Legendary Shock Rocker Alice Cooper Launches Something Huge And It’s Not A Rock Festival

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As the sounds of his iconic hard-rock anthem “School’s Out” played in the background, the one-and-only Alice Cooper stood in front of a video camera and sent out a summer invitation — but not for any heavy metal festival.

It may surprise some people to learn Vincent Furnier – also known as the singer of bizarre lyrics and macabre stage theatrics, Alice Cooper, is a born-again evangelical Christian. It may surprise them more to find out what he is doing with his Alice Cooper persona.

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The Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC) received a video invitation from Phoenix native and legendary shock rocker.

Cooper isn’t bringing ECC leadership to one of his shows or to see him in the studio of his radio program Nights With Alice Cooper. He is inviting attendees at Gather ’16, the denomination’s annual meeting held this year at the Arizona Grand Resort on June 23-25, to come to see the work his faith-based Solid Rock organization does in the Phoenix community.

He noted that those who come a day early can check out the music and art happening at the Rock at 32nd Street Church where Cooper founded his Solid Rock teen ministry. “You’ll even get to see real-live teenagers in captivity,” he told viewers, “and maybe listen to a few jam sessions.”

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Like many in the rock universe, Cooper had huge struggles with substance abuse — but soon his faith came back to the forefront. In a 2012 interview with the Huffington Post, Cooper shared that he believes “every word of the Bible is true.”

Solid Rock’s goal is to meet the “spiritual, economical, physical and social needs” by providing a safe, engaging environment. Adolescents at the teen center are offered music, art, and vocational programs designed to help them discover their passions in a program motivated by Christian fellowship, said Cooper.

“We are fulfilling a vision we’ve had for several years…to provide teens with a central place to learn, have fun, and explore their creativity in a supportive and safe environment. The Rock is the first of many teen centers in Arizona and, ultimately, around the country,” said 68-year-old Furnier/Cooper.

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  1. Geoffrey Sherman

    Love you Alice!! What you are doing is Herculean!! One thing that needs to be corrected though, as far as I know you’re a native Detroiter!? I’m sure the city of Phoenix would like to claim you as being born there but here in Motown, we want to keep the confusion about that tucked far away! What an amazing testimony you are!!
    Raised on your iconic music. Please know that I said raised, not grew up on it!I am trying very hard though lol.
    All your band members just flat get it done, Dick Wagner though will always have a place in my heart! I had a chance to meet him a couple times at a place called Lenny Miller’s in Dryden Michigan when he was playing with his band Souls Journey. Unforgettable times!
    I am an airline pilot. I get to Phoenix quite often. I sure would like to stop by The Rock!!
    Great blessings to you always!
    Geoff Sherman

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