Shock rocker Alice Cooper books Tel Aviv
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Shock rocker Alice Cooper books Tel Aviv

Heavy metal performer announces concert date on YouTube video; he’s finally coming to Israel after ‘many years of trying’ to get here

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Heavy metal rocker Alice Cooper Tuesday announced his “first ever” concert in Israel as part of his “Raise the Dead” 2016 tour.

While the June 16 date at Tel Aviv’s Bloomfield Stadium is not listed on the official Alice Cooper website, tickets are already being sold at the Leaan ticket website (priced from NIS 304 to NIS 1104).

A YouTube video featuring Cooper, who is 68, was published Tuesday, March 9, announcing the Tel Aviv concert, “after many years” of trying to get to Israel.

Cooper, a five-decade rock veteran, promises to play “all my hits, and all my classic tricks,” adding that “you never know what might happen. It will be an historic night.”

Cooper, whose real name is Vincent Damon Furnier, is considered a father of the genre, breaking boundaries with a brand of “shock rock” that includes dramatic makeup and a stage show that features guillotines, fake blood, boa constrictors, baby dolls and on at least one occasion, a live chicken. He took the name Alice Cooper from the band he initially played with.

Cooper, who is 68 and a born-again Christian, has said that he will keep performing as long as Mick Jagger does; Jagger is six years his elder.

Having battled alcoholism for many years, Cooper successfully recovered and has become a mentor to many other musicians dealing with addiction. He often credits playing golf as his method for recovering from alcoholism.

Cooper is also a member of the Hollywood Vampires, a rock band including actor Johnny Depp and guitarist Joe Perry set up to honor the music of rock stars who died of their addictions in the 1970s. The band performed at the most recent Grammy Awards ceremony.

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