As a perfect kickoff to the Halloween month, legendary rocker Alice Cooper is bringing his grandly outrageous brand of performance to the Milwaukee (or "Mill-e-wah-que") Theatre stage on Thursday night.
Before then, Steve Palec got to chat with Cooper today on his WKLH radio show. Here is a transcript of their conversation, chatting about Cooper's biggest hits, hitting the links, the friendly and unfriendly competition among rock stars in the early days, working with Gene Wilder and â€“ 'tis the season â€“ politics.Â
Steve Palec: I know that you come to Milwaukee often, but the pressing question is: When youâ€™re here, does that mean you head north to Whistling Straits or Blackwolf Run, or are you going west to Erin Hills?
Alice Cooper: I donâ€™t know if weâ€™re gonna have time to do that; I think itâ€™s only one show there in Milwaukee. It might be Bluemound.
Nothing wrong with that!
Thatâ€™s a good country club, yeah.
One thing I have always wanted to ask you: "Billion Dollar Babies" was an album that I wore out â€“Â including the cover; I wore out that wallet. I listened to it over and over. It was my very first concert. It was seminal. There was not a wasted second on that album. I could go on and on and on, but Iâ€™d like to know how it fits into your mythology. How do you feel about that album today, decades later?
That was our first No. 1 album. "Schoolâ€™s Out" was No. 1 in England, and "Schoolâ€™s Out" was No. 2 in the United States, but "Billion Dollar Babies" was No. 1.
So would you say it was life-altering?
Yeah, it was, because we never ever thought we would have a No. 1. It was one of those perfect times; it was the right sound, the right band, at the right time. Bob Ezrin, who produced us, would never let us put a filler on an album. In other words, every song that goes on an album, as far as he was concerned, had to be a song that looked like a gem. Every album weâ€™ve ever done with Bob, heâ€™s very, very particular â€“ so are we â€“ about everyth…Read more...