A viral photo being shared on social media Monday shows the "Godfather of Shock Rock," Alice Cooper, humbly serving food to the needy.
Alice Cooper serving food at a shelter...... pic.twitter.com/qatNjMTPiM— Humphrey Bogarts hungover pissed off ghost (@Robertsixto2) December 19, 2021
It appears to be an old photo; it also went viral around this time last year, and given the lack of masks, we're guessing it's from before the pandemic. A 2013 post on alicecooper.com notes that Cooper has thrown an annual Christmas party for underprivileged children in Phoenix for many years.
But that's not how social media works. Many people had things to say about the hard rock entertainer — and how his community spirit stacks up against some other folks, including Texas' two Republican senators and the Lone Star State's own resident '70s rock relic, Ted Nugent.
Alice Cooper doing more and better service to a community than current Republican Senators from Texas.— RollWithIt (@jbrdtrd) December 19, 2021
I remember when Boomers told me as a child “if you listen to devil music you’ll grow up to be like Alice Cooper”. We can only hope— . (@parsonite) December 19, 2021
Be a Cooper. Not a Nugent.— presto123🥁 (@prestoawake123) December 19, 2021
Earlier this year, Cooper released his 28th studio album, Detroit Stories, inspired by his time performing in the Motor City in the late '60s and '70s, which he has called "the home of hard rock."
Yes, this may be old, but the compassion is not. I know that he visited some community sober houses in Phoenix this month because I have a family member currently in treatment. He excitedly showed off his photo with Mr Cooper. He’s a kind dude still helping others. FWIW— 𝕋𝚠𝚒𝚗 ℙᴇᴀᴋꜱ 𝘎𝘪𝘧𝘵𝚋𝚊𝚐 (@lVleaTulpa) December 20, 2021
But despite his demonic onstage antics, Cooper says he is a devout Christian.
He previously told former Metro Times music editor Jerilyn Jordan that he attends church every Sunday, Bible study every Wednesday, and prays every single day.
"My relationship with Christ is probably more important than anything," he said.
Cooper has a 2022 tour scheduled, but it includes no Texas dates.
In the meantime, enjoy Cooper's cover of Detroit indie rock band Outrageous Cherry's twee "Our Love Will Change the World" from Detroit Stories.
This story first appeared in the Detroit Metro Times, an affiliated publication.
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