Known for his raspy voice and legendary theatrical stage performances, Alice Cooper, was a guest on AXS TV’s new web series, ‘At Home and Social Online’, and he answered some of their questions.

During the interview, Alice Cooper was asked about Metallica and the kind of reaction they received, especially at the time they were having their breakthrough with their song ‘Fade to Black’ they released in 1984. He said:

“Well, first of all, that was my first year of sobriety – I got sober in ’83. So, ’84 came along, and a lot of things in rock had changed.”

Pointing out how metal as genre picked up and was no longer underground, he said:

“All of a sudden, metal, that was underground, is now at the forefront, you know? Bands like Iron Maiden and all these bands.

And then here’s Metallica getting played on the radio, who would not have ever gotten played in the ’70s. So it was a new era.”

He then talked about how he viewed Metallica at the time:

“I always looked at Metallica as being sort-of the metal band – because they were so good at what they did.

They had the anger, they had the songs, they had the stage presence, and they never did a bad show. So that’s a good combination – when you get that on stage.”

Alice Cooper considered this as being a great stage performance because they represented a generation that was underground before. He also said this was exactly why he was liked:

“Now these kids are going, ‘We want a little anger in our rock ‘n’ roll. We don’t want it to be nice.’ That’s why they liked me – ’cause I wasn’t nice. Alice Cooper was a threat.”

Similarly, to Cooper, that’s why Metallica was liked and having a breakthrough:

“And I think Metallica was a threat, but they were also making hit records. That’s the Willy Wonka gold key – is the hit record.”

You can check the source here and watch the full Alice Cooper interview below.