[Left] Alice Cooper attends MusiCares Person of the Year honoring Aerosmith at West Hall at Los Angeles Convention Center on January 24, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. [Right] Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters speaks onstage during the 2021 iHeartRadio stream January 28, 2021. (Left – Kevin Winter | Right – Jeff Kravitz)
In a recent interview with Atlanta’s Rock 100.5 Alice Cooper was asked to ponder an alternate reality – a reality where he was the frontman of any band he could think of. Which band did he choose? The Foo Fighters.
Cooper, when prompted by the station, was quick to dole out some major love for Dave Grohl‘s band.
“I think [I’d probably choose] the Foo Fighters,” said Cooper. “When they do my songs, they do it exactly like the band. I mean, it’s amazing. I’ve done a bunch of things with the Foo Fighters, and a lot of their influence was Alice Cooper.”
Members of the band learned their respective instruments practicing and learning Mr. Cooper’s songs, so he says it’s absolutely no surprise that they have nailed every cover of his.
“They do ’em exactly the way they should be done. So I’d probably be in that band, if they ever needed a really sick lead singer,” Cooper joked.
And it’s not only their incredible ability to cover an Alice Cooper song, Cooper was quick to point out that they had a pretty stacked lineup, especially in the rhythm section.
“First of all, they’ve got the two best drummers,” continued Cooper. “The first time I saw Nirvana, I looked right past the first two guys, and I said, ‘Who’s this drummer?’ ‘Cause [Dave] was really good, he stuck out and I said, ‘If that band ever breaks up, I’m going for that drummer.’’
Cooper was also complimentary of the Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins‘ and his many solo projects as well.
“I went up and did a couple of songs with [Hawkins’] band also. And he is really something. Hawkins is the Energizer bunny.”
Suffice it to say, Alice Cooper will certainly not be fronting the band anytime soon. Though, knowing Dave, it wouldn’t surprise us if Cooper’s jokey comments spawn some sort of goodwill crossover from the Nicest Guy in Rock.