September 23, 2021 – Today Detroit’s 94.7 WCSX celebrated the Motor City Rock Legend, Alice Cooper, in one of the most fitting ways possible. WCSX and Alice unveiled, “Alice Cooper Court”, which is located off of Michigan Avenue and leads you up to Westland, Michigan’s Eloise Asylum. The unveiling of the event had remarks from Alice Cooper and 94.7 WCSX morning show host, Big Jim O’Brien from Big Jim’s House. “From Glenn Frey Drive to Bob Seger Boulevard, we’ve tried to celebrate great local musicians,” said Big Jim. “But NEVER has an artist and location made more sense than Alice Cooper Court at Eloise Asylum”.
“Wouldn’t it be better to like, name an asylum after me? And they said, oh it’s right next door. And I said well good I feel better about it!” Alice Cooper shared with Big Jim. When asked how Alice felt about his namesake being posted as the street name leading to Eloise Asylum he said, “That’s such an honor, you know, to be honored like that. To me that’s great”. Big Jim even shared when we interview him, “It really was an example of perfect timing – our friend John had just taken control of Eloise from the state and was in the process of turning it into a tourism site. When we asked the listeners what they thought of Eloise, it was a resounding “YES”…perfect fit.”
The event featured live music from the Alice Cooper Tribute Band, “The Nightmare”, to set the mood for this occasion just right! Following the unveiling of the “Alice Cooper Court” street sign, Alice joined for a grand opening ribbon cutting of the Eloise Asylum Tourist Attraction. And to commemorate the dedication, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio is adding an official “Alice Cooper Court” street sign to its Legends of Rock exhibit, which features a new Alice Cooper display opening today, September 23. In addition to the street sign, fans can check out Alice’s original electric chair prop, and costumes worn from his iconic tours.
With Alice Coopers’s next tour stop being at DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, Michigan, on Saturday, September 25, it was asked if he was ready to be back on the road. “We have been off for a year and a half. You know, for us, we normally do 150 to 200 shows a year and so to have a year and a half off, every band I know is like a racehorse at the starting gate, you know, just saying LET US GO NOW! We can’t wait to get out there.” Alice said in response.
Back on February 26, 2021, Alice released his newest album titled, “Detroit Stories”. The album has been a huge hit in Detroit, even Detroit’s own Big Jim said, “First of all – this is a GREAT Alice Cooper album. I love his version of Seger’s “East Side Story” – such a driving beat to it. Also “Independence Dave” is a hoot (and they mention St. Clair Shores).” Alice also spoke on Detroit Stories in an interview with Big Jim, “Every one of those songs is some reference to Detroit that a Detroiter would know.”
In conclusion, Alice wanted to share “Listen, I am a Detroiter. Hard Rock is not dead no matter who says it is!”