Alice Cooper, Slash honored for work with addicts

Sat Apr 12, 2008 2:13am EDT
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LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - After 26 years of sobriety, Alice Cooper has some advice to pass along to the younger generation: "I don't think you need to die for your art."

The shock-rocker will be honored for his work with fellow addicts during a May 9 benefit dinner and concert in Hollywood organized by the MusiCares MAP Fund, which provides members of the music community access to addiction recovery treatment.

"I've made myself very available to friends of mine," says Cooper, who will receive the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award. "They're people who would call me late at night and say, 'Between you and me, I've got a problem."'

MusiCares will also honor Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash for his dedication to the organization's mission and goals.

Cooper and Slash will perform at the alcohol-free event, at the Music Box at the Fonda theater, as will Cat Power, Blind Melon and all-star group Camp Freddy.


<p>Musician Alice Cooper speaks to a reporter backstage at the John Varvatos 2008 collection during New York Fashion Week September 10, 2007. REUTERS/Eric Thayer</p>