Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper
17:55 - 19:05 South Stage
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Played at Graspop Metal Meeting
1997 / 2003 / 2004 / 2015 / 2022

Genre

Hard Rock

Country

United States

Biography

The man known worldwide as Alice Cooper started out in the music business in 1964. Alice Cooper was initially the name of the band fronted by American vocalist Vincent Furnier in high school. Despite the commercial success of ‘School’s Out’ (1972) and the eponymous single, Alice Cooper disbanded in 1974. Furnier promptly appropriated the name and embarked on a highly successful solo career. In the early years, Alice Cooper didn’t shy away from controversy and became the figurehead of the new shock rock scene, a theatrical incarnation of the extremely popular glam rock genre of the early 70s. Thanks to the classic ‘Billion Dollar Babies’ (1973) and the single ‘Elected’, Alice Cooper enjoyed a brief spell as the biggest rock act in the world. The influence of Alice Cooper on the metal scene can hardly be overestimated. He is credited with being the first to introduce horror imagery and musical theatre to heavy rock and even carved out a career as an actor. Following the split and having assumed the persona of Alice Cooper, Furnier continued to churn out hit after hit including ‘Only Women Bleed’ and ‘How You Gonna See Me Now’. Cooper briefly turned his back on the shock rock scene, a move that met with disapproval from the fans. After returning to the fold, both ‘Poison’ and ‘Hey Stoopid’ sold millions of copies worldwide. Things went pretty quiet on the Alice Cooper front in the nineties but with the dawn of the new millennium Alice came back with a vengeance. ‘The Eyes of Alice Cooper’ (2003), ‘Dirty Diamonds’ (2005) and ‘Welcome 2 My Nightmare’ (2011) signalled a successful return to his roots. In 2015 he founded the band Hollywood Vampires with Joe Perry and Johnny Depp but he also remains active as a solo artist. For his most recent outing ‘Detroit Stories’ (2021) he got back together with his old band mates from the early years. With great success, or what did you expect? (#GMM22)