Circus

Originally Published: October 1988

Alice Cooper: Still The Shock Rock Master

Author: Daina Darzin

Armed with a boa constrictor, guillotine and teen anthems like "I'm Eighteen" and "School's Out," Alice Cooper (a.k.a. Vincent Furnier) has been the shock rock master ever since his 1969 debut. His gore-filled extravaganzas like 1975's Welcome To My Nightmare tour are still the champions of the genre, and set a new standard for arena rock staging. Cooper's Killer, Billion Dollar Babies and 1974 Greatest Hits Lps are still essential for any headbanger.

After a few years off to (successfully) conquer an alcohol problem and work on his golf game, Cooper returned in 1986 with new guitarist/co-writer Kane Roberts, collaborating on Constrictor (MCA), and its critically acclaimed 1987 follow-up, Raise Your Fist And Yell. While his record sales haven't returned to the platinum level of old, Alice's recent tours proved he's still a certifiable legend. Cooper is currently taking a well-deserved rest and writing for his next Lp; he'll begin recording in '89.