Rockers on Rock:  Alice Cooper

Hey, it’s Rich Dale.  Yesterday, I told you what Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx had to say about the current state of rock ‘n roll.  Now it’s Alice Cooper’s turn.

While there are plenty of people who are happy that rock music isn’t as popular as it once was, you might not expect Alice Cooper to be among them.

Cooper says rock never really belonged in the mainstream; and the fact that it’s not anymore has made the genre “rebellious” again.

“I kind of look at this a little bit differently,” Cooper says. “There was a time, when we first started playing, that rock bands were outlaws. We were on the outside looking into the party and we weren’t invited to the party. It was more pop music and dance music and disco. I think we’re back to that point. I think it’s kind of healthy. We’re back to the point of being rebels again.”

Despite rock’s lagging popularity, Cooper says he doesn’t think it will ever completely disappear. “I don’t think rock is ever gonna die,” he says. “When you talk about hard rock, like the Stones, The Who and all that, that’s the only music that’s lasted. Grunge was here for a while. And punk was here for a while. Emo was here and all this, but hard rock bands just kept going. So if you’re in a hard rock band, you can go as long as you want to go.”