Alice Cooper: 'Foo Fighters Are One of the Only Rock Bands Out There'

"They're a pure '70s rock 'n' roll band that don't take prisoners," Alice explains.

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Veteran shock rocker Alice Cooper once again addressed the current state of rock music, calling it mostly dull and mildly amusing. While chatting with Highway 81 Revisited, Alice was asked about his recent Mumford & Sons comments, but instead of naming the bands who are doing it wrong decided to praise the ones that are doing it right in his book. "I'm telling you, the Foo Fighters are one of the only rock bands out there," Cooper kicked off. "The Foo Fighters are a pure '70s rock 'n' roll band that don't take prisoners. Same with Slash's band the Conspirators, and, ya know, Axl Rose, Axl's Guns N' Roses. Those are three bands that go out to rock 'n' roll, like Aerosmith, Ozzy's band, Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper." He continued, "We are bands that are dedicated to guitar rock. I don't think you're ever going to hear us unplugged. At least I can guarantee you are never going to hear Alice Cooper unplugged. So that's the kind of stuff I like." Alice then pointed out the dullness of the "folk period" he believes we are going through at the moment, hoping it will end as soon as possible. "I think there's a lot of good, young bands out there," he said. "I think we're in a folk period right now. We're kind of in this really, to me, very dull period, where bands are just kind of boring. I'm sorry to say that, but I can't wait until the next cycle comes out when you come up with another Buckcherry or another Guns N' Roses or another Motley Crue or someone that goes out on stage and plays rock 'n' roll and makes you go, 'Wow! OK, That was fun.' Right now, though, it's a little boring." Cooper is currently busy working on a covers album, recording the tunes from such rock icons as John Lennon, Keith Moon, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, the Small Faces and T-Rex.

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    AaronianKenrod
    Apparently Alice isn't aware of the whole tour Foo Fighters did acoustically...no one tell him!
    wormgus2003
    I find them quite bland and nothing special... Oh, I just talked $hit about Dave Growl! The heat is coming!
    Anjohl
    Worst idea ever to take an unrivaled rock drummer and waste him as a mediocre frontman.
    Swizzlestix
    Finally someone gets it, I love every time Grohl speaks cause he's a genius but he really isn't that special as a front man, his talents are wasted when he's not behind the kit
    refizzled
    He's just a man that does what he loves. A worse idea would be to constrain him to his drumkit and not let him express himself how he wants.
    Nickpocalypse
    Also Slash and Myles did a really nice acoustic set at some point, a lot of the songs are on YouTube.
    skidlz
    ...and the album they released from that tour, or the whole 2nd disc of In Your Honor... I love the Foo Fighters and Wasting Light kicks ass but I'll admit Razor and Virginia Moon are two of my favorite Foo songs.
    Maiden95
    Oh God, Razor. The most beautiful guitar tone with Dave's amazing vocals. The whole In Your Honor album, acoustic or not) is underrated. Dare I say their best work..
    Genrecore
    Like many said, there are tons of "good" music out there, but you have to look. We've been used to being fed on a silver spoon that we become self-entitled shits. Here's a trend I'm seeing these days, "True Rock" Band X release new material and people complain that it is bland, generic,sounds too similar to their old material. Band X tries something new and progressive, people still complain that they "sold out" or they're not "Trve"anymore bullshit...
    Kilimacory
    There are plenty of good rock bands, even rock bands in the main stream. I think for a lot of them, the single that gets chosen for the radio is just a poor choice that doesn't reflect well on the rest of their music. Also, Mumford might be all acoustic (usually, they do have some stuff with electric guitars and drum set), but they can rock the place down. Right now, I just don't think we have a HUGE rock band. We don't have this generation's Zepplin, Nirvana, etc yet
    Chickendirt
    Queens of the Stone Age, Children Collide, Violet Soho, Cloud Nothings, Japandroids and plenty more. Alice needs to open his eyes. And there's nothing wrong with folk. Mumford and Sons are good at what they do and there's also Vance Joy, Matt Corby, Jack Johnson, Xavier Rudd, John Butler Trio, Trouble With Templeton and heaps more which are really cool. Alice has turned into a massive, pretentious tool
    Iommianity
    How has he turned into a massive tool? More like he said something you disagree. The only thing 'toolish' is jumping on a dude for having a harmless, if ill informed, opinion. The guy doesn't have his ear to the ground for new rock, wouldn't be the first old guy; chill.
    Sabbath199
    There are so many great rock bands out right now, just because they may not be as mainstream as the Foo Fighters doesn't mean the Foo's are the one of the few "rock bands" left. It just takes a little digging on Youtube, nothing major...
    EdguyRule_22
    Disagree. Europe is kicking ass in the rock and metal department. There is so much great stuff out there. There are great rock bands that prefer to tour Europe instead of America. People deserve to listen to Miley Cyrus and One Direction if mainstream media is their source of music news.
    Doomzdayxx
    The Foo Fighters? That 0's alternative band? Jeez, if their the only Rock band left, we're screwed.
