"I don't know if it's fair for a rock star to tell his fans for who he's voting for"
Alice Cooper has declared that politics has no place in rock n’ roll – and hit out at artists who tell their fans how to vote. Watch our video interview with Cooper above.
The rock legend returns next week with his 27th album ‘Paranormal’, but told us that he had no desire to use it for commentary on the current political climate.
“I hate politics with a passion,” Cooper told NME. “I know people incorporate politics into rock n’ roll – and I think that the antithesis of rock n’ roll is politics. That would be like me singing the Dow Jones report. When my parents would talk about politics I’d go into my room and put The Yardbirds on as loud as I could, because I couldn’t care less about it. And now politics and rock n’ roll are in bed together.
“I don’t know if it’s fair for a rock star to tell his fans for who he’s voting for. I just don’t think that’s fair, because he’s using his popularity. What he’s saying is that his audiences are sheep and they don’t have a brain of their own, so I refuse to do that.”
He continued: “The only thing I got political in was doing ‘Elected’ and that was a total satire on Alice Cooper running against Richard Nixon. Every four years when the election comes up we re-release it, because Alice running against Trump and Hilary and all that was hysterical. Even though, a lot of people said ‘you would have been better than both of them!’ But who wants that job? It doesn’t pay very well and I wouldn’t take the pay cut.”
He added: “I could never stand that world. Who wants to run the world? I don’t want to. I just want to entertain the world. To me it’s the absolute opposite of rock n’ roll.”
Alice Cooper releases his new album ‘Paranormal’ on July 28. His upcoming UK tour dates are below. Tickets are available here.
Wednesday 8 – DUBLIN Olympia
Thursday 9 – DUBLIN Olympia
Saturday 11 – LEEDS first direct Arena
Sunday 12 – GLASGOW SSE Hydro
Tuesday 14 – BIRMINGHAM Barclaycard Arena
Wednesday 15 – MANCHESTER Arena
Thursday 16 – LONDON SSE Arena, Wembley