Alice Cooper has claimed that David Bowie was inspired by his theater stage shows.
The ‘School’s Out’ hitmaker recalled how the late music icon, who died in 2016, took his backing band The Spiders From Mars to one of his ‘Welcome To My Nightmare’ shows in the mid-1970s and told him his group should do it make such appearances.
When asked by a fan in Metal Hammer magazine, Cooper replied, “David always came to the show when he was a pantomime, he was Davy Jones then. I remember at one of our ‘Welcome To My Nightmare’ shows he brought his band the Spiders From Mars and said, ‘We should do that. ‘But he never did it the way we did. “
The 73-year-old rocker added that his performances for Bowie, Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground “opened a huge door” because he and his troupe have proven that you can have commercial success and still turn on the “theaters”. .
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He continued, “When we started doing theater and still had records, a huge door opened for Bowie, Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground because you could be theater and advertising at the same time. I wanted there to be an artistic movement, I created Alice as the villain and Bowie created all of his characters to fit who he wanted to be, so I never really saw him as competition – I encouraged him.
“Bowie and I talked the whole time, we complimented each other. There was a whole thing that Bowie and Lou Reed were talking about my androgynous thing being wrong, and they were right – of course, it’s wrong. It’s a dark variety show and I’m playing a character. Lou and David knew me and knew I couldn’t be more Central American, but I accidentally tapped this character and picture – I knew how to make this character scary, sexy, disgusting and funny at the same time! ”
Bowie has had several alter egos over the years, including glam rock alien, Ziggy Stardust, Major Tom, the protagonist of “Space Oddity,” Aladdin Sane and the Thin White Duke, which the “Starman” hitmaker once described : “A very Aryan, fascist guy; A budding romantic without any emotions, but who exuded a lot of neo-romanticism. “
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