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Alice Cooper Recalls Holding a Gun on Elvis: The Little Devil on My Shoulder Said ‘Shoot Him’

Hulton Archive / Mark Metcalfe, Getty Images
Hulton Archive / Mark Metcalfe, Getty Images

What if Alice Cooper had shot Elvis Presley? The shock rocker had the opportunity when he met the King of Rock and Roll in Las Vegas in 1971. Speaking with The Clarion-Ledger, Cooper recounted a time when he held a loaded .38 revolver on Elvis.

“The little devil on my shoulder said, ‘Shoot him. What a great story. Don’t kill him, just shoot him,’” Cooper tells the newspaper. However, a few moments later, Elvis put him on the ground and took the gun away from him.

How did Cooper find himself in that situation? He explains, “In 1971, I was in Las Vegas, and I get a call: Elvis wants to meet you … I went to the Hilton, got in an elevator and in the elevator is Liza Minnelli, Chubby Checker, Linda Lovelace and me … We get up there and [Elvis] comes walking in and says, ‘Hey man, you’re the kid with the snake, right? That’s cool man. I dig that makeup, dig that whole thing.’ He takes me into the kitchen and says, ‘I want to show you how to take a gun out of somebody’s hand.’”

Cooper goes on to say that he and Elvis had a mutual admiration for each other. You can check out more of the interview here.

Catch Alice Cooper on a headlining tour this spring, and then once again this summer on a co-headlining trek with Deep Purple. See his tour dates here.

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