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Alice Cooper: I’m in the best shape of my life

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Alice Cooper is just rock and rolling like usual.

The Godfather of Shock Rock will do what he does best — churning out raucous heavy metal — during a stop on his “Raise the Dead” tour Wednesday night at Hard Rock Live Arena at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, near Hollywood.

Expect “all the