Alice Cooper on New Bands: 'They Usually Look Like Six Guys From the Mall'
"When I'm around most of these newer bands, someone has to tell me they are a band," the singer says.
Posted on Jun 07, 2013 03:34 pm
Alice Cooper doesn't seem to be too fond of the trends a lot of new bands are following, and he's not afraid to say it.
What the singer can't understand is the fact that a great portion of upcoming musicians simply wants to fit in with the crowd, lacking any interest whatsoever when it comes to stage theatrics.
"That's the one thing in rock right now that I don't get," Cooper told LA Weekly. "I don't get why so many younger musicians these days want to be in folk-rock bands. I'm 65 and expecting younger guys to come up with new ideas, and I find myself more and more saying, 'This is it?'"When I'm around most of these newer bands, someone has to tell me they are a band because they usually just look like six guys from the mall. I don't understand why someone that is young and has the leeway to let it go doesn't take advantage of it! But if that whole generation wants to be boring, whatever."
Cooper also looked back on how things used to work back in the day, admitting that it was much easier to shock the audience. In his own words, "there was no profanity, no nudity, and nothing blasphemous.""There was no Internet. Word spread via urban legend. If I had a ten-foot snake on stage with me one night, by the time we returned to town, it became a forty-foot snake," the singer said. "You can't be more shocking than CNN. I'm watching CNN and I see three girls getting rescued after being held in a basement for ten years. That's shocking! A gigantic tornado in Oklahoma causing the destruction it does is shocking. Alice getting his head cut off in a staged performance is not shocking. Especially when everyone knows it's a trick."
Cooper is currently on the road with Marilyn Manson on their "Masters of Madness" joint tour. His latest studio effort, "Welcome 2 My Nightmare," was released back in September 2011 as the 26th Alice Cooper record. With 18,000 units shipped in the US within the first week, the album debuted at No. 22 on the Billboard 200 chart.