Rock legend Alice Cooper might play a bloodstained ghoul straight from a horror present on stage, however in actual life, he’s a religious Christian who prays day by day, reads the Bible and credits his religion with serving to him keep sober.
The “Welcome to My Nightmare” singer is even a religious household man, having been married to his spouse, Sheryl Goddard, since 1976, and elevating three youngsters together with her, daughters Sonora and Calico and son Dashiell.
“My grandparents have been married 76 years, my dad and mom have been married over 50 years, my spouse’s dad and mom have been married over 50 years,” the “Godfather of Shock Rock” advised Web page Six.
“To me while you received married, that was it. I all the time inform individuals don’t marry the individual you like, marry the individual you’re in love with, meaning you’ll by no means do something to harm that individual. I nonetheless whisk her off to an inexpensive motel every now and again.”
That’s to not say they haven’t had their ups and downs.
In November 1983 on the top of Cooper’s alcoholism, Goddard, a ballet teacher and choreographer, filed for divorce, however they reconciled the next yr.
The “Solely Ladies Bleed” singer says he was by no means an aggressive or imply drunk, however was “on that golden buzz” attributable to consuming “a case of beer a day at the least.”
Cooper, 73, says that as a result of he all the time did his exhibits and wasn’t outwardly drunk, nobody realized the extent of his consuming.
“However internally my pancreas and liver have been being destroyed,” he defined. “I wakened one morning and I threw up blood and that’s how I form of knew it was over. My spouse grabbed my ear and mentioned, ‘Hey, the social gathering’s over.’”
The “Poison” singer says he went to the hospital for rehab and “after I got here out, I by no means had a craving for alcohol once more.”
“I by no means went to AA,” he continued. “Everybody mentioned, ‘Oh you could have such nice willpower,’ I mentioned, ‘No, God has nice willpower. He took it from me.’ My dad was a pastor, my grandad was a pastor, Sheryl’s dad was a pastor. I had such robust prayer for me. Even the physician mentioned, ‘That is an absolute miracle.’ I mentioned, ‘Why?’ They mentioned, ‘Effectively, you need to be hiding bottles everywhere in the home and you need to be sneaking medicine.’ I mentioned, ‘I’ve completely no need for that in any respect.’”
Cooper, whose catalog consists of songs like “Useless Infants” and “Halo of Flies,” says his clergyman father had no drawback along with his darkish theatrical aspect.
“My dad knew my humorousness, my dad was very cool,” Cooper defined. “He cherished rock and roll. He mentioned, ‘I like the music, I can’t abide the approach to life.’ He mentioned, ‘I do know the character you’re taking part in. He’s comical. He’s a villain however on the similar time, he’ll slip on a banana peel.’ It took some time for individuals to know that I used to be taking part in a personality named Alice Cooper, I wasn’t Alice Cooper, I used to be taking part in that character. It was like a darkish vaudeville.”
Cooper, recognized for elaborate, horror-inspired stage exhibits through which he usually holds snakes and wears darkish make-up, continues to be fortunately touring and says that earlier than COVID-19 lockdown restrictions have been carried out, he was doing 200 exhibits a yr.
He additionally says that regardless of being on the highway for the final 5 a long time, he’s by no means sick of singing his classics like “Faculty’s Out” and “I’m Eighteen.”
“I realized this actually early in life, we have been simply beginning to make it and I used to be in a room with Jimi Hendrix and he was on the point of go on and he goes, ‘If I’ve to play “Cunning Woman” yet one more time’ … and I believed if I used to be in that viewers and he didn’t play ‘Cunning Woman,’ I’d be so mad. So I’ve performed ‘Faculty’s Out’ and ‘Welcome to My Nightmare’ so many occasions that I sit up for taking part in them. When that tune begins up, the viewers goes loopy, what number of songs do you get like that in your life?”
Regardless of staying put due to COVID, Cooper has been protecting busy by taking part in golf six occasions per week.
“I shot two over this morning,” he mentioned.
He’s additionally partnering with Cooper Tire to search out the nation’s most proficient storage bands in a “Pushed to Carry out” contest. The Ohio-based band South of Eden gained, and because the grand prize, the band will open for Evanescence in a particular livestreamed live performance on Could 13.
The live performance, which might be hosted by Cooper, is free and open to the general public with on-line registration at DrivenToPerformConcert.com.