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Mon. Jul 22nd, 2024

Alice Cooper: Rock’s “Nice Guy.”

Alice Cooper: Rock’s “Nice Guy.”

Rock music is usually associated with sex, drugs, drinking and a wild lifestyle; many musicians adhere to this stereotype. However, some of them surprise fans with the stark difference between their stage persona and real life. A perfect example is found in one Vincent Damon Furnier aka “Alice Cooper”.

The Detroit-born rocker is known for performing guillotines, electric chairs and lots of fake blood. No wonder he’s been dubbed the Godfather of Rock.

However, the persona on stage is the furthest thing from Alice Cooper’s real life as Vince Furnier. On that “stage,” Fournier lives as a devout Christian, sober for decades and faithful to his wife, dancer Sheryl Goddard. But it wasn’t always so idyllic.

Cooper and Goddard met in the mid-1970s when Sheryl performed with the musician. In 1976, the couple married, but a few years later, they faced a significant obstacle. Because of Cooper’s drinking problems, Goddard moved out and filed for divorce. This was a wake-up call for the singer, who vowed to stay sober. The couple reconciled in mid-1984.

In an interview for New York Daily News, Cooper stated, “My wife and I are both Christians. My father was a pastor, my grandfather was an evangelist. (…) I grew up in the church, I got as far away from it as I could – I almost died – and then I came back to the church.” His beliefs extend to his charity work. Cooper founded Solid Rock Teen Centers to help children in communities across the country. He also plays charity golf tournaments (credits golf for helping him get sober and tries to play as often as 6 days a week). And he was spotted quietly serving food at a homeless shelter.

Mr. and Mrs. “Cooper” have been together for over forty years without scandal or cheating. A few years ago, he shocked fans when he came forward to say he would end his own life if his wife passed away. “There will never be a time when one of us will mourn the other.”

Cooper later clarified his comments: “What I meant was that because we’re almost always together, at home and on the road, if something happened to either of us, we’d most likely be together at that time. But none of us have a suicide pact. We have a life pact. And besides, I’m booked until 2028, so…”

Cooper’s recipe for a happy, long-term marriage is simple: no cheating and regular dates with each other. He is among several legends who have proven that they can still rock as hard as ever, even if they are now often in bed by 11pm. For example, Keith Richards and Patti Hansen have been together since 1983, Ringo and Barbara Bach since 1981.

Alice Cooper is a prime example of a rock star devoted to his passion but never consumed by it. A few pythons and (fake) heads cut away, what’s not to love?

-Gabriel Karkovsky

Photo: Alice Cooper, 2024 (Stefan Brending / Lizenz: Creative Commons CC-BY-SA-3.0 via Wikimedia Commons)

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