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Alice Cooper's happy to ride shotgun on Motley Crue farewell tour

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As a headliner in his own right and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Alice Cooper doesn't agree to be a special guest for just anybody. But being part of Motley Crue's The Farewell Tour was a worthy exception.

"It's their final tour and we've never worked together, and they said, 'Would you guys want to be our guest stars?' And I said, 'Yeah, that'd be fun" notes the 66-year-o0ld Detroit-born shock rocker (real name Vincent Furnier) "It's their final tour, and why not?

"They're great. I knew them when they were, like, party central. I've known Nikki (Sixx) now since he's straightened out his world, and same with Tommy (Lee). They've pretty much done it all, seen it all, kinda slowed down the party. So it'll be fun."

Cooper is, of course, employing his trademark theatrics during the tour, but they're be scaled down somewhat from his usual headlining productions.

"It's not our tour; it's their tour," he explains. "We have to do surgery on it to cut it down a little bit. But I think that we'll be in front of a lot of different people. We'll be in front of people who wouldn't normally be seeing Alice Cooper. That's an audience we want, so it'll be the best of the best-of."

The Crue tour is part of a busy year for Cooper, which includes the release of the documentary "Super Duper Alice Cooper" as well as "Supermensch" about his manager, Shep Gordon. Cooper is also putting the finishing touches on his next album, a tribute to the "Hollywood vampires" crew he partied with during the 70s that's due out in 2015.

Motley Crue, Alice Cooper and the Raskins

7 p.m. Aug. 9

DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township

Tickets are sold out

Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com

Note: The tour returns to the metro area Nov. 8 at Joe Louis Arena. Tickets are $20-$75

Web Site: www.palacenet.com

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