Former Alice Cooper guitarist Kane Roberts has spoken to Eonmusic about the Ozzy Osbourne song that he was influenced when he was playing for Alice’s band.
”The stand-out track is ‘Freedom’, which has got a similar staccato-style riff to ‘Bark At The Moon’. “
“Oh totally, yeah. I was a big Randy Rhoads / Jake E. Lee fan; I was really into how they played rhythm, as well as solos and stuff, so you can hear those influences on there. You know, here’s one thing that’s really intense; you think about Alice, what he had done before, and now, you put this massive metal foundation under him – especially live, and he totally turned up the volume.
He totally was able to just sit on top of it and just rule the band. It just really blew my mind. As soon as he stepped up there onto the stage, the band was just not nervous; if you get behind a race car, the draught pulls you in, and that’s exactly what happened just about every night.”
“You’re remembered in Alice’s band for not only your musicianship, but your striking image at the time.”
“It wasn’t a calculated thing on my part. One of the reasons that Alice and I got together is we have this obsessive, almost addictive personality. So, yeah, I just started lifting weights, and I got into it.
I always tell people; I never wanted to put on a Speedo and oil up and get on stage for some bodybuilding contest. It wasn’t that; it was just an activity that I got into, and the gratification of it kept pushing me. So, once I got pretty big, I was thinking that’s one of the reasons why Alice and Shep liked me; because I didn’t look like everybody else. And that’s what Alice has always been; he’s not like anybody else.
So they loved that, in terms of like, it made me kind of like a stage prop, as much as a guitar player, which I thought was pretty funny! When I look back on it, I don’t regret doing it, and I don’t look at it like it was something that I was planning and I hoped people would like; it just kind of took place, believe it or not.”
Click here for the entire interview.