Legendary rocker Alice Cooper recently spoke to The Village Voice about the bands that are carrying on the traditions he created, including ROB ZOMBIE, GWAR and BLACK VEIL BRIDES.
On ROB ZOMBIE:
Cooper: “You have to start with Rob Zombie. Rob Zombie‘s like my little brother. Live, he’s fantastic. if you’re gonna go see an extravaganza, sort of like a media blitz on your brain, it’s Rob Zombie. He knows his stuff when it comes to all things dark and scary. But he’s got a great sense of humor about it. We went on tour together, and we watched the same movies. He and I (along with Tim Burton) agree, most horror movies are comedies. They’re so over-the-top if you’re not laughing there’s something wrong with you.”
Cooper: “GWAR! Love GWAR. GWAR is just so over-the-top ridiculous that they’re wonderful. I mean, what band has their own factory where they build their own costumes? You’ve gotta give it to them for taking it to the ultimate limit. They are really out there.”
On BLACK VEIL BRIDES:
Cooper: “There’s one young band out there that’s doing something right: BLACK VEIL BRIDES. They’re sort of like MÖTLEY CRÜE/ALICE COOPER junior. But they’re a pretty good idea of style and look and everything, sort of like the brand new Sunset Strip. If MÖTLEY CRÜE had children, it would be these guys. Sleek, very made-up, very rock ‘n’ roll dark, scary creepy. A good rock ‘n’ roll band. A good, snotty rock ‘n’ roll band.”
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