As popular music grew, television made it a visual medium. Landmark moments were created; as anyone alive could tell you about the first time they saw the grinding hips of Elvis Presley or waiting in anticipation to see the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show. Viewing these icons made fans want to see them more and the era of concerts began. Most artists were content to just play their songs in front of a crowd; Alice Cooper wanted to tell a story.
An Alice Cooper concert was not like anything else that had ever been done before. Incorporating elements of horror movies and vaudeville to create an elaborate stage act, his theatrics were combined with an underrated song writing style that appealed to the youth of his generation like few had before. Rock history views Cooper as the father of Shock Rock and a key player in Hard Rock and Heavy Metal’s evolution. The 1970’s brought Alice Cooper a lot of success and considering his influence he certainly appears to have the resume of an enshrined artist in Cleveland. Frankly, we really can’t figure out why it took them so long.
Inducted in 2011. From Detroit, Michigan
Alice Cooper (Vocals), Glen Buxton (Guitar), Michael Bruce (Guitar & Keyboards), Dennis Dunaway (Bass) & Neal Smith (Drums)