Alice Cooper (band)

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Alice Cooper
Alice Cooper Killer Tour 1972
Background information
Origin Phoenix, Arizona
Genres Hard rock, shock rock, glam rock, heavy metal, art rock, protopunk, psychedelic rock (early)
Years active 1964–75
(reunions: 1999, 2010, 2011)
Labels Straight Records, Warner Bros.
Associated acts Frank Zappa
Website www.alicecooper.com
Past members
This article is about the original Alice Cooper band. For Alice Cooper, the musician, see Alice Cooper.

Alice Cooper was an American rock band led by Vincent Furnier, who later changed his legal name to Alice Cooper. The band was famous for their elaborate, theatrical shock rock stage shows.[1]

History[edit]

The band consisted of members, all from the previous 60s garage rock band, the Spiders. They created everything as a group and wrote virtually the lions' share what that was to become classic Alice Cooper.[2] Neal Smith's sister Cindy Smith Dunaway (Dennis Dunaway's wife) designed the bands costumes and also performed in the stage show (she was the "dancing tooth" during the band's Billion Dollar Babies tour).[3][4]

The Alice Cooper band was the subject of media criticism after Furnier (Alice Cooper) threw a live chicken into the audience during the 1969 Toronto Rock 'n' Roll Revival Festival. The audience ripped the chicken to shreds.[5]

The band was featured on a Warner Bros sampler album Zapped of bands produced by Frank Zappa for the label, and then went on to release several albums before breaking up in 1975.[6] Vincent Furnier took "Alice Cooper" as his own name and carried on with a new group of musicians.[4][7]

A documentary about the Alice Cooper band entitled Super Duper Alice Cooper premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 17, 2014, and was scheduled to be screened at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival a week later.[5]

Band members[edit]

Black-and-white photo of a long-haired man in black makeup with a microphone
Vincent Furnier a.k.a. Alice Cooper

Original band members

Additional members 1973/74

Discography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Waksman, Steve (2009). This Ain't the Summer of Love: Conflict and Crossover in Heavy Metal and Punk. University of California Press. p. 76. ISBN 978-0-520-94388-9. 
  2. ^ History of Rock and Roll By Thomas E. Larson
  3. ^ Walker, Michael. What You Want Is in the Limo: On the Road With Led Zeppelin, Alice Cooper, and the Who in 1973, the Year the Sixties Died and the Modern Rock Star Was Born. Random House LLC, 2013.
  4. ^ a b Legends of Rock Guitar: The Essential Reference of Rock's Greatest Guitarists - Pete Prown, Harvey P. Newquist - Google Books. Books.google.ca. 1948-03-16. Retrieved 2014-08-09. 
  5. ^ a b Howell, Peter. "Toronto 'chicken incident' sparked rage". Toronto Star, 24 April 2014.
  6. ^ "40 Years Ago: The Alice Cooper Band Release Their Final Album". Ultimateclassicrock.com. Retrieved 2014-08-09. 
  7. ^ Edmonson, Jacqueline. "Cooper, Alice (1948 - )".Music in American Life: An Encyclopedia of the Songs, Styles, Stars, and Stories That Shaped Our Culture. ABC-CLIO, 2013.

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