How about spending Halloween night with Alice Cooper? The performer has just announced that, the night after his sold out show at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre, he’ll be making a special appearance at the intimate Bootleg Theater.
For this special event, instead of playing a concert of his 1970s rock hits (and showing off the famous on-stage antics), he’ll be sitting down for a conversation with Shep Gordon, the longtime behind-the-scenes Svengali who shaped Alice Cooper’s career, as well as the careers of many others.
Gordon is currently promoting his new memoir, They Call Me Supermensch: A Backstage Pass to the Amazing Worlds of Film, Food, and Rock 'n' Roll. It chronicles his decades of bouncing around L.A. and New York, intervening at critical moments for a crazy list of people, from Groucho Marx, Jimi Hendrix and Raquel Welch to Emeril Lagasse, according to a recent profile in GQ.
The story of Gordon’s connection to Alice Cooper goes that, in 1968, when an 18-year-old Vincent Damon Furnier had just adopted the stage name of Alice Cooper and the women’s clothing and psycho-killer persona to go along with it, the band played a gig in Venice that went pretty terribly. Like, everyone walked out terrible. Everyone, that is, except for one guy, a self-styled music manager who thought there was something in their theatrics that he could mold. That Shep Gordon had by his own account become a band manager largely as a cover for his primary career as a drug dealer was another matter altogether, of course.
Obviously, the on-stage conversation is sure to be full of colorful tales of hard-partying rock legends from the days when the Sunset Strip was the center of the musical universe.
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