Alice Cooper has lifted the lid on his battle with alcohol addiction, which reached its height in the 1970s and early 1980s, revealing he would ‘cry’ before shows in anticipation of how much he would need to drink.
In an excerpt from the shock rocker’s Who I Really Am: Diary of a Vampire for Audible’s Words + Music series, as reported by Rolling Stone, Cooper claimed to have ‘tried many cures, lots of different doctors, lots of different methods, nothing worked.’
He continued: ‘It just kept getting worse. I loved doing the show, I hated doing the show. I loved my life, but I hated my life. I could be so much better than this.’
Sharing the details of just how dependent he had become on booze, the 73-year-old – real name Vincent Furnier – explained: ‘I was drinking more and more. I would get to the show, I would look at my costume lying out, I would remember crying, looking at it, knowing what I had to do in order to get that show done.’
Despite the fact that he branded it ‘a nightmare’ just getting into costume and getting on stage, the School’s Out singer said he ‘felt great’ once he was up there.
‘But it was the only two hours during the day that I felt well at all,’ he added.
Cooper, who also performs in the band Hollywood Vampires, a supergroup with actor Johnny Depp and Aerosmith’s Joe Perry, is currently in the middle of his Fall Tour, as well as celebrating the one-year anniversary of his own line of hot sauces.
Each sauce is named after famous Alice Cooper songs, including Welcome to My Nightmare, No More Mr Nice Guy and Poison.
Earlier this year, Cooper found a fan in Strictly Come Dancing co-host Claudia Winkleman, who proclaimed that she hopes to look like him or Gene Simmons when she’s older.
She told the Women’s Health Going for Goal podcast: ‘I love getting older… I can’t wait to be 50.
‘It’s not that I want time to go fast, but I’m absolutely fine with it, and I’ll still look the same.
‘I want to look like Gene Simmons or Alice Cooper, so it’s not like I want to look young and bouncy and fresh.’
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Alice Cooper opens up about past tearful alcoholism ‘nightmare’ – nonenglishfeed