Alice Cooper, one of the original shock rockers, at the age of 71 still has a surprise or two in the works. He told the Sunday Mirror during an interview for an article published Sunday that he and his wife have a death pact.
“We’ve made a pact – there is no way of surviving without each other,” he told the Mirror. “I couldn’t live without her. We always said there will never be a time when one of us will be mourning the other. Whenever it does happen, we are going to go together. I’ve been married 43 years to the greatest girl in the world. We have never cheated on each other.”
His wife, Sheryl Goddard is now 61. She was a dancer in his show starting in 1975, and they married in 1976 before raising three children.
The performer is not planning on departing the earthly plane anytime soon. In the interview with the Mirror, he referenced his mother who is 96, saying, “She’s indestructible. It must be in the genes. I’m 71 and weigh the same I did when I was 30. I’ve got that body that doesn’t get exhausted. I don’t smoke. I haven’t had a drink for 37 years. I’m the only one in the band that doesn’t get sick. I cut out sugar and I drink a lot of Diet Cokes. Maybe they are keeping me well. And the two-hour stage show is your aerobic,” he explained.
It is said that Cooper accidentally created the shock rock genre when he was playing a concert in Toronto 50 years ago and a fan threw a live chicken onto the stage. He threw it back into the crowd before it was torn to pieces, which in turn were tossed back up on stage.
The episode drew a great deal of attention and a new notorious persona was born. The singer started coming up with a wide range of morbid and crazy stage props. There was even a time when he sang a song with a boa constrictor around his neck. Big hits that he is known for include, “No More Mr. Nice Guy” and “School’s Out.”
In the 1970s, Cooper was heavily into the drugs and partying scene. He told the Daily News in 2018 that it took a brush with death 37 years ago to bring him back to the church, which saved him from drinking and drugs. He recalled waking up, throwing up blood and was taken to the hospital where he was warned to stop drinking or die. “Everything that could go wrong was shutting down inside of me,” Cooper said. “I was drinking with Jim Morrison and Jimi Hendrix and trying to keep up with Keith Moon and they all died at 27.”
“My wife and I are both Christian,” he told the Daily News. “My father was a pastor, my grandfather was an evangelist. I grew up in the church, went as far away as I could from it – almost died – and then came back to the church.”
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