Friday, March 14, 2008

Celebrating The 40th Anniversary Of The Alice Cooper Group

Do you remember when Alice Cooper was a BAND? Well, at Nightwatcher's House Of Rock we do. For before Marilyn Manson, before Ozzy Osbourne, before any of the shock rockers who came along attempting to scare the shit out of parents and delighting young, impressionable youth all over the world -there was Alice Cooper.

Comprising of Alice Cooper (vocals), Michael Bruce (guitar, vocals, piano), Glen Buxton (lead guitar, vocals), Dennis Dunaway (bass guitar, vocals) and Neal Smith (drums, vocals), the original band rose forth from the Phoenix desert in the late 60's, and after several years spent honing and perfecting their sound, and with the help of producer Bob Ezrin, broke onto the national scene with the release of 'Love It To Death' in 1971. Several years of massive world wide success ensued, with the band becoming the one "parents loved to hate". Rock classics such as "I'm Eighteen", "School's Out", "No More Mr. Nice Guy", "Billion Dollar Babies"...the list goes on and on. Over 25 million albums sold, record breaking sell out shows throughout the planet, causing chickens to cower in terror, the band was one of the most successful of the 1970's.

Although Alice Cooper (the man) has gone onto legendary success since the breakup of the original group in 1975, it's this collective of talented musicians who set the template and secured the legend, and for that we salute the 40th anniversary of the Alice Cooper Group, March 16, 1968 - March 16, 2008.

1 comment:

rock_of_ages said...

Absolutely essential band in rock history. Little of solo Alice's stuff has matched the excellence of the material the band version produced imho.

I did a post about "Alice Cooper's Greatest Hits" album a while back and one person came up with the definitive comment on that album... "Should be a mandated musical purchase in the English-speaking world."


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