soundtrack to Cooper's new stage show, which now showcased more theatrics than ever, including an 8-foot-tall (2.4 m) furry Cyclops which Cooper decapitated and killed. [ citation needed ]

Accompanying the album and stage show was the television special The Nightmare, starring Cooper and Vincent Price, which aired on US prime-time TV in April 1975. The Nightmare (which was later released on home video in 1983 and gained a Grammy Awards nomination for Best Long Form Music Video) was regarded as another groundbreaking moment in rock history. Adding to all that, a concert film, also called Welcome to My Nightmare produced, directed, and choreographed by West Side Story cast member David Winters and filmed live at London's Wembley Arena in September 1975, was released to theaters in 1976. The film was released in a special edition DVD in 2017. [42]

Such was the immense success of Cooper's solo project that he decided to continue as a solo artist, and the original band became officially defunct. Bruce, Dunaway, and Smith would go on to form the short-lived band Billion Dollar Babies, producing one album—Battle Axe—in 1977. While occasionally performing with one another and Glen Buxton, they would not reunite with Alice until October 23, 1999, at the second Glen Buxton Memorial Weekend for a show at CoopersTown in Phoenix. They reunited for another show, with Steve Hunter on guitar, on December 16, 2010, at the Dodge Theatre in Phoenix. [43] This lineup would perform together again (televised) on March 14, 2011, at the induction of the original Alice Cooper group into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as well as on May 11, 2011, at London's Battersea Power Station at the Jagermeister Ice Cold 4D event (webcast). Bruce, Dunaway, and Smith appeared on three tracks they co-wrote on Alice's 2011 album Welcome 2 My Nightmare. In 2017, they appeared on two tracks they co-wrote on Alice's album Paranormal, released in July, and in November they joined his current live band for five tour dates in the United Kingdom. [ citation needed ]

Following the 1976 US No. 12 ballad hit "I Never Cry" [31] two albums, Alice Cooper Goes to Hell and Lace and Whiskey and the 1977 US No. 9 ballad hit "You and Me", it became clear during his 1977 US tour that Cooper was in dire need of help with his alcoholism (at his alcoholic peak it was rumored that Cooper was consuming up to two cases of Budweiser and a bottle of whiskey a day). Following the tour, Cooper had himself hospitalized in a sanitarium for treatment, during which time the live album The Alice Cooper Show was released. [44]

In 1978, a sobered Cooper used his experience in the sanitarium as the inspiration for his semi-autobiographical album From the Inside, which he co-wrote with Bernie Taupin it spawned yet another US Top 20 hit ballad, "How You Gonna See Me Now". The subsequent tour's stage show was based inside an asylum, and was filmed for Cooper's first home-video release, The Strange Case of Alice Cooper, in 1979. Around this time, Cooper performed "Welcome to My Nightmare", "You and Me", and "School's Out" on The Muppet Show (episode #307) on March 28, 1978 (he played one of the devil's henchmen trying to dupe Kermit, Gonzo and Miss Piggy into selling their souls). He also appeared in an against-typecasting role as a piano-playing disco waiter in Mae West's final film, Sextette, and as a villain in the film Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Cooper also led celebrities in raising money to remodel the famous Hollywood Sign in Los Angeles, California. Cooper himself contributed over $27,000 to the project, buying an O in the sign in memory of close friend and comedian Groucho Marx. In 1979, Alice also guest starred on good friend Soupy Sales' show, "Lunch with Soupy Sales" and was hit in the face with a pie, as part of the show . when asked about the experience, Alice had this to say about his pal: "Being from Detroit, I came home every day and watched Soupy at lunch (Lunch With Soupy Sales). One of the greatest moments of my life was getting pie-faced by Soupy. He was one of my all time heroes." [45]

1980s Edit

Cooper's albums from the beginning of the 1980s have been referred to by Cooper as his "blackout albums" because he cannot remember recording them, owing to the influence of illicit substances. Flush the Fashion, Special Forces, Zipper Catches Skin and DaDa saw a gradual commercial decline, with the last two not denting the Billboard Top 200. Flush the Fashion, produced by Queen producer Roy Thomas Baker, had a thick, edgy new wave musical sound that baffled even longtime fans, though it still yielded the US Top 40 hit "Clones (We're All)". The track also surprisingly charted on the US dance chart. Special Forces featured a more aggressive but consistent new wave style, and included a new version of "Generation Landslide". His tour for Special Forces marked Cooper's last time on the road for nearly five years it was not until 1986, for Constrictor, that he toured again. 1982's Zipper Catches Skin was a more pop punk-oriented recording, containing many quirky high-energy guitar-driven songs along with his most unusual collection of subject matters for lyrics. 1983 marked the return collaboration of producer Bob Ezrin and guitarist Dick Wagner for the haunting epic DaDa, the final album in his Warner Bros. contract. [46]

In mid-1983, after the recording of DaDa, Cooper was hospitalized for alcoholism again, and cirrhosis of the liver. [47] Cooper was finally stable and sober (and has remained sober since that time) by the time DaDa and The Nightmare home video (of his 1975 TV Special) were released in the fall of that year however, both releases performed below expectations. Even with The Nightmare scoring a nomination for 1984's Grammy Award for Best Long Form Music Video (he lost to Duran Duran), it was not enough for Warner Bros. to keep Cooper on their books. By February 1984, Cooper became a "free agent" for the first time in his career. [48]

Cooper spent a lengthy period away from the music business dealing with personal issues. His divorce from Sheryl Cooper was heard at Maricopa County Superior Court, Arizona, on January 30, 1984 but a decision was made by the couple not to move forward with the divorce. The following month he guested at the 26th Annual Grammy Awards alongside co-presenter Grace Jones. Behind the scenes Cooper kept busy musically, working on new material in collaboration with Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry. The spring of 1984 was taken up with filming, Cooper acting in the B-grade horror movie Monster Dog, filmed in Torrelodones, Spain. Shortly thereafter he reconciled with Sheryl the couple relocated to Chicago. The year closed with more writing sessions, this time in New York during November with Hanoi Rocks guitarist Andy McCoy. [49] In 1985, he met and began writing songs with guitarist Kane Roberts. Cooper was subsequently signed to MCA Records, and appeared as guest vocalist on Twisted Sister's song "Be Chrool to Your Scuel". A video was made for the song, featuring actor Luke Perry and Cooper donning his black snake-eyes makeup for the first time since 1979, but neither the song nor the video drew public interest. [50]

