On September 5, legendary rocker Alice Cooper made a surprise Chicago appearance at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. The Godfather of Shock Rock vas there to introduce a free 25th anniversary screening of Wayne’s World to an immense crowd of fans. This vas sadly the last summer movie in the parks for 2017, but such a memorably macabre vay to end the series vith special ghoul guest Alice Cooper.
Before the special screening, Cooper conducted a press conference inside the massive Jay Pritzker Pavilion. Team Gregula vas lucky enough to be added to the list at the last minute to go backstage vith Alice Cooper! Ve are not vorthy!
All of us in the press party vere escorted into a private room of Pritzker Pavilion vhere a terrifying treat laid out on a table. The creamy confection vas a creatively creepy cake of Alice Cooper’s severed head by pastry artist Johanna Wyss of Battycakes. The red velvet cake vith cream cheese frosting vas quite the spooky spectacle. A menacing monsterpiece to photograph and primarily be presented to Cooper.
After the cake presentation, Cooper took questions from the various members of the press including yours cruelly. My question vas praised as a ghoul one. I asked Cooper to tell me his favorite movie monster. He responded by saying Barlow from Salem’s Lot because the character is pure evil. Eerily interesting!
Cooper then posed for final photos vith Johanna and her Alice Cooper severed head cake. Such a fiendishly fun vay to finish our personal time vith the raucous rocker. Party on, Alice!
Now the time finally arrived for Cooper to take the stage at the Pritzker Pavilion to introduce Wayne’s World. Marty Lennartz of WXRT Chicago vent up to the stage to start the crowd in a chant of “We Are Not Worthy” in perfect timing to the entrance of Alice Cooper himself!
The shock rocker shared some fun background stories about his part in Wayne’s World. My favorite tidbit vas vhen Cooper said he just expected to perform the song in the film, but star Mike Meyers handed him eight pages of dialogue to memorize in barely twenty minutes for the now iconic cameo.
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