Legendary rocker Alice Cooper recently gave an interview to Rolling Stone Deutschland magazine, revealing the secrets of his longevity, his mentality and approach to dealing with addiction, and how he treats his band members, among many other topics.
He said about his longevity: “Part of that is knowing when to eat, when to sleep, and when, you know, to have fun — which makes it fun. I think that’s the most important thing. If you treat it like a job, it’s not going to be that much fun.”
Then he talked about his routine which includes physical activity, golf and other things, but no drugs. It is to explain : “if [concert] It is the most important part of the day, everything you do leads to this symptom. You want everyone to be in the best physical condition. That’s why I think the drugs kind of disappeared [dans le milieu des musiciens en tournée]. In the case of real bands or professional bands, you don’t really see much of a problem with alcohol or drugs.
He completed: “Ultimately, everyone realized that in order to survive on the road, you can’t party like you did at 23. You really need to be in good physical shape. I do four shows a week, or five sometimes. And I’m 74 I’m of my age, but I feel fine. I finished the show and I feel completely comfortable. But that’s also because I’ve never smoked, and I haven’t had a drink in 40 years. And you know, I’ve treated my body really well.”
Later in the interview, Cooper talks about the way he treats his team, saying it’s one of the most important things when it comes to making the business work: “I think it starts at the top. I think whoever leads the band, the other guys make themselves up for them. So I treat the guy who’s been sweeping the stage with the same respect I treat the guitarist or the guitarist—everyone treats the same.”
“If, say, we have a night off, I invite everyone to dinner. We take 35-40 people to dinner. That means the guy lowest in the tap order is treated just like the band members.” [qui sont sur scène]. And in my opinion, once you do that, you get real loyalty.”
He added: “You know, most people don’t even know who they work for. I know everyone who works for me. And I know a lot of their families [rires]…and just like that, in every show, everyone wants to give their best. I also want them to be proud of what they do. Not only are they like, ‘Oh, all I do is light up.’ I answered, ‘No. Without this lighting, I wouldn’t be elegant. So you are as important as me.’ In my opinion, that’s how you should run a group.
Alice Cooper’s latest album, Detroit Storiesreleased February 26, 2021 via earMUSIC.
the rest, Cooper is reportedly working on two “completely different” new albums for rock.
In addition, Cooper recently entered a new music competition called No Cover as a judge, alongside Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale, Animals As Leaders’ Tosin Abasi, Bush’s Bishop Briggs and Gavin Rossdale, which features a diverse group of emerging artists, who They compete through their play. Music Special (not covered, hence the show’s name).
If you are interested, you can watch all the episodes of No Cover released so far Sumerian Records YouTube channel.
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