It's hard to believe the wild man of the early seventies turns 71 years old today.

Alice Cooper has been a mainstay in rock music for decades and continues to work touring, does a syndicated radio show and manages to play plenty of golf.

When Cooper played The Crookston Armory in 1971. It was the unbridled Alive Cooper

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When Cooper played The Crookston Armory in 1971. It was the unbridled Alive Cooper

show. It was complete with the hanging gallows and the guillotine with what sure looked like an actual beheading. It was a dark show but one you would never forget.

Fast forward a few decades and Alice is till doing some crazy show but minus the gallows an guillotine. But he still manages to fill it with plenty of horror affects.

A couple of years ago, I brought my wife, Judy to an Alice Cooper show. We went backstage to meet Alice after the show. Judy knew very little about Alice. Compared to me, she led a pretty sheltered life. She knew very little about Alice Cooper, but that didn't keep[ her from striking up a half hour conversation with Alice. They were talking kids, grand kids and just about everything but rock music. I think it was actually a relief for Alice to talk to a normal person as opposed to a crazed fan.

Happy Birthday, Alice!

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