Dick Wagner Had Mixed Feelings About Alice Cooper Stage Show

05/22/2013
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(Classic Rock) Veteran guitarist and songwriter Dick Wagner has admitted he didn't enjoy some of the stage tricks he was forced to go along with during his 1970s stint with Alice Cooper. But that didn't stop him recruiting his former boss to help with his upcoming album.

Wagner, who appeared alongside guitarist Steve Hunter during Cooper's Welcome To My Nightmare era, has also worked with Lou Reed, Kiss, Aerosmith, Meat Loaf, Peter Gabriel, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard and many others.

He tells antiMusic: "Some of the stuff we did with Alice was stupid and silly, and I didn't enjoy being part of it. Like the chickens or machine guns or something like that it was just so juvenile. He's a better talent: more sophisticated than that. I did not agree with all of it; but some of it I thought was spectacular. I really enjoyed myself."

He feels he didn't get all the recognition he deserved when he assumed the role of bandleader for Cooper, as he'd previously done for Reed. "I always sort of stepped into that wherever I was playing," he says. "The same with Alice Cooper. That was difficult with you not getting credit along the way, as much as you maybe should. It's always difficult. But for me playing is enough; I don't have to have the limelight like them." more on this story

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