Alice Cooper: Keepin' Halloween Alive
Alice Cooper casts his predictions for costume choices at his Halloween Night of Fear (Iron Man, anyone?) and muses on the season’s ever-escalating appeal
Every Halloween – that’s gonna be the big night for Alice Cooper, wherever we’re gonna be. We’re Halloween every night, of course, but that particular night we’re in
Halloween is the one night of the year that you get to be somebody that you’re not. You try to pick somebody that you either admire or somebody that you’d like to make fun of, or somebody that’s the opposite of you. I’d imagine there’s going to be a lot of Lady Gagas this year – there’s always one or two characters that everybody decides they’re going to be, like
I think everybody likes the idea of dressing like the undead and walking around half-rotting away, for some reason it’s an in thing. Last year it was vampires. They make such amazing costumes now, using the kind of make up you’d usually see in horror and sci-fi. Some of the masks are unbelievable. As a kid, I was always Zorro. For some reason, every single year, I felt like I was Zorro; I needed to be Zorro, which you can still see in my show. I still have a Zorro complex.
It’s too much fun of a holiday to ignore. In the States, if Halloween falls on a Friday, and you go to a very straight insurance company say, everybody in the office – young and old – is dressed up for Halloween. Everybody does it. It used to be for the kids, now the adults are doing it. It’s one of those nights where all the channels put on their favourite horror movies. The Sci-Fi channel plays 24 hours of horror films for a week.
There’s something about classic rock and its association with Halloween: you get Ozzy Osborne, Alice Cooper – we’re like the new monsters. We’ve been around for 45 years and have always been associated with being like rock’n’roll villains. Then there’s Rob Zombie, Kiss – but
Here’s the funny thing – every night’s Halloween for us. It doesn’t matter if it’s the middle of June or if it’s in December, when you come and see Alice Cooper it’s gonna be a Halloween party. To us, it’s just another night, but we expect the audience to be totally dressed – we want the audience to be in full costume. The fun part for us is looking out into the audience and seeing who came as what. We’re doing a show in