He is the original multi-million selling shock rocker.

In a career spanning more than 40 years, Alice Cooper pioneered rock as horror theatre and amassed a fortune with punk, metal and garage rock anthems such as School’s Out, I’m Eighteen, No More Mr Nice Guy and Welcome To My Nightmare.

But away from a stage show that has featured executions by electric chair and guillotine, impalings, lethal injections, live snakes and decapitated babies, Alice is Vincent Damon Furnier, a 62-year-old, born again Christian son of a preacher man.

Happily married for 34 years with three children by ballerina and choreographer wife Sheryl, Alice long since gave up his daily six packs of beer to concentrate on perfecting his golf handicap. “Maybe the most shocking thing about Alice Cooper,” he says, “is that I am Christian. It may be the most shocking thing I ever did. I really do live the life.”

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