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And Now For Something Completely Different -- Mom’s Co-worker Gets Inducted into Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame!

Bill Malchisky  December 17 2010 03:00:00 AM
Year's ago, my mother introduced me to her co-worker, Neal Smith. Really nice guy and we enjoyed a great conversation. She then mentioned to him that I was a musician (years previous) and mentioned that he played drums with Alice Cooper. Since then they both changed companies and are now working together again. This week, the big announcement went through their office that he is being inducted into the Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame, everyone got giddy with delight. Mr. Smith is a great guy. He is well liked by his colleagues and clients, and I am thrilled for him. Congratulations!

Here is an excerpt from the formal announcement...

...just learned that Neal Smith, along with the rest of Alice Cooper's original band, will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 14th, 2011 in a New York City ceremony.  This is an incredible honor and almost unheard of as a first time nominee.  Please join me in congratulating our colleague on such an amazing accomplishment!  You can read Alice Cooper's interview with Rolling Stone here!

Inductee Biography
(from the official site)
Before there was Ozzy Osbourne, Marilyn Manson or KISS, there was Alice Cooper, the original self-proclaimed “rock villain.”  Born Vincent Furnier, Cooper and his mighty band of the same name – lead guitarist Glen Buxton, rhythm guitarist Michael Bruce, bass player Dennis Dunaway and drummer Neal Smith – pioneered the dark spectacle of heavy metal with their huge blues-rock sound and extravagant stage show.  Drawing from horror movies and vaudeville, Cooper brought a new level of visual theatrics to arenas with guillotines, electric chairs, boa constrictors and fake blood; their 1973 tour broke box office records previously held by the Rolling Stones, and raised the bar for major rock tours. What made it stick were some of the catchiest, most reckless hard-rock songs of all time: “Eighteen,” “School's Out,” “No More Mr. Nice Guy.” Along with the New York Dolls and David Bowie, Alice Cooper was a starting point for the glam rock of the 1970s; it's impossible to imagine the hair metal of the 1980s without them. You can hear and see the band's influence in bands from the Sex Pistols to Guns n’ Roses. The original lineup split in the mid-Seventies, and singer Cooper would continue on with an evolving lineup; in the meantime, the pure shock value of America's first shock rockers has faded, but their legacy is safe.



1Roy Rumaner  12/17/10 8:00:14 AM  And Now For Something Completely Different -- Mom’s Co-worker Gets Inducted into Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame!

Nice to see Vinnie and the gang finally getting the recognition that they deserve.

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