Release Date: September 9, 2022
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legend Alice Cooper and his long-time friend and manager, University at Buffalo alumnus Shep Gordon, ’68, will be taking the stage to talk about their epic journey and partnership over the past 50 years in UB’s Center for the Arts from 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13.
Cooper is scheduled to perform at Shea’s Performing Arts Center that evening. Considered the godfather of shock rock, Cooper pioneered a grandly theatrical brand of hard rock with a stage show straight out of a horror movie. Cooper’s hits include School’s Out, Feed My Frankenstein, No More Mr. Nice Guy and I’m Eighteen.
Gordon, a talent manager to Alice Cooper, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Luther Vandross, and Teddy Pendergrass, among many others, was the focus of a 2013 film directed by “Saturday Night Live alumnus” Mike Myers. The documentary, “Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon,” features tributes by actors like Michael Douglas, and famous chefs like Emeril Lagasse and Mario Batali, who share Gordon’s marketing antics and commitment to making others famous over the past five decades.
Gordon is credited with creating the celebrity chef, launching the careers of Emeril Lagasse, Wolfgang Puck, Roy Yamaguchi and others.
Cooper and Gordon will be sharing stories and having a candid conversation in the Main Stage Theatre in the Center for the Arts on UB’s North Campus.
Tickets for the event — titled “Alice and Shep: A Friendship Forged in Rock ‘n Roll” — are free. Attendees should register online.
Please note: Media are invited to attend the conversation. However, neither Alice Cooper nor Shep Gordon will be available before or after the event.