Alice Cooper Thinks Today's Artists Are "Anemic" and "Afraid to Be Rockstars"

"I wish there were more bands that had a little more balls"
Alice Cooper Thinks Today's Artists Are "Anemic" and "Afraid to Be Rockstars"
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Just over a week removed from bringing his theatrical live show through Canada, Alice Cooper is claiming that his modern contemporaries are "afraid to be rockstars."

In conversation with Metro, Cooper pointed to Panic! At the Disco, the Strypes and Jack White as modern acts he enjoys, wishing that others making music today weren't so "anemic."

"I'm not one of those guys who sits around and says 'Well in my day' blah, blah, blah…I try to like everything," Cooper explained. "I try to like a little bit of country if it's clever, I try to like rap if it's clever. I disregard 95 percent of what's on the radio, but I listen to the bands that are clever."

He added, "I wish there were more bands that had a little more balls. I listen to a lot of stuff and it sounds anaemic. It's as though they're afraid to be rockstars. I think there needs to be more bands like the Strypes out there."

Cooper, 70, also spoke about how more storied artists who still recording and touring "are basically making albums for their fans."

"I don't think there's many of us out there who are trying to make a new audience — it's great if we do and do earn some new fans," he explained. "But we're making records for people all over the world who have been Alice fans for a long time. So I just think they deserve more music, new albums, live albums all kinds of stuff like that."

The rock icon's "A Paranormal Evening with Alice Cooper" tour will wrap up next week in the United States.