Published Apr 14, 2008"I dont think you need to die for your art, 26 years sober shock rock godfather Alice Cooper advises todays younger generation of rock stars. And take his word for it, the man has resembled an animated corpse for almost as long as Charlie Watts or Keith Richards.
During a benefit dinner and performance on May 9 put together by the MusiCares MAP Fund, the snake-toting, face-painting alumni of Frank Zappas Straight Records will be given the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his work with fellow addict artists.
"Ive made myself very available to friends of mine, says Cooper. "Theyre people who would call me late at night and say, "Between you and me, Ive got a problem.
Cooper will be honoured alongside Dr. Pepper denied guitarist Slash, who, for his "dedication to the organizations mission and goals, will receive the From the Heart Award. Good thing a lifetime of chain-smoking cigarettes isnt considered a compromising addiction.
The booze-less (and presumably heroin-free) event will take place at the Music Box at the Fonda theatre in Hollywood and will feature performances by Slash and Cooper, along with other famous sauce-kickers Cat Power, Blind Melon and all-star group Camp Freddy, whose members include former substance-friendly musicians Dave Navarro, Chris Chaney and Matt Sorum.
Slash, Alice Cooper and Rob Zombie at the 2007 Scream Awards