Alice Cooper

Feb. 4, 1948
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  • Cooper's legendary stage show involves live snakes, straight jackets, corpses, and other horror movie-styled props - not to mention fog machines and dramatic lighting, of course. Stage shows concluded with Cooper's "public execution" by various means, including electric chair, gallows, and guillotine.
  • His real name is Vincent Furnier. Alice Cooper was the name of the band, but the name became so associated with the lead singer that he took it. "Alice Cooper" is the name of a girl who was accused of being a witch in the 1600s, but Furnier didn't know that when he took the name. He tried to choose a sweet, innocent sounding name that would contrast against the shocking stage show. A rumor has persisted that Cooper got the name from a Ouija board.
  • Furnier thinks of Alice Cooper as a character, totally separate from himself, who views the world in a skewed, pessimistic way. Furnier adopts Alice's character both while writing songs and performing onstage.
  • Alice is an avid golfer. He has done commercials for Calloway clubs, making him the first rock star to endorse a golf product. He's pretty good, too. Darius Rucker, also a big golfer, said: "Alice Cooper is the most boring golfer I've ever played with. He's down the middle and on the green all day long." In the '70s Alice moved his base of operations to Los Angeles from New York in part because he could do more golfing in California.
  • He ran for governor of Arizona in 1988.
  • Cooper: "I can live my life and be Alice Cooper the golfer of the restaurateur or the philanthropist. If you want to see the other Alice, you have to go see the show." His 2007 autobiography is called Alice Cooper, Golf Monster
  • Alice appeared in the movie Wayne's World. Wayne and Garth go backstage to meet him, where he becomes the subject of their "We're not worthy" bit.
  • At a Toronto rock festival in 1969 while opening for John Lennon and The Doors, a fan threw a chicken on the stage. Cooper threw the chicken back into the audience, who tore it apart. The crowd loved it, and Cooper's shows became more theatrical to play up the image.
  • Cooper was the guest star on a Halloween episode of The Muppet Show - he claims Miss Piggy flirted with him. Alice also appeared on a episode of That '70s show. At the end he was playing Dungeons and Dragons with the radio host and some other characters from the show. >>
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  • In 2001 the International Horror Guild gave him a living legend award.
  • He set a 24-mile cross-country running record in high school.
  • Cooper had a pet snake named Julius Squeezer that died after being bitten by a rat.
  • In the early '80s, he worked on a project with Joe Perry from Aerosmith. When Aerosmith got back together in 1984, it was abandoned.
  • When he was a kid, his family was poor and there were very few presents. Now, Cooper goes crazy on Christmas, buying lots of gifts for his family.
  • He wrote sports and feature articles for his school under the pseudonym "Muscles McNasal." >>
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  • Cooper explained in the January, 2009 issue of Esquire: "When I moved to L.A. with this little wimpy garage band, the first people we met were the Doors. Then we met Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin. All of the people who died of excess were our big brothers and sisters. So I said to myself: How do you become a legend and enjoy it? The answer is to create a character as legendary as those guys and leave that character on the stage."
  • In 1972, with sales slow for an upcoming show in London, Cooper's management arranged to have a large truck STALL in the middle of Piccadilly Square, baring a large picture of Alice in the buff, save his boa constrictor. It attracted quite a crowd, generated lots of publicity, and boosted ticket sales.
  • In an autobiography from the '70s Alice said that his first true sexual completion with a young lady took place in a homemade coffin that had a glass lid. >>
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  • Cooper put up $28,000 for the restoration of the second "O" in the HOLLYWOOD sign in 1978. He dedicated it to the memory of Groucho Marx.
  • Cooper took the Rock Horror genre to new depths, but he was always very careful to keep religion out of it, so no implied Satanism with his snakes and blood. Said Cooper: "Religion is something I don't even want to mess with, because I am really afraid of the clouds opening up and my being struck by lightning."
  • In 1972, one of Alice's pet snakes, Chichita escaped down a toilet into the New York City sewer. To replace the 14-pound Chichita, Cooper bought a 45-pound constrictor and named her Yvonne. She toured with Cooper as a living costume.
  • In the 1970's, Cooper appeared in anti-drug public service announcements. Later, in 1986, he went on tour with Megadeth as his opening act. Observing Megadeth's rampant drug and alcohol consumption, Cooper approached the band members and helped them reduce their intake. Cooper's also privately helped others who rocked a bit too hard over the years, and won the Stevie Ray Vaughn Award in 2008 for his selfless efforts.
  • Cooper is a born-again Christian, and believes in the devil enough to have genuine supernatural fear. He's never taken a satanist stance, and warns other bands against it.
  • Before adopting the name "Alice Cooper," Furnier's band was called "The Nazz." Upon learning that Todd Rundgren had a band named Nazz, Furnier's Nazz changed their name to Alice Cooper.
  • Cooper owns a restaurant in Phoenix called Cooper'stown. The motto: "Where jocks and rock meet."
  • In 2000, Cooper boasted an unusual voicemail recording: Dan Castellanata performing the voice of Simpson's character Barney Gumble. Barney explains that Alice is currently out enjoying a night at Moe's Tavern. Leave a message [insert belch here].
  • In 1973, avant-garde artist Salvadore Dali turned Alice Cooper's likeness into the world's first 3D holographic sculpture.
  • During Alice Cooper's heyday, he was recording at a studio in Toronto, Canada, and he stayed across the street with a Mrs. Reeves. She had to leave her son "Kee" unattended at home for up to three hours each day while she worked. Alice offered to look after the boy across the street at the studio. "Kee" grew up to become the actor Keanu Reeves.
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Comments: 28

