Shock rock pioneer Alice Cooper will join Neil Diamond, Tom Waits, Darlene Love and Dr. John as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 2011 inductees. Cooper told Rolling Stone that he was thrilled that the original Alice Cooper band, which disbanded in 1976, would be inducted.
"I was elated and I called the original band guys immediately, and said, 'Well, remember when we started in high school?' [Laughs] 'Here we are. Only took 45 years.'"
Cooper, whose ghoulish image and dark theatrics have influenced other rock acts like KISS, Nine Inch Nails, Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson, said he was unsure if the band would ever get honored by the Hall of Fame committee, even with rock staples like "No More Mr. Nice Guy" and "School's Out."
"For a while, I think that people didn't take us seriously, musically. For years I was like, 'Well, you know, jeez, we had two Number One albums and 14 Top 40 hits and, like, 15 gold albums. I don't know what it takes for them to take us seriously.' "
Cooper also said the original lineup would perform at the ceremony, and talked about plans to work with the group's old producer Bob Erzin to record Welcome To My Nightmare II. Read the entire interview here.