Alice Cooper’s Embarrassment Related To Led Zeppelin And The Rolling Stones


As many of you would agree, Alice Cooper has shocked the music world and the masses since the moment he first appeared on the stage with his eye-catching live shows and raspy voice. He made his breakthrough with his third studio album, ‘Love It to Death,’ including the hit, ‘I’m Eighteen.’ It was his band’s first commercial success, which consolidated their place in the rock scene.

Their upcoming albums followed the band’s massive success, ‘Killer,’ ‘School’s Out,’ and ‘Billion Dollar Babies,’ the best-selling Alice Cooper record. However, the band’s next 1973 album, ‘Muscle of Love,’ was a critical disappointment, which led the band members to part their ways. Then, Alice Cooper proceeded as a solo artist and put his signature to many massive hits in his solo albums.

The early ’70s was undoubtedly one of the golden ages of rock music with many new great progressive, blues, and hard rock bands. The legendary bands like Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd, and many others completely dominated the rock scene with their distinctive sounds. Alice Cooper’s breakthrough, ‘Love It to Death,’ released in 1971,  also coincided with this epic rock period. Let’s see what Alice Cooper thought about being from the same generation.

How Did Being In A Competition With Led Zeppelin And The Rolling Stones Make Alice Cooper Feel?


The tremendous impact of Alice Cooper’s 1971 album, ‘Love It to Death,‘ was also a harbinger of his future success. When the album came out, the bands like Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones had already consolidated their place in the music world owing to the achievement of their successive studio albums. Alice Cooper suddenly found himself in a competition with these well-known names of the era.

In a previous interview with Kerrang!, Cooper reflected on how he felt while sharing the same scene with these names at the time. He was initially asked about his massive influence on musical culture and whether it pleases him. Cooper responded by saying that it can either make him egotistical or humble. Then, he remembered the period when his hit song, ‘I’m Eighteen,’ was released as a part of his ‘Love It to Death’ album.

Alice Cooper recalled the immediate vast success of the song on the charts. You may think that he was very proud of what he achieved at the time, but on the contrary, he felt embarrassed as the bands under him were his heroes. His hit track got to number two while Led Zeppelin was at number seven and the Rolling Stones were at number ten.

He felt like he should call them to say that he was sorry something like that happened. He didn’t consider himself in the same league as they had learned a lot from these names. However, now Cooper doesn’t think of it as a competition since the album production processes have changed since then.

Alice Cooper’s statements on competing with Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones:

“That can go two ways. It can either make you egotistical, or it can make you very humble. I remember when ‘I’m Eighteen’ came out. I think it got to number two on the charts, and I looked at the bands that were under us, and I was so embarrassed. Led Zeppelin was at number seven, and The Rolling Stones were at number 10. I almost wanted to call them up and say, ‘I’m so sorry.’ Because they were my teachers. You almost sit there and go, ‘I’m not in their league.’ Now I don’t look at it as competition. Back then, you did two albums a year. You didn’t have time to be egotistical about it.”

It is very gratifying to see that a very prominent artist like Alice Cooper gave that kind of a humble answer. It seems like he always avoids developing into an egotistical musician who would undervalue the other ones. His stance is undoubtedly an excellent example for the younger generations of artists.