Alice Cooper has been talking about both Jimi Hendrix and David Bowie has major issues selecting their setlist’s for major tours.
The iconic duo, who both had major hits throughout their careers, struggled with the banality of performing the same songs on a daily basis, Cooper explained. “I was talking to Jimi Hendrix, and Jimi goes, ‘Man if I have to play ‘Foxy Lady’ one more time, I’m going to go crazy.’ I was sitting there going, ‘If I was in the audience and he didn’t play ‘Foxy Lady,’ I would really feel cheated’,” Cooper told Blabbermouth.
“Then Bowie one time told me, ‘I’m going to do a whole tour and not do any of the hits.’ I went, ‘Wow, they’re going to hate you for that’,” Cooper added.
Cooper, whose career spans more than 50 years both as a solo artists and, more recently, with his band Hollywood Vampires alongside Johnny Depp, offered his own take on the discussion: “I’ve always done the hits,” he said.
“I’ve always believed, ‘Do the hits, and do them just like the record.’ And then add what we call the stage hits – songs like ‘Feed My Frankenstein’ and ‘[The Ballad of] Dwight Fry,’ things like that. You give them those songs because those are the theatrical songs.
“Then, every once in a while, you throw in a song that nobody’s expecting. You can really tell who the real fans are when all of a sudden you do a song like ‘Roses on White Lace,’ and they go, ‘Wow, I never thought I’d ever hear them do that song’ – but if you’re an Alice Cooper fan, you know the song.”