Alice Cooper is a legend in the rock industry and he is quickly becoming a legendary charity figure as well. Cooper runs an annual charity event called “Welcome 2 My Christmas Pudding” that is in its 11th season.
Christmas Pudding is an event that fans of the rock star look forward to every year. This year Cheap Trick’s Robin Zander and Rick Nielsen, former Korn guitarist Brian “Head” Welch, and Cooper are in the line up for performances.
The event will be hosted by Murray Sawchuck, who has been dubbed as the ‘Dennis the Menace’ of Magic for his mixture of comedy, illusion and magic tricks.
All proceeds from the “Welcome 2 My Christmas Pudding” concert go to the Solid Rock Foundation which Cooper helped found with Chuck Savale in November 1995. The non-profit is a Christian organization dedicated to helping troubled teens and children in Arizona through sports, music, and educational activities.
“Although I have played more than 100 shows this year, Pudding is the one I look forward to most,” Cooper said. “We love bringing people together for Christmas, for the sake of music and dance and the mission of Solid Rock.”
Cooper divides his time between rock concerts, golf and helping at-risk youth in Arizona. His foundation hosts two charity events every year –the Alice Cooper Celebrity AM Golf Tournament and the Christmas Pudding concert. Cooper has made claims that golf has helped him beat his dependancy on alcohol.
In 1983, the legendary rock star moved back to Pheonix, AZ after being hospitalized for alcoholism. For a year after his hospitalization, Cooper practiced his golf swing every day while being a full-time dad at home. The golf course helped the star maintain his sobriety.
He is giving back to his community –both the music community and his local community– through his work with Solid Rock and through his legacy of being a good guy.
Last year’s Christmas Pudding brought together Michael Grimm, American Idol winner, Dennis Dunaway, Roger Clyne, Cheech Marin, Piggy D., Rob Zombie decked out as a Zombie Santa and many others. This years line up is expected to be just as good if not better.
Christmas Pudding concert tickets are on sale now through Ticket Master and Live Nation. It will take place at Comerica Theater in Pheonix, AZ on December 17th.