  • Reesa from Key West FloridaFirst of all everybody, the Ouija board was not a rumor because I have the movie Super Duper Alice Cooper, which is his autobiography and in it he explained that he DID get his name from the Ouija board. The website needs to fix that piece of information- and this is coming from a 13 year old. COME ON!
  • John from Frankfort, KyI finally got to see Alice four years ago - and man, he has not lost it. It's amazing to see someone at that age put on a show like that. I highly recommend that you see the Live at Montreux Concert from 05 on netflix, and download the same album. Great historical perspective. And truly a nice guy.
  • Jacob Grabow from Brodhead, Wi, WiMy name is Jacob and I am proudly am one of Alice's minons and have been since my birthday of 09 and on his radio talkshow I too rember him saying that about the ouji board... but did you know he is French Candian and is fluent in several languages including French, plays golf and his shows are so F******* bloody and I literaly mean well not literally, he has a gulliutine and gallons fo fake blood to looke like this person was beheaded
  • Paul J Morrow Jr from Peculiar, MoI named my dog veronica,after the song for veronica's sake
  • Cindy from Shorewood, IlPLEEEEASE-don't try to compare anyone to Alice-he single handedly changed [pardon the pun] "the face" of rock music forever. Often imitated, never duplicated. Rock on Alice, we're proud to be part of your generation.
  • Luke from Dayton, OhCooper'stown? Im putting that on a list of where i want to go before i die.
  • Luke from Dayton, OhCooper was once on an episode of That 70's show
  • Dave from Scottsdale, AzAlice Cooper grew up in Phoenix. When he was in high school- Cortez High- he ran track. He passed out after a race and landed on his nose- hence it's crooked state. The track coach- Emmit Smith (not the footbal player) told all the lettering athletes they each had to do a skit at the Lettermen banquet. The lyrics "the Rev. Smith, he recognized me, he punched me in the nose" from "No More Mr Nice Guy" referred to Coach Smith, a Mormon Bishop. He and several of his fellow athletes decided to do a take-off on the Beatles and named it after a different insect- The Earwigs. Much of Phoenix in the early 60s was surrounded by citrus groves. These were sub-divided and turned into housing projects ("15 full-grown citrus trees in each yard!"). Earwigs are centipede-like insects with pinchers on their tales that favored orange groves. After homes were plopped down there, you always had them in your houses. The show went off so well, that they remained as a group later changing their name to the Spiders ("Return of the Spiders" on their second album). They briefly called themselves the Nazz until they found out there was already a band with that name led by someone named Todd Rundgren. They opted for the Alice moniker. Alice is now a pillar of the community in Paradise Valley.
  • Brian from Knxville, IaI named my only son after Alice Cooper and Neil Young. His name is Cooper Young

