Author: Pinguino K
Before Marilyn Manson, KISS or Ozzy Osbourne, there was Alice Cooper, the original self-proclaimed “rock villain.” Born Vincent Furnier, Cooper and his mighty band of the same name – lead guitarist Glen Buxton, rhythm guitarist Michael Bruce, bass player Dennis Dunaway and drummer Neal Smith – pioneered the dark spectacle of heavy metal with their huge blues-rock sound and extravagant stage show. Drawing from horror movies and vaudeville, Cooper brought a new level of visual theatrics to arenas with guillotines, electric chairs, boa constrictors and fake blood; their 1973 tour broke box office records previously held by the Rolling Stones , and raised the bar for major rock tours.
Alice Cooper was a starting point for the glam rock of the 1970s and is known for some of the catchiest, hard-rock songs of all time: “Eighteen,” “School's Out,” “No More Mr. Nice Guy.”
The original band members split in the mid-Seventies but Cooper would continue on with a frequently evolving lineup.
On 15 December 2010, it was announced that Cooper and his former band would be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.