Alice Cooper, the “Godfather of Shock Rock,” is now a devout Christian. Surprised?
Cooper shocked many of his most faithful followers when he announced he was turning away from his reckless life and becoming a born-again Christian.
The long-time music icon is still most famous for his goth music and appearance, elaborate live performances, and typical rock and roll lifestyle of enjoying women, drugs, and booze.
But while Cooper’s Christian conversion helped him to move past such a harmful lifestyle, he insists he’s still a rebel. “Drinking beer is easy. Trashing your hotel room is easy. But being a Christian, that’s a tough call. That’s rebellion.”
Dark-themed rocker Alice Cooper — whose onstage theatrics included handling boa constrictors and staging mock suicides with guillotines, has found a new life in Christ Jesus after dumping alcoholism and feeling dissatisfied with riches.
Known by many as “The Godfather of shock rock”, Alice made a career out of “shock rock,” but he tells Pastor Greg Laurie in a new interview that he’s also a Christian who wants to help teens in the name of Jesus.
Laurie interviewed the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member at Cooper’s Solid Rock teen center, which was founded in 1995 to help troubled teens. It is a non-profit, faith-based organization based in Phoenix.
“We’re all Christian guys,” Cooper said of the men and women who founded and run Solid Rock. “And Lord told us to do it. So we just obeyed. That’s all.”
Cooper got the idea for Solid Rock after watching two teens exchange drugs.
“I watched a couple of 16-year-old kids do a drug deal on the corner and I went, ‘How does that kid not know he might be a great guitar player? Or that other kid might be a drummer?’ And it just struck me right then: Why don’t we open that, give them that alternative to go there?”
“You’re not ashamed to say that you believe in Jesus Christ,” Laurie said.
Cooper said he was not.
“People talk about Alice being a rebel,” Cooper said. “There was never a rebel, more of a rebel than Jesus Christ. You want to talk about a rebel. He was the ultimate.”
Christ, Cooper said, rescued him from an addiction to cocaine. He knew he was destined for Hell in his old life, he said.
“I knew that there … had to come a point where either I accepted Christ and started living that life, or if I died in this [sin], I was in a lot of trouble,” he said. “And that’s what really motivated me.”
Cooper said he gave a Bible to Marilyn Manson.
If Alice Cooper is really a Christian, why does he still perform as “Alice Cooper?” In this video, he gives the answer.