October 2nd, 2009

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Cinema Dave meets Alice Cooper Chapter One: Family and Foundation

Successfully married for 33 years to Sheryl Goddard, the Coopers has three children, Calico, Dashiell and Sonora the youngest, who recently obtained her driver’s license. Alice and Calico Cooper have a cameo appearance in an upcoming vampire/musical comedy, "Suck," which costars fellow golf addict, Malcolm McDowell.

When asked if he and Sheryl were preparing for empty nest syndrome, Coop replied;

“They never leave. We have not chained them to their room, but we are not selling our 10 thousand square foot home. We expect them to bring their families some day.”

The Coopers are a fixture in the Arizona community. Dashiell is in his senior year at Arizona State University and Sheryl runs a dance studio for their **Solid Rock Foundation,** a place were teenagers can go hang out after school. The Coopers have created a variety of fund raisers for this non profit organization; golf tournaments and a unique Christmas show themed around pudding;

“We keep Christmas Pudding like a house party. The idea came from Groucho Marx, you had to perform to get your pudding at a Groucho party. I get a variety of players that you would never see matched with each other, like Megadeath and Glen Campbell together on stage performing. Christmas Pudding can last as long as 5 hours.”
Check out the website at http://www.alicepudding.com/

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Cinema Dave meets Alice Cooper Chapter Two: No More Mr. Nice Guy???

For a guy who sings, “No More Mr. Nice Guy,” I have yet to run into anyone who every had something bad to say about Alice Cooper. Our phone interview was scheduled for 15 minutes, but it lasted much longer, I asked Coop about this;

“It takes much effort to be a jerk. It is so much easier to be a nice guy and you can have some fun. These are things I learned being a Deacon’s son.”

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Cinema Dave meets Alice Cooper Chapter Three: The Devil and Alice Cooper

With the release of "The Last Temptation" in 1994, Alice Cooper revealed his most shocking secret to his fans, that he is a Christian. This might explain his long term appeal as a performer, for song lyrics from “Dead Babies” and “Go to Hell” reveal a deeper significance than the titles suggest.

“My last six albums have been more cohesive. "Brutal Planet" was a prediction of society and "Dragontown" is after the prediction comes true, when it is done, it is done and you are stuck. "Along Came a Spider" is about a fictional serial killer, but he falls in love with one of his victims and wonders, what if I am wrong?

My songs deal with good and evil. I grew up in a Christian home and I could not get it out of my system. My lyrics were never Satanic. A Christian can live in the world of arts and entertainment.”
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Cinema Dave meets Alice Cooper Chapter Four: Literary Music

Besides a grueling world tour that extends to the Pompano Amphitheater this Saturday evening, Alice released his 25th rock album, "Along Came a Spider" and published a book, "Alice Cooper, Golf Monster A Rock ’n’ Roller’s 12 Steps to Becoming a Golf Addict." Despite the fame and fortune that goes into the rock star business, Alice revealed one under appreciated tool of his trade, the written word;

“In high school I wrote for the newspaper and read Alfred Hitchcock and Kurt Vonnegut short stories. I wrote short stories before high school, which is good training for lyric writing.”

Alice plans on publishing these short stories someday, from which the album "Along Came a Spider" grew from. The latest album seems to be a culmination of all the personas of the Alice Cooper character. Born Vincent Damon Furnier, the song writer claims that;

“Alice was an invention out of necessity. In the late 1960s, I saw the Peter Pans on the music scene, I wanted to be Captain Hook. After I quit drinking, Alice became a true stand up villain with arrogance and a touch of Inspector Cousteau. I know his boundaries. You have to balance horror with humor to set up the punch line.”

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Cinema Dave meets Alice Cooper Chapter Five: World Domination

The tagline for Alice Cooper’s **Theater of Death** tour is,
“They keep killing him...and he keeps coming back.!"

The tagline is also a metaphor for the original shock rocker who burst into the limelight almost 40 years ago with hit songs like “No More Mr. Nice Guy” and “School’s Out.” While some of his disobedient children like **KISS,** are to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the man who created rock and roll vaudeville, will be snubbed by this museum in Cleveland yet again. Not that Alice is brooding around his home in Arizona, waiting for the phone to ring. Instead the 61 year old rocker is plotting world domination.