Alice Cooper has one of the most popular stage names in rock history. It’s so popular that few people call him by his real name, except for one notable rock icon.

In a new interview with U.K.’s The Sun, Cooper, whose real name is Vincent Damon Furnier, said, “The only person who calls me Vince is Keith Richards.”

Cooper added, “He’ll say, ‘Vinnie, Vinnie, how long has it been since you had a drink?’ And I’ll reply, ‘More than 30 years’. And he goes, ‘Ah, begs the question, why?'”

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Cooper recently released a new album titled Detroit Stories. The album pays tribute to the Godfather of Shock Rock’s hometown of Detroit and the gritty hard rock that came from the city.

Cooper said in a statement on the album, “Los Angeles had its sound with The Doors, Love and Buffalo Springfield. San Francisco had the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane. New York had The Rascals and The Velvet Underground. But Detroit was the birthplace of angry hard rock. After not fitting in anywhere in the US (musically or image-wise) Detroit was the only place that recognized the Alice Cooper guitar-driven, hard rock sound and our crazy stage show. Detroit was a haven for the outcasts. And when they found out I was born in East Detroit… we were home.”

Detroit Stories is currently available on digital platforms here. Physical copies, including special purple-colored vinyl editions of the album, are available at

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Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well-versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice. #TransRightsAreHumanRights

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