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Alice Cooper talks Hollywood Vampires, battling addiction, violent headlines and more



The state of shock rock isn't so strong these days. So says no less an authority than Alice Cooper.

"I don't honestly believe that a rock band can shock an audience anymore," the legendary rocker said in a recent phone call from San Francisco, where his supergroup Hollywood Vampires was preparing for a show. "With ISIS, with people shooting cops, with cops shooting blacks — now CNN is so much more shocking than Rob Zombie or Marilyn Manson or Alice Cooper. It was easy to shock the audience in the '70s. Easy. Because we were much more wholesome. Now, with the Internet, it's literally impossible to shock an audience."

Lady Gaga's meat dress? Miley Cyrus twerking on TV? Nope. Not even close.

"I mean, somebody just killed 50 people in a gay bar," Cooper said. "That shocks me."

Cooper's sense of showmanship, however, remains strong, as fans will see when he performs Saturday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. Click here for details.

For more of our interview with Alice Cooper, click here.

[Last modified: Tuesday, August 9, 2016 12:58pm]


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