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Interview:
Post Manson, Alice Cooper eyeballs Broadway "Nightmare"
 

By GARY GRAFF
@graffonmusic, Facebook.com/Gary Graff on Music

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Despite some reservations both in and outside of his camp, Alice Cooper is pleased to say that his June tour with shock rock protege Marilyn Manson was nothing but a success.

"I didn't know what to expect," says the Detroit-born Cooper (real name Vincent Furnier), 65. "I didn't know him personally. I'd heard nothing but horror stories. Johnny Depp is one of his best friends; Johnny said he can be a handful, but I think Johnny talked to him and kind of backed him off a little bit.

"But he was nothing but respectful, a total pro. Honestly, it was a real flawless tour. I think we made converts of his audience, and there was an older audience that came that was suspect of him but liked him. So both of us benefited from this tour -- the elder myth and the new myth. It really did work, and I'm sure we'll do it again."

Meanwhile, Cooper is back to playing his own headline dates, expanding the show he was doing in June to include what he calls the "Wake the Dead" segment of the show -- featuring covers of songs by the Doors, Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon and the Who, members of the so called "Hollywood vampires" of the early and mid-70s that Cooper will pay tribute to on a new covers album he's recording for likely release in 2014. One project he's abandoned, however -- at least for the moment -- is the idea of playing both his "Welcome to My Nightmare" and its 2011 sequel "Welcome 2 My Nightmare" albums in concert together, which was at one point in the works for this year.

"I feel like if an album gets into the Top 10, I think you can dedicate a full show to it," Cooper explains. "('Welcome 2') went to (No. 22); it wasn't enough to merit doing an entire show around it. But we still do four or five songs from it.

"I think if we ever take Alice Cooper to Broadway, it would jsut be called 'Nightmare.' 'Welcome to My Nightmare' would be the first half and 'Welcome 2' would be the second half. That would work. That idea's always out there; you just have to wait until a producer comes long and says 'I love that idea.' I think maybe a little more time needs to go by before 'Nightmare' becomes sort of an American classic; then we'll have that validity to go and do the (Broadway) show."

Alice Cooper performs at 9 p.m. Friday, July 5, at the Colosseum in Caesars Windsor, 377 Riverside Drive East. Tickets are sold out. Call 1-800-522-4700 or visit www.caesarswindsor.com.

Web Site: www.caesarswindsor.com

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