It was an honor and a pleasure to be able to attend the screening of SUPER DUPER ALICE COOPER at The Grammy Museum.
After meeting up with the inimitable Shiny Diamond, we took our place in line on the second floor of the Grammy Museum just outside the Clive Davis theater and waited for the doors to open for the screening of the “SHOCK DOC” about Alice Cooper.
With the Ringo Starr exhibit still there (it’s nearing its closing date), a few people in line joined up in the vocal booth for an incredible rendition of “Yellow Submarine”. It was too funny.
Once inside the theater, we grabbed seats near the front. Scott Goldman from the Grammy Museum came out and introduced producer Sam Dunn and director Reginald Harkema from Banger Films, who, as of late, have been making some really great rock/metal documentaries (Rush, Iron Maiden, Metal Evolution/collections of bands of related musical genres, etc.).
The narration of the film was great (including commentary from Elton John, Iggy Pop, John Lydon, and Dee Snider) and the way that pictures worked with the story really made it come to life. In addition to the pictures you would expect to see, there was a lot of rare footage to enjoy. The original way the movie was edited made the pictures and scenes dance. And the stories told throughout the movie were honest and some were also very funny.
From the die-hard Alice fan that wants to relive the times in his life to the casual and soon-to-be Alice fans, this is definitely a great movie to check out and you can see the passion and hard work of the filmmakers.
Once the movie ended, there was a Q&A moderated by Mr. Goldman with Alice answering questions from the panel and the audience.
Many of the people in attendance were friends and family of Alice. Members of KISS (Eric Singer and Bruce Kulick), Alice’s Former and current band lineup (including Kane Roberts, Orianthi and Glen Sobel), Dee Snider, some of the GTOs and other rock royalty were on all on hand to be a part of the event.
Diamond with Calico Cooper and Orianthi on the way out of the event.
Shiny with Pamela Des Barres (I got to tell her that I LOVED her book “I’m With The Band” – it was one of my favorite reads from high school, along with The Real Frank Zappa ) and Mercury GTO.
Dee Snider rocking with Shiny Diamond!!
Scott Goldman from the Grammy Museum.
It was pretty funny that the LA Kings game was letting out at the conclusion of the show. Most of the fans looked sad and were walking with their heads down, so we assumed the Kings lost.
As hundreds and hundreds of hockey fans passed by and a very small number of people realized that Richie Sambora and Orianthi were just standing out in front of the museum.
Alice barely got mobbed on his way out, either.
And Marco Mendoza and Richard Fortus were hanging out upstairs across the street, too.
The doc is showing in Hollywood next Wednesday 4/30. Go see it if you can.
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