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Welcome to his nightmare

  • Alice Cooper

A changed man, Alice Cooper wakes before dawn and is playing golf by sunrise six days a week in his hometown of Phoenix.

Why only six days a week?

Because he can't miss church on Sunday.

Alice Cooper At Wells Fargo Center

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It's an unlikely third act for one of the most notorious shock rockers to ever don makeup.

These days, it might seem passe, but when Cooper came on the scene in the late '60s, with blacked out eyes and long leather gloves, Frank Zappa signed him to his label on the weird factor alone. Soon after came “The Chicken Incident,” in which a live chicken was torn to shreds at a Toronto rock festival, making headlines all over the world.

By the time he recorded the hit “I'm Eighteen” in 1970, Cooper was already a household name to many who had never even heard his music. Over the years, “The Godfather of Shock Rock” has sold more than 50 million albums, adding to the catalog classics like “School's Out,” “No More Mr. Nice Guy” and “Poison,” finally scoring an induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011.

His latest “Raise the Dead” tour unfolds like a three-act play: “It's Glam Alice at the beginning and then it goes to Nightmare Alice and then we do a thing where we pay a tribute to all my dead drunk friends,” he said. “We do Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Keith Moon and John Lennon in the graveyard.”

Before he drops in for his first ever show at the Wells Fargo Center, the 65-year-old duffer took a tour break to chat about chickens, guillotines and church:

Q: Was it Mae West who described your act as an extension of vaudeville?

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