It only took 16 years for him to get on the ballot, and then another 17 years to get inducted, but ‘The Coop’ finally made it! And he of course made an entrance like only Alice can wearing a bloody shirt and a boa constrictor.

Isn’t it insane that it took so long for a pioneer like Alice Cooper (Vincent Furnier) who is known for being the first Shock-Rocker to get into the Hall of Fame? How does a guy that's influenced people that are already in the HOF have to wait that long? That makes absolutely no sense to me whatsoever. But hey, if you’re one of those people who think that life isn’t fair and can’t understand why you don’t credited enough for the things that you do, well now you know you’re not alone and that it happens to big stars too. And who knows, maybe your time will come someday as well.

While flying back from Florida last week I read a great article in USA Today on Cooper’s thoughts about being neglected for so long. I suggest you read it. The write-up also includes some juicy information about Cooper’s next cd ‘Welcome 2 My Nightmare’ the sequel to 1975’s highly acclaimed concept album. As a Cooper fan that much prefers the 1971-77 of Alice and has really only found a handful of songs that I truly enjoy since then, I find myself with a school boy anticipation for this one that will once again feature Bob Ezrin as the Producer.

Cooper, (who was introduced by Rob Zombie) performed 'I'm Eighteen', 'School's Out', and 'Under My Wheels'. He was also joined by Dr. John, Tom Waits, Neil Diamond, Darlene Love and Leon Russell as this year’s inductees. Alice Cooper must not have been the only one of the group that was really excited about the recognition as Neil Diamond flew 25 hours for the ceremony and then turned around and flew right back to continue his tour in Sydney. Wow, now that’s somebody that really wanted to be there! My guess is that he figured that this would probably be his only chance to get his picture taken with The Coop!

Check out this video of Alice Cooper acknowledging the legends that have been induced before him into the hall of fame: