Alice Cooper recalls near-death experience at Wembley Stadium
- Bang Showbiz
- 3 April 2018
Rock legend Alice Cooper has recalled his near-death experience during a stage show in London in 1988
Alice Cooper almost accidentally hung himself on stage trying to entertain his fans.
The 70-year-old rock legend is widely known for his daring on-stage antics, and Alice has recalled one particular occasion when he almost accidentally hung himself during rehearsals at Wembley Stadium in 1988.
Explaining his logic, Alice shared: "When I go to the circus and there's a guy in a cage with 12 tigers, there's always a chance that one of the tigers didn't get the message.
"When I go to the circus and there's a guy in a cage with 12 tigers, there's always a chance that one of the tigers didn't get the message."
In his desire to stage a good show, Alice enlisted the help of magician Jame Randi, who devised a new stunt that pretended the musician had been executed in the middle of his performance.
The trick worked perfectly for years, with the noose remaining an inch above his neck - until his performance in London.
He told EW: "Everything has its stress limit and after doing so many shows, I never thought about changing the wire. You know, I figured it'll last forever.
"The wire snaps. I could hear the rope hit my chin and in an instant I flipped my head back. That must've been a fraction of a second because if it caught my chin it would have been a different result. It went over my neck and gave me a pretty good burn. I went down to the floor and pretty much blacked out."