Alice Cooper’s Rock Teen Center in Phoenix is having its grand opening this weekend.
AZ Central reports the idea behind the Center is to offer teens an outlet for their creativity and get them off the streets.
When Cooper sees teens hanging on the corner, he says, "I sit there going, 'That same kid right there might be the best drummer in Arizona. And that kid over there might be the best guitarist. They just don't know it yet. Nobody's ever put a guitar or drumsticks in their hands.' We do that."
Located in the Rock at 32nd Street, on the southeastern corner of Thunderbird Road and 32nd Street, the 22,000-square-foot Rock Teen Center was built in partnership with Genesis Church and Cooper's Solid Rock Foundation. It's expected to expand to 60,000 square feet by the time it's finished.
Cooper and his wife, Sheryl, who teaches dance, have both taken a hands-on role in the Center.
"I come in all the time and watch them play," Cooper says. "In fact, we have one kid who's nine or 10 who came in here the other night and I was jamming with my son's band. He comes up and plays lead guitar on 'School's Out.' "
The Grand Opening Block Party runs from noon-3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6. Cooper is planning on joining his son, Dash Cooper, and Dash's band, Runaway Phoenix, on two or three songs. The event is also set to feature tours of the facility, snakes and alligators from Desert Gators, Sheryl Cooper's Solid Rock dancers and karate demonstrations.
Learn more about Cooper’s Solid Rock Foundation here.
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