Alice Cooper – Biography
Born as Vincent Damon Furnier, on February 4, 1948 Alice Cooper is an American rock singer, songwriter, and musician. His career spans more than 40 years.
Alice Cooper gained notoriety with his rather outlandish and gory stage show which features guillotines, electric chairs, fake blood, boa constrictors, and baby dolls. Designed to shock his audience, he draws his stage inspirations from horror movies, vaudeville, and garage rock to pioneer a grandly theatrical and violent brand of heavy metal.
Formed in the late 1960s in Detroit , Alice Cooper started off as a band. Original band members includes, vocalist Furnier who also plays the harmonica, Glen Buxton on the lead guitar, Michael Bruce on rhythm guitar, Dennis Dunaway on bass guitar, and Neal Smith on the drums.
The original Alice Cooper band became famous internationally with their 1971 hit “I’m Eighteen” from the album Love It to Death. This was followed by the even bigger single “School’s Out” in 1972. The band peaked with the 1973 album Billion Dollar Babies.
Alice Cooper band later disbanded and in 1975, Furnier started his solo career using the band name as his stage name. His first solo album was concept album ‘Welcome to My Nightmare’. He later went on to record a total of 26 albums and for his 19th. album in 2011, he released a version 2 of his first hit titled, Welcome 2 My Nightmare.
Throughout his colorful career, Alice Cooper experimented with many different musical styles. He dabbled with conceptual rock, art rock, hard rock, New Wave, pop rock, experimental rock and industrial rock.
Despite his gory onstage persona, offstage Alice Cooper was loved for his social and witty personality. He was called the world’s most “beloved heavy metal entertainer” by The Rolling Stone Album Guide. He is regarded as being the artist who
“first introduced horror imagery to rock’n’roll, and whose stagecraft and showmanship have permanently transformed the genre”.
Apart from performing music, Cooper is also a film actor, a golfing celebrity and a restaurateur. Since 2004, he deejayed 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.