Alice Cooper is bringing his unique stage show to the RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest in Ottawa. Currently on tour with Iron Maiden, he’ll be playing the main stage on Saturday, July 7.
Fans can expect the classics like “Billion Dollar Babies,” “Feed my Frankenstein,” “Poison” and “The Black Widow,” the latter from his 1975 concept album Welcome to my Nightmare.
You’d think performing (not to mention pretending to be hung or guillotined) in front of thousands of people would be part of the nightmare, but not for Cooper.
“Oh no! Are you kidding? That’s the easiest thing for me. I wish I could get nervous. I feel comfortable in two places: behind a mike in front of 100,000 people or on the first tee of a golf course. That to me is absolutely at home,” he says.
“When you have confidence in what you’re doing then there’s really no stress. If I was getting up on stage and was about 70 percent knowing of what I was doing then, yeah, I would be stressed out. The only time I really get nervous is when I’m out of my element.”
And for the man who is a great performer, nearly a pro golfer and a restaurateur, what exactly would that be?
“Since it’s not what I majorly do in my life, I get a little nervous about that because I’m not in control of my own situation. There’s a director there, there’s another actor whose learning his lines and depending on you to know yours. When it’s somebody else’s show, I can be a little bit nervous.”
“I did a thing with Gene Wilder where I had to do ten minutes of him and I doing this back and forth dialogue. I studied so hard I didn’t just know my dialogue I knew his dialogue. Then when I got on stage, since I knew all the lines I was fine.” he says.
“I read somewhere that 80 percent of the things you worry about never happen. It’s just stuff that you create in your brain. That’s probably true.”
Wise words, Cooper. Now let’s just hope Wayne Campbell doesn’t show up.
Cooper hits the main stage at 7 p.m., followed by Iron Maiden at 9 p.m.
And check out the April 2013 issue of up! when we talk to Cooper about golf and what makes such a nice guy turn evil.