Alice Cooper Leaks News of His Hall of Fame Induction
Rocker tells "Arizona Republic" he learned of his induction a week ago, but HOF's official announcement isn't due until Dec. 15
Alice Cooper has never been one to hold back, and on Tuesday the iconic shock-rocker announced his 2011 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Ohio a day before the Cleveland-based organization is set to reveal its official list of new inductees on Wednesday.
Cooper, who had been eligible for induction for the past 25 years, told The Arizona Republic on Dec. 14 that he was notified a week ago by HOF organizers that he and his original band -- guitarist Michael Bruce, bassist Dennis Dunaway, drummer Neal Smith and late guitarist Glen Buxton -- will join the likes of past inductees Metallica, U2, ABBA and AC/DC as one if its newest invited members on March 14, reports the Associated Press.
The 62-year-old musician whose career spans over four decades and includes the classic rock hits "School's Out" and "Only Women Bleed," called the Hall of Fame honor the "most humbling thing in the world when you realize who else is in there."
Other notable artists nominated alongside Cooper for induction in 2011 include Bon Jovi, Neil Diamond, Donna Summer, Tom Waits and the Beastie Boys. The announcement concerning all of next year's inductees will be posted on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame website at 10:30 a.m. EST on December 15.