In 1986, Alice Cooper officially returned to the music industry with the album Constrictor. The album spawned the hits "He's Back (The Man Behind the Mask)" (the theme song for the movie Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives in the video for the song Cooper was given a cameo role as a deranged psychiatrist) and the fan favorite "Teenage Frankenstein". The Constrictor album was a catalyst for Cooper to make a triumphant return to the road for the first time since the 1981 Special Forces project, on a tour appropriately entitled The Nightmare Returns. The Detroit leg of this tour, which took place at the end of October 1986 during Halloween, was captured on film as The Nightmare Returns, and is viewed by some as being the definitive Alice Cooper concert film. It was released on DVD in 2006. [51] The concert, which received rave reviews in the rock music press, [fn 6] was also described by Rolling Stone magazine as bringing "Cooper's violent, twisted onstage fantasies to a new generation". The Constrictor album was followed by Raise Your Fist and Yell in 1987, which had an even rougher sound than its predecessor, as well as the Cooper classic "Freedom". The subsequent tour of Raise Your Fist and Yell, which was heavily inspired by the slasher horror movies of the time such as the Friday the 13th series and A Nightmare on Elm Street, served up a shocking spectacle similar to its predecessor, and courted the kind of controversy, especially in Europe, that recalled the public outrage caused by Cooper's public performances in America in the early 1970s. [52]

In Britain, Labour M.P. David Blunkett called for the show to be banned, saying "I'm horrified by his behaviour – it goes beyond the bounds of entertainment". The controversy spilled over into the German segment of the tour, with the German government actually succeeding in having some of the gorier segments of the performance removed. [53] It was also during the London leg of the tour that Cooper met with a near fatal accident during rehearsal of the hanging execution sequence that occurs at the end of the show. [54]

Constrictor and Raise Your Fist and Yell were recorded with lead guitarist Kane Roberts and bassist Kip Winger, both of whom would leave the band by the end of 1988 (although Kane Roberts played guitar on "Bed of Nails" on 1989's album Trash).

In 1987, Cooper made a brief appearance as a vagrant in the horror movie Prince of Darkness, directed by John Carpenter. His role had no lines and consisted of generally menacing the protagonists before eventually impaling one of them with a bicycle frame. [55]

In 1987, Cooper also appeared at WrestleMania III, escorting wrestler Jake 'The Snake' Roberts to the ring for his match against The Honky Tonk Man. After the match was over (Roberts lost), Cooper got involved and threw Jake's snake Damien at Honky's manager Jimmy Hart. Jake considered the involvement of Cooper to be an honor, as he had idolized Cooper in his youth and was still a huge fan. Wrestlemania III, which attracted a WWf record 93,173 fans, was held in the Pontiac Silverdome near Cooper's home town of Detroit. [56]

Cooper recorded a music video for the "Poison" B-side "I Got a Line on You" after the song was featured on the soundtrack to Iron Eagle II. [57]

On April 7, 1988, Cooper nearly died of asphyxiation after a safety rope broke during a rehearsal concert wherein he pretended to hang himself, a stunt he would often perform during live concerts. [58] [59]

In 1988, Cooper's contract with MCA Records expired and he signed with Epic Records. Then in 1989 his career finally experienced a legitimate revival with the Desmond Child produced and Grammy-nominated album Trash, which spawned a hit single "Poison", which reached No. 2 in the UK and No. 7 in the US, and a worldwide arena tour. [60]

1990s Edit

In 1991, Cooper released his 19th studio album Hey Stoopid featuring several notable rock musicians guesting on the record. Released as glam metal's popularity was on the wane, and just before the explosion of grunge, it failed to have the same commercial impact as its predecessor. The same year also saw the release of the video Alice Cooper: Prime Cuts which chronicled his entire career using in depth interviews with Cooper himself, Bob Ezrin, and Shep Gordon. One critic has noted that Prime Cuts demonstrates how Cooper had used (in contrast to similar artists who succeeded him) themes of satire and moralisation to such good effect throughout his career. [61] It was in the Prime Cuts video that Bob Ezrin delivered his own summation of the Alice Cooper persona: "He is the psycho killer in all of us. He's the axe murderer, he's the spoiled child, he's the abuser, he's the abused he's the perpetrator, he's the victim, he's the gun slinger, and he's the guy lying dead in the middle of the street". [62]

During the early 1990s, Cooper guested on records by the most successful bands of the time, such as the Guns N' Roses album Use Your Illusion I, on which he shared vocal duties with Axl Rose on the track "The Garden". He also had a brief appearance as the abusive stepfather of Freddy Krueger in the Nightmare On Elm Street film Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991). [63]

Cooper made a cameo appearance in the 1992 comedy film Wayne's World. Cooper and his band first appear onstage performing "Feed My Frankenstein" from their album Hey Stoopid. Afterwards at a backstage party, the movie's main characters Wayne Cambell and Garth Algar discover that when offstage, Cooper is a calm, articulate intellectual as he and his band discuss the history of Milwaukee in depth. Wayne and Garth respond to an invitation to hang out with Cooper by kneeling and bowing reverently before him while chanting "We're not worthy! We're not worthy!" [64]

In 1994, Cooper released The Last Temptation, his first concept album since DaDa. The album deals with issues of faith, temptation, alienation and the frustrations of modern life, and has been described as "a young man's struggle to see the truth through the distractions of the 'Sideshow' of the modern world". [65] Concurrent with the release of The Last Temptation was a three-part comic book series written by Neil Gaiman, fleshing out the album's story. This was to be Cooper's last album with Epic Records, and his last studio release for six years, though during this period the live album A Fistful of Alice [66] was released, and in 1997 he lent his voice to the intro track of Insane Clown Posse's The Great Milenko. [67]

During his absence from the recording studio, Cooper toured extensively every year throughout the latter part of the 1990s, including, in 1996, South America, which he had not visited since 1974. Also in 1996, Cooper sang the role of Herod on the London cast recording of the musical Jesus Christ Superstar. [68]

In 1999, the four-disc box set The Life and Crimes of Alice Cooper appeared, which contained an authorized biography of Cooper, Alcohol and Razor Blades, Poison and Needles: The Glorious Wretched Excess of Alice Cooper, All-American, written by Creem magazine editor Jeffrey Morgan. [69]

2000s Edit

The first decade of the 21st century saw a sustained period of activity from Alice Cooper, the decade in which he would turn sixty. He toured extensively releasing a steady stream of studio albums to favorable critical acclaim. Beginning in 2000 with Brutal Planet, a return to horror-filled heavy metal, industrial rock, set in a dystopian post-apocalyptic future, inspired by our brutal modern world, and a number of current news stories appearing on CNN. [70] The album was produced by Bob Marlett, with longtime Cooper production collaborator Bob Ezrin returning as executive producer. The accompanying world tour, which included Cooper's first concert in Russia, also resulted in Brutally Live, a DVD of a concert, recorded in London, England, on July 19, 2000. [71]

