Alice Cooper has revealed that upon meeting Elvis Presley for the first time, The King handed him a pistol and told him to put the gun to his (Elvis's) head. Speaking to London's Daily Mirror, Cooper said the incident occurred in 1971, in Elvis's penthouse suite in a Las Vegas hotel.
"Elvis took me into the kitchen, opened a drawer, and pulled out a loaded pistol, telling me to put it to his head", Cooper said. "I recognized it straight away - a snub .32. I didn't know what to do. I had this gun in my hand and was expecting one of his security [people] to come in any second, see me holding a weapon and shoot me dead."
Cooper continued: "A little voice in my left ear was telling me, 'Go on, this is history, kill him, you'll always be the guy who killed Elvis'. In my other ear was another voice saying, 'You can't kill him, it's Elvis Presley wound him instead, you'll only get a few years!' A fraction of a second later Elvis did a flying kick on the gun, and sent it flying, before tripping me and pinning me to the ground by my neck, announcing, 'That's how you stop a man with a gun'."
As reported previously, a massive Alice Cooper box set, titled "Old School 1964-1974", will be released on June 28. Cooper will perform Saturday (June 11) as a headline act at the Download Festival at Donington Park, England.
Also, according to HenneMusic, now you can take Alice Cooper home with you, even if you're not at the show.
Concert Live, which enables fans all over the world to relive the experience with instant recordings of live gigs available within minutes of the last note being played, will team up with the legendary rocker to produce exclusive live CDs of from across his mammoth 2011 "No More Mr. Nice Guy" European tour.
Each CD will be available to pick up straight after the shows, and if you're unable to be there, you can still order a CD to be delivered straight to your home, where you can re-live five decades of classic Cooper from your living room.
More details at Concert Live here.
Alice plays England & Europe June 7-July 16, before returning to North America for the month of August.
And, according to PlanetRock.com, new album looks set to be released this year after all.
In his show on Planet Rock Alice revealed that the album would be coming in a few months.
"The sequel to 'Welcome To My Nightmare' looks like it's going to come out in October", he revealed, which contradicts reports from last month that the album had been pushed back until 2012.
It seems that fans who see Alice's current stage show will get a sneak preview of the album through. He revealed that "we're doing a song on tour from the album - 'I'll Bite Your Face Off' - that I think is just a rockin' gem"
The new album, "Welcome 2 My Nightmare", is once again produced by Bob Ezrin who was at the helm for many of Alice's greatest moments.
Thanks for the report to Russell Hall, Gibson.com