If you’ve been worried about Alice Cooper stepping back from the stage, don’t be. He has reiterated multiple times that he will not be calling it quits anytime soon.
When he appeared on The Power Hour via AXS TV, Cooper responded when asked about retiring:
“Well, it’s not in my vocabulary, the word ‘retire.’ People say, ‘Why don’t you stop and just play golf?’ And I go, ‘I play golf anyways.’ I play golf every day. If there’s a show, I play golf that morning, and then I do the show that night.”
Cooper turned 75 this year, but he isn’t letting that slow him down. In February of 2018, he said a similar thing to Q103 on a radio show:
“I’ve always said this: If we do a tour and nobody shows up, then I’m retired. That’s never happened. In fact, we’re doing better business now than we’ve ever done. More people are coming to the show now, and I’ve never felt better, so I don’t see any reason to retire at all. I know a lot of guys are quitting, but a lot of guys still smoke and drink. They’re probably tired. I’m not tired.”
In 2017, he said to Kaaos TV in Finland:
“Retirement doesn’t seem to fit in. If I was getting onstage, and I was tired, and if I was kind of phoning it in, and my band was kind of lazy, it would be different. But I’ve never had a band or a show as high-energy as this show. It actually keeps me very much in shape and keeps me feeling young, doing 130 shows a year. I would never even think of retiring. Physically, if something happens where I can’t play anymore, or if something happens where I lose my edge, then I would think about it. Then I wouldn’t be giving the audience everything I’ve got. Right now, I’m at the top of my game.”
As if to prove this point, Alice Cooper toured this past spring and will continue to tour through September. Notable shows include stadium appearances with Def Leppard and Mötley Crüe and a co-headlining sting with Rob Zombie.