Alice Cooper recalls the first time he did drugs with Jimi Hendrix

Hendrix told Cooper that the bed they were sitting on was a spaceship
Alice Cooper
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It sounds like something out of a movie, but for Alice Cooper, it was a very real experience.

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Cooper was a guest on “The SDR Show” and recalled the story about his first drug experience. “Weed was the first drug and it was with Jimi Hendrix,” he said.

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Cooper was in high school at the time and had just gone to see Hendrix in concert. “I’m sitting there after the show. I went to see them,” he recalled. “We were just a little high school band, but they said, 'Hey, come on up to the hotel room.' And we were sitting on his bed, and Jimi goes, 'Here, man’ [with a joint], and I went, 'Okay.’”

After partaking, Cooper said Hendrix “goes and puts a quarter in the bed — you know, the vibrating bed.”

“There was like, eight people sitting on the bed. And he goes, 'We're on a spaceship.' And I went, 'Okay.'"

Cooper then went on to describe the worst drug experience. "It was Detroit, and I think it was crystal THC,” he said.

“It was, like, four in the morning. I regained consciousness. And I thought it was a Jim Jones thing. And I got up. I remember it was about 20 degrees below outside. And I walked outside just in my shirt on, just to wake up. And when I came back in, everybody was just kind of coming up. It was weird; it was like a [Federico] Fellini thing. It was so strange that I really did believe that everybody was dead, and I was the only one that survived it."

Cooper has been sober since 1983 and said in a 2019 interview that his drug and alcohol use almost ruined his marriage with Sheryl Goddard. “Luckily I got through that and our marriage became stronger because of it,” he said. “I’d quit drugs and booze by 1983 and never looked back.”

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