Alice Cooper fan and accomplished business man Anthony Iannarino shares his experience with the Alice Cooper VIP Experience below. Read his original post here – thesalesblog.com
How to Treat Other People So They Know They Matter
“A few months ago, I took my son to see Alice Cooper. While I was buying those tickets, I noticed an option for a VIP experience, including a meet and greet with Alice himself. Being a fan of his music since I was 13 years old, I splurged and bought the tickets.
Normally, a meet and greet means you get your picture taken, an autograph, and then you’re quickly rushed out of the room so the “star” can get on with their life. This wasn’t the case with Alice.
When we showed up, we were ushered to the front of the stage to watch the band do their sound check. Then we toured the stage and got pictures with some of The Coop’s props. We were told to be at the backstage door as soon as the concert ended, and we were.
Twelve of us were ushered into a room with chairs lining three of the walls, and on the fourth wall was a table and two chairs for Alice. It took a while for him to show up, because he had to take a shower and, oddly enough, eat White Castle. When he entered the room he bragged about being in the White Castle Hall of Fame; they sent him 200 hamburgers and milkshakes for his crew.
And here is where the story gets interesting. The agreement says you get your picture taken with Alice and up to three items autographed. But he provided so much more than that, including a lesson in leadership and gratitude.
One young woman sat next to Alice and opened a bag. In this bag she had three small ceramic dolls. They probably didn’t cost more than $10 each. The ceramic dolls were designed so that the person buying them could paint them however they wanted. She painted them to look like Alice Cooper, his wife, and his personal assistant.
Alice was thrilled. He acknowledged her gift, and asked his assistants to come over and look at the wonderful artwork this young lady did. Then he made the photographer take pictures with him, her, and the small dolls. The young woman who painted the ceramic statues was beaming with joy. Clearly, it was the greatest experience of her life.
Another woman asked Alice to draw a small devil on a piece of paper. He told her that he didn’t know how to draw a devil but he knew how to draw his profile. She said that would be wonderful, and he sketched out his profile with a sharpie. She then told him that she was going to have the profile and his signature tattooed on her leg. Alice, having no tattoos, asked to see all of her artwork. He took a sincere interest in each of her tattoos and asked her questions about each piece. There was no doubt in her mind that she was the most important person in the room at that moment.
One man happened to catch a cane that Cooper threw into the audience at a concert many, many years ago. He brought the prop with him to ask Alice to sign it. Alice said, “I have a special gray marker just so I can sign something like this.” As he was signing the cane, the man asked him why there was black electrical tape all over the cane, suggesting it must be for the grip. Alice told him that it wasn’t for the grip, but for the balance. Then he made the gentleman stand up and he taught him to spin the cane just like he does on stage during his show. It’s impossible to describe the joy this man felt and being coached by Alice Cooper, one of his heroes.
We were backstage with Mr. Cooper for 35 minutes. He was in no hurry to leave. He gave each person’s his undivided attention and focus, making them feel as if they were the most important person on earth. He was clearly grateful for their devotion, and as gracious as I’ve ever seen from any human being.
It was a lesson in leadership. It was a lesson in how you treat other people, regardless of their station in life. It was a lesson in how important it is to give another human being your full attention and focus. I was impressed, and I was schooled by a master.
- When you are in a room with another person who needs your attention, do you give them your full focus? Or, does the small screen of infinite distractions make the experience less than it should be.
- Are you grateful for the relationships that you have and are you as gracious as you should be?”
Johnny Depp, Alice Cooper and Joe Perry of the Hollywood Vampires (Maria Ives/Radio.com)
By Brian Ives
Twenty five years ago this week, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers released their album, Into the Great Wide Open. The video for the album’s title track starred Johnny Depp as “Eddie,” a hopeful musician who moved to L.A. to become a rock star.
The story bears just a few similarities to Depp’s: he, too, moved to L.A. to pursue his musical dreams. A role in a little show called 21 Jump Street and then in the first Nightmare on Elm Street film took him on a somewhat different career path than “Eddie’s.”
It’s a quarter of a century later, and he’s just kicked off a tour as a member of the Hollywood Vampires, alongside Alice Cooper and Aerosmith’s Joe Perry, two guys he most likely grew up worshiping; last night (July 3), their tour came to Atlantic City, New Jersey’s Borgata.
Ya done good kid!
So, there’s a lot of star power in the Vampires – the touring band also includes drummer Matt Sorum (formerly of Guns N Roses, Velvet Revolver and the Cult), and Stone Temple Pilots bassist Robert DeLeo (replacing Duff McKagan, now out on tour with GNR). The group is rounded out by guitarist Tommy Henriksen (from Alice Cooper’s band) and keyboardist/guitarist Bruce Witkin, who was Depp’s bandmate, pre-movie stardom, in a band called the Kids. On paper, it sounds amazing. But how good are they as a live band? And is Depp really a necessary addition to a band that’s already packed with stars (and guitar players)?
