How Alice Cooper Learned to ‘Be Merciless’ in Detroit


"Playing with Iggy and MC5 was great for us,” the shock-rock legend said. “We’d got so used to followingSpiritor somebody like that. They were great musicians but didn’t have that electricity and drama.” Things were different in the Motor City, he noted. “The MC5 were just pure Detroit. They were a little bit R&B, they were hard rock, they were politically charged and they were all such good musicians.”

He added that "the Stooges were so hypnotic. They would just sit there and they never got in the way of Iggy’s theatrics, who was as nasty as it got. I saw we could do something like that. Darker, dangerous, more blood, more force. The way that works is the band just attacks the audience, the band has to be merciless with the crowd. All those three bands – MC5, Stooges and Alice Cooper – worked so well together because we were three different types of theater.”

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