  • Michael from Stockholm, SwedenA couple of people have posted comments that's really wrong here. Jason, Lahaina said that Alice Cooper became a christian in the 80's, but he has always been one. He's dad was a priest. And Alice Cooper's real name isn't Vincent Furnier. He was given the name when he was born, but he changed it legally to Alice Cooper in 1974, so that's his real name now.
  • Carole from Louisville, KyI think Alice Cooper is just wonderful and would loooove to meet him. His music is great, he has a wife he adores and three fab kids. He's a very happy man. I wish Marilyn Manson could find some joy for himself but I don't think it'll ever happen.
    Carole, Louisville, Ky
  • William David Snyder from Phoenix, AzVincent Furnier attended Cortez High in Phoenix Arizona.
  • Mary from Phoenix, AzI've lived in Arizona all my life, and I just love going to CoopersTown. The first time I went there several years ago, I ate dinner, then when the waitress came over and asked if everything was alright, I said "No it was not, I demand to speak with the owner, please.) It didn't work. Darnit.
  • Michael from San Diego, CaAlice is "The Man", that's all I can say! He seems like such a really cool guy, both onstage and off.
  • Pat from Albuquerque, NmAlice Cooper (well his name's Vince, but never mind that) has an excellent, syndicated radio show on many rock stations across the country. Alice knows the history of rock 'n roll better than any DJ I've ever heard, and he's really funny on his show.

    He's said several times that his Alice character has always "died" for his evil acts at the end of the show. I have no idea if Alice is religious or not, but if he is he doesn't say anything about it on his show.

    Marilyn Manson is a poseur that couldn't hold Alice's spit cup.


  • Darrell from Kalkaska, MiFrank Zappa "discovered" Alice and his band and gave them their first record deal.
  • Hat from Shelton, Wii have seen alice cooper many times over the years and its my opinion that they changed rock for the better and in doing so brought about the music the kids enjoy today if there was no alice there most likely would never have been an marilyn manson. as its been said were not worthy! Thanks alice
  • G. Marshall from Cleveland, OhThe Cleveland Cooper'stown is in a great location. Walkin' distance from Jacob's Field and straight up the road from the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame. They had a petition goin' the year it opened to rename that road to Rock 'n Roll Blvd (or something similar). They planned to have records lining the sidewalk with band/artist names. Haven't been back to Cleveland since so I don't know if that ever happened. I doubt it.
  • Stefanie Magura from Rock Hill, ScMisic aside. He actually seems like a pretty cool guy.
  • Stefanie Magura from Rock Hill, ScAlice Cooper's music is weeeeeeeeeeeiiiiiiiiiiird, but it's awesome... i like it.
  • James from Schoolcraft, MiVince is a native of Detroit, Michigan
  • David from Haskell, NjAlice Cooper is no way anything like MM.
    Alice was on a local radio show and he announced
    he was in fact a Christian. He said he never once glorified Satan. He was into the macbre but was never a satanist. He also does many benefit shows, there are other rockers who give back:
    Bruce Springsteen
    Bon Jovi
    The Hooters
    Innocence Mission.
    They do these shows with little fan fare and
    self promotion.
  • Nickc from Ft. Wayne, InGraham Nash joined Alice Cooper in some of those Calloway golf club commercials.
  • Jason from Lahaina, HiAlice Cooper became a Christian in the eighties aparantly, he has some songs written about it, one is Cleansed by Fire.
  • K. from Seattle/sf/anch, Wais that little girl in the staples commercial his daughter ? K seattle wa.
  • Robbie from Placentia, CaAlice Cooper is on a commercial for Staples
  • Mike from Spokane, WaAlice cooper was once known as the shock rocker of the 60's just like marilyn manson is today.
  • Shirley from Ravenna, Ohhow come i havent seen any thing on alice coopers new rest. in cleveland ohio? its a nice place ! thanks
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