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Alice Cooper Interviews Anne Rice on Religion, Vampires, Tom Cruise & Pot

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Alice Cooper performs at Bloodstock Open Air on Aug. 12, 2012.
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Alice Cooper is a longtime fan of novelist and fellow Christian Anne Rice, whose Christ of Lord: Out of Egypt has been turned into The Young Messiah, a movie that opened this week. When the filmmakers arranged for a screening of the film for Cooper and wife Sheryl, they decided it would be fun to let the rocker interview the writer.

Read Cooper’s interview with the Vampire author below.

Alice Cooper: Was Memnoch the Devil written before or after your conversion to Catholicism? Am I correct in assuming what I read about your conversion?
Anne Riche: Memnoch was written before I returned to the Roman Catholic Church. I think the novel reflects a Catholic upbringing, a Catholic obsession with questions of meaning, a need to explore theologies and question them stridently. I remember including every major question I had, and when Lestat rejected the entire Christian system, as it was presented to him, his decision reflected my attitude. I don’t know what you read about my conversion. I can tell you that I returned to the church of my childhood in December of 1998. I gave up pondering theological absurdities and doctrines, and decided to leave it all to a higher power. I sought to go back to the fold, to the church I knew best, to the Eucharist, and I truly believed that doctrine and theology simply did not matter. What mattered was faith in God and loving God. Twelve years later I came to believe I was mistaken. Or that my approach did not work any longer for me. I left all organized religion in 2010.

READ THE REST OF ALICE’S INTERVIEW AT BILLBOARD.COM

Hollywood Vampires' Bad As I Am climbs charts

“As Bad As I Am” is number 2 on the Classic Rock charts!

ALICE COOPER MANAGER SHEP GORDON GIVES THUMBS UP TO HBO'S 'VINYL'

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Alice Cooper performs at John Varvatos Detroit Store Opening Party hosted by Chrysler on April 16, 2015 in Detroit, Michigan.
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Gordon’s Alive Enterprises even loaned the producers Cooper’s guillotine for a scene on the show.

HBO’s Vinyl, the new series helmed by Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger, has received mixed reviews from music execs for its depiction of the early ’70s record business. Manager Shep Gordon, however, is a fan of the show and was pleased by its recent depiction Alice Cooper, his long-time client, in Episode 3 of the series. Gordon’s Alive Enterprises even loaned the producers Cooper’s guillotine for a scene on the show.

In the episode titled “Whispered Secrets,” Cooper’s character — played by Dustin Ingram — is courted by young American Century A&R weasel Clark Morelle (Jack Quaid), who tries to convince the frontman to leave the band that bears his name for a solo career. It’s a scene that Gordon says never happened, although Cooper did eventually split from the band, following the success of the 1973 album Billion Dollar Babies.

“If you got a million miles away to Mars, then it was accurate,” Gordon quips. “But in that moment, it wasn’t. I think the story has been told over and over again. It didn’t come out of an A&R guy’s thing. It really came out of each of the guys having the desire to do their own things.” Coincidentally, Gordon adds, Cooper and original band members guitarist Michael Bruce and drummer Neal Smith are writing together in Phoenix this week.

While Vinyl didn’t stick to the facts about Cooper’s real-life story, Gordon acknowledges that it is based in some fact. “I saw A&R guys pitching lead singers every day of the week at the Roxy or the Whisky,” he says. “As soon as a band got successful, these guys would come like locusts, telling everybody anything they wanted to hear, and I’m sure that’s the stuff they were saying behind closed doors.”

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ALICE COOPER IN ROLLING STONE – 5 SONGS I WISH I’D WRITTEN

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The godfather of shock rock on the brilliance of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and why My Chemical Romance is the “next Def Leppard”

For a 68-year-old, Alice Cooper remains surprisingly relevant. He opened for Mötley Crüe on their final tour last year, rocked the 2016 Grammys with Hollywood Vampires and appeared on Sunday’s installment of Vinyl (an episode named after his classic 1973 LP Billion Dollar Babies). We caught up with the veteran shock-rock visionary to get his take on five songs he’d love to have written.

CHECK OUT ALICE’S LIST HERE: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/alice-cooper-five-songs-i-wish-id-written-20160301#ixzz42RjILzUz

VINYL RECAP: EPISODE THREE – ALICE COOPER IN GOLF WHITES MAKES IT ALL WORTHWHILE

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Clark Morelle courts Alice Cooper

EXCERPT:

“…Unlike previous weeks, the Stars in their Eyes treatment of the greats – this week, Alice Cooper – proved one of the episode’s strongest strands. Not least because Dustin Ingram does a passable impersonation and because it was delicious to see creepy Clark get his comeuppance. Plus the sight of Alice Cooper in golf whites is as funny in a questionable prestige drama as it is in real life. Most of all, he had an arc of his own rather than just a cameo, taking down the American Century schmuck with wit and gusto.

The joke, of course, is that for all his guys-together protests, the real Vincent Furnier would take Clark’s advice to the letter just two years later, ditching the band and keeping the name Alice Cooper as a solo artist. He later explained: “It got very basically down to the fact that we had drawn as much as we could out of each other. After 10 years, we were pretty much dry together.” Here’s solo Alice performing I Love the Dead, the song we saw the band soundcheck, years later.”

READ THE FULL REVIEW AT THEGUARDIAN.COM