According to ArizonaRepublic.com, Alice Cooper‘s The Rock teen center, which inspired him to launch his annual Christmas Pudding concerts in 2001, will have its grand opening festivities on Saturday, October 6 in the Rock at 32nd Street, on the southeastern corner of Thunderbird Road and 32nd Street, in Phoenix, Arizona. The 22,000-square-foot The Rock teen center was built in partnership with Genesis Church and Cooper‘s Solid Rock Foundation and is meant to offer teens an outlet for their creativity and get them off the streets. It’s expected to expand to 60,000 square feet by the time it’s finished.
“Right now,” Cooper tells ArizonaRepublic.com, “it’s great. There’s a dance studio. There are all these rooms filled with drums and guitars and basses from Fender. And then, there’s a whole area where they can just play video games or ping pong.”
Asked if the center, which started offering programs in May, is what he envisioned, Cooper says, “It really is. It’s amazing. There are 100 kids in here every night. They come in after school and do their homework here. They cannot wait to get down here and learn more guitar or more drums or more bass.”
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