Alice Cooper recently announced his plans to head Down Under to celebrate the 40th anniversary of his first-ever Australian tour. Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Newcastle and Brisbane will be treated to his one-of-a-kind theatrics after a 60-minute set by special guest Ace Frehley, KISS’ former guitarist. To show our excitement, we’ve compiled a list of quirky facts to help you get to know Alice—whose five-decade-long career has been nothing short of crazy!
Alice’s first show in Sydney was on the 26th of March 1977, at RAS Showground with 40, 000 attendees—breaking the Australian record at the time.
He’s a self-confessed needle-phobe.
All proceeds from his recent covers album, Hollywood Vampires, will be donated to MusiCares—a charity supporting musicians who struggle with addiction/medical problems.
Alice ran for Governor of Arizona in 1988 and his campaign slogan was, ‘Alice Cooper—a troubled man for troubled times.’
The 2017 Australian tour will be Alice’s 13th Australian tour.
Alice’s first musical group was called the Earwigs, and was formed with his fellow cross-country teammates when he was 16. The group initially got together to enter a talent show.
He starred on a Halloween episode of The Muppet Show.
Alice hates balloon animals, confessing that, “it’s the sound. It’s the potential for them to pop,” that really grinds his gears.
During Mötley Crüe’s final tour, the Alice Cooper band and the Crüe were forced to change planes and fly out seven hours late due to a hole found in the plane. Needless to say, the show still went on!
Thursday, 19th October
Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide
Friday, 20th October
Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne
Saturday, 21st October
Hordern Pavilion, Sydney
Monday, 23rd October
AIS Arena, Canberra
Tuesday, 24th October
Newcastle Entertainment Centre, Newcastle
Wednesday, 25th October
Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane
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