Alice Cooper Biography
Alice Cooper born Vincent Damon Furnier, is an American singer, songwriter, and actor. He was born on February 4, 1948 in Detroit Michigan, and moved to Phoenix with his family.
The Alice Cooper band formed while they were all in high school in Phoenix, and was discovered in 1969 by Frank Zappa in Los Angeles, where he signed them to his record label. Their collaboration with young record producer Bob Ezrin led to the break-through third album “Love It to Death” which hit the charts in 1971, followed by “Killer,” “School’s Out,” ”Billion Dollar Babies,” and “Muscle of Love.” Each new album release was accompanied by a bigger and more elaborate touring stage show. 1974 saw the release of a “Greatest Hits” album, and then Cooper, in 1975, released his first solo album, “Welcome to My Nightmare” in 1975, accompanied by the legendary groundbreaking theatrical Welcome to My Nightmare concert tour.
Associated with that album and tour was the ground-breaking network TV special Alice Cooper: The Nightmare. Other film and television appearances include The Muppet Show, Mae West’s last film Sextette, Roadie, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearst Club Band and appearances on The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson and Tom Snyder’s Tomorrow Show. The original band also made an appearance in the movie Diary of a Mad Housewife in 1979, filmed the full-length feature film Good To See You Again Alice Cooper, and Alice appeared in a 1972 episode of The Snoop Sisters.
Alice’s solo career skyrocketed in the late 1970’s, with a succession of hit singles, including “You & Me,” and classic albums, including “Lace And Whiskey” and “From The Inside,” and bigger and even more elaborate concert tours.
In the ‘80’s Cooper explored different sounds, highlighted by the new wavish album “Flush The Fashion,” the heavy metal “Constrictor” and “Raise Your Fist And Yell,” and then 1989’s melodic hard rock album “Trash,” which featured the massive hit single “Poison” and became his biggest selling album and single worldwide. During this period Alice also appeared in the horror films Monster Dog and John Carpenter’s Prince of Darkness, and recorded songs for the soundtracks to Roadie, Class of 1984, Friday the 13 Part VI: Jason Lives and Wes Craven’s Shocker.
Cooper’s most memorable movie appearance was as himself in Wayne’s World in 1991. He also played (fittingly) Freddy Krueger’s wicked step-father in Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare, and appeared on Gene Wilder’s TV series Something Wilder as well as on That ‘70’s Show. The 90’s also saw the release of the albums “Hey Stoopid,” “The Last Temptation,” and “Fistful of Alice,” a live album.
1999 saw the release of the definitive historical 4 CD box set “The Life & Crimes of Alice Cooper,” from Rhino/Warners.
He also wrote and published a memoir, “Golf Monster,” in 2007, which tracked his life from childhood to rock stardom, and his journey from alcoholic to golf addict, and was = featured in the Tim Burton film “Dark Shadows” in 2012.
Alice, Dennis, Neal, Michael, and Glen (posthumously) were inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame in March, 2011. With his influence on rock & roll long since acknowledged, there is little that Alice Cooper hasn’t achieved in his remarkable career, including platinum albums, sold-out tours and any number of honors and career achievement awards.
As he heads back out on the concert trail each year, Cooper insists he’s still motivated to continue touring and recording albums, as well as making time for such side projects as Cooper’stown (his Phoenix-based restaurant/sports bar) and his Nights With Alice Cooper nightly radio show, syndicated domestically and worldwide on over 100 stations.
Alice Cooper Age
He was born on February 4, 1948.
Alice Cooper Real Name
His real name is Vincent Damon Furnier.
Alice Cooper Wife
Cooper married Sheryl Goddard on March 20, 1976. Sheryl Goddard performed in the Alice Cooper show from 1975 to 1982. In November 1983, at the height of Cooper’s alcoholism, Goddard filed for divorce, but by mid-1984, she and Cooper had reconciled. They have remained together since then.