Cooper made a guest appearance on a 2001, 3rd-season episode of That 70s Show, "Radio Daze" in which he partakes in a game of Dungeons & Dragons. [72]

Brutal Planet was succeeded by the sonically similar and acclaimed sequel Dragontown, which saw Bob Ezrin back as producer. The album has been described as leading the listener down "a nightmarish path into the mind of rock's original conceptual storyteller" [73] and by Cooper himself as being "the worst town on Brutal Planet". Like The Last Temptation, both Brutal Planet and Dragontown are albums which explore Cooper's born again Christianity. It is often cited in the music media that Dragontown forms the third chapter in a trilogy begun with The Last Temptation [74] however, Cooper has indicated that this in fact is not the case. [75]

Cooper again adopted a leaner, cleaner sound for his critically acclaimed 2003 release The Eyes of Alice Cooper. [76] Recognizing that many contemporary bands were having great success with his former sounds and styles, Cooper worked with a somewhat younger group of road and studio musicians who were familiar with his oeuvre of old. The resulting Bare Bones tour adopted a less-orchestrated performance style that had fewer theatrical flourishes and a greater emphasis on musicality. [77]

Cooper's radio show Nights with Alice Cooper began airing on January 26, 2004, in several US cities. The program showcases classic rock, Cooper's personal stories about his life as a rock icon and interviews with prominent rock artists. [78] The show is broadcast on nearly 100 stations in the US and Canada, and has been broadcast internationally [79]

A continuation of the songwriting approach adopted on The Eyes of Alice Cooper was again adopted by Cooper for his 24th studio album Dirty Diamonds, released in 2005. Dirty Diamonds became Cooper's highest charting album since 1994's The Last Temptation at the time. [80] The Dirty Diamonds tour launched in America in August 2005 after several European concerts, including a performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland on July 12. Cooper and his band, including Kiss drummer Eric Singer, were filmed for a DVD released as Alice Cooper: Live at Montreux 2005. One critic, in a review of the Montreux release, commented that Cooper was to be applauded for "still mining pretty much the same territory of teenage angst and rebellion" as he had done more than 30 years previously. [81]

In December 2006, the original Alice Cooper band reunited to perform six classic Alice Cooper songs at Cooper's annual charity event in Phoenix, entitled "Christmas Pudding". [fn 7]

On July 1, 2007, Cooper performed a duet with Marilyn Manson at the B'Estival event in Bucharest, Romania. [82] The performance represented a reconciliation between the two artists Cooper had previously taken issue with Manson over his overtly anti-Christian on-stage antics and had sarcastically made reference to the originality of Manson's choosing a female name and dressing in women's clothing. [70] Cooper and Manson have been the subject of an academic paper on the significance of adolescent antiheroes. [83]

In January 2008, Cooper was one of the guest singers on the new Avantasia album The Scarecrow, singing the 7th track "The Toy Master". In July 2008, after lengthy delays, Cooper released Along Came a Spider, his 25th studio album. It was Cooper's highest charting album since 1991's Hey Stoopid, reaching No. 53 in the US and No. 31 in the UK. The album, visiting similar territory explored in 1987's Raise Your Fist and Yell, deals with the nefarious antics of a deranged serial killer named "Spider" who is on a quest to use the limbs of his victims to create a human spider. The album generally received positive reviews from music critics, though Rolling Stone magazine opined that the music on the record sorely missed Bob Ezrin's production values. [84] The resulting Theatre of Death tour of the album (during which Cooper is executed on four separate occasions) was described in a long November 2009 article about Cooper in The Times as "epic" and featuring "enough fake blood to remake Saving Private Ryan". [ citation needed ]

During this period Cooper was also recognized and awarded in various ways: given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2003 [85] in May 2004 he received an honorary doctoral degree from Grand Canyon University. [86] In June 2005, he was inducted into the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Hall of Fame. [87] In May 2006 he was given the key to the city of Alice, North Dakota. [88] He won the living legend award at the 2006 Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards event [89] and he won the 2007 Mojo music magazine Hero Award. [90] He received a Rock Immortal award at the 2007 Scream Awards. [91]

2010s and 2020s Edit

In January 2010, it was announced that Alice would be touring with Rob Zombie on the "Gruesome Twosome" tour. [92] In May 2010, Cooper made an appearance during the beginning of the season finale of the reality-show American Idol, in which he sang "School's Out". [93]

With his daughter, and former band member Dick Wagner, Cooper scored the music for the indie horror flick Silas Gore. [94]

During 2010, Cooper began working on a new album, dubbed Welcome 2 My Nightmare, a sequel to the original Welcome to My Nightmare. [95] In a Radio Metal interview, he said that "We'll put some of the original people on it and add some new people . I'm very happy with working with Bob (Ezrin) again." [95]

On December 15, 2010, it was announced Cooper and his former band would be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony took place March 14, 2011, where Cooper was inducted by fellow horror-rocker Rob Zombie. Original members Bruce, Cooper, Dunaway, and Smith all made brief acceptance speeches and performed "I'm Eighteen" and "School's Out" live together, with Steve Hunter filling in for the late Glen Buxton. Alice showed up for the event wearing a (presumably fake) blood-splattered shirt and had a live albino Burmese python wrapped around his neck. [96] [97] Cooper told Rolling Stone Magazine that he was "elated" by the news and that the nomination had been made for the original band, as "We all did go to the same high school together, and we were all on the track team, and it was pretty cool that guys that knew each other before the band ended up going that far". [98]

On March 10, 2011, Jackson Browne, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Cooper, Jennifer Warnes, and others performed at a benefit concert in Tucson, Arizona, benefiting The Fund for Civility, Respect and Understanding, a foundation that raises awareness about and provides medical prevention and treatment services to people with mental disorders. [99] In June 2011 Cooper took his place in the Reasonably Priced Car at the BBC auto show Top Gear. [100]

On June 9, 2011, Cooper was awarded the Kerrang! Icon Award at Kerrang! magazine's annual awards show. Cooper used the opportunity to hit out at the "anaemic" rock music that dominates the charts, and said he has no intention of retiring from the industry. [101]

Cooper supported Iron Maiden on their Maiden England World Tour from June to July 21, 2012, [102] and then headlined Bloodstock Open Air on Sunday August 12. [103] On September 16, 2012, Cooper appeared at the Sunflower Jam charity concert at the Royal Albert Hall, London, performing alongside Brian May lead guitarist of Queen, bass guitarist John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin, drummer Ian Paice of Deep Purple, and Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson. [104]

