Alice Cooper On This Day April 7th 1988, during a European tour, Alice Cooper accidentally hung himself in a rehearsal when a safety rope snapped; he dangled for several seconds before a roadie saved him.
Other interesting things that happened on this day in musci history.
1978 – Police
The Police released ‘Roxanne’ as the first single from their debut album Outlandos d’Amour. The song was written from the point of view of a man who falls in love with a prostitute. The title came from the name of the character in the play Cyrano de Bergerac, which Sting saw on an old poster which was hanging in a hotel foyer in Paris, France where the group had been staying. The song failed to chart but when re-released in 1979, peaked at No.12 on the UK Singles Chart.
1981 – Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band kicked off their first full-scale tour in Hamburg, Germany. This was Springsteen’s first tour outside North America, which would take in 10 countries.
1981 – Kit Lambert
Producer and manager, Kit Lambert died of a cerebral hemorrhage after falling down a flight of stairs at his mother’s home in London, England. Lambert managed The Who from 1964-1967 and produced the ‘Tommy’ album. Also produced Arthur Brown’s 1968 hit ‘Fire’.
1994 – Lee Brilleaux
Lee Brilleaux singer, harmonica player and founding member of Dr Feelgood died of throat cancer aged 41. They had the 1979 UK No.9 single ‘Milk And Alcohol’ and the 1976 UK No.1 live album, Stupidity. In 1976, Brilleaux helped fund Stiff Records one of the driving forces of the ‘New Wave’ of the mid- to late-1970s, with a loan of £400.
1994 – Courtney Love
Courtney Love was arrested on drugs and theft charges after a reported overdose. At this time, Love was unaware that her husband Kurt Cobain was dead at their home, (his body wasn’t discovered until April 8, by an electrician who had arrived to install a security system at their house).
1994 – Percy Sledge
US soul singer Percy Sledge pleaded guilty to tax evasion after he failed to report $260,000 in income earned between 1987 and 1989. He was sentenced to serve six months in a halfway house.
1998 – George Michael
George Michael was arrested at The Will Rogers Memorial Park for committing a sex act in a public toilet. He was arrested by undercover Beverly Hills police officer Marcelo Rodriguez. Michael later said; ‘I was followed into the restroom and this cop – well, I didn’t know he was a cop at the time obviously started playing this game. I think it’s called – I’ll show you mine, you show me yours, and then when you show me yours, I’m gonna nick you!’ The singer was later fined $810 (£500) after being convicted of a lewd act.
2000 – Heinz
Heinz, bass player and singer with The Tornadoes died aged 57. The group had the Joe Meek produced 1962 UK & US No.1 single ‘Telstar’, making them the first UK group to score a US No.1 single. Heinz had the 1963 solo hit ‘Just Like Eddie’, a tribute to Eddie Cochran, (which featured future Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore).
Alice Cooper On This Day April 7th 1988