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Alice Cooper (born Vincent Damon Furnier; February 4, 1948) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and occasional actor whose career spans five decades. With a stage show that features guillotines, electric chairs, fake blood, boa constrictors, baby dolls, and dueling swords, Cooper is considered by fans and peers alike to be "The Godfather of Shock Rock"; he has drawn equally from horror movies, vaudeville, and garage rock to pioneer a theatrical and macabre brand of rock designed to shock people.

Originating in Phoenix in the late 1960s after he moved from Detroit, Alice Cooper was originally a band consisting of Furnier on vocals and harmonica, lead guitarist Glen Buxton, Michael Bruce on rhythm guitar, Dennis Dunaway on bass guitar, and drummer Neal Smith. The original Alice Cooper band broke into the international music mainstream with the 1971 hit "I'm Eighteen" from the album Love It to Death, which was followed by the even bigger single "School's Out" in 1972. The band reached their commercial peak with the 1973 album Billion Dollar Babies.

Furnier adopted the band's name as his own name in the 1970s and began a solo career with the 1975 concept album Welcome to My Nightmare. In 2011 he released Welcome 2 My Nightmare, his 19th album as a solo artist, and his 26th album in total. Expanding from his Detroit rock roots, in his career Cooper has experimented with a number of musical styles, including art rock, hard rock, heavy metal, new wave, pop rock, experimental rock and industrial rock.

Alice Cooper is known for his social and witty persona offstage, with The Rolling Stone Album Guide calling him the world's most "beloved heavy metal entertainer". He is credited with helping to shape the sound and look of heavy metal, and has been described as the artist who "first introduced horror imagery to rock'n'roll, and whose stagecraft and showmanship have permanently transformed the genre". Away from music, Cooper is a film actor, a golfing celebrity, a restauranteur and, since 2004, a popular radio DJ with his classic rock show Nights with Alice Cooper.

