Vicious Rumours

A few lesser known rumours that have circulated over the years.


Didn't he blow up sheep on stage?

She would never go to one of his shows because he slaughtered cows on stage.

Alice Cooper and Eddie Haskell from the 'Leave it to Beaver' TV show are the same person

The funny one is that when someone slags Alice for golfing, it is almost always about him golfing with a President or a Vice President. Something that he has never done.
(Renfield, May 1997)

Alice never ran for Governor, or president! He mentioned it as a joke in some interview ("A Troubled MAn For A Troubled Time") and it all got out of hand with places mentioning it every so often over the subsequent years.

From an Interview circa '94:

Meanwhile, Alice tells me that there's absolutely no truth to the rumour that he intends to get involved in Politics in his home state of Arizona. He said, "In Arizona we had three governors in a row thrown out of office and people asked me why I didn't run for office. I told them I wasn't crooked enough."

No, he never actually campaigned, but he had a lot of fun toying with the idea, suggesting that people vote for him as a write-in candidate and giving wiseass but good reasons why they should. This was in RIP magazine, probably 86 or 87, in the bit they devoted to random news bits.(Sister Mary Widow, October 2000)

There was never any 'Gross Out' contest.

From a Frank Zappa Interview in Playboy Magazine:

Playboy; One of the more colorful legends maintains Zappa and Alice Cooper had a gross-out contest on-stage; After Cooper allegedly squashed some live baby chicks, Zappa supposedly picked up a plastic spoon and ate a plate of steaming feces.


PB:.. .some of your antics from the Mothers of Invention days like the famed gross-out contest.

FZ: There never was a gross-out contest. That was a rumor. Somebodys imagination ran wild. Chemically bonded imagination. The rumor was that I went so far as to eat shit on-stage. There were people who were terribly disappointed that I never ate shit on-stage. But no, there never was anything resembling a gross-out contest.

Bill Gates' Wedding - Although this was reported in the media (USA Today, etc.) It is not true. Not known why this happened except that Gates got married on an island of Hawaii and Alice was in Maui at the time.
(Renfield, August 1995)

Alice's father was NOT Captain Kangeroo!!


Some kid had killed himself trying to imitate one of Coops stunts.

This is actually not a rumor, but a fact. A guy in Canada hung himself after trying to imitate Alice. In fact, it was also said, that in the early 70s, a lot of teenagers were holding "hanging" parties in imitation of Alice.
(Susie, November 1995)

There are many reports to a time when Elton and Alice had adjoining property and Alice's house burned down. Everyone went over to Elton's house to watch the fire.

Yup! The house that burned down in '75 when he was watching the news. it was his Beverly Hills home which he had just purchased and subsequently rebuilt.
(Renfield, May 1997)

John Denver:

Denver had said in a magazine that he would be around for a lot longer than a flash-in-the-pan Alice Cooper. Alice responded in an interview that he would be around long enough to piss on Denver's grave. Denver then sent AC a bouquet of flowers, Alice then sent Denver an AC album with a pair of earplugs.
(Sickthings, June 1995)

Alice was the driving force for rehabilitating the famous Hollywood Sign in California. He donated a startup capital to the tune of about $40,000 and even the "O" out of his name for awhile.

[This]is so real that it cost Alice $27,777.00. (I'm pretty sure that was tax deductible). Alice actually started the whole campaign to save the sign - although credit mistakenly goes to Playboy's Hugh Hefner (Alice not getting credited - shocking!) Hugh bought the "H" (get it) Warner Bros, bought the "W" (get it). Alice bought the "O" next to the D. He bought it in memory of Groucho [Marx]. To this day, Alice insists that it was the first O that he bought-but he is WRONG and I have documented proof. The check for the 27thou was painted on a big piece of the old sign and endorsed by Alice - very cool as a piece of Alice memorabilia but also a real Hollywood collectible. Yes - I do have it.
(Renfield, June 1995)

In November '92's issue of 'Metal Edge' magazine, it was reported that Alice and Kane Roberts were recently having dinner together in some restaurant that was held up at gunpoint. Shots were fired; Alice and Kane managed to slip out the back unharmed - into the path of the getaway car. Supposedly ducking bullets, they escaped unscathed.

This is definitely true! (Renfield, February 1999)

"A friend of mine reminded me of an unusual event that took place a while. Alice and I were shot at (repeatedly) one night while eating at a Marie Callenders restaurant in Van Nuys CA. AC and I happened to be there (after meeting with Bob Ezrin) during a robbery. We were eating pie (not kidding) and we heard gunshots. Our waitress leaned back to see WTF was happening in the front of the restaurant, she threw plates in the air and ran for the back. Everyone headed for the back exit door that opened into their kitchen storage. Bullets were striking the walls on either side of us. When we made it outside the gang members were rolling thru the lot and all I can say is I'm amazed we weren't hit.
Alice and I got separated and one guy focused on me, maybe 4 to 6 shots - I was hugging a car trying to stay out of the line of fire (he must have had trouble aiming from a moving car). They were caught when Randy Shields (pro boxer) shot one of them at their next stop (another restaurant lol).
When it was over we were catching our breathe and a guy came out of hiding and asked for Alice's autograph...seriously. Funny shite.
(Kane Roberts, September 2015 via Facebook)

Alice has spoken about a man named Pat who supposedly saved him from a fan when the madman attempted to stab Alice back in his earlier years.

"True story. He's a sports caster. He used to work at a hotel that Alice was once staying at back in the 70's."

Alice was friends with legendary comic Groucho Marx and the two were seen together during the late '70s. Groucho once gave Alice a stuffed bear as a companion to his own bear.

Alice's costume for Halloween 1994 was....Frank Zappa!

Alice WAS the singer once was named Homecoming Queen at the University of Houston

What did Mercury Records want the ACG to do before it signed them?

They wanted the band to drop Alice from being their singer. Gee, that would have been a great idea since he was so horrible and added absolutely nothing to the band.
(Renfield, November 1998)

Who knows?

Allegedly, while on a plane trip, Alice was seated next to a little old lady. After chatting for a while, she told Alice that she was going to take a nap. When the plane landed, Alice tried to wake her only to find out she had died in her sleep.
Interestingly in recent years Ozzy Osbourne has also told the exact same story.