Why is that noteworthy you may ask?
It was sometime in 1972, at the age of 12, that while shopping with my grandparents that I purchased my first LP. Yes, it was Killer. (To be completely honest, I bought two albums that day, the other being Black Sabbath, Paranoid)
I proudly took them home and began the ritual unknown to kids today; I listened to side 1 and then side two, while reading the liner notes and starting to memorize the words to each song. This was a time-honored tradition for my generation.
Unfortunately, it was not a tradition of my parent’s generation and once my parents heard the music, two things happened almost simultaneously. First, my mother took the records to hold until we returned them to the record department at Two-Guys Department store in Union, NJ. Second, she called the church and asked for a priest to come over to exorcise the demons that she believed found their way into her son’s soul.
I am just kidding about the priest, but my parents believed I was starting down a path that would have a bad ending. To say Cooper was not very popular with parents would be an understatement.
The records were returned only to be re-purchased a month or so later. I had been bitten by the bug.
After all those years, Alice is a committed Christian, a recovered, sober alcoholic, a ranked golfer on the ProAm tour, a very wealthy man, and a philanthropist. My mom’s fears were for not.
Anyway, Alice, currently 69 years old, is still touring and the lineup he has now is probably the best ever. There is the triple guitar attack of Ryan Roxie, Nita Strauss and Tommy Henriksen, Chuck Garric on bass guitar and Glen Sobel is behind the drum kit.
Under My Wheels was one of two hits from this record. The performance below was filmed in Birmingham, AL in May of 2017.
Old guys still can rock.
What was the first record you ever bought?