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Alice Cooper recalls how he nearly died after a hanging stunt went wrong
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Alice Cooper has revealed how he once nearly died after a hanging stunt went wrong.

The shock rocker was performing at Wembley Stadium in 1988 when the incident happened.

The stunt was concepted by magician James Randi, which had Cooper attached to a harness that was attached to rafters by a thick piano wire.

For the simulation, the noose was above his neck, and for the most part, the rig had protected him.

But at Wembley the stunt backfired. “Everything has its stress limit and after doing so many shows, I never thought about changing the wire,” Cooper told Entertainment Weekly. “You know, I figured it’ll last forever.” You can watch footage of his regular stunt below.

He added: “The wire snaps. I could hear the rope hit my chin and in an instant I flipped my head back. That must’ve been a fraction of a second because if it caught my chin it would have been a different result. It went over my neck and gave me a pretty good burn. I went down to the floor and pretty much blacked out.”

The veteran singer also said he still performs the stunt regularly despite being 70.

“When I go to the circus and there’s a guy in a cage with 12 tigers, there’s always a chance that one of the tigers didn’t get the message,” Cooper said. “When you see a guy on a tight wire, you know that there may be a second you witness a tragedy.”

He added that the danger is what he wanted in his own concerts: “I always wanted that in our show: What they’re seeing could be the last night of Alice Cooper.”

Earlier this week, Cooper appeared in Jesus Christ Superstar Live alongside John Legend.

Earlier this year, Hollywood Vampires – the supergroup made up of Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp and Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry announced details of a UK arena tour in June.

Making their live debut in the UK, the band will be joined by fellow hard rock veterans The Darkness and The Damned.

04/04/2018 21:23:05
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