Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Alice Cooper thrilled with Hall Of Fame nomination

Alice Cooper says he is thrilled with his nomination yesterday to the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, the first step to possible induction in the Class of 2011 (see news story here).

"On behalf of Dennis (Dunaway), Neal (Smith), Michael (Bruce) and the late great Glen (Buxton), we are honored to be nominated for induction in to the Hall,"
said Alice. "Anytime you are nominated in your chosen profession, it's definitely a compliment to be recognized."

"It's hard to fathom possibly being in the same club as artists who inspired us originally, like the Beatles, the Stones, the Beach Boys, the Who, the Yardbirds, and Chuck Berry, and to be nominated the same year as legendary artists like my personal favorite songwriter of all time, Laura Nyro, as well as Donovan, who sang on our "Billion Dollar Babies" record, and our good friends in Bon Jovi, is a great feeling."

For Cooper, his career started out with a few simple goals. "Five guys starting a band, just hoping to meet girls and drink free beer, rehearsing and playing local bars five hours a night for the first few years -- that was us," said Alice. "We came up with the theatrics and made every effort not to sacrifice the music one bit; we thought it was like our job to bring theatrics to rock 'n' roll. And then, amazingly enough, we were having a bunch of massive hit records which was proof that theatricality and rock 'n' roll could, in fact, be joined successfully. We've been told that we revolutionized the live concert experience and if that's truly the case and it's led to this nomination for induction into the Hall of Fame, the only thing to say is, of course, "There's no business like show business!"

Ballots will be sent to more than 500 voters, who will select artists to be inducted into the RRHOF at the 26th Annual Induction Ceremony; inductees will be announced in December and the Induction Ceremony will take place on March 14, 2011 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.

To be eligible for entry into the RRHOF, an act must have released its first single or album at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination. The 2011 Nominees had to release their first recording no later than 1985.

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