That Time Alice Cooper Held A Gun On Elvis Presley

April 21, 2017

“The little devil on my shoulder said, ‘Shoot him. What a great story. Don’t kill him, just shoot him.’” That's what Alice Cooper told The Clarion-Ledger of the night where he held a gun to rock legend Elvis Presley.

Now how did Cooper come to find himself pointing a gun at the king of rock n' roll? “… In 1971, I was in Las Vegas, and I get a call: Elvis wants to meet you," says Cooper. "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.’"

Before he could obey the orders of the little devil on his shoulder, Cooper found himself on the floor of Elvis' hotel kitchen with the gun taken out of his hand. Elvis then said to him, "That's how you take a gun out of somebody's hand."

“Elvis and I had this very strange kind of mutual admiration kind of thing for each other,” said Cooper, who made a name for himself as the king of "shock rock" by shocking audiences, and especially parents with his wild onstage theatrics and special effects. “He liked that I was doing something he had done — shock the kids, shock the audience. He loved the fact that somebody was still doing it.”

(source: USA TODAY)