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Alice Cooper Had The Chance To Kill Elvis: A Short, Non-Fiction Story

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Imagine meeting your biggest musical hero, and having them hand you a gun, putting it to their head and having them say pull the trigger. This is the scenario that happened to a 23-year-old Vincent Furnier, AKA Alice Cooper when he met his idol, The King- Elvis in 1971.

Cooper had a once-in-a-lifetime chance to meet The King, and he didn’t hesitate on taking that chance- who would? He had no idea how the meeting, which took place at a hotel penthouse, would play out.

When he entered the hotel, he was ironically frisked for guns, which was bizarre since there were guns all over the hotel- perhaps they just frowned upon outside weapons? He then made his way upstairs where the King was hanging out.

Cooper talks to The Mirror about his “near death” experience with Elvis, via the Rock News Desk:

Elvis took took me into the kitchen, opened a drawer, pulled out a loaded pistol and told me to put it to his head. I didn’t know what to do. I was expecting one of his security men to come in any second, see me holding a gun and shoot me dead.But a little voice in my ear was telling me, ‘Go on – this is history. You’ll always be the guy who killed Elvis.’ In my other ear was a voice saying, ‘You can’t kill Elvis. Wound him and you’ll only get a few years.’

A fraction of a second later Elvis did a flying kick on the gun, tripped me and pinned me by my neck, announcing: ‘That’s how you stop a man with a gun.’

Wow. What an amazing experience to have with one of the biggest musical icons to ever live. Now, Cooper is perhaps one of the most influential artists in the world, if no the best. He’s crazy, he’s almost of legal senior age and he still prances around the stage in tight leather pants and one-of-a-kind jackets, but he is beyond awesome and is purely a musical genius. If I’m ever lucky enough to meet him in the flesh, I’ll do nothing short of bow while saying “I’m not worthy!”

Cooper goes on to discuss another moment from his life that involves a drinking session “with his club known as the Hollywood Vampires, including ex-Beatles John Lennon and Ringo Starr alongside Who drummer Keith Moon, in the legendary Rainbow Bar and Grill in LA.” Click here to read more.

What do you think of this short glimpse into the life of a Rock n’ Roll God? What would you have done if Elvis, or your favorite artist put you in this situation?

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