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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp (you read that right) tear it up at the 100 Club in London

The Internet is all atwitter with the news that Johnny Depp (yes, that Johnny Depp) just jumped on stage this evening at The 100 Club in London to play guitar for Alice Cooper.

If you don't know why that's important or awesome, I just can't explain it to you, my friend. Move over Lady Gaga, Alice Cooper's still got it. In terms of theatrics, performance, bizarre costumes, captivating make-up, kick-ass music, and an irresistable persona, the original shock rocker and most beloved celebrity, Mr. Alice Cooper can still make awesome headlines and capture everyone's imagination. Johnny Depp playing guitar for Alice Cooper?? I'm just dying to be in London right now.

What does this have to do with politics? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. This is my sanity break from politics on this blog for today, just something personal that makes me happy just because it does. You want a political tie-in? Okay, I'll give you one. Alice Cooper has probably said the smartest thing I've ever heard a rock star say about politics. When asked about the 2004 "Vote for Change" tour, Alice Cooper said this:

"When I was a kid and my parents started talking about politics, I`d run to my room and put on the Rolling Stones as loud as I could. So when I see all these rock stars up there talking politics, it makes me sick. If you`re listening to a rock star in order to get your information on who to vote for, you`re a bigger moron than they are. Why are we rock stars? Because we`re morons. We sleep all day, we play music at night and very rarely do we sit around reading the Washington Journal."


Now if you haven't listened to much of his music, or are a huge fan and now have the itch to listen to him, I've got two Alice Cooper songs embedded below. The first is one of his most commercially successful and mainstream hits. It's pretty vanilla. The second is some extremely raw Alice Cooper. Honestly, they both rule.


Alice Cooper - Poison (Song)

Alice Cooper - Sick Things (Song)

No wait, I'm adding a third one. This one's even more raw, and an excellent example of the kind of performances Alice Cooper could give. Other rock stars buy drugs and cars when they get their big break. Cooper went out and hired the best magician he could find so his act would be even better. Hang on til the end and you'll see what I mean:

Alice Cooper - I Love the Dead (Song)

Here's one to Alice Cooper, the last great vaudevillian!

Rock n Roll, baby! \m/

Wes Messamore,
Editor in Chief, THL
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