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Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper
Alice Cooper by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Cooper in 2013
Background information
Birth name Vincent Damon Furnier
Born (1948-02-04) February 4, 1948 (age 69)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Origin Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • actor
Instruments Vocals, harmonica
Years active 1963–present
Associated acts

Alice Cooper (born Vincent Damon Furnier; February 4, 1948) is an American singer, songwriter, and actor whose career spans over five decades. With his distinctive raspy voice and a stage show that features guillotines, electric chairs, fake blood, deadly snakes, baby dolls, and dueling swords, Cooper is considered by music journalists and peers alike to be "The Godfather of Shock Rock". He has drawn equally from horror films, vaudeville, and garage rock to pioneer a macabre and theatrical brand of rock designed to shock people.

Originating in Phoenix, Arizona, in the late 1960s after he moved from Detroit, Michigan, "Alice Cooper" was originally a band consisting of Furnier on vocals and harmonica, lead guitarist Glen Buxton, Michael Bruce on rhythm guitar, Dennis Dunaway on bass guitar, and drummer Neal Smith. The original Alice Cooper band released its first album in 1969 but broke into the international music mainstream with the 1971 hit "I'm Eighteen" from their third studio album Love It to Death, which was followed by the even bigger single "School's Out" in 1972. The band reached their commercial peak with the 1973 album Billion Dollar Babies.

Furnier adopted the band's name as his own name in the 1970s and began a solo career with the 1975 concept album Welcome to My Nightmare. In 2011, he released Welcome 2 My Nightmare, his 19th album as a solo artist and 26th album in total. In 2011, the original Alice Cooper band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Expanding from his Detroit rock roots, Cooper has experimented with a number of musical styles, including art rock, hard rock, heavy metal, new wave, glam metal,pop rock, experimental rock, and industrial rock.

Year Nominated work Award Result
1984 "Alice Cooper: The Nightmare" Best Music Video, Long Form Nominated
1997 "Hands of Death (Burn Baby Burn)" Best Metal Performance Nominated

Current members
See: Alice Cooper discography
See: Alice Cooper filmography
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • actor
  • Alice Cooper – lead vocals, guitar, harmonica (1963–present)
  • Ryan Roxie – guitar, backing vocals (1996–2006, 2012–present)
  • Chuck Garric – bass, backing vocals (2002–present)
  • Glen Sobel – drums, percussion (2011–present)
  • Tommy Henriksen – guitar, backing vocals (2011–present)
  • Nita Strauss – guitar, backing vocals (2014–present)
  • Mötley Crüe 2015 The Final Tour: All Bad Things Must Come to an End Tour with Alice Cooper: The first leg of the tour began on July 2, 2014 in Grand Rapids, MI at the Van Andel Arena & wrapped with a concert on November 22, 2014 in Spokane, WA at the Spokane Arena. Later they announced Cooper would join them for another North American leg of the tour which launches on July 22 in Eugene, OR at the Matthew Knight Arena & runs through a concert on September 4, 2015 in New Orleans, LA at the Smoothie King Center (Formerly New Orleans Arena).


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