Alice Cooper (born Vincent Damon Furnier 04.02.1948)
Alice Cooper is an American rock star, famous for his theatricality and use of shock tactics on stage.
Net Worth: In 2013, Celebrity Net Worth claimed that Alice Cooper had a net worth of 40 million USD.
Childhood: Alice Cooper was born in Detroit, Michigan, to Ella Mae and Ether Moroni Furnier. He studied at Washington Elementary School and then Nankin Mills Jr. High (now Lutheran High School Westland). Due to suffering from various childhood illnesses, Cooper's family moved with him to Phoenix, Arizona where he studied at Cortez High School before Glendale Community College.
Career: In 1964, at the age of 16, Cooper and some friends entered a talent competition as The Earwigs. None of them were able to play any musical instruments so they mimed along to a Beatles track and won the contest. Due to their love of the stage, they went to a local pawn shop, bought instruments and formed The Spiders. The band originally performed cover songs around Phoenix, with a giant black spider's web behind them on stage. They released their first original single in 1966, called 'Don't Blow Your Mind'. In 1968, they decided that they needed to adopt a gimmick in order to be noticed over other bands. They decided to try to utilise the full potential of the stage and take on a new name - they apparently used an Ouija board to come up with the comparatively wholesome Alice Cooper. Soon, Furnier chose to use the name for himself instead of just the band. He modelled his look on villainous female characters from various films that the band enjoyed. They thought that this villainous, cross dressing persona would cause controversy and subsequent recognition. The band played a gig in the Cheetah Club in Venice, California, and after ten minutes the entire venue was empty. A music manager approached them, thinking that their special brand of theatricality could be turned for his own gain, signed them a record deal with Frank Zappa, as Zappa was looking for interesting and unusual bands at the time. The band gained critical acclaim for their 'shock rock' style accidentally, as one early performance saw a chicken walk onto the stage. Cooper, not knowing what to do, chose to throw the chicken at the audience, thinking it would fly away. Instead, it fell into the front row - occupied by disabled viewers in wheelchairs - who reportedly proceeded to tear it to pieces. Zappa asked Cooper the next day about rumours of biting off the chicken's head and drinking it's blood. When Cooper denied the allegations, Zappa told him to lie to the press and claim that he did, in fact, do it. Due to the failure of their first two albums, the band chose to move from California to Detroit until 1972. In 1980, their third and final album from Zappa's Straight Records was released to far more success. Their contract was subsequently bought by Warner Bros. and the album was rereleased, reaching a higher level of success. Their 1971 tour featured stage fights, gothic torture and Alice Cooper's staged execution by electric chair, all while the band wore colour-contrasting glam-rock outfits. In 1974, the band went on hiatus, following a gruelling schedule of touring and recording that caused members to disagree and fight with each other. By 1975, Furnier legally changed his name to Alice Copper in order to escape legal reprisals when he began a solo career. The solo project was so successful, that Cooper officially left the band and went on to be a solo artist from then onwards. He toured until 1976, when he took a break due to his ever growing alcoholism. He returned in 1978 and began releasing albums to moderate success while steadily trying to discover a new sound. In 1983, he released DaDa - the final album on his Warner Bros. contract, before being once again hospitalised for alcoholism. The album was poorly received and his contract was not renewed. In 1986, he returned to the music industry after a brief fling with film and television, with the album Constrictor. This album spawn his tour, The Nightmare Returns, which was received as his best tour yet. Cooper continued to tour through the 1990s and 2000s, while also releasing albums.
Personal Life: Cooper continues to pay a yearly royalty to his original band mates for the use of his name, as it was originally created and used by all of them. In 2004, he wrote an issue of the Simpsons comic based on the Tree House of Horror series. In 1976, Cooper married ballerina instructor and choreographer Sheryl Goddard. She filed for divorce in 1983, but the couple reconciled in 1984. The couple have three children.
Pink became hot and flustered when Johnny Depp showed up to surprise her during a live TV interview.
In the middle of an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday night (23May16), the host quizzed the singer about her celebrity crushes. And while she has been married to her husband Carey Hart since 2006, the 36-year-old star couldn't stop gushing about Johnny and Beetlejuice star Michael Keaton.
In an endearing moment part way through the interview, Johnny walked onto the stage to resounding cheers from the audience, and a shocked Pink.
The True Love singer, real name Alecia Moore, was immediately flustered by the Pirates of the Caribbean star's appearance and began to blush visibly. She also lost the ability to muster up any conversation beyond a few words.
Continue reading: Pink Flustered After Johnny Depp Surprises Her On Live Tv
Movies have become a "day job" to Johnny Depp while he lives out his music dream with supergroup the Hollywood Vampires.
The Sleepy Hollow star dropped out of high school to become a rock musician and his band moved to Los Angeles with the hopes of getting a record deal. But after he landed roles in TV show 21 Jump Street and horror movie Nightmare on Elm Street, he knew his music dreams would be put on hold because he was best known as an actor.
While he had dabbled in performing live and playing on other people's tracks, Johnny didn't get to live out his music dream until he worked with Alice Cooper on 2012's Dark Shadows and their music collaboration eventually turned into the Hollywood Vampires, which was formed last year (15) with Aerosmith's Joe Perry.
"Music was my first love at the age of 12 and I haven't stopped playing since. It's still my first love," he explained. "But there was a certain point when I reached that area of what they call a career when people start to know who you are from one particular field and having had been a musician all my life, I knew it was over. That dream that I'd had since 12 was done, it was over with...
Continue reading: Johnny Depp: 'Movies Are My Day Job'
Rocker Alice Cooper spent years battling Prince over young guitar great Orianthi.
