Alice Cooper is raving about the 80s hair metal scene and the early days of Motley Crue in a new interview with NME.
Cooper spoke to the magazine while in London for a press conference to promote the Crue’s farewell European dates, which the shock rock pioneer will open this fall.
"There was Guns N’ Roses and Motley Crue and Cinderalla and Poison and all these bands,” recalls Cooper of the 80s hair metal scene, “and the thing that I liked about it was that it was glitzy — it was very glitzy and glam. And it's when MTV started, so there was the perfect outlet for a three-minute glitzy, glam rock and roll show. So all these bands had to really look good, they had to play good, they had to have hit songs. I mean, that's a pretty good combination.
"Motley Crue, all of a sudden,” he continued, “were these guys that looked like girls and were nailing every girl in town, and that was their image. And everybody went, 'Well, what's wrong with that? That seems like the right idea.'
"The thing that impressed me the most about Motley Crue was Tommy, the drummer. I looked at them and I said, 'Jesus, the drummer is really good.' A lead singer always looks at a band and says, 'Who can I steal out of this band?' That drummer was already on my list. I said, 'If this band breaks up, I'm grabbing this guy.'"
Fast forward three decades and Cooper has been opening dates on Motley Crue’s farewell trek, which will see the glam band play a 12-date, 3-week run across Europe starting November 2 in Newcastle, UK.
Motley Crue Fan Club presale tickets and VIP Packages started Wednesday, June 10 in select markets.
Tickets for the shows will go on sale to the general public on Friday, June 19 at 9 am local time.
Motley Crue will wrap up their live career with three shows in late December at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, closing things out on New Year’s Eve.
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