Super Duper Alice Cooper is the twisted tale of a teenage Dr. Jekyll whose rock n roll Mr. Hyde almost kills him. It is the story of Vincent Furnier, preacher’s son, who struck fear into the hearts of parents as ALICE COOPER, the ultimate rock star of the bizarre. From the advent of Alice as frontman for a group of Phoenix freaks in the '60s, to the hazy decadence of celebrity in the '70s, to his triumphant comeback as '80s glam metal godfather, we will watch as Alice and Vincent battle for each other’s’ souls. The film is the first ever ‘doc opera’ – a dizzying blend of documentary archive footage, animation and rock opera that will cement forever the legend of Alice Cooper.
In support of the authorized documentary premiering in theatres this week, Alice Cooper spoke with Detroit Free Press
. Here are a few excerpts from the chat:
Detroit Free Press: This will probably last as the defining film document of your career. What else did you feel a duty to be candid about?
Cooper: "I was in the great cocaine blizzard of Los Angeles. I had never copped to that before. I said we can’t ignore that I had a bout with that for about six months. In L.A. at that time (the 1970s), I didn’t know one person who wasn’t doing that. It was like a blizzard, and like the good addicted character that I am … But alcohol was the one that really caused the damage. I was the most functional alcoholic in the world — I drank beer every day, never missed a concert, never missed a move, never slurred a word. I was never that kind of alcoholic. When it did finally get to me, it really did throw me out. I was throwing up blood. It hit me like a ton of bricks."
Detroit Free Press: On to other business: The MÖTLEY CRÜE tour will make for a busy summer this year.
Cooper: "I’ve known these guys for 35 years, and we’ve never done a tour together. Every single guy in the band is a friend. When they asked for a guest on this (retirement) tour, I said: Yes! Rock is so anemic right now — I keep telling everybody if you have an accordion or banjo in your band, you’re not rock. That’s the Detroit in me. I’m happy to be on a double bill like this that is certainly going to be kicking the audience’s butt each night. I’m saying it right out loud. I got in so much trouble for (talking bad about) Mumford & Sons. They’re great at what they do, but it’s not rock ’n’ roll. I said, it’s great, it’s catchy as hell. And same as the Lumineers. But if that’s rock ’n’ roll …"
Detroit Free Press: And I understand you’re working on a unique collection of cover songs.
Cooper: "I’ve never done a covers album. (Producer) Bob Ezrin (PINK FLOYD, KISS) said, 'You’re a really good singer, not just a rock singer. I’d love to hear you do other people’s stuff, and let’s Cooper-ize it.' I wanted to go back to the Hollywood Vampires (circle of musician friends). Our dead drunk friends — let’s eulogize those guys. All the guys we drank with, we’ve tipped our hat to. These are the Hollywood Vampires. There were nine guys in the actual club, but guys would come through town and be part of it. So there will be like a HARRY NILSSON song. How does a hard rock band do a Harry Nilsson song? You’ll see! Every one of those guys would have gotten it — THE SMALL FACES, JOHN LENNON."
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