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Macy’s Day Thanksgiving Day Parade closes with a smiling, waving Santa heralding the beginning of the shopping frenzy holiday season. But in Phoenix, Arizona, there’s a slightly different tradition …
For the past 12 years, legendary shock-rocker, Alice Cooper, has been hosting Alice Cooper’s Christmas Pudding, a star-packed, fun-filled, suprise-laden event designed to dazzle, delight, and deliver a hefty fundraising prize to the Solid Rock Foundation — the non-profit started by Cooper, his wife Cheryl, and Chuck Savale, with the purpose of bringing music, dance, and art into the lives of the area’s under-served youth. Last Spring, Solid Rock opened The Rock — a community center for youth featuring guitar, drum, and dance classes — and more planned for the future. “We said let’s make a place that instead of going into gangs, kids can go into bands,” Cooper said at a press conference held the day before the big show. The center is open from 3:00 PM until 9:00 PM. Between 75-100 kids come to the center every evening, Cooper says. “I call it the Glorious Racket, because you walk in and it’s just noise, and I love that.” Cooper’s wife, Cheryl, is a lifelong dancer, and coordinates dance classes at the center.
Musicians and dancers from The Rock were on the program for this year’s Christmas Pudding show, along with actor Johnny Depp, Don Felder (The Eagles), Sebastian Bach (Skid Row), L.A. Guns, Cooper and his band (featuring the amazing Orianthi Panagaris on guitar) and others. The show was hosted by actor/comedian John O’Hurley (Seinfeld) and magician/comedian Murray SawChuck.
Cooper served as the master chef, blending the succulent talent line-up, a dash of schtick, a sprinkling of gospel, and a few surprises to deliver a Christmas Pudding to please even the most jaded zombie. DOOM’s full coverage is coming up!