    Iommianity
    My tastes for rock almost entirely skew towards older music or metal. I like rock bands that kick ass, whether it's finding old bands like Pentagram, Iron Claw, or Captain Beyond that rock hard and never broke big, or newer bands like Graveyard who keep that spirit alive. On the flip side, if rock was as self serving and nostalgic as its been the past 10-15 years, it would have died before it took off. Bands change, times change, and judging rock bands based on the standards of 70s/80s hard rock is stupid. True Widow are a great modern rock band imo, and they're barely loud.
    onkel44
    oh, alice, i think you forget to mention just a few bands that might fit the bill.
    EpsilonX
    There are plenty of great bands out there that would fall under "rock" but "rock n roll" has been around for so long, people are moving on.
    Anjohl
    Mostly right. (Hired) Guns N' Rose, no. Rock bands don't have DJ's.
    EpsilonX
    Saw Guns n Roses over the summer. Surprisingly awesome show. The whole band was on point. They played too many covers and had too many random jam sessions though.
    Anjohl
    That's because the (Hired) Guns, complete with their DJ are mjsic teachers turned hipster session musicians.
    ibanez124
    Not sure about that, I am pretty sure Slipknot and Incubus are pretty popular "rock" bands
    knifeboy
    I totally agree with Alice. I've been saying the same thing for over a year now. I'm more than ready for the fakey folky crap period to be over with.
    DaniArrow
    This "folk" thing is anything but dull. There's great songs with deep lyrics out there. I love Alice and Sabbath, but if anything is dull it's something like Buckcherry who dedicated their songs to a crazy b*tch that f*cks good. I mean that's something you just do, no need to sing about it.
    Jmoarguitar
    Also check out some upcoming canadian rock bands, most notably Monster Truck. Sheepdogs are another great one
    Jmoarguitar
    Alice's ideas have been a little off lately, but he means well. BTW, I recommend you do check out one of Slash's shows if he goes around, his band can really bring down the house in a small venue.
    wildcart
    I think the fact the it's not the 70s, may have something to do with the lack of 70s rock and roll bands.
    morbidguitar
    FOO FIGHTERS IS THE ONLY ROCK BAND!!! Same with slash, gnr, ozzy, aerosmith.... etc So only one? Which f**king one is it then?
    Eissari
    How about bands like Airbourne, Freedom Hawk, Rhino Bucket, Jackyl, Supagroup? Foo Fighters are bubblegum pop in comparison.
    Baia
    Cooper always tells the truth. there really good bands out there but they get overshadowed by the shitty pop tunes and slutty popstars
    Way Cool JR.
    Sorry, but IMO the Foo Fighters and '70s Rock 'N' Roll have nothing in common at all. I find this to be an insult to the great '70s Rock 'N' Roll bands.
    pokagbamo
    When I first had my dad listen to foos, he asked if they were from the 70s. So apparently they do.
    Ekotsurugi
    Hiiiiisss opinion over your opinion....why do I feel an inclination to agree with him more...
    BjarnedeGraaf
    Cause he's famous is probably a bigger reason for you than the fact that he's right to some extend. Foo fighters did play acousticly loads of times
    third(-)eye
    So just 'cause he's famous means we should listen to everything he says? Well I guess I better start letting Dave Mustaine teach me about morals.
    petruzh
    Maybe if you only focus on mainstream bands.
    ibanez124
    "I think there's a lot of good, young bands out there," he said He knows that, the article is about mainstream
    Eifler121
    Buckcherry and Motley Crue? That's what you get when you cite Alice Cooper on the state of music. He is of the same breed as Gene Simmmons. Maybe more phony. At least Gene admits that he's all about the look, not music.
    joestrat5000
    Biffy Clyro may have softened up a bit in the studio. But I saw them last week and the energy in them and their music blew my mind.
    benjixoath
    i don't know man a few off the riff's off the latest album are pretty rocking trumpet or tap has a corker of a riff near the end
    zman5999
    If I recall correctly Led Zeppelin did an acoustic section during their shows...and last I checked they're the most successful and well-known rock band of all time?
    cor11
    You're taking it out of context, Alice has acoustic songs... just like any other band.
    Nickel89
    Folk is just another period. And ask women, periods come and go. Watch a band like Deaf Havana that combines hardcore roots with plain rock and folk pretty nicely. It cán be done!
    AwesomeOne3
    I can kind of agree with alice, there aren't many rock roll bands out there, the foo fighters are one of the only rock bands out there. But along with Aerosmith, Guns N' Roses, and Black Sabbath, they are still making good old fashioned rock and roll.
    AwesomeOne3
    The artists I mentioned are the only good artists that are making music. Including the Foo Fighters
    mitchy86
    the man has a point. most modern 'bands' out there today are pretty much all watered-down, generic indie music which most will be forgotten in a few years
    All42Metal
    He forgot to mention Steel Panther, those guys are cool like hell!
    Ekotsurugi
    Not gonna lie...I'd like me some glam to come back...at least then most rock bands were fun to watch...and somewhat original...and gave me a few laughs. Rock now is just so sad and...bland. OR BR00TAL!
    Rimfrost
    Or Cauldron, if you prefer 80s metal with less glam but same amount of catchiness and classic riffing.