In 2011, the original Alice Cooper band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Alice Cooper guested on Marilyn Manson's song "Sweet Dreams" on July 1st, 2007 in Burcharest Romania.
Alice's songs "School's Out" and "Bilion Dollar Babies" are featured on the video game series "Guitar Hero".
On December 2, 2003, Cooper was inducted in to the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.
Alice enjoys to collect cars and antique watches.
Cooper's song "I am the future" was featured and remixed on the movie "Class of 1984".
Cooper can be seen in a Superbowl 2008 car commercial.
Cooper`s music videos for "Welcome to my Nightmare", "Teenage Frankenstein" and "Lost in America" can be seen on the MTV show "Bevis and Butthead".
Alice Cooper made a guest appearence on Twisted Sister`s song "Be Chrool To Your Skool". (Recorded in 1985)
Cooper`s album "DaDa"`s cover is based on a Salvador Dali painting called "Slave Market".
Cooper`s albums "The Last Temptation", "Brutal Planet" and "Dragontown" are a trilogy and Dragontown mentions themes from both albums.
Cooper`s live album "Live At Cabo Wabo '96'" was re-released as "A Fistful of Alice" in 1997.
Cooper`s song "Stand" features Rapper Xzibit in parts of the song.
Cooper`s biography "Alice Cooper, Golf Monster" came out late July 2007.
Cooper had constant bouts of Asthma as a child.
An album called "Mutations- A Tribute To Alice Cooper" was released October 31/2006" in honor of Cooper. The songs were the ones Cooper had written but were remixed.
In Cooper`s album "A fistful of Alice, The song "Steven" is heard in the song "Welcome to my Nightmare".
Cooper`s newest "Best of" album came out May 7th 2007.
Cooper attended "Cortez high school" in 1965.
Cooper`s song "School`s out" was featured on the Simpson`s season #4 episode "Kamp Krusty".
Cooper has been featured in a few TV commercials notably, a Staples commercial for "Back to school" products from 2003.
The album "A fistful of Alice" consits of many variations around the world including different songs.
Cooper`s album "Life and Crimes Of Alice Cooper" consists of 81 songs".
Cooper`s album "A fistful of Alice" consists of 12 live songs and a pre-recorded song called "Is Anyone Home?".
Cooper has a total of 68 single albums.
Cooper has a new gutarist named Jason Hook who is performing at Cooper`s concerts from 2007-?.
Cooper had a handful of drummers including Neal Smith, Kenny Aronoff, Jimmy Degrasso, Tommy Clufetos and many more.
Cooper has a total of 31 different albums.
The fictional character "Steven" has been mentioned in a few of Cooper`s songs like "Wind up toy" and his own song, "Steven".
Cooper has 25 gold albums.
Alice Cooper appeared on the first episode of ABC In Concert in 1972.
In 1999, Cleopatra Records released "Humanary Stew: A Tribute to Alice Cooper", featuring a number of rock and metal all-star collaborations.
The cover artwork for Cooper`s album "Welcome to my Nightmare" was voted "Top 100 album covers of all time".
Cooper`s song "Great American Success Story" was going to be the theme song for the movie "Back to school" but it was not used.
Cooper's song "The Man Behind the Mask" was the theme song for the movie Friday the 13th Part VI.
Cooper`s music video "Hey Stoopid" features Ozzy Osbourne singing in one part.
Cooper has a pet Albino snake which goes to his concerts.
Coopers music video "Feed my Frankinstein" features Wayne and Garth from "Wayne`s World".
Cooper`s song "No more Mr nice guy" has been featured in a Family guy episode called "Jungle love".
Cooper wrote a song for Jim Morrison called "Desprado".
In Cooper`s album "Classicks", which consists of 12 songs but in the Japanese version, it had an extra "B side" song called "It rained all night".
Cooper`s album called "Welcome to my Nightmare" is for more deticated fans.
Alice Cooper played in a horror movie in the mid 70's called "Prince Of Darkness". He played as a person who didn't talk just stood in an alley and on the street and just started at people.
Alice Cooper did a show in Charlotte, NC in the mid 70's called Welcome To My Nightmare.
Alice Cooper is #20 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artist of Hard Rock.
Bon Jovi did a song dedicated to Cooper called "The Ballad of Alice Cooper".
Cooper got his name legally changed in 1975.
One time Cooper came out with a huge snake to wrestle Jake The Snake Roberts.
Cooper's daughter Calico tours with him and she performs as a dancer in his shows.
Cooper was granted a PhD (honorary) in Performing arts. The Grand Canyon University honored him with that in 2004.
Cooper was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Dec 2nd, 2003, at 7000 Hollywood Blvd.
Cooper loves to golf and is very good at it. He does golf outings for charity. He rarely if ever keeps the money for himself.
Cooper opened a restaurant in 1998 called "Cooperstown" which is located in downtown Phoenix.
Cooper graduated from Cortez High School which is located in Phoenix, AZ.
In the late 1970’s Cooper belonged to the exclusive Hollywood club known as Hollywood Vampires.
Cooper is never seen on stage without his black greasepaint around his eyes and mouth.
Cooper married Sheryl Cooper on March 3, 1976 and are still married today. They have 3 children: Calico born in 1981, Dashiell born in 1984 and Sonora Rose born in 1993.
Cooper continues to tour regularly still doing his bizarre and dark horror themed theatrics.
Cooper and his band got their first break when they played at Whiskey-A-GO GO. Frank Zappa discovered them and added them to his record label.
Cooper has stated: Though the band didn’t deny these theory’s, they did this because they thought it would bring them publicity. They actually just picked the name at random because it sounded twisted.
Cooper started his career at 17 forming a rock band named "Earwigs", then changed their names several times until they settled on Alice Cooper.
Cooper's father moved them to Phoenix, Arizona when he was young and Cooper still lives in the State at the present time.
Cooper's father was a minister in Michigan for quite some time.
Beginning in 2004, Cooper began hosting a syndicated radio show called Nights with Alice Cooper.

 

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