Cooper cameos as himself in the 2012 Tim Burton adaptation of Dark Shadows that starred Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer and Helena Bonham Carter. In the film, Depp's character Barnabas Collins, assumes his name to be that of a woman, describes Alice as the ugliest woman he has ever seen. [105]

In 2013, Cooper announced that he had finished recording a covers album, based on songs by his rock star drinking buddies in the 1970s who had since died from excess, and that it was scheduled for a spring 2014 release. [106] Later he announced that the album will likely be released in 2015. [107]

On January 28, 2014, it was officially revealed that Alice Cooper would be the opening act for Mötley Crüe's final tour, which would span throughout 2014 and 2015. Cooper was featured on the song "Savages" on Theory of a Deadman's new album. [108]

Cooper was the subject of Super Duper Alice Cooper, a biographical documentary film by Canadian directors Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen and Reginald Harkema. [109] The film won a Canadian Screen Award for Best Feature Length Documentary at the 3rd Canadian Screen Awards in 2015. [110] In October, Cooper released the live album and video Raise the Dead: Live from Wacken, which was recorded at Germany's Wacken heavy metal festival the previous year. [111]

In 2015, Cooper premiered Hollywood Vampires, a supergroup featuring Johnny Depp and Joe Perry with a new studio album of rock covers, featuring many guest artists including Paul McCartney, and live dates at L.A.'s Roxy Theatre and at Brazil's Rock in Rio festival in September. In 2016, Cooper made headlines again as he resumed his running gag of campaigning for the US presidency. [112] Cooper featured as a co-headliner with Deep Purple and Edgar Winter for several tour dates from August to early September 2017. [113]

Cooper released the album Paranormal in July 2017. It featured contributions from drummer Larry Mullen of U2, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top on guitar and Roger Glover from Deep Purple on bass. Guitarists Tommy Denander and Tommy Henriksen contributed most of the guitars. [ citation needed ]

On Easter Sunday, 2018, Cooper performed as Herod in NBC's live performance of Andrew Lloyd Weber's Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert. [114] Reviews were positive, with The New York Times ' critic Noel Murray praising "Alice Cooper's magnificently scenery-chewing performance" as a "startling moment of clarity," [115] and Lorraine Ali of the Los Angeles Times describing his performance as, "Weird? Yes, but also perfect in a campy, dramatic and evil "Billion Dollar Babies" kind of way. Cooper's part was small but indelible." [116] Cooper had previously recorded the song (though not performed it live) in 2000, with the 1996 London revival cast. [117]

Cooper released his twenty-first solo album, Detroit Stories, on February 26, 2021. [118] In May, he announced a fall tour to promote the album, supported by Ace Frehley, set to begin in September 2021. [119]

During an interview for the program Entertainment USA in 1986, Cooper told interviewer Jonathan King that the Yardbirds were his favorite band of all time. [120] Cooper had as far back as 1969 said that it was music from the mid-sixties, and particularly from British bands the Beatles, the Who, and the Rolling Stones, as well as the Yardbirds, that had the greatest influence on him. [121] Cooper would later pay homage to the Who by singing "I'm A Boy" for A Celebration: The Music of Pete Townshend and The Who in 1994 at Carnegie Hall in New York, and performing a cover of "My Generation" on the Brutal Planet tour of 2000. During an interview with Ozzy Osbourne from radio program Nights with Alice Cooper on May 22, 2007, Cooper again affirmed his debt of gratitude to these bands, and to the Beatles in particular. During their discussion, Cooper and Osbourne bemoaned the often inferior quality of songwriting coming from contemporary rock artists. Cooper stated that in his opinion the cause of the problem was that certain modern bands "had forgotten to listen to the Beatles". [ citation needed ]

On seeing shock rock pioneer Arthur Brown performing his US number two hit "Fire" in 1968, Cooper states, "Can you imagine the young Alice Cooper watching that with all his make-up and hellish performance? It was like all my Halloweens came at once!" [124] A 2014 article on Alice Cooper in The Guardian mentioned Arthur Brown and his flaming helmet, "British rock always was more theatrical than its US counterpart. Often this involved destruction or macabre gimmickry", with Cooper responding, "That's why most people thought we were British at first". [125]

Evidence of Cooper's eclectic tastes in classic and contemporary rock music can be seen in the track listings of his radio show in addition, when he appeared on the BBC Radio 2 program Tracks of My Years in September 2007, he listed his favorite tracks of all time as being: "19th Nervous Breakdown" (1966) by the Rolling Stones "Turning Japanese" (1980) by the Vapors "My Sharona" (1979) by the Knack "Beds Are Burning" (1987) by Midnight Oil "My Generation" (1965) by the Who "Welcome to the Jungle" (1987) by Guns N' Roses "Rebel Rebel" (1974) by David Bowie "Over Under Sideways Down" (1966) by the Yardbirds "Are You Gonna Be My Girl" (2003) by Jet and "A Hard Day's Night" (1964) by the Beatles, [126] and when he appeared on Desert Island Discs in 2010 he chose the songs "Happenings Ten Years Time Ago" by the Yardbirds "I Get Around" by the Beach Boys "I'm a Boy" by the Who "Timer" by Laura Nyro "21st Century Schizoid Man" by King Crimson "Been Caught Stealing" by Jane's Addiction "Work Song" by the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and "Ballad of a Thin Man" by Bob Dylan. [127]

Rob Zombie, former front man of White Zombie, claims his first "metal moment" was seeing Alice Cooper on Don Kirshner's Rock Concert. [128] [129] Zombie has also claimed to have been heavily influenced by Cooper's costumes. [20] In a 1978 interview with Rolling Stone, Bob Dylan stated, "I think Alice Cooper is an overlooked songwriter". [130]

In the foreword to Alice Cooper's CD retrospective box set The Life and Crimes of Alice Cooper, John Lydon of the Sex Pistols pronounced Killer as the greatest rock album of all time, and in 2002 Lydon presented his own tribute program to Cooper on BBC radio. Lydon told the BBC that "I know the words to every Alice Cooper song. The fact is, if you can call what I have a musical career, it all started with me miming to 'I'm Eighteen' on a jukebox". [131]

The Flaming Lips are longtime Alice Cooper fans and used the bass line from "Levity Ball" (an early song from the 1969 release Pretties for You) for their song "The Ceiling Is Bending". They also covered "Sun Arise" for an Alice Cooper tribute album. (Cooper's version, which closes the album Love It to Death, was itself a cover of a Rolf Harris song. [132] )

