The Skill Alice Cooper Learned During Pandemic Isn’t Very Alice Cooper

by Brianna Vacca
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If you’ve ever seen an Alice Cooper show, you know that Cooper moves.

Just like a lot of people, 2020 left people with a lot of time. As restaurants, bars, coffee shops, venues, and everything under the sun was closed, people took up new hobbies. Those people include Alice Cooper. Some people took knitting, some took up sewing. Others binged all the Netflix in the world. Cooper took up a fairly odd hobby skill; one that doesn’t seem like one the rock star would pick up. But when you really think about it, it makes a lot of sense.

The 73-year-old rock icon took up tap dancing during the pandemic. That’s right! The “School’s Out” singer substituted touring for tap dancing.

He publicly notes that the switch from touring all the time to staying at home was tough. He says, “It was like coming off of a drug because the adrenaline is your drug onstage. I mean, everyone’s sober. But you miss that adrenaline, that one-on-one.”

His family surrounded him as he learned this newfound passion. The whole family even jumped in but don’t expect to see the rock legend bringing this new activity into his live shows.

Cooper even released a new tune during the pandemic. “Don’t Give Up” confronts the pandemic and pumps positive vibes into listeners. He says, “It almost sounds like I’m threatening the virus. It’s a really powerful hard-rock song,” the rocker adds of the half-spoken, half-sung lyric. “I’m telling the virus, ‘Well, yeah, you’re going to be around for a while, but this is the human race. It’s hard to kill all of us.’ And to the listener, I’m saying, ‘I know we’re all hanging on by a thread, but don’t give up. Let’s fight and we’ll get through this.”

Alice Cooper Talks Interesting Tour Guests

Alice Cooper is full of surprises. There’s nothing that should surprise you about the rock star. One of these facts being that his live shows included snakes. Real-life boa constrictors and they’re quite unpredictable. The boa constrictors roam the stage as Cooper documents, “they just have a mind of their own.”

Unfortunately, now you need a pet passport, so the boa constrictor’s time on tour may descend.

Now, Cooper has admitted to being the person responsible for KISS’s makeup selections. He is the one who told the band where to find the makeup as Cooper has a similar getup. Per Ultimate Classic Rock he said, “We knew them KISS back when they were KISS. We told them where to buy their makeup. People were going, ‘What do you think about this band that wears makeup?’ And I went, ‘Yeah I know who they are. They wear Kabuki makeup, and it’s not like mine and they’re not like us. They’re their own thing.'”

Cooper’s latest project “Who I Really Am: Diary of a Vampire” is now available as an Audible Original. “Who I Really Am: Diary of a Vampire” depicts Cooper’s travels as well as acoustic renditions of his hits “Poison,” “School’s Out,” and “I’m Eighteen.” Just over two hours long, Cooper is full of more stories.

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