Alice Cooper: I'm not a satanist
- Bang Showbiz
- 5 August 2016
Alice Cooper felt like people thought he was a "satanist" when he started out, but he says he is the complete opposite
Alice Cooper says the biggest misconception about him is that he's a "satanist".
The 'Poison' hitmaker might never be seen without his trademark panda eyes painted on and his songs contain lyrics about sex, debauchery and fictional evil characters, but he feels people often take his stage persona all too seriously.
Asked what the biggest thing people mistake about him is, he said: "I think in the early days It was that I was a satanist, which couldn't be more opposite of what I really was. I think people saw the make-up, the stage show, and the only thing they could equate it with was something horribly evil.
"I don't think they saw the humour in what I was doing. Rock 'n' roll, horror and comedy are all in the bed together."
Meanwhile, Alice said wishes he was a better guitar player.
Asked for his biggest regret, he told Classic Rock magazine: "Learning to play the guitar properly. Now I listen to great players and think, 'Why didn't I practice?'.
"I Mean, I can play rhythm, but I just didn't take the time to go up and down the board. I can't play as well as I'd like to play."
The 68-year-old shock rocker recently complete a tour with The Hollywood Vampires - also comprised of Johnny Depp, Joe Perry, Matt Sorum from Guns N' Roses and Robert DeLeo form Stone Temple Pilots - and shows no time of retiring anytime soon.
Earlier this year he reunited with his original band to record their first album together for 43 years.
The 'School's Out' singer is back together with guitarist Michael Bruce, bassist Dennis Dunaway and drummer Neal Smith to make his new LP.
The last time the foursome worked together was on 1973's 'Muscle of Love', after which Alice became a solo act from 1975's 'Welcome To My Nightmare' onwards.
He said: "Neal Smith and Mike Bruce and I wrote five songs in Phoenix. Dennis wrote four or five songs in Connecticut. You never know what's going to make it on an album, but I think we've got a lot of stuff that has a good chance of being there."