In 1999, Cleopatra Records released Humanary Stew: A Tribute to Alice Cooper featuring a number of contributions from rock and metal all-star collaborations, including Dave Mustaine, Roger Daltrey, Ronnie James Dio, Slash, Bruce Dickinson and Steve Jones. Sonic.net described it as "intriguing combinations of artists and material" while Allmusic.com noted "the novel approach will definitely hold interested listeners' attention". [133] [134]

A song by alternative rock group They Might Be Giants from their 1994 album John Henry entitled "Why Must I Be Sad?" mentions 13 Cooper songs, and has been described as being "from the perspective of a kid who hears all of his unspoken sadness given voice in the music of Alice Cooper Alice says everything the kid has been wishing he could say about his alienated, frustrated, teenage world". [135]

Unlikely non-musician fans of Cooper have included Groucho Marx and Mae West, who both reportedly saw the early shows as a form of vaudeville revue, [136] and artist Salvador Dalí, who on attending a show in 1973 described it as being surreal, and made a hologram, First Cylindric Chromo-Hologram Portrait of Alice Cooper's Brain. [137] [fn 8]

In the early 1970s, a story was widely reported that Leave It to Beaver star Ken Osmond had become "rock star Alice Cooper". According to Cooper, the rumor began when a college newspaper editor asked him what kind of child he was, to which Cooper replied, "I was obnoxious, disgusting, a real Eddie Haskell," referring to the fictional character Osmond portrayed. However, the editor ended up reporting that Cooper was the real Haskell. Cooper later told the New Times, "It was the biggest rumor that ever came out about me. Finally, I got a T-shirt that said, 'No, I am not Eddie Haskell.' But people still believed it." [138]

On June 20, 2005, ahead of his June–July 2005 tour, Cooper had a wide-ranging interview with interviewer of celebrities Andrew Denton for the Australian ABC Television's Enough Rope. Cooper discussed various issues during the talk, including the horrors of acute alcoholism and his subsequent cure, being a Christian, and his social and work relationship with his family. [136] During the interview, Cooper remarked "I look at Mick Jagger and he's on an 18-month tour and he's six years older than me, so I figure, when he retires, I have six more years. I will not let him beat me when it comes to longevity." [136]

Cooper frequently refers to himself in the third person as "Alice" as a way to distance himself from his stage persona. [139]

Marriage and relationships Edit

In the period when the Alice Cooper group was signed to Frank Zappa's Straight label, Miss Christine of The GTOs became Cooper's girlfriend. Miss Christine (real name Christine Frka), who had recommended Zappa to the group, died on November 5, 1972, of an overdose. [fn 9] Another long-time girlfriend of Cooper's was Cindy Lang (1949-2017 [140] ), with whom he lived for several years.

After his separation from Lang, Cooper was briefly linked with actress Raquel Welch. [139] Cooper then reportedly left Welch, however, to marry ballerina instructor and choreographer Sheryl Goddard, who performed in the Alice Cooper show from 1975 to 1982. They married on March 20, 1976. In November 1983, at the height of Cooper's alcoholism, Goddard filed for divorce, but by mid-1984, she and Cooper had reconciled. [141] The couple has three children: daughters Sonora and Calico, and son Dashiell. [142]

In a 2002 television interview, Cooper stated that he had never cheated on his wife the entire time they had been together. In the same interview, he also said that the secret to a lasting and successful relationship is to continue going out on dates with one's partner. [143]

In a 2019 interview, Cooper said that he and his wife Sheryl have a death pact, wherein they will die at the same time, sparking a flurry of headlines. [144] But Cooper clarified his comments telling USA Today, "What I was meaning was that because we're almost always together, at home and on the road, that if something did happen to either of us, we'd most likely be together at the time. But neither of us has a suicide pact. We have a life pact." [145]

Drugs and alcohol use Edit

In 1986, Megadeth opened for Cooper on their US Constrictor tour. After noticing the abuse of alcohol and other drugs in the band, Cooper personally approached the band members to try to help them control their abuse, and he has stayed close to front man Dave Mustaine, who considers Cooper to be his "godfather". [146] Since overcoming his own addiction to alcohol in the mid-1980s, Cooper has continued to help and counsel other rock musicians with addiction problems. "I've made myself very available to friends of mine – they're people who would call me late at night and say, 'Between you and me, I've got a problem.'" In recognition of the work he has done in helping other addicts in the recovery process, Cooper received in 2008 the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award at the fourth annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert in Los Angeles. [147]

Religion Edit

During an interview with Johnnie Walker on BBC Radio 2 in September 2007, Alice said that he was not a Christian when he gave up drinking, but stated that he thanks God for "taking it away", saying, "I mean if He [God] can part the Red Sea and create the universe, He can certainly take alcoholism away from somebody." [148] Although he originally did not speak publicly about his religious beliefs, Cooper was later vocal about his faith as a born-again Christian. [149] [150]

Politics Edit

Throughout his career, Cooper's philosophy regarding politics is that politics should not be mixed with rock music. Cooper has usually kept his political views to himself, and in 2010 said, "I am extremely non-political. I go out of my way to be non-political. I'm probably the biggest moderate you know. When John Lennon and Harry Nilsson used to argue politics, I was sitting right in the middle of them, and I was the guy who was going 'I don't care.' When my parents would start talking politics, I would go in my room and put on the Rolling Stones or the Who as long as I could avoid politics. And I still feel that way." [98]

On occasion he has spoken out against musicians who promote or opine on politics for example, in the build-up to the 2004 presidential election, he told the Canadian Press that the rock stars campaigning for and touring on behalf of Democratic candidate John Kerry were committing "treason against rock n' roll". He added, upon seeing a list of musicians who supported Kerry, "If I wasn't already a Bush supporter, I would have immediately switched. Linda Ronstadt? Don Henley? Geez, that's a good reason right there to vote for Bush." [151] [fn 10] In December 2018, Cooper predicted that the next U.S. president would be "worse" than former president Donald Trump, while arguing that musicians talking politics to their fans was an "abuse of power". [152]

Every four years since releasing his single "Elected" in 1972, Cooper has satirically run for president. [112]

Sports Edit

Cooper is a fan of the NHL's Arizona Coyotes. [153] On February 18, 2012, the Coyotes gave away his bobblehead in a promotion for the first 10,000 fans for a game with the Dallas Stars. [154] Cooper is a longtime baseball fan, supporting the Arizona Diamondbacks and Detroit Tigers. As a child, he dreamed of playing left field in the Tigers outfield alongside Tigers Hall of Famer Al Kaline. He has coached Little League baseball teams since his son played in the early 1990s. [155] Cooper is also a fan of NBA basketball, supporting the Detroit Pistons. [156]