    TheWhiteKeys101
    I agree with him on the relation between 70's rock and FF, but I wouldn't go as far as saying that there's not that much rock bands nowadays, you just gotta know where to look.
    pokagbamo
    Say what you want about Foo Fighters, but they really do have integrity and are one of the few bands that really seem to truly grasp the concept of having a human element in their music.
    Eifler121
    One of the few bands? Every other band and their mother have been doing the analog recording, and hands on approach. That's what Jack White and the Black Keys and all of those bands have been about. Just because the Foo Fighters are a big band that decided to publicize their approach recently doesn't mean they're even close to the first to do it; it's been a growing trend since the early 2000's, and NOT just for obscure bands.
    MitchHarpring
    "One of the few bands." Foo Fighters, Black Keys, Jack White. 3 bands. Few = 3 Thanks for agreeing with him?
    Eifler121
    Those are just two of the bigger ones, the rest of the sample would be included in the "all of those bands" category. Dr. Dog is another example, and it's just one example.
    pokagbamo
    I just meant as far as popular bands go, they're one of the few still doing analog and not changing their style for money/more hits.
    Eifler121
    Idk. They're still writing the same kind of music they always have, but Dave Grohl released a documentary to coincide with his album about how they wewre switching back to analog. All of his interviews about the album were all about that. It came off to me like he was being more of a follower than a leader. He certainly publisized his switch from digital to analog.
    Kueller917
    I can't think of many bands that change their style for money and not cause they want to change their style. And analog doesn't make things magically better. They recorded analog cause they wanted to and it was a fun experiment. The music wouldn't really change if it was done in Pro Tools.
    Rick_Diculous
    Really Alice? Most modern bands are awful, but buckcherry is one of the great ones? Really?
    ibanez124
    I think he was saying Buckcherry because they are entergetic and different
    Guns N' Chains
    I respect Alice Cooper and his opinion and I somewhat agree with him. But he ends his comment with, "that is the kind of stuff I like". Right. That is what HE likes. That is his opinion. Just because he doesn't like it does it make it bad. Also, since when is being unplugged not rock n' roll? He eludes to Guns N' Roses being one of these bands. Surely he has heard the song "Patience"? Many great rock bands have done songs, albums, and shows unplugged and they are usually awesome. It gives the music a different taste and perspective. There are a lot of cool, good, exciting rock bands out there. You just have to search and dig for them and not have the masses hit you in the face with them or shove them down your throat. Not to say that mainstream bands are not good, because many are. But when you actually search, you will find cool bands that are not front and center because they do not appeal to what is cool today.
    Vinson
    Correction...The Foo Fighters are one of the only WIDLEY KNOW AND HEAVILY PROMOTED rock bands out there. Due to the state of the music industry, some of the best rock bands will never be heard by the masses.
    cambo187
    Dude needs to go to a Queens of the Stone Age show, or Rival Sons, Red Fang, Baroness, etc. His opinion is a little limited in my book. Sounds like he's limiting himself to mainstream/radio rock, which is odd given his crazy ass live show. You think he'd be into more stuff that's not right down the middle.
    wormgus2003
    I find them quite bland and nothing special... Oh, I just talked $hit about Dave Growl! The heat is coming!
    smittyanthrax
    You already said that.Ill agree i find the Foos a bit average and not as good as everyone makes out but Dave is a talented guy.I really like his drumming.
    Zoso67
    Thanks to record label holding the industry by the nuts, there's TONS of amazing bands out there that aren't getting deals or proper exposure. In most major cities, you just need to crawl into any bar or small club and you're almost guaranteed to find a really talented rock band. They're just held back because we're living in the lazy digital era of auto-tune and teen pop.
    tuggyt
    Rock music hasn't gone anywhere. It really hasn't. There's a million great rock bands out there and too many people don't know where to look for them. The difference between the 70s and now is that most bands now don't care as much about reaching the masses as the older bands did. Music changes. I wouldn't expect bands to act like they're in the 70s in this day and age because it isn't the 70s. What those bands did was great and a lot of the music bands are making now is really great. Just look up Team Spirit, Umphrey's McGee, or Lightning Bolt... Or even bigger names like Cage the Elephant, The Strokes, Jack White, etc.
    ibanez124
    I am really tired of the folk music being played on so called "rock" stations. Rock needs to come back with a vengeance. It's getting boring that the only mainstream rock is coming from bands that have been around for 20+ years.
    Guns N' Chains
    I think its because this folk stuff is popular and they throw in the classics to appease the older listener. For whatever reason, true rock/metal is not popular among the masses in the US. People in the US tend to like the music they are told to like by the media or like what the rest of the crowd likes. And right now, that music is not rock/metal.
    jordan4440
    I completely agree. Music is completely dull right now. When bands like Five Finger Death Punch and Imagine Dragons (who aren't even a rock band) are being played all the time it's nothing short of a crime. Alice's comment is perfect.
    EpsilonX
    Mainstream music may be dull, but there is plenty of great stuff you can find off the radio.
    ibanez124
    If I hear that Imagine Dragons song one more time I am gonna hit a sack of puppies with a sack of kittens