Alice Cooper prays every day, credits God for staying sober

Rock legend Alice Cooper could play a blood-stained ghoul straight from a horror present on stage, however in actual life he’s a religious Christian who prays every day, reads the Bible and credits his religion with serving to him keep sober.

The “Welcome to my Nightmare” singer is even a religious household man, having been married to his spouse, Sheryl Goddard, since 1976, and elevating three youngsters along with her, daughters Sonora and Calico and son Dashiell.

“My grandparents were married 76 years, my parents were married over 50 years, my wife’s parents were married over 50 years,” the “Godfather of Shock Rock” instructed Page Six.

“To me when you got married, that was it. I always tell people don’t marry the person you love, marry the person you’re in love with that means you would never do anything to hurt that person. I still whisk her off to a cheap motel every once in a while.”

That’s to not say they haven’t had their ups and downs.

In November 1983 on the peak of Cooper’s alcoholism, Goddard, a ballerina teacher and choreographer, filed for divorce however they reconciled the next 12 months.

Alice Cooper and his wife Sheryl.
Cooper has been married to Sheryl Goddard since 1976 and nonetheless “whisk[s] her off to a cheap motel every once in a while.”
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The “Only Women Bleed” singer says that he was by no means an aggressive or imply drunk however was “on that golden buzz” because of consuming “a case of beer a day at least.”

Cooper, 73, says that as a result of he all the time did his reveals and wasn’t outwardly drunk nobody realized the extent of his consuming.

“But internally my pancreas and liver were being destroyed,” he defined. “I woke up one morning and I threw up blood and that’s how I kind of knew it was over. My wife grabbed my ear and said, ‘Hey, the party’s over.’”

The “Poison” singer says that he went to hospital for rehab and “when I came out I never had a craving for alcohol again.”

“I never went to AA,” he continued. “Everyone said, ‘Oh you have such great willpower,’ I said, ‘No, God has great willpower. He took it from me.’ My dad was a pastor, my grandad was a pastor, Sheryl’s dad was a pastor. I had such strong prayer for me. Even the doctor said, ‘This is an absolute miracle.’ I said, ‘Why?’ They said, ‘Well you should be hiding bottles all over the house and you should be sneaking drugs.’ I said, ‘I have absolutely no desire for that at all.’”

Cooper, whose catalog contains songs like “Dead Babies” and “Halo of Flies,” says his clergyman father had no downside along with his darkish theatrical aspect.

“My dad knew my sense of humor, my dad was very cool,” Cooper defined. “He loved rock and roll. He said I love the music, I can’t abide the lifestyle. He said, ‘I know the character you’re playing. He’s comical. He’s a villain but at the same time, he’ll slip on a banana peel.’ It took a while for people to understand that I was playing a character named Alice Cooper, I wasn’t Alice Cooper, I was playing that character. It was like a dark vaudeville.”

Cooper, recognized for elaborate, horror-inspired stage reveals by which he typically maintain snakes and wears darkish make-up, remains to be fortunately touring and says that earlier than COVID-19 lockdown restrictions have been applied he was doing 200 reveals a 12 months.

He additionally says that regardless of being on the highway for the final 5 a long time he’s by no means sick of singing his chestnuts like “School’s Out” and “I’m Eighteen.”

Alice Cooper with a snake.
Cooper performs with a python in 1971.
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“I learned this really early in life, we were just starting to make it and I was in a room with Jimi Hendrix and he was getting ready to go on and he goes, ‘If I have to play “Foxy Lady” another time … and I believed if I used to be in that viewers and he didn’t play “Foxy Lady” I might be so mad. So I’ve performed ‘School’s Out’ and ‘Welcome to my Nightmare’ so many instances that I look ahead to enjoying them. When that music begins up the viewers goes loopy, what number of songs do you get like that in your life?”

Despite staying put due to COVID, Cooper has been preserving busy by enjoying golf six instances every week.

“I shot two over this morning,” he stated.

He’s additionally partnering with Cooper Tire to seek out the nation’s most proficient storage bands in a “Driven to Perform” storage band contest. The Ohio-based band South of Eden gained, and because the grand prize the band will open for Evanescence in a particular livestreamed live performance on May 13.

The live performance, which might be hosted by Cooper, is free and open to the general public with online registration at at DrivenToPerformConcert.com.

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