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Welcome to his nightmare

His latest "Raise the Dead" tour unfolds like a three-act play: "It's Glam Alice at the beginning and then it goes to Nightmare Alice and then we do a thing where we pay a tribute to all my dead drunk friends," he said. "We do Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Keith Moon and John Lennon in the graveyard."

Before he drops in for his first ever show at the Wells Fargo Center, the 65-year-old duffer took a tour break to chat about chickens, guillotines and church:

<strong>Q: Was it Mae West who described your act as an extension of vaudeville?</strong>

Alice Cooper At Wells Fargo Center

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<strong> A:</strong> It was Groucho (Marx). He said we were "the last hope for vaudeville." He saw us during the '73-'74-'75 years, and that was his way of describing it.

<strong>Q: It was a huge compliment, no?</strong>

<strong> A:</strong> Oh, to me it was one of the great compliments of my life. He came to the show and brought George Burns, Fred Astaire, Mae West and Jack Benny. They were standing on the side watching, and of course they weren't shocked in the least. George Burns was saying, "Oh yeah, me and Gracie worked with a guy who did the guillotine back in 1923 in Toledo."

<strong>Q: When you look at bands like Marilyn Manson or Slipknot, does it make you proud to see that they're standing on your shoulders? And have they paid their proper respects?</strong>

<strong> A:</strong> Yeah, every one of them has. We just did a tour with Marilyn Manson, and at the end of the show he would come out and do "Eighteen" with us, and during the duet every single night he would get down and kiss my boots.

<strong>Q: Have they influenced you at all?</strong>

<strong> A:</strong> When we went out with Rob Zombie, every night he would watch our show and he would add something, and then I'd do the same, and by the end of the tour we had each added two buses and a truck.


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