Cooper is an avid golfer and says that the sport helped him play a major role in overcoming his addiction to alcohol, [157] and has even gone so far as to say that when he took up golf, it was a case of replacing one addiction with another. [158] [159] The importance that the game has had in his life is also reflected in the title to his 2007 autobiography, Alice Cooper, Golf Monster. [160] Cooper, who has participated in a number of Pro-Am competitions, [fn 11] plays the game six days a week, off a handicap of four. [21]

Cooper has also appeared in commercials for Callaway Golf equipment and was a guest of veteran British player and broadcaster Peter Alliss on A Golfer's Travels. [161] He wrote the foreword to the Gary McCord book Ryder Cup and participated in the second All*Star Cup in Newport, Wales. [162]

In popular culture Edit

Cooper, a fan of The Simpsons, was asked to contribute a storyline for the September 2004 edition of Bongo Comics's Bart Simpson's Treehouse of Horror, a special Monsters of Rock issue that also included stories plotted by Gene Simmons, Rob Zombie and Pat Boone. [163]

In October 1979, Alice Cooper was featured in the Marvel comic book Marvel Premiere, Volume 1, Number 50 loosely adapting his From the Inside album. [164] [165]

Cooper is also the subject of the "we're not worthy" meme, which originates from his cameo in Wayne's World with Mike Myers and Dana Carvey in 1992. [166]

Cooper contributed his likeness and over 700 voice lines to Alice Cooper's Nightmare Castle, a pinball machine released in 2018 by Spooky Pinball that also features ten songs performed by Cooper. Only 500 machines were made. [167]


Alice Cooper enshrined in White Castle Hall of Fame

It took what was starting to feel like forever for Alice Cooper to take his rightful place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011. Now, the shock-rock pioneer can add another hall-of-fame induction to his resume. The star was enshrined in the White Castle Cravers Hall of Fame at White Castle headquarters in Columbus, Ohio, on Monday, July 7.

As a child growing up in Detroit, the legend was introduced to the Midwestern delicacy that is White Castle's slider at a young age, and has never lost his taste for them over the years. Following a tour of White Castle headquarters, Cooper joined in as a cover band played "No More Mr. Nice Guy" before the presentation of a plaque commemorating his induction.

Cooper said, "A lot of my fellow rockers are going to be envious of this honor."

Asked how that honor compared to his induction to the rock hall, Cooper replied, "There's no comparison."

As to why he's been inducted to a burger hall of fame, he's often talked up his love of White Castle in interviews and on his syndicated "Nights With Alice Cooper" radio program. He also served White Castle at the party following the premiere of the "Super Duper Alice Cooper" documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival in April in New York City.


White Castle Inducts 13 of Its Most Loyal Fans Into the Cravers Hall of Fame

COLUMBUS, Ohio , Feb. 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- White Castle, America's first fast-food hamburger chain, inducted 13 loyal fans into its Cravers Hall of Fame today in a special ceremony in Columbus . The 13 inductees, who come from cities across the country, were chosen from more than 250 entries that all showed just how far some people will go to satisfy their crave.

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White Castle created the Cravers Hall of Fame in 2001 as an exclusive, honorary club to recognize its most passionate and zealous fans, affectionately referred to as Cravers. Each year, hundreds of Cravers submit their White Castle stories in hopes of being chosen for the Cravers Hall of Fame. Some of the stories are funny, some are poignant and some are remarkable, but all of them are very personal, heartfelt testaments to the ways in which White Castle has touched their lives and created lasting memories.

"Year after year, we're so so impressed with and humbled by the entries we receive for the Cravers Hall of Fame," said Jamie Richardson , vice president at White Castle. "White Castle has been such an important and memorable part of so many people's lives. We love to hear their creative and touching stories about visiting our restaurants and what those visits meant to them."

The 13 members of the Cravers Hall of Fame's 19 th class were formally inducted during White Castle's annual Leadership Conference, which was held in the company's hometown of Columbus . White Castle provided the inductees with complimentary travel, dining and hotel accommodations, and presented them with a celebratory plaque in front of hundreds of White Castle employees, including members of the leadership and operations teams for both the restaurant and retail divisions.

To determine the Hall of Fame's most deserving Cravers, the judges set criteria based on brand loyalty, creative presentation, originality and magnitude of the crave. In 2002, White Castle added the "Craver in Extremis" category to recognize public figures, celebrities and pop icons, including Alice Cooper , Telfar Clemens, Kal Penn and John Cho , and the late Stan Lee , who have publicly expressed their love of White Castle.

Since the Hall of Fame's start in 2001, a total of 228 inductees have been honored with this distinguished award.

The Cravers Hall of Fame Class of 2019 features:

1. Daniel Whalen , Virginia Beach, Virginia
"USS Crave"

Retired Navy Captain Daniel Whalen has loved White Castle for as long as he can remember, but never as much as he did on Veterans Day in 1985. On that day, thanks to White Castle's "Hamburgers to Fly" program, Daniel's family was able to get Sliders shipped all the way from Ohio to the flight deck of the USS Kitty Hawk, a naval aircraft carrier positioned in the Indian Ocean where he was stationed as a naval officer. The delivery delighted a lot of sailors. "It was magnificent. The delicious smell was incredible enough, but to actually sink our teeth into these works of art was unreal," he said.

2. Mark Foster , Atlanta, Georgia , and Todd Foster , Nashville, Tennessee
"The Slider Marathon"

Twin brothers Mark and Todd Foster combined their love of White Castle and running when they dressed as White Castle employees for the Nashville Rock 'n' Roll Marathon. They not only enjoyed pre- and post-race meals at White Castle, but they also ran carrying a few Crave Cases, each one holding 30 Sliders, which they passed out to hungry fans and racers. "We were the most popular dudes in Music City," they said.

3. Zach Townsend , Lafayette, Indiana
"A Sousaphone Slider Story"

Each year, the members of the sousaphone section of the Purdue All-American Marching Band, who call themselves the "Purdoobahs," celebrate Slider Day. Held on the day of Purdue's homecoming, this annual tradition requires all of the sousaphone players to eat White Castle cheese Sliders before the football game. Everyone gladly participates, together consuming 300 to 450 Sliders. Zach Townsend , a member of the Purdoobahs, says one lucky senior even gets to sneak a Slider onto the field and eat it during the band's halftime performance.

