Alice Cooper has held a successful career as a rock star spanning fifty years and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, along with his band, in 2011. Through his onstage antics, he’s been characterized as the “Godfather of Shock Rock.”
But 40 years ago, Cooper said that something changed his life which saved him from the plight of friends around him who died early because they couldn’t manage addictions and destructive behaviors. According to Fox News, he had a wake-up call when he found himself throwing up blood.
"Everything that could go wrong was shutting down inside of me,” Cooper told Confidential. “I was drinking with Jim Morrison and Jimi Hendrix and trying to keep up with Keith Moon and they all died at 27.”
At that moment, when he saw blood come out of him, he realized that he either had to give up drinking or he would die too. It was then that he turned to his faith.
"My wife and I are both Christian," the 70-year-old said. "My father was a pastor, my grandfather was an evangelist. I grew up in the church, went as far away as I could from it — almost died — and then came back to the church."
Some of his onstage antics have included guillotines, electric chairs, fake blood, deadly snakes, baby dolls and dueling swords. He acknowledged that his performances may seem incompatible with his faith—how he can still be a rock star and a Christian at the same time.
His response to those critics is simple, and cuts to the heart of what it means to be a Christian.
"There’s nothing in Christianity that says I can’t be a rock star,” he explained. "People have a very warped view of Christianity. They think it’s all very precise and we never do wrong and we’re praying all day and we’re right wing. It has nothing to do with that. It has to do with a one-on-one relationship with Jesus Christ."
Cooper’s marriage to his wife of 41 years is one example of how he’s striven to remain faithful. Sheryl Goddard has stood by his side through all of his ups and downs as a musician.
“You know what, we have never cheated on each other,” Cooper told Fox News. “First of all, marry the girl you are in love with. That’s the important thing. Don’t just marry the girl that you love.”
The rock star and hall-of-fame legend is preparing to reprise his role as King Herod in NBC's live version of "Jesus Christ Superstar.” He first played the role of King Herod in a 1996 London revival of the performance.
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