Ryan Wrecker, program director of Ohio radio station 104.9 The Eagle and “Wrecker In The Morning” show host, conducted an interview with legendary rocker Alice Cooper yesterday morning (Monday, December 20) about Cooper‘s upcoming induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below.align=center
Alice Cooper admitted that he was always confident that the honor would come his way, telling Billboard, “I’ve always felt the same way about this whole thing. I kind of sat back and said, ‘It will happen eventually.’ It did get to be kind of a joke, not being nominated. I got to the point where I was saying, ‘OK, I’m the Pete Rose of rock n’ roll!’ So now that it’s a reality, it’s a different take on it. Now I sit there and go, ‘Wow. Wow! We’ve got to really get up and play, and assume the position of being in the Hall of Fame.’ It’ll be great.”
Cooper told Rolling Stone that he’ll be performing with the original ALICE COOPER band at the Rock Hall induction, saying, “We’re trying to figure out if we do ‘School’s Out’, do we send balloons of confetti into the audience? I doubt there’ll be a snake there though. . . If you look at the list of past inductees it’s all of my heroes, from Pete Townshend to THE YARDBIRDS to THE BEATLES to the STONES. It’s everybody that we listened to in order to become Alice Cooper, so it’s pretty amazing that those are the same people that actually voted for us.”
Alice Cooper told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that at the end of the day whether he was in the Rock Hall or not didn’t seem to bug him much. “I’ve kinda put it in my head that if it happens, it happens, if it doesn’t — the longer it goes, the more obvious it is that I’m not in it, and 99 percent of the people in the world think I’m in it anyways — even people on the board that vote on it,” he said. “Toby (Mamis, Cooper‘s manager) talked to one of the guys and he says, ‘Y’know, what is this thing with Alice? Is there a blackball or something on Alice?’ And the guy said, ‘What are you talking about? Alice is in the Hall Of Fame.’ And he (Mamis) said, ‘No, he isn’t.’ He (the Hall Of Fame rep) said, ‘He’s not?!’ I think people assume that I am.”
The 2011 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame will be held on March 14 at New York City’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel. The ceremony will be aired live on the Fuse channel.