ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, SEPT. 28, 2010
By Steve Newton
Alice Cooper released a string of amazing albums in the early ’70s—including Love It to the Death, School’s Out, Killer, and Billion Dollar Babies—but the brainiacs at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame waited until today to nominate the shock-rock king for inclusion in their fancy pants institution.
Could that mean they’re finally almost ready to let Rush in as well?
We can only hope.
Other nominees include the Ear of Newt-approved J. Geils Band, the always entertaining Tom Waits, and funky mojo master Dr. John, plus a bunch of people we don’t care about like Bon Jovi, Chic, and Donna Summer. The top vote-getters will be announced in December, and formally inducted on March 14, 2011 at the posh Waldorf Astoria in New York City.
Artists must have released their first single in 1985 or earlier to be eligible in 2011, which means the Coop has been eligible for more than 15 years. “I think the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame should be calling me,” he said back in 2002. “I think I’m being blackballed. But it’s great to be the Pete Rose of rock and roll.”
As well as taping his internationally syndicated radio show, Nights with Alice Cooper, the King of Nasty Rock has been working with producer Bob Ezrin on a “shreikquel”, as he calls it, to his 1975 album, Welcome to My Nightmare. It will be interesting to see if the fabled Cooper/Ezrin combo can reclaim that magic it had way back when, but judging by the mediocrity of Cooper’s last ten or so albums, I wouldn’t be expecting another Killer.
Sure would be nice though.