Alice Cooper blasts TV talent shows

Shock rocker Alice Cooper has blasted TV talent shows such as The X Factor and American Idol because they don’t do enough to find and encourage new rock talent.


Cooper, who turned 60 in February, has criticised the TV talent shows for only seeking to discover artists he claims are “totally disposable”.


“They aren’t looking for rock bands,” he told The People newspaper. “They’re looking for people who are going to end up with shows in Las Vegas.


“Bands from the 60s and 70s still have hits being played on the radio, like the Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath and us. But I don’t think many of today’s bands will because music’s becoming totally disposable.”


The X Factor judges would certainly have to sit up and take notice if someone came along to an audition carrying Alice-style accessories such as a guillotine, electric chair and a boa constrictor …


The Alice Cooper band caused a storm when their theatrical brand of ‘shock rock’ first hit the headlines in 1971. Their debut hit ‘I’m Eighteen’, from the album Love It to Death, was followed by the monster hit ‘School’s Out’ in 1972.


In the years that followed, Alice Cooper attracted a surprisingly broad range of fans – from Bob Dylan and John Lydon … to Groucho Marx, Mae West and Salvador Dali.


After the original band reached their commercial peak with the 1973 album Billion Dollar Babies, Cooper launched a solo career that began with his 1975 concept album Welcome to My Nightmare.


Cooper will release his eighteenth solo album, Along Came A Spider, in the UK on July 28, 2008, with a special vinyl version also available from August 4. The album sees the self-proclaimed ‘golf monster’ returning to his garage rock roots.


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