Legendary shock rocker ALICE COOPER has issued the following statement regarding the death of cultural icon DICK CLARK who helped bring rock ‘n’ roll into the mainstream on American Bandstand, and later produced and hosted a vast range of programming from game shows to the year-end countdown in Times Square on New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. Clark died from a heart attack early Wednesday (April 18th) at the age of 82.
Alice Cooper: “I used to come home from elementary school to watch American Bandstand. It had all the new songs, all the new dances, and it had the happiest guy in the world presenting them to you. I had no idea that later in my career I would know Dick Clark on a professional level. I ran into him some years ago, and he said to me ‘Hey Coop, if you had your own radio show, what would it be like?’ I told him it would be more like the free form FM stations of the 60’s, where the DJ’s actually played what they liked and demographics didn’t play a role. He said ‘Alice, why don’t you do it then?’ Just like that, my radio show Nights With Alice Cooper was born. It’s been nine years later and I’m still on the air! And let me just add that NOBODY loved rock n’ roll more than Dick Clark!”
Personal Letter from Dick Clark to Alice Cooper from 1990. Courtesy of the Alice Cooper Archives:
Several hard rock musicians have commented on the passing of broadcast legend Dick Clark, the creator and longtime host of the “American Bandstand” show. Clark became a national icon in the late 1950s, having hosted “American Bandstand” for more than 30 years.
KISS frontman Paul Stanley stated about the 82-year-old the youthful-looking television personality, who was dubbed “America’s Oldest Teenager”: “As a little boy, I sat transfixed to our television every afternoon and Saturday night watching ‘American Bandstand’. Dick Clark was the face of rock and roll and its best ambassador. His decades of successes both in and outside of the music industry are unparalleled. He championed KISS when others turned away and was instrumental in breaking us through his show ‘In Concert’. Through the years, Dick was always available when I had a question or wanted guidance. Dick Clark was the rare exception who was a bigger person in real life than the public image or legend that was also to be his legacy. I will remember him with great respect and gratitude.”
David Draiman (DISTURBED): “So sad, really thought he might be a vampire. Never seemed to grow old.”
Jeff Scott Soto (TALISMAN, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, JOURNEY): “RIP, a legend, a pioneer of rock and roll, the guy who set the bar for DJs around the world, Dick Clark, you are an important part of history that will never be forgotten!!”
Glenn Hughes (BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION, BLACK SABBATH, DEEP PURPLE): “RIP to old friend Dick Clark: thanx for bein’ part of our Cal Jam TV show.”
Kip Winger (WINGER): “RIP Dick Clark, we thought you’d live forever! Rockin’ the heavens and beyond!
Michael Sweet (STRYPER): “RIP Dick Clark — it was an honor to perform on ‘American Bandstand’ and to meet you back then. There was no one like you nor will there ever be.” Source: Blabbermouth.net