ALICE COOPER offers wholesome tips for being a successful touring artist
Alice Cooper has been running for about five decades at this point. So it stands to reason that man has learned a thing or two about what to do and what not to do. In an interview with Rolling Stone Germany, Cooper offers a key piece of advice to keep everything running smoothly – basically, don’t be an asshole and treat everyone with respect.
“I think it starts at the top. I think whoever leads the band, the other guys adapt to that. So I treat the guy who sweeps the stage with the same respect that I treat the guitarist or the bass player – everyone everyone is treated the same. If, we have an evening off, for example. I invite everyone to dinner. We take 35 to 40 people to dinner. And that means everyone – the most low on the totem is treated exactly the same way as the group.
“And for me, once you do that, you get loyalty – you know, most guys don’t even know who worked for them. I know everyone who works for me. And I pretty much know their families… And that way every show, everybody wants to put on the best show that night, make it represent the best thing. And I want them to be proud of the show. Not just the fact that , ‘Oh, all I do is light.’ I say no. Without this lighting, I am not beautiful. So you’re as important as me.” That’s how I think you work a band.”
Solid advice that applies to everyone in groups and not in groups. Things tend to work out much better in general when you’re not a raging asshole about everything. And really, who wants to be with someone who is?
To catch Alice Cooper on one of the dates below.
9/7 — Bethlehem, PA — Wind Creek Event Center [Tickets]
9/9 – Alton, Virginia – Blue Ridge Rock Festival [Tickets]
9/11 — Windsor, ON — The Colosseum @ Caesar’s [Tickets]
9/13 – Buffalo, NY – Shea’s Buffalo [Tickets]
9/14 – Binghamton, NY – Visions Arena [Tickets]
9/16 – Albany, NY – The Palace Theater [Tickets]
9/17 — Atlantic City, New Jersey — Tropicana Casino & Resort [Tickets]
9/18 – Wallingford, CT – Toyota Oakdale Theater [Tickets]
9/20 — Muncie, IN — Emens Auditorium [Tickets]
9/21 — Grand Rapids, MI — DeVos Room [Tickets]
9/22 – Hammond, IN – The Venue @ Horseshoe Casino [Tickets]
9/24 – Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life Festival [Tickets]
9/25 – Chattanooga, TN – Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium [Tickets]
9/27 – Memphis, TN – Orpheum Theater [Tickets]
9/28 – St. Louis, MO – Stifel Theater [Tickets]
9/30 – Cedar Rapids, IA – Paramount Theater [Tickets]
10/1—Springfield, Illinois—Bank of Springfield Center [Tickets]
10/4 – Loveland, CO – Budweiser Event Center [Tickets]
10/6 — Prescott Valley, AZ — Findlay Toyota Center [Tickets]
10/8 – Las Vegas, Nevada – TBD [Tickets]
Want more metal? Subscribe to our daily newsletter
Enter your email below to get a daily update with all our headlines.