Well, first off, Depp’s guitar playing isn’t just a movie star hobby. Joe Perry has told me in interviews how great Depp is, and Perry isn’t really prone to hyperbole. But it’s one thing to hear about it, it’s another to actually see the guy play, and he is a great player, deserving of his spot in the band. Had he never gone to that Jump Street audition, he surely would have been able to be a musician for life (although he may not have been able to buy an island with his earnings). Also – to his credit – he never calls attention to himself, he lets his playing melt faces. To put it another way, he’s the Brad Whitford of this guitar team.
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The Hollywood Vampires Tour is underway and is three shows into their 18 city tour of North America. Check out these shots of the first three shows from the Hollywood Vampires Instagram!
Be sure to follow @HollywoodVampires on Instagram, @HollywoodVamps on Twitter and check out HollywoodVampires.com for the most up to date info on the band! There’s still time to catch them on their tour, Tickets to remaining dates are available below!
07/05/16 - MILWAUKEE, WI – BMO HARRIS PAVILION
07/07/16 - AURORA, IL – RIVEREDGE PARK
07/08/16 - RAMA, ON – CASINO RAMA RESORT
07/09/16 - NIAGARA FALLS, NY – SENECA NIAGARA RESORT & CASINO
07/10/16 - BROOKLYN, NY – CONEY ISLAND AMPHITHEATER
07/12/16 - KETTERING, OH – FRAZE PAVILION
07/13/16 - MOUNT PLEASANT, MI – SOARING EAGLE CASINO
07/14/16 - CADOTT, WI – ROCK FEST
07/16/16 - CLARKSTON, MI – DTE ENERGY CENTER
07/18/16 - FARGO, ND – SCHEELS ARENA
07/22/16 - ROHNERT PARK, CA – WEILL HALL
07/23/16 - POINT, OR – BRITT PAVILION
07/24/16 - SARATOGA, CA – THE MOUNTAIN WINERY
07/25/16 - PASO ROBLES, CA – CALIFORNIA MID STATE FAIR
4th of July weekend sale starts now in the official Alice Cooper store. Check out the new election collection of merch & get 25% off select items!!
We waited a whole year for it, but now our 35th birthday / awards are sadly over. Sob!
Three generations of rockstars – everyone from Iron Maiden, to Deftones, to blink-182, to A Day To Remember – came, drank, and got merry. Perhaps some a little too merry. Most importantly, some of those rockstars were crowned 2016 Kerrang! Award winners, and stumbled up to the stage to pick up their K!-shaped trophies, while others lost out, and spent the evening crying into their pizza. There, there, guys.
“I’m just a year older than Kerrang! And every day my knees hurt and I’m out of breath putting my socks on,” says Kerrang! Editor James McMahon. “But what the night’s mayhem confirmed to me, is that even three and a half decades into it’s existence, Kerrang! is as fit and lithe as it’s ever been. No other brand could unite stars old and new like Kerrang!. Bound by booze, yes, but by a shared spirit and passion for rock ‘n’ roll too. Because the night was, from start to finish, one of those nights that sear themselves into your memory – where fans, bands, mag, friends old and new, became one mass of love for a style of music a group of people were so obsessed with 35 years ago they started a magazine, just because one didn’t exist to cover it. By fans, for fans. Thirty five years young. Last night was the best birthday party ever.”
Now, we’ve got an epic clean-up job to undertake before we scoot off to Download Festival (once we’ve figured out who threw up on our suitcases…) So while we do that, why don’t you guys take a look at the winners…
KERRANG! AWARDS – FULL WINNERS LIST
BEST RADIO SHOW
Nights With Alice Cooper – Planet Rock
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Presented by Planet Rock
Presented by Ghost Vodka
THE ICON AWARD
SPIRIT OF PUNK
Presented by K! TV
You Me At Six – The Ghost Inside Benefit Show
BEST BRITISH BAND
Presented by WWE2K17
BEST BRITISH NEWCOMER
Presented by Help Musicians UK
BEST INTERNATIONAL NEWCOMER
Presented by Troxy
Presented by K! Radio
All Time Low – Missing You
BEST LIVE BAND
Presented by Zippo
No Devotion – Permanence
BEST INTERNATIONAL BAND
Presented by Fireball
A Day To Remember
twenty one pilots
BEST TV SHOW
Making A Murderer
BEST VIDEO GAME
Rise Of The Tomb Raider
The Wicked + The Divine
TWEETER OF THE YEAR