Asked for anecdotes about the late music icon in a new Billboard interview, the School's Out singer confessed he didn't really have a relationship with Prince, but they both loved Michael Jackson's former guitar girl.
"He kept trying to steal Orianthi out of my band," Cooper said. "Every time I talked to Orianthi, she'd be on the phone and say, 'It's Prince again'.
"I said, 'Could you tell him that you're with me for about the next year...' I know that he liked to have pretty girls in his band. Other than that, I don't think I ever talked to the guy."
Continue reading: Alice Cooper: 'Prince Kept Trying To Steal My Guitarist'
Johnny Depp and Alice Cooper's rock supergroup has announced plans to tour Europe and the U.S. this summer (16).
The Hollywood Vampires will perform at the Rock in Rio festival in Portugal at the end of May (16), before playing gigs in Sweden, Denmark and Romania.
The group, which also counts Aerosmith's Joe Perry as a regular member, will then return to America for concerts in New Jersey, Wisconsin, Michigan and California in July (16).
It is not clear if band bassist Duff MCKagan will be part of the tour as he has just booked a summer (16) stadium run with his former band Guns N' Roses.
Continue reading: Johnny Depp's Hollywood Vampires Announce Summer Tour
Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry has risked the ire of his bandmate Steven Tyler but insisting the singer's new country track is nothing special.
Scoffing at the effort in an interview with USA Today, Perry said, "If I didn't know him when I heard the song I'd go, 'It's OK, next!' I'm not going to say anything else about that."
His comments come following mixed feedback from Perry and Tyler's Aerosmith bandmates.
Continue reading: Joe Perry Not Impressed By Steven Tyler's Solo Song
Johnny Depp is preparing to "split wigs" as he takes to the stage with his band The Hollywood Vampires at the 58th annual Grammy Awards on Monday (15Feb16).
The supergroup the 52-year-old Pirates of the Caribbean star formed with Aerosmith rocker Joe Perry and Alice Cooper will pay tribute to late Motorhead star Lemmy at the prizegiving, and Depp hopes to surprise a few people with his musicianship when he hits the stage.
"If I saw these guys coming out with myself, I too would think, 'This is kind of a weird spectacle', initially," the actor told USA Today. "There will be some people saying, ‘Let's see this Hollywood-guy, actor-guy play guitar'. But hopefully, what will happen is that the song will kick in and people are going to feel their wigs starting to split. People's heads are going to go like that (explode)."
Guitarist Perry agrees with Depp, as he is very impressed with the music the Hollywood Vampires have created so far.
Continue reading: Johnny Depp Glad To Be Part Of 'Weird Spectacle' At The Grammys
Rocker Alice Cooper Fears The U.s. Public Is Running Out Of Patience With Politicians Because The Two Leading Candidates For The 2016 Presidential Race Are Not Strong Enough To Govern.
The School's Out singer admits he groans whenever he sees rivals Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton during TV debates, insisting their arguments are weak.
He is adamant many across the U.S. feel the same way and he wants the Republican and Democratic parties to choose stronger candidates.
Cooper tells Q magazine, "Every once in a while I'll be watching the debates on TV and Donald Trump will say something and I'll go, 'Damn!'. Because it's so outrageous! Or Hillary Clinton will come on and I'll go, 'Oh, damn!'. You can't help it! A lot of people are going, 'Let me get this straight, Trump against Hillary? Is that the best you guys can do?'."
Continue reading: Alice Cooper Blasts Donald Trump And Hillary Clinton
Rocker Alice Cooper Is Convinced Terrorists Who Massacred Dozens Of Concert-goers In France Were Simply Thugs Who Wanted To Kill Indiscriminately.
Gunmen slaughtered 89 revellers at the Bataclan theatre in Paris in November (15) as part of a wave of attacks across the city linked to Islamist militant group ISIS.
Cooper, who has performed at the venue on several occasions, admits he was stunned by the atrocities but insists the perpetrators were not acting under any religious or political umbrella and simply wanted an excuse for violence.
He tells Q magazine, "The Paris thing (was shocking). You know, rock 'n' roll's not shocking at all. Though I guess we shocked audiences pretty easily in the '70s: here's a guy with a girl's name with snakes and make-up and blood and guillotines... yeah, they were well and truly shocked. But I hope we never get over the shock of somebody going into a concert and killing a bunch of people for no reason. It's not a religious or a political thing. It's just a bunch of guys who want to kill people. That's shocking."
Queen Star Brian May Saluted The Band's Late Singer As He Collected The Classic Rock Roll Of Honour's Living Legends Award In London On Wednesday Night (11nov15).
The guitarist dedicated the group's latest accolade to the "incredible and irrepressible" Freddie Mercury.
"I know he would have loved to have been here for this," May said, before thanking the rock community for their years of support.
"We are fans too," he stated. "We are here because of the likes of Jimmy Page and the forever awesome Jimi Hendrix. I want to say thank you to the people who voted for us."
Continue reading: Brian May Dedicates Living Legend Award To Freddie Mercury
Because we love to see a singer out of their usual habitat.
After releasing his Bleachers documentary 'Thank You And Sorry' with a comedy spin, it was only a matter of time before we saw Jack Antonoff making a movie cameo. Now he's appearing in forthcoming comedy drama 'Hello, My Name Is Doris' as the lead singer of a band called Baby Goya.
Bleachers' Jack Antonoff plays a fictitious musician in 'Hello, My Name Is Doris'
It's always fun to see a musician starring in a movie - especially when it's a comedy - whether they play themselves, a fictitious musician or even a completely different character altogether. We compiled a list of some of the best musician movie cameos in history.
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Date of birth
4th February, 1948
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