Calico Cooper was fresh out of high school when her father offered her a job as a sadistic nurse and finding her own voice in Beasto Blanco
She’d seen her mother, Sheryl Cooper, in that same role countless times as part of Alice Cooper’s stage show. And it seemed a decent way to make some money, see the world and spend quality time with the family. Source USA today az central
Her dad was set to launch the “Brutal Planet” tour and he wanted to bring back the theatrics of his earlier productions for the year 2000.
“Obviously,” she says, “when you’re presented with, ‘Hey, do you want to go around the world, get paid for it and perform in front of thousands of people and get to be with your family,’ you know, the answer is yes. It’s the best of all possible worlds.”
For the next 11 years, she toured as part of Alice Cooper’s show while developing the characters she played.
“For the first couple of years, I kind of minded my p’s and q’s,” she says.
“I knew the Alice fans would compare it to, ‘Well, Sheryl used to do it this way.’ But after a couple years, I really caught my confidence. All of a sudden, instead of the nurse just being sexy or provocative, I was like, ‘What if I made you hate her more than you hate Alice? I bet I could do that.’”
So she ran it past her dad.
“He gave me carte blanche to do what I wanted,” she says. “And as the tours went on and time went by, this nurse character became a hit with these fans because you actually wanted her to die. I felt like I had done my job. They hated this character.”
It was on the road with Alice that she bonded with Chuck Garric, who joined the Cooper band on bass in 2002.