Alice Cooper Recalls Memories Of The Motor City “Detroit Was The Absolute Capitol Of Rock And Roll”
Alice Cooper is the latest guest on my Talkin’ Rock with Meltdown podcast. We discussed his new album, “Road” and I asked him about some of his favorite memories of the Motor City. He wasted no time. “Al Kaline, was my hero when I was a little kid living in east Detroit. White Castles (laughs). Vernors ginger ale. Soupy Sales.”
As far as music is concerned, he went on. “Places like, ya know, the Eastown Theatre. And the Grande Ballroom. I mean, those were some of the great, great rock dungeons of all time. We’d play there with the Stooges and the MC5, Seger and Ted Nugent, and Suzi Quatro, and it was a great, great, great time in rock and roll. I mean, every single place that was a rock and roll place in America was sold out. Detroit was the absolute capitol of rock and roll.”
I asked him if was still in contact with some of Detroit’s rock royalty. “Oh, yeah. You basically bump into to each other, ya know, at award shows, and things like that. I talk to Suzi once in a while. And Wayne Kramer. Actually, he wrote a song with me on this album. (“Rules of the Road”) I haven’t seen Iggy (Pop) in a while, I’m glad to see he’s still out there working.”
He also let me in on a little secret as far as his in-store record signings go. “I only do it in Detroit. I never do this in any other city. Ya know, cause I’m a Detroiter. I feel like, that to me is like, it’s fun to sign things and meet Detroit rockers.”
His signing is sold out, but you can keep an eye on any openings by punching up Rock City Music’s site. See you there Monday.
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