Alice Cooper talks with Loudwire about his love of small independent music venues. Sadly lots of independent music venues are facing a crisis due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Cooper tells Loudwire “We all started there, Everybody from The Beatles to the Rolling Stones to Guns N’ Roses to Alice Cooper to everybody – anybody that’s worth a salt in this business started in a bar somewhere or started in a small venue.”
That sure is true, I guess even some musicians who start out on reality TV shows either have played in small independent venues before they were on or end up playing them after they’re flavour of the month.
Cooper went on to talk about his band’s early days in Detroit where they played in old movie theatres converted into music venues. Back then Alice Cooper would have played with bands such as The Who, MC5 and Iggy and The Stooges.
“If you don’t have that, how is a rock band — a young rock band — ever going to get good? I don’t care if it’s 20 people or 200 people. That’s where your fanbase comes from, that’s where the band actually becomes good enough to go out and then get on tour once they do make it.”
He continued “We all go back to two things — Chuck Berry and the Beatles, Chuck Berry is your rock foundation. The Beatles are… listen to any album and tell me those aren’t perfectly-written songs.”
Boomer rockers do love mentioning The Beatles and Chuck Berry, Not sure if that’s going to pass on to an old Gen-Xer in years to come? Maybe the old Gen-Xer will say “We all go back to two things, Ramones and Nirvana!”
Alice Cooper’s recently released song “Don’t Give Up” is about the coronavirus pandemic. His upcoming album is entitled “Don’t Give Up” it should be out later this year.
Independent live music venues are important to communities and some local governments are offering support to the arts, but some are not. Write to your local member and ask to support, because life is pretty dull when there is no community.