Alice Cooper scared of Brian Wilson

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 4 July 2011
Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper has admitted he was too scared to argue with former Beach Boy Brian Wilson when he visited his home in 1978

Alice Cooper was too afraid to argue with Brian Wilson.

The 63-year-old rocker and his pal Iggy Pop were left bemused when they visited the former Beach Boys star at home and he played for them what he claimed was the greatest song of all time - 'Shortnin' Bread', originally penned by poet James Whitcomb Riley in 1900.

Alice recalled: "It was about 1978 or something like that. Iggy and I were sitting there waiting- you know it was Brian Wilson one of the great writers of all time- and he sat down at the piano and start's playing (sings) 'mama's little baby loves shortnin shortnin, mama's little baby loves shortnin bread'.

"He goes, 'No this is the greatest song ever written', dead seriously.

"We were two little kids, we go, 'Umm OK'. Why is that the best song?' 'I don't know it's just the best song ever written'.

"That's like [Sir Paul] McCartney telling you that because you go, OK- I guess you're right."

Alice returns to the UK for his 'Halloween Night of Fear' tour in October.

Tickets for the six shows are available from

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Old school shock rock at its very best featuring a full horror show theatrical spectacle from the Coop.

Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham

Tue 14 Nov

£40–£47.50 / 0871 945 6000

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First Direct Arena, Leeds

Sat 11 Nov

£40–£47.50 / 0844 248 1585

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Manchester Arena

Wed 15 Nov

£40–£47.50 / 0844 847 8000

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