Alice Cooper revealed the back-story to bandmate Joe Perry collapsing last July 10th during Hollywood Vampires‘ Brooklyn gig. Cooper leads the all star covers band with the Aerosmith guitarist, actor Johnny Depp and Stone Temple Pilots bassist Robert DeLeo, and former Guns N’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum, among others. Cooper recalled to CBS News that he was unaware that Perry was perhaps not geared up for such a rigorous schedule: “I didn’t realize Aerosmith only did two shows a week. Honestly, I just figured everybody was like me. I do five shows a week, and very physical shows. We were on our eighth show in 10 days. It was pretty brutal. I think (Joe) was dehydrated and basically exhausted. I talked to him before the show and he said, ‘I don’t think I’ve eaten anything in three days.’ I went, ‘Well, that’s not smart.'”

Cooper went on to squash the rumors that Perry had collapsed due to a coronary, explaining, “It wasn’t his heart, though, and it wasn’t anything vital, because four or five days later he was on stage with us and I’d never seen him look so good.”

  • He revealed that Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler was particularly worried for Perry: “Steven called me and said, ‘Hey, don’t put him back on stage — I’m afraid.’ I went, ‘Look, I’m going to talk to him and see how he is.’ I went up to his room. He looked unbelievable, sounded great, got up and played the whole show. I never heard him play that good, so he’s back”
  • Alice Cooper went on to say that treating yourself right on the road is key to surviving a long tour: “It’s like doing a two-hour aerobic every night. I don’t drink and I don’t smoke, anything like that, so by end of the tour I’m in great shape.”
  • Alice Cooper told us that opposed to his infamous image back in the 1970’s — he hasn’t been considered dangerous or outside the mainstream for years: [“I’ll be walking down the street — ‘Hey, Coop! How’s it going, man? How’s the game? How’s your swing? Hey, love the album!’ I used to be the outer fringe. I think ‘Alice’ now is woven in as much as Simon & Garfunkel, as much as Tom Petty, as much as anybody that’s in the fabric of American music. I’m Americana.”]
  • Hollywood Vampires perform tonight (October 21st) in Pernaumbuco, Brazil