Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Alice Cooper on Today's Bands: "They Usually Just Look Like Six Guys From the Mall"

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"My joke is that my initial reaction was, 'Gosh, a guy with a girl's name doing make up and rock and roll...I wish I thought of that!'" Cooper says. "But he was the new monster. Instead of the Wolfman, Dracula, and Frankenstein, you had Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie, and Marilyn Manson."

Though the established king of this bizarre rock subgenre for over four decades, Cooper admits that the tour may end up being a game of one-upsmanship. He mentions experiences from a recent co-headlining tour with Rob Zombie.

"Rob would watch our show, and then add something new to his show the next night," he relays. "Then I would watch his show, go 'Oh yeah?' and then add something new to my show. By the end of the tour, we had each added a new truck just for production elements that weren't there at the start of the tour. We both knew what was going on, but neither one of us would admit it at the time."

Cooper laments that most newer rock bands don't have an interest in the theatrics that helped bring him to fame.

"That's the one thing in rock right now that I don't get," he says. "I don't get why so many younger musicians these days want to be in folk-rock bands. I'm 65 and expecting younger guys to come up with new ideas, and I find myself more and more saying, "This is it?" When I'm around most of these newer bands, someone has to tell me they are a band because they usually just look like six guys from the mall. I don't understand why someone that is young and has the leeway to let it go doesn't take advantage of it! But if that whole generation wants to be boring, whatever."

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