Alice Cooper has spoken about the first time he met Elvis Presley saying that Elvis asked him to shoot him in the head. In an interview with the Daily Mirror, Cooper speaks of visiting Elvis with actress Liza Minnelli and porn star Linda Lovelace in 1971 in Las Vegas.
Cooper Said: He had the penthouse – this was when he was at the top of his game. I had always been a fan as a kid, so I jumped at the chance to go upstairs and meet him. When I got to the lift I found it was me, Liza Minnelli and the porn actress Linda Lovelace.
The group were frisked for guns by Elvis’s security team.
I don’t know why they bothered – when we got inside the place was full of guns. Elvis took me into the kitchen, opened a drawer, and pulled out a loaded pistol, telling me to put it to his head. I recognised it straight away, a snub .32. I didn’t know what to do.
I had this gun in my hand and was expecting one of his security to come in any second, see me holding a weapon and shoot me dead.
A little voice in my left ear was telling me, ‘Go on, this is history, kill him, you’ll always be the guy who killed Elvis’. In my other ear was another voice saying, ‘You can’t kill him, it’s Elvis Presley – wound him instead, you’ll only get a few years.
A fraction of a second later Elvis did a flying kick on the gun, and sent it flying, before tripping me and pinning me to the ground by my neck, announcing, ‘that’s how you stop a man with a gun’.
Alice Cooper will tour Australia as part of the Soundwave Revolution Festival in September.