ALICE COOPER: 'I Hate Reality TV With A Passion'

Canada.com recently conducted an interview with shock-rocker ALICE COOPER. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:

Canada.com: Most young rock bands play video games and party backstage. What do old rockers like you do back there?

Alice: The funny thing is I get there before a show and I watch really bad kung fu movies — and I mean really bad ones. I'm not talking about ones that you would ever recognize. Things like "The Seven Golden Vampires vs. The Shaolin Monks", you know. I don't know why that became an idiosyncrasy of mine but I get there about an hour-and-a-half before the show, watch that, get ready, start to put the make-up on, and by the time I am ready to go on, it's got me relaxed and ready.

Canada.com: You're still touring. Do you ever get tired of being on the road?

Alice: I'll tell you what, I would have been tired had I not have quit drinking. I quit drinking 25 years ago. When I was drinking I was getting very tired of the grind. Now it's been 25 years since I have had a drink I do a much higher energy show at the age of 58 then I did when I was 28.

Canada.com: What is one thing that people don't know about Alice Cooper?

Alice: Well, I collect watches. I have about 300 watches and I don't have any idea why. I am very, um, what you would call, um, an addictive personality. I also have 23 TVs in my house. It's just one of those things where, once I get into it… like I play golf six times a week. When I get into something I like, I do it a lot! I think that was part of the reason why I was an alcoholic too, you know — when I found something I liked, I did it to much. So I had to be very careful of what my addictions where.

Canada.com: I'm sure one of those 23 TVs is tuned to "Rock Star: Supernova" or "American Idol".

Alice: I absolutely hate those shows! I hate reality TV with a passion! When it comes to shows like "Survivor"… when they are all on the island, that's when the tsunami should hit. Right then! Take everybody off that island. The only reality show I liked is "The Contender". I like the boxing one because you're going to pick somebody in that fight anyway and then when you get the background on these guys — they've got kids, they've got a mother that's sick, they've got this and that — it turns that boxing match into something different. That's the only one I like. The others seem to be mean-spirited. And there has not been one rock act on "American Idol".

Read the entire interview at Canada.com.

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