Alice Cooper and IRON MAIDEN frontman Bruce Dickinson were named two of the Top 10 Sporting Rock Stars by the U.K.'s The Sunday Times newspaper. A explanation for each musician's inclusion reads as follows:
Alice Cooper: "Having spent most of the Seventies in thrall to drugs and drink, Alice Cooper sobered up and in 1982 announced he was addicted to golf: 'For a year straight I played 36 holes a day. My wife says I traded a bad habit for a worse one. I think she's kidding.' He plays off four, and plans tours and records around his golf schedule of playing every weekday even when in Britain: 'Brits are so proper. They actually think golf is a sport. They don't have carts, they want you to walk. I don't get that. I'm not doing this to get healthy."
Bruce Dickinson: "It's not all drinking the blood of virgins on planet heavy metal, then. In 1989 public schoolboy and IRON MAIDEN vocalist Bruce Dickinson represented Britain in fencing's European championships. 'Fencing is physical, mental and spiritual. It devours you,' he says. In 1972 bassist and centre-forward Steve Harris had trials at West Ham."
The Top 10 Sporting Rock Stars, according to The Sunday Times:
01. Rod Stewart
02. Simon Le Bon
03. Robbie Williams
04. Elton John
05. Mick Hucknall
06. Kenney Jones
07. Alice Cooper
08. The Gallagher brothers
09. Mick Jagger
10. Bruce Dickinson
View the complete article at TimesOnline.co.uk.