The rock icon and extraordinary showman opened up about growing up in the church, his wild days outside of it, and how Jesus saved him from alcoholism.
In a frank interview with New York Daily’s Confidential, Alice Cooper spoke about how it was his return to the faith of his childhood that saved him from dying young like his peers.
His ‘come to Jesus’ moment was literally a ‘come to Jesus’ moment.
It happened almost 40 years ago when Cooper awoke throwing up blood.
“I was drinking with Jim Morrison and Jimi Hendrix and trying to keep up with Keith Moon and they all died at 27.”
He said that he realized that he would have to quit drinking or die. His body was shutting down. He had gone to a hospital and the doctors diagnosed him as a ‘classic alcoholic’. Cooper claims that when he walked out of there he lost the desire to drink and attributes the change to God.
Cooper, a faithful Christian, says that there are many misconceptions about Christianity.
“My wife and I are both Christian,” the 70-year-old performer explains. “My father was a pastor, my grandfather was an evangelist. I grew up in the church, went as far away as I could from it — almost died — and then came back to the church.”
“There’s nothing in Christianity that says I can’t be a rock star,” he continued. “People have a very warped view of Christianity. They think it’s all very precise and we never do wrong and we’re praying all day and we’re right-wing. It has nothing to do with that. It has to do with a one-on-one relationship with Jesus Christ.”
The “Welcome to My Nightmare” performer has been married since 1976, says he has never been unfaithful, does Bible study daily and goes to church every Sunday. He also proudly says that his three kids have never had any trouble with drugs or alcohol.
Source: NY Daily News Confidential
Alice Cooper has been cast to play King Herod alongside John Legend as Jesus in the Live airing of Jesus Christ Superstar on NBC on April 1.
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