4. Kayla Gray , Phoenix, Arizona
"Sliders Saved my Life Tonight"

Kayla Gray grew up eating White Castle Sliders with her Dad, whom she calls her "Crave King." She simply loved the taste of the steam-grilled beef patties. When she was 15, Kayla had brain surgery. The operation took a toll on her body she tried eating but couldn't keep anything down. Facing yet another procedure to get much-needed nutrients into her body, Kayla ate her favorite meal – four Sliders and fries. And for the first time since the surgery, her body didn't reject the food. "White Castle literally saved my life," she said.

5. Micah Bahnfleth , Omaha, Nebraska
"Spreading the Campus Crave"

As a college student with a fondness for White Castle, Micah Bahnfleth couldn't believe that some of his college friends in Omaha, Nebraska , had never eaten the small, square Sliders. So he took several of his friends on a late-night road trip to the nearest White Castle – a mere 310 miles away in Columbia, Missouri . The trip became legendary among Micah's friends, so he made the 4-1/2 hour trip a few more times, introducing more than 30 people, including his wife, to the great taste of White Castle.

6. Gary Cowan , Rockville, Indiana
"A White Castle Anniversary Tradition"

Following a tradition started by his parents when he was a child, Gary Cowan would stop at White Castle restaurants while taking road trips with his wife, Marybeth. She'd always order a single Slider, and he'd get a double cheeseburger. Marybeth passed away nearly nine years ago, but Gary goes to White Castle every year on August 7 , their anniversary, and places that same order. "Eating at White Castle will never be just food to me," Gary says. "It will be a link to everything in my past that has given me a sense of joy and belonging."

7. Dayton Porter and Sean Nguyen , Sterling Heights, Michigan
"Captured the Crave"

Friends Dayton Porter and Sean Nguyen were indulging in a late-night Crave at a White Castle near their home in Sterling Heights, Michigan , when they noticed a poster in the window. Enter the "Capture the Crave" photo contest, the poster said, for a chance to win free White Castle Sliders for a year. With little hesitation, the two friends decided to enter the contest. Their photo, showing the boys wearing matching suits and ties while leaning against a nice black car eating Sliders, won first place – and all the Sliders they can enjoy.

8. Anna Williams , Ward Cove, Alaska
" Alaska : The Final Crave Frontier"

Growing up in Ohio , Anna Williams had unlimited access to White Castle's delicious Sliders. Now, she lives in a small town north of Ketchikan, Alaska , and the closest White Castle is about 3,000 miles away. Fortunately, her local grocery store carries White Castle frozen Sliders, and she and her husband take full advantage of the opportunity. Pregnant when she submitted her Hall of Fame entry, Anna said her White Castle cravings had gotten out of control and she just couldn't get enough Sliders.

9. Ben Campbell , Scottsdale, Arizona
"DJ Crave"

Ben Campbell has been a huge White Castle fan since 1985 when he was a teenager living in Nashville . A friend introduced him to the brand, saying, "It's like nothing you've ever eaten." Ben says his friend was right. "I maintain the double cheeseburger is a legend in a bun," he says. Now a DJ in Phoenix , the dedicated Craver was so excited for White Castle's arrival in Scottsdale that he broadcast his morning show live from the new restaurant on the day it opened in October.

10. Jamie West and Drew Schmitt , Scottsdale, Arizona
"Scottsdale Castle Royalty"

Jamie and Drew, who both grew up as White Castle fans, were the very first customers at the Scottsdale White Castle when it opened in October 2019 . Now living near Scottsdale , the two of them arrived at the new White Castle in an RV and camped out in the parking lot for 96 hours to make sure they got the first spot in line. Dressed in medieval clothing, they looked like royalty as they placed the very first food orders at the newly opened restaurant. White Castle leadership acknowledged their dedication by letting them cut the ribbon at the opening ceremony.


ALICE COOPER INDUCTED INTO WHITE CASTLE HALL OF FAME

Dreams can come true, as rock icon Alice Cooper can attest, following his induction into the White Castle Cravers Hall of Fame at White Castle headquarters in Columbus, Ohio on July 7th, 2014.

As a child of Detroit, Alice learned to love White Castle’s iconic sliders at an early age, and has never lost his taste for them over the years. He also learned to love rock and roll, and pursue his career in a band, and achieved induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2011.

Little did he know that another Hall of Fame, also in Ohio, was in his destiny.

Following a tour of White Castle headquarters led by Bill, Marci and Lisa Ingram (the company is a fourth-generation family-owned business), company VP Jamie Richardson conducted a brief chat with Alice in a room full of White Castle employees, including a band that performed some of Alice’s songs (he actually JOINED them for No More Mr Nice Guy, much to their surprise), and then Alice was presented with a plaque commemorating his induction into their White Castle Cravers Hall of Fame.

Said Alice, “a lot of my fellow rockers are going to be envious of this honor.” Asked how it compared to being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Alice responded “there’s no comparison,” carefully ducking the question.

The stop at White Castle headquarters took place on a day off during Alice’s summer tour as Very Special Guests to Motley Crue on their All Bad Things Must Come to An End tour, which plays the Schottenstein Center in Columbus tonight as part of the 72 show run. The summer tour continues through August 31st, and then resumes in autumn, October 10th through November 22nd.

Alice has often talked about his love of White Castle in interviews and on his syndicated Nights With Alice Cooper radio program, and served White Castle at the party following the premiere of the Super Duper Alice Cooper documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival in April in New York City. The documentary, produced by Banger Films (same team that produced the award-winning Iron Maiden and Rush documentaries), has recently been released in both DVD and Blu-Ray by Eagle Rock Entertainment.


White Castle Inducts 13 of Its Most Loyal Fans Into the Cravers Hall of Fame

(COLUMBUS, Ohio) – White Castle, America’s first fast-food hamburger chain, inducted 13 loyal fans into its Cravers Hall of Fame today in a special ceremony in Columbus. The 13 inductees, who come from cities across the country, were chosen from more than 250 entries that all showed just how far some people will go to satisfy their crave.

White Castle created the Cravers Hall of Fame in 2001 as an exclusive, honorary club to recognize its most passionate and zealous fans, affectionately referred to as Cravers. Each year, hundreds of Cravers submit their White Castle stories in hopes of being chosen for the Cravers Hall of Fame. Some of the stories are funny, some are poignant and some are remarkable, but all of them are very personal, heartfelt testaments to the ways in which White Castle has touched their lives and created lasting memories.

Jamie Richardson, vice president at White Castle

“Year after year, we’re so so impressed with and humbled by the entries we receive for the Cravers Hall of Fame,” said Jamie Richardson, vice president at White Castle. “White Castle has been such an important and memorable part of so many people’s lives. We love to hear their creative and touching stories about visiting our restaurants and what those visits meant to them.”

