Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Alice Cooper talks about Hall of Fame induction

The cat’s outta the bag…or should that be snake?

AZCentral reports that Alice Cooper has confirmed that he will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with his band March 14.

Cooper, 62, said Tuesday that he was notified a week ago by the Cleveland-based organization that he and his group will be part of its 26th class.

"Getting in the Hall of Fame is about the ultimate thing you can do when you're a garage band from Cortez High in Phoenix," Cooper said. "It's the most humbling thing in the world when you realize who else is in there. You look out at the audience, and every guy who influenced you is sitting there, and they are the people who voted on you."

Cooper, born in Detroit as Vincent Furnier, and his group had been snubbed by the hall since becoming eligible in 1994 - the 25th anniversary of their first release - but they weren't alone. Such acts as Black Sabbath, Velvet Underground and the Stooges also had to wait years for induction.

"Every single year, somebody has called up and said, 'Well, you didn't get nominated again,'" Cooper said. "It's not a popularity contest. It takes a while to get through everybody. We got nominated one time and got in on the first vote, so that was really nice."

"We knew we had something different. We were not peace and love and 'Isn't everything groovy?'" Cooper said. "You had all these rock heroes, and if nobody wants to be Captain Hook, I'll be Captain Hook."

The official announcement happens Wednesday at 10:30a.m. eastern, but it may be the worst kept secret in showbiz this week, as music industry website HitsDailyDouble posted the 2011 inductees list last weekend.

For more on Alice Cooper, check out AZCentral here.

Alice Cooper – Hello Hooray (1973)