Alice Cooper recalls near-death experience at Wembley Stadium

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 3 April 2018
Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper

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."

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