"Super Duper Alice Cooper," the new documentary about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame shock rocker, premieres today (April 17) at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. Actually, the film's makers -- Toronto-based Banger Films, which also brought us "Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage" -- calls it a "doc opera" rather than a strict documentary, and Cooper tells us what the difference is:
"They came to us and said, 'You can't just do a documentary on Alice Cooper. You've got to make it something that's as theatrical as the character. I said, 'I agree with that. What's your idea?' And they said, 'We love the idea of a Jeckyl and Hyde thing, 'cause you are Jeckyl and Hyde, basically. The guy who walks around all day and does interviews and plays golf and goes to church, that's Dr. Jeckyl. And your stage character is Mr. Hyde.' I said, 'Well, I love that. That's great.' And it certainly is not going to look like everyone else's documentary."
The revealing film features a load of rare footage, extensive interviews with Cooper, manager Shep Gordon and original Alice Cooper bassist Dennis Dunaway, as well as commentary from Elton John, Iggy Pop, John Lydon, Dee Snyder and Bernie Taupin, the latter of whom talks for the first time about his role in hooking Cooper on cocaine while they were working on the 1978 album "From the Inside."
"Super Duper Alice Cooper" will be shown again on April 22 at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, then roll out for one-night-only screenings in theaters on April 30; details are available at www.SuperDuperAliceCooper.com. Cooper, meanwhile, hits the road on May 30 in the Czech Republic for a European tour before coming home to be the special guest on Motley Crue's farewell tour, which kicks off July 2 in Grand Rapids, Mich.