ALICE COOPER: 'I'm In Better Shape At 59 Than I Was At 29'

Greg Thom of Australia's PerthNow reports that Alice Cooper has lost the power to shock. "You can't shock an audience any more," the one-time Prince of Darkness says.

"We're way past shock. Anything on CNN is more shocking than anything from Marilyn Manson or Alice Cooper. If you wanted to shock an audience you could only do something once, like cut your arm off and eat it on stage,” he muses.

Cooper denies his unique brand of show craft, which has encompassed guillotines, boa constrictors and blood-covered dolls, has changed.

"I try to get a jolt out of them," he says of his audiences. "I try to get a laugh out of them. I try to get them to think a little deeper in places.

"When they walk out they might have stage blood all over them or they've got confetti all over them, but they'll say, 'That was the best party I've been to in a long time'. And that's really my job. My job is to do rock music."

A born-again Christian, Cooper has been off the booze for 24 years. He says he has never felt better. So much so, that, now aged 59, he says he won't slow down.

"Are you kidding? I'm in better shape at 59 than I was at 29," says the father of three. "I always say if I ever get out there and there’s no audience, or if the audience is there and they're not cheering for more, it's time for me to go. I look at it this way: Jagger's six years older than me. When he quits, I've got six years."

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