Alice Cooper recently had a conversation with SiriusXM’s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk”, where he opened up about retirement. The rocker was asked when it would be the time for him to retire, replying:
“It’s all in your head. I really think so. And also if you’re physically well. I would not wanna play Alice Cooper if I didn’t look like Alice, the same way I looked like Alice in the ’70s. I still look like that Alice.
”If I couldn’t sing like Alice, if I lost my interest in it if I didn’t really love doing it. And the main thing is if nobody shows up. You can go out on tour and if nobody buys tickets, you’re done. That’s not happened; in fact, it’s kind of doubled for us.
“I think people come to see Alice and they’re expecting to see this relic, and they see the highest-energy show they’ve seen all year. I’ve never been in better shape.”
He went on:
“Physically, I can [explain it],” he clarified. “I never smoked cigarettes. And that is a big, that’s one of the big things that ends bands. And you think, ‘Well, that’s legal. Okay.’ Cigarettes, you know, are gonna kill your lungs; it’s gonna kill your energy, everything. I quit drinking 40 years ago. I married exactly the right woman.
”I mean, all of the ducks are in a row. I think stress kills more guys than anything else. I don’t worry about anything. I mean, Shep (Gordon) being my manager, Bob (Ezrin) being my producer, I really don’t have to worry about anything.
”So I’m just having fun out there. I could have retired 30 years ago, but, man, that’s no fun. I wanna be up there on stage playing Alice.”