Alice Cooper's New "Doc Opera" Details Drug Abuse and Other Sordid Stories

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Alice Cooper's new "doc opera" is coming to Phoenix.

Anything involving Alice Cooper is bound to push the boundaries of what's normal in the world of pop culture and music. Forty-five years after he began shocking the world for the first time, Cooper, along with a team of filmmakers, Cooper is back, this time in film form.

Unveiled as the first "doc opera," Super Duper Alice Cooper is a sight to be seen; a detailing of Vincent Furnier's childhood from a preacher's son to his transformation into Alice Cooper, followed by a brutal battle with the character that almost killed the real man behind the makeup -- all in the name of celebrating how the extremely influential and accomplished man came out for the better in the end. It isn't about glamorizing the hedonistic, chaotic and typical rock star lifestyle; it's a story of strong family bonds and how they can get us through the darkest of times. It's about survival, suffering, and stability.

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Alice Cooper: Our Christmas Is More Ozzie Nelson Than Ozzy Osbourne

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Solid Rock
Alice Cooper wishes you a very metal Christmas.
From blasting "Schools Out" during my teenage wasteland days to jamming out to the chugging guitar in "Under My Wheels" in my office, Alice Cooper has always played a prominent position in my heavy metal playlist.

Not only did he help shape the sound and look of heavy metal with his horror and vaudeville imagery as rock and roll's first villain. By the time Cooper was 18, it was the sexual revolution and Vietnam, and the band's best friends were The Mothers of Invention, The Doors and Jimi Hendrix.

He toured with Pink Floyd and once awoke to find Syd Barrett staring at a box of corn flakes like he was watching television, laughing, to which the shock-rocker comments: "He was a paranoid schizophrenic. Add acid to the mix and you get a much deeper problem."


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Metal Mondays: Metal's Vagina Monologues

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Halestorm
To continue my rant from last week about bitches who rock (see The Butcher Babies, Boobs and Blood) and in conjunction with Revolver Magazine's announcement of their 2013 Hottest Chicks in Metal calendar, I must pay tribute to two more female-fronted bands that I saw last week at the Marquee Theatre. Then, I promise, I will stop drooling over hot girls for awhile. Cross my heart.

So begins my cheers to the sexy skills of In This Moment's Maria Brink and Halestorm's
Elizabeth "Lzzy" Hale. Metal's own Vagina Monologues performers, if you will.


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Do You Look "Metal Enough" for Metal Shows?

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See more photos of the crowd in the full Trespass America Festival slideshow.
See also: Five Finger Death Punch, Killswitch Engage, and More @ Comerica Theatre
See also: Five Finger Death Punch's Jason Hook on Giving the Fans What They Want
See also: The full Trespass America slideshow

This weekend I attended two intense yet intriguingly different metal shows. I spent Saturday night at Dimefest at Joe's Grotto, where several local heavy bands, including Howitzer, Cowboys in Hell and Betrayal of Allies, paid tribute to the late Dimebag Darrell of Pantera. Ah, you gotta' love a venue regularly reeking of B.O. and vomit. Sunday night was a different kind of show: The Trespass America Festival at Comerica Theatre, with a bill including God Forbid, Trivium, Killswitch Engage, and Five Finger Death Punch.

But while both shows rocked, there was a clear distinction between the fans that turned up for the shows, and it was all illustrated by their metal fashion choices.


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