Cooper ‘in wrong theatre’ for ARIA Hall of Fame
Rock legend Alice Cooper made a special guest appearance at the ARIA Hall Of Fame event in Melbourne on Thursday night.
The singer, who is currently touring Australia, arrived on stage at the start of the show to congratulate the five iconic Australian artists being inducted.
“The ARIA Hall Of Fame show. How embarrassing, I’m in the wrong theatre,” he joked.
“To Mental As Anything, Little Pattie, Kev Carmody, The Dingoes and John Paul Young, congratulations on your induction into another Hall Of Fame that I’m not in.”
The show, at Melbourne’s Forum Theatre, opened with a performance by Mental As Anything who overcame technical problems to perform some of their biggest hits, including Live It Up.
Old Countdown sparring partners – host Molly Meldrum and singer JPY – reunited for the annual event, where Meldrum inducted Young.
Meldrum affectionately described Young as “the thorn in my side”, while Young said he counted the hat-wearing music guru as one of his oldest friends.
“I think, back in the early days, Molly was kind of used to getting his own way and I wouldn’t take it,” Young told AAP.
“So I used to stand my ground and throw the insults back.”
Young said he had mixed emotions about being inducted into the Hall Of Fame and looking back on his 37-year career.
“I’m nervous… and emotional,” he said.
“It’s pretty mind-blowing stuff.”
Meldrum said the Hall Of Fame event was a very special one on the Australian music calendar.
“It started in America with the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame and became such a major thing,” he told AAP.
“I always felt that artists in Australia, as they grew older, were never really recognised for what they were worth.
“Since this started, I treat it as just as important – if not more important, sometimes – than the ARIA Awards.”
The show will be broadcast on VH1 on Friday August 28 at 8:30pm AEST, followed by an encore airing on the Nine Network on Saturday August 29 at 2:00pm.
Original article: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2007-08-20/alice-cooper/1408044