Alice Cooper Talks Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Reunion with Original Band
It's shaping up to be an exciting year for Alice Cooper. On March 14th, he will be inducted into Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with the legendary Neil Diamond, Tom Waits, Leon Russell, Dr. John, Darlene Love, Jac Holzman, and Art Rupe.
Cooper's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction is for his work with the original Alice Cooper Group, rather than Alice Cooper the solo artist. "I was really happy that it was the entire first band -- the original band," said Cooper. "Because they did all the cutting-edge work."
The reunited original Alice Cooper Group will take the stage at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in New York City on March 14th. A follow-up performance will occur in Los Angeles on April 20th at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards, where Alice will be presented with The Golden God Award. The award is given to those who fully embody the spirit of hard rock and heavy metal. "We haven't played LA for 37 years, and the last time was at the Whisky with Led Zeppelin," recalls Cooper.
The reunion with his classic band is something that Cooper has been looking forward to for a long time.
"The funny thing was, the original band never ever broke up with any bad blood," the rocker said. "You know in 1974 when we broke up, it was just one of those things where we decided to go different ways and make different albums. I did 'Welcome To My Nightmare,' and after that a whole bunch of albums, but ... we were always in touch with each other. Glen passed away, but we've got Steve Hunter playing for Glen, and Steve is one of the giant guitar players of all time."
As far as future plans for the original Alice Cooper Group, Cooper says a tour is definitely in the works. "We're gonna kind of do surprise shows and not bigger theaters. We're gonna go and play the Whisky and the Roxy, or we'll probably go into Detroit and play a club," Cooper said.
The best part of all of this, according to Cooper, is that he is healthy and able to fully enjoy this exciting time in his life. "A lot of times when you're at this age, you're like this [makes incapacitated face], ya know? Honestly at 63, I'm in better shape than I was when I was 30 so I don't really see any end to performing or recording or anything."