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Alice Cooper says male musicians became introverted and anti-rockstars

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Alice Cooper says male musicians became introverted and anti-rockstars

Alice Cooper talked with Hilary Hughes about female musicians taking over the big productions and men becoming introverted.


Read what he said:

“Isn’t it interesting that the girls are the ones doing all the big productions? Lady Gaga does an amazing production, and she really knows what she’s doing up there – same with Shakira, same with Rihanna.

“It’s amazing that the girls are taking over the big productions and the guys have become very introverted. I don’t quite understand why a young rock band would be introverted rather than, ‘I’m a rock star. Let me loose! Get me up there and let me rock that place!’

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“I see young rock bands being introverted; they don’t want to be rock stars, almost. They’re anti-rockstar.”

What is it about these women who are filling that void that audiences are really responding to right now? They’re mounting these massive productions like yours, but they’re not necessarily playing a part. Gaga’s direct about where she’s coming from, and she wears her heart on her sleeve.

“I think Gaga in particular is very similar to Alice Cooper. When I met her and got her autograph – I brought my daughter to see her – and it said, ‘Dear Alice, Thank you for letting me steal your show.’ [Laughs]

“No, she didn’t steal my show, but the idea behind the fact that she created a character named Lady Gaga, and what did she do? She wrote songs for Lady Gaga. I write songs for Alice Cooper. I don’t necessarily write songs for me: ‘What would Alice say here? What would Alice do here?’

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“It gives me an opportunity to be a little bit more outrageous in a lot of ways, and be a little politically incoherent. I totally understand the Lady Gaga thing. It’s just amazing to me that more guys haven’t jumped in and done big productions.

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“Bruno Mars – that guy’s one of the most versatile guys I’ve ever seen. He’s more versatile than Michael Jackson, I think. There’s a guy who really knows what he’s doing up on that stage. He gets it.

“Whereas, I look at young rock bands – Foo Fighters are very good at what they do, Green Day is very good at what they do, because they don’t let up on the audience and give the audience every single ounce of energy that they’ve got. Then I look around and I go, ‘Why aren’t 18-year-old bands jumping on this?!’

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“I think there’s gonna be a resurgence of the ’80s, where you’re going to see young bands trying to be Motley Crue, and young bands trying to be Bon Jovi. That was a fun period. They call them the hair bands, but think of it – the songs were great, the records were great, the videos were great, the stage show was great, and they had personality.

“All of these bands, you look at them, and you go, ‘Wow, these guys really knew what they were doing.’ And then it went away. So I think there’s going to be a resurgence of that.”

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