Days After Glen Campbell's Death, Rock Legend Breaks Silence On His Christian Faith
By: Randy DeSoto
Rocker Alice Cooper is at peace with his friend Glen Campbell's death earlier this week from Alzheimer's disease, because he knows the "Rhinestone Cowboy" has now passed through the Pearly Gates.
"Glen and I are of the same faith," Cooper told KSAZ-TV in Phoenix. "We're both Christian, and I know where he is now. And I know that he's in the perfect place."
"Glen was one of the most unique guys," he added. "You think of Glen - country. Alice Cooper - rock 'n' roll. We couldn't have been closer."
The two shared a friendship for many years living in Phoenix, where they enjoyed golfing together once or twice a week and being removed from the bright lights of Hollywood.
Earlier in life, they both went through dark periods, where drug and alcohol abuse threatened to destroy their lives.
"He navigated through that, I navigated through that, we both came out the other end with great families, we both came out sober, we both became Christian, we both understood where we were. And that's what we had in common," Cooper said.
"We were survivors of that world," he added, "and we both moved to Phoenix to get away from that world."
Campbell grew up attending a Baptist church in Arkansas, but became Messianic Jewish in his faith decades ago.
Cooper recalled with amusement attending a "hillbilly Passover Seder" at Campbell's house.
"I'd never been to a Seder before and I didn't know what a normal Seder was," he said with a laugh. "But a country-and-western Seder was very unique."
Cooper also gushed about Campbell's incredible musical talent.
"He was one of the premier guitar players in both rock and country," Cooper told KSAZ. "A lot of people don't know this, but I mean, the respect he had in the rock 'n' roll world. People like Eddie Van Halen one time said, 'Can you get me a guitar lesson with Glen?' And most rockers would go, 'What?' That's the kind of guitar player he was. He was considered one of the five best guitar players out there."
Early in his career, Campbell was a member of the legendary Wrecking Crew in Los Angeles, made of up studio musicians who performed for a wide variety of artists.
Some of the songs Campbell played on included Elvis Presley's Viva Las Vegas, the Righteous Brothers' You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin,' the Monkees' I'm a Believer and one of his favorites, Frank Sinatra's Strangers in the Night, Variety reported.
He also performed on some of the Beach Boys biggest hits including Fun, Fun, Fun and Good Vibrations.
Campbell toured with the Beach Boys at the height of their fame in the mid-1960s, filling in for Brian Wilson.
"[Campbell] could go hang out with the Rat Pack, or he could hang out with Donnie and Marie [Osmond], or he could hang out with the Beatles or anybody," Cooper said. "He was in that middle. He was just sort of the all-purpose, good-looking kid that could do anything. He was the golden boy. And yet him and I were like this when it came to sense of humor, when it came to golf, when it came to music."
Cooper is a member of the Evangelical Covenant Church in Phoenix and leads Solid Rock ministry, which is an outreach to teens seeking to provide a "safe, engaging environment during non-school hours - a time when they are most vulnerable to drugs, violence, and gangs."Christians, Ministry, Christians , Alice Coopoer, Glenn Campbell, Solid Rock Ministry, Messianic Jew