Alice Cooper Children
Cooper and Goddard have three children together: daughter Calico Cooper born in 1981, an actress and singer who has been performing in her father’s stage show since 2000; son Dash born in 1985, and daughter Sonora Rose born in 1993.
Alice Cooper Net Worth
He has an estimated net worth of $40 million.
Alice Cooper Albums
- Pretties for You (1969)
- Easy Action (1970)
- Love It to Death (1971)
- Killer (1971)
- School’s Out (1972)
- Billion Dollar Babies (1973)
- Muscle of Love (1973)
- Welcome to My Nightmare (1975)
- Alice Cooper Goes to Hell (1976)
- Lace and Whiskey (1977)
- From the Inside (1978)
- Flush the Fashion (1980)
- Special Forces (1981)
- Zipper Catches Skin (1982)
- DaDa (1983)
- Constrictor (1986)
- Raise Your Fist and Yell (1987)
- Trash (1989)
- Hey Stoopid (1991)
- The Last Temptation (1994)
- Brutal Planet (2000)
- Dragontown (2001)
- The Eyes of Alice Cooper (2003)
- Dirty Diamonds (2005)
- Along Came a Spider (2008)
- Welcome 2 My Nightmare (2011)
- Paranormal (2017)
Alice Cooper Songs
- School’s Out
- No More Mr. Nice Guy
- I’m Eighteen
- Feed My Frankenstein
- Only Women Bleed
- Hey Stoopid
- Under My Wheels
- Billion Dollar Babies
- I Never Cry
- He’s Back
- You & Me
- House of Fire
- Bed of Nails
- Love’s a Loaded Gun
- How You Gonna See Me Now
- Lost in America
- It’s Me
- Teenage Frankenstein
- Department of Youth
- Caught in a Dream
- Ballad Of Dwight Fry
- Only My Heart Talkin’
- Teenage Lament ’74
- Cold Ethyl
- I Love The Dead
- Spark in the Dark
- Is It My Body?
Alice Cooper’s Band
Alice Cooper is widely known for having one of the best live shows in the business, and a lot of that is due to the musicians he brings on the road. Alice always manages to surround himself with a rotating cast of top notch musicians that will literally Bite Your Face Off!
Occasionally when a band member does change, Alice tells them three things: “You’re gonna see the world; You’re gonna get paid, and you’re gonna get stitches!”
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The band Members include;
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Guitarist Ryan Roxie
Guitarist Ryan Roxie continues to ‘Enjoy the Ride’ with the Alice Cooper Band. He appreciates the busy schedule and when he’s not touring with the Coop, he’s releasing albums with his bands (Roxie 77 and Casablanca). both bands coming out of his newly adopted home country of Sweden.
Los Angeles born guitarist Nita Strauss has become a force to be reckoned with in the music world, dazzling audiences across the US, UK, Europe, South America, Asia and Africa, and sharing the stage with a diverse range of artists including legendary R&B star Jermaine Jackson.
Tommy Henriksen is one the most gifted producers/songwriters working today. His rich musical heritage has allowed him to lend his talents to a diverse array of artists such as Lady GaGa,Porcelain Black,Daughtry, Kumi Koda, Steel Magnolia, Kimberly Caldwell, Alice Cooper,Future Boy, Halestorm,Runner Runner,Framing Hanley,David Cook and Wes Carr.
Glen Sobel has played in a variety of genres including rock, hip hop, pop, metal, punk, and fusion. Recently he has played, toured, and/or recorded with gigs ranging from hard rock (SIXX A.M.- featuring Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue), pop/r&b (tour with ELLIOTT YAMIN- American Idol finalist who topped the Billboard Hot 100), instrumental fusion (Glen played on guitar great PAUL GILBERT’s new DVD), stadium/arena rock (Glen toured in 2010 with VASCO ROSSI- Italy’s biggest rock super-star, playing to crowds in excess of 40,000), to studio TV work (Glen plays drums on the new version of the MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL theme on ESPN)