Over the course of a legendary rock career that spans 40+ years, Alice Cooper has found himself on bills or shared appearances with some extraordinarily talented people. These include John Lennon, THE ROLLING STONES, LED ZEPPELIN, Grouch Marx, Jack Benny, Johnny Carson, Raquel Welch, Pelé, Salvador Dali, George Burns, Jimi Hendrix and many more.That tradition of eclecticism continues on Wednesday, May 13, when he appears before an anticipated crowd of 63,000, including 9,000 Arizona State University graduates, at ASU commencement ceremonies at Sun Devil Stadium in Phoenix. Alice will perform the perennial start-of-summer anthem "School's Out", backed by RUNAWAY PHOENIX, the band of which his son Dash Cooper (ASU Class of '10) is part. Also appearing on the program is "top-billed" President Barack Obama who will deliver ASU's 2009 commencement address. "Of all the people I've ever shared a stage with, Obama is the biggest rock star," said Alice. He went on to remark, "And I'd like to thank him, in advance, for changing the national anthem to 'School's Out'." "School's Out" always seems to take on a life of its own just about every May and this year is no different. Last week, the song was featured as an "American Idol" group performance with guitar great Slash joining in. The song, which first came to light at the end of the 1972 school year, will be heard in the film "I Love You Beth Cooper" (no relation) directed by Chris Columbus and starring Hayden Panettier with companion soundtrack album to be released by ABKCO Records next month. Aside from his ongoing role as the de facto harbinger of summer, Alice Cooper hosts, "Nights with Alice Cooper", heard over a network of more than one hundred affiliated stations for which Alice anchors 30 hours per week of original classic rock programming. Produced and distributed by the United Stations Radio Networks, "Nights with Alice Cooper" has 110 affiliates broadcasting a combination of weeknight and weekend programming. Alice's time slot reaches 1.1 million listeners (12+) each week, and his affiliates have a weekly reach of over 6 millions listeners.
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