The 13 members of the Cravers Hall of Fame’s 19 th class were formally inducted during White Castle’s annual Leadership Conference, which was held in the company’s hometown of Columbus. White Castle provided the inductees with complimentary travel, dining and hotel accommodations, and presented them with a celebratory plaque in front of hundreds of White Castle employees, including members of the leadership and operations teams for both the restaurant and retail divisions.

To determine the Hall of Fame’s most deserving Cravers, the judges set criteria based on brand loyalty, creative presentation, originality and magnitude of the crave. In 2002, White Castle added the “Craver in Extremis” category to recognize public figures, celebrities and pop icons, including Alice Cooper, Telfar Clemens, Kal Penn and John Cho, and the late Stan Lee, who have publicly expressed their love of White Castle.

Since the Hall of Fame’s start in 2001, a total of 228 inductees have been honored with this distinguished award.

The Cravers Hall of Fame Class of 2019 features:

Daniel Whalen, Virginia Beach, Virginia — “USS Crave”

Retired Navy Captain Daniel Whalen has loved White Castle for as long as he can remember, but never as much as he did on Veterans Day in 1985. On that day, thanks to White Castle’s “Hamburgers to Fly” program, Daniel’s family was able to get Sliders shipped all the way from Ohio to the flight deck of the USS Kitty Hawk, a naval aircraft carrier positioned in the Indian Ocean where he was stationed as a naval officer. The delivery delighted a lot of sailors. “It was magnificent. The delicious smell was incredible enough, but to actually sink our teeth into these works of art was unreal,” he said.

Mark Foster, Atlanta, Georgia, and Todd Foster, Nashville, Tennesse — “The Slider Marathon”

Twin brothers Mark and Todd Foster combined their love of White Castle and running when they dressed as White Castle employees for the Nashville Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon. They not only enjoyed pre- and post-race meals at White Castle, but they also ran carrying a few Crave Cases, each one holding 30 Sliders, which they passed out to hungry fans and racers. “We were the most popular dudes in Music City,” they said.

Zach Townsend, Lafayette, Indiana — “A Sousaphone Slider Story”

Each year, the members of the sousaphone section of the Purdue All-American Marching Band, who call themselves the “Purdoobahs,” celebrate Slider Day. Held on the day of Purdue’s homecoming, this annual tradition requires all of the sousaphone players to eat White Castle cheese Sliders before the football game. Everyone gladly participates, together consuming 300 to 450 Sliders. Zach Townsend, a member of the Purdoobahs, says one lucky senior even gets to sneak a Slider onto the field and eat it during the band’s halftime performance.

Kayla Gray, Phoenix, Arizona — “Sliders Saved my Life Tonight”

Kayla Gray grew up eating White Castle Sliders with her Dad, whom she calls her “Crave King.” She simply loved the taste of the steam-grilled beef patties. When she was 15, Kayla had brain surgery. The operation took a toll on her body she tried eating but couldn’t keep anything down. Facing yet another procedure to get much-needed nutrients into her body, Kayla ate her favorite meal – four Sliders and fries. And for the first time since the surgery, her body didn’t reject the food. “White Castle literally saved my life,” she said.

Micah Bahnfleth, Omaha, Nebraska — “Spreading the Campus Crave”

As a college student with a fondness for White Castle, Micah Bahnfleth couldn’t believe that some of his college friends in Omaha, Nebraska, had never eaten the small, square Sliders. So he took several of his friends on a late-night road trip to the nearest White Castle – a mere 310 miles away in Columbia, Missouri. The trip became legendary among Micah’s friends, so he made the 4-1/2 hour trip a few more times, introducing more than 30 people, including his wife, to the great taste of White Castle.

Gary Cowan, Rockville, Indiana — “A White Castle Anniversary Tradition”

Following a tradition started by his parents when he was a child, Gary Cowan would stop at White Castle restaurants while taking road trips with his wife, Marybeth. She’d always order a single Slider, and he’d get a double cheeseburger. Marybeth passed away nearly nine years ago, but Gary goes to White Castle every year on August 7, their anniversary, and places that same order. “Eating at White Castle will never be just food to me,” Gary says. “It will be a link to everything in my past that has given me a sense of joy and belonging.”

Dayton Porter and Sean Nguyen, Sterling Heights, Michigan — “Captured the Crave”

Friends Dayton Porter and Sean Nguyen were indulging in a late-night Crave at a White Castle near their home in Sterling Heights, Michigan, when they noticed a poster in the window. Enter the “Capture the Crave” photo contest, the poster said, for a chance to win free White Castle Sliders for a year. With little hesitation, the two friends decided to enter the contest. Their photo, showing the boys wearing matching suits and ties while leaning against a nice black car eating Sliders, won first place – and all the Sliders they can enjoy.

Anna Williams, Ward Cove, Alaska — “Alaska: The Final Crave Frontier”

Growing up in Ohio, Anna Williams had unlimited access to White Castle’s delicious Sliders. Now, she lives in a small town north of Ketchikan, Alaska, and the closest White Castle is about 3,000 miles away. Fortunately, her local grocery store carries White Castle frozen Sliders, and she and her husband take full advantage of the opportunity. Pregnant when she submitted her Hall of Fame entry, Anna said her White Castle cravings had gotten out of control and she just couldn’t get enough Sliders.

Ben Campbell, Scottsdale, Arizona — “DJ Crave”

Ben Campbell has been a huge White Castle fan since 1985 when he was a teenager living in Nashville. A friend introduced him to the brand, saying, “It’s like nothing you’ve ever eaten.” Ben says his friend was right. “I maintain the double cheeseburger is a legend in a bun,” he says. Now a DJ in Phoenix, the dedicated Craver was so excited for White Castle’s arrival in Scottsdale that he broadcast his morning show live from the new restaurant on the day it opened in October.

Jamie West and Drew Schmitt, Scottsdale, Arizona — “Scottsdale Castle Royalty”

Jamie and Drew, who both grew up as White Castle fans, were the very first customers at the Scottsdale White Castle when it opened in October 2019. Now living near Scottsdale, the two of them arrived at the new White Castle in an RV and camped out in the parking lot for 96 hours to make sure they got the first spot in line. Dressed in medieval clothing, they looked like royalty as they placed the very first food orders at the newly opened restaurant. White Castle’s leadership acknowledged their dedication by letting them cut the ribbon at the opening ceremony.


Watch the video: Alice Cooper inducted into White Castle Craver Hall of Fame (November 2021).