ALICE COOPER Discusses His Stage Show

ALICE COOPER recently spoke to Billboard.com about his new album, "Dirty Diamonds", and his current world tour, which includes such traditional Cooper set-pieces as guillotines, strait jackets and "female vampire whip dances."

"If you asked 10 people in 1975 to go to an ALICE COOPER show and do a two-page report on what they saw, you'd get 10 different shows," he said. "People saw things that weren't there. People say 'when you threw the chicken out' and 'when the snake came out' and I went 'we didn't use the snake tonight.' We haven't used the chicken since 1967."

COOPER shows offer sensory overload, he said. "When you've bombard an audience with images — there's crutches, there's guillotines, there's strait jackets, there's manikins that come to life, there's garbage cans, there's swords, money, jewelry thrown in the audience — at the end of the show they'll tell you the most amazing story you've ever heard. And I'll think about half of that really happened."

COOPER's U.S. run, during which he will share stages on many occasions with CHEAP TRICK, opens Aug. 20 at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati. A Canadian stint is on the books for October, followed by November U.K. dates.

"Dirty Diamonds" (New West) opened at No. 169 in the week ended August 7. That's COOPER's highest-debuting and highest-charting set since "The Last Temptation of Alice Cooper", which debuted and peaked at No. 68 in July 1994.

"Diamonds" is the 23rd chart album of COOPER's career, which began with the debut of "Pretties for You" in June 1969. That LP reached No. 193. The most successful ALICE COOPER album is "Billion Dollar Babies", which spent the week of April 21, 1973 at No. 1.

Read more at Billboard.com.

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