What Made Alice Cooper Religious, Pastor Greg Laurie Details
American pastor and writer Greg Laurie revealed during an interview with CBN News how Alice Cooper got rid of drugs and alcohol and became a religious man.
Alice Cooper has been one of the most influential artists in the rock scene with his unique voice and stage performances. Many people have defined Cooper as ‘The Godfather of Shock Rock,’ the genre with which he gained a considerable reputation.
The rocker initially achieved great success in the rock world in the early ’70s with the album entitled ‘Love It To Death.’ The single from the album ‘I’m Eighteen’ considerably impacted the band’s career. Especially with the sixth studio album released in 1973 named ‘Billion Dollar Babies,’ the group gained massive commercial success by becoming number one in both United States and the United Kingdom.
In addition to these achievements, Alice Cooper had dealt with alcohol and drug addictions that caused personal problems in his life. However, the rocker realized that his health was deteriorating and got rid of these addictions after a while. He also started to help those around him in this regard.
Pastor Greg Laurie revealed in a recent interview when Alice Cooper explained how he decided to quit these addictions while Laurie had a detailed conversation with him. After Vincent Furnier changed his name to Alice Cooper and stepped into the rock world, Greg Laurie stated that things started to change for him.
As Laurie mentioned, Cooper consumed lots of alcohol, used drugs, and had a bad relationship with his wife. Cooper told him that he saw blood coming out of his eyes while using cocaine one day. Although the rocker did not know if he was hallucinating, he thought he was going to die. The pastor stated that Cooper changed his mindset in life after this moment and started to become a faithful person.
Greg Laurie detailed Alice Cooper’s spiritual journey:
“Alice, at one point, was the number one rock star in all of the world’s early ’70s. He started almost playing Alice Cooper’s character in this band with the same name. He ultimately became Alice Cooper, legally changed his name from Vincent Furnier to Alice Cooper, and started living the rock star life to excess. He was pretty much drunk every day; he was using drugs heavily; his life began to unravel; his wife Sheryl left him, and then one day, he put her dress over the windows of his house to block the sun out so one would see.
He had a rock of cocaine; he told me, the size of a softball; he was snorting it, and he looked in the mirror, and he said, ‘I saw blood coming out of my eyes. I don’t know if it was a hallucination or if it was really happening. But all I knew was I was going to die.’ So, Alice called out to God. Alice’s grandfather was an evangelist, and his father was a pastor, so he had spiritual roots. He knew what was true. Alice turned to the Lord; he got off drugs; he reunited with his wife, and he’s been clean and sober for over 30 years.”
You can watch the entire interview below.