ALICE COOPER ON PANDEMIC: ‘I MISS THE RHYTHM OF THE ROAD’
US shock rocker Alice Cooper has missed "the rhythm of the road" during the coronavirus pandemic, Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa) reported.
"I am having a year off and a lot more time with my four grandchildren," the 73-year-old musical veteran told dpa in an interview. "They all live in Arizona and I see them all the time, but I’m used to doing at least seven or eight months of touring. I miss the rhythm of the road - you have to come off from it like a drug," he said.
Cooper, who is releasing a new album named "Detroit Stories" on February 26 after more than five decades in the industry, is hopeful that the vaccine rollout will allow him to tour again soon. "I think with the vaccine coming out there might be a chance," he said.
Known for his raspy voice and his use of props and pyrotechnics on stage, Alice Cooper is often referred to as "the Godfather of Shock Rock."
"The times we live in now are more shocking than anything I could ever do," Cooper said. "But back then it was easy to make parents hate you by cutting heads off on stage," he said, referring to a guillotine he used in his shows in the 1970s.
Despite the many changes the industry has undergone, Cooper insists his music remains relevant.
"From the 1960s on, the only music that has not gone away is rock music," he said. "There has been punk, emo, grunge, but the bands that still rule the concert halls are Aerosmith, Guns N' Roses, Rolling Stones - us. All the bands that play hard rock."