Without Alice Cooper my life may have turned out much different. The “Welcome to my Nightmare” album was the first musical purchase I ever made with my own money and that album introduced me to sound on sound (multi-track) recording. It also made me aware of producer Bob Ezrin.
If I were to create a top 10 list of the people (and their art/music/achievements) that had the biggest and most direct influence on my life 3 of them have connections to Uncle Alice. 1. Alice himself, 2. Bob Ezrin who produced albums from Alice, Kiss, Pink Floyd, Peter Gabriel, Trevor Rabin and so many more. And 3. The Marx Brothers, who Alice is connected to through his long friendship with Groucho Marx.
I know the last one is odd, but “odd” is one of my middle names.
Have a listen here if you like as Alice and I talk about his new album Detroit Stories, some of the individual songs on that album and I had to work some guitar heroes into the conversation as well (Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Slash, Joe Perry and Jeff Beck).
Oh, then there were those times when Groucho Marx would bring George Burns, Mae West and stars of that era out to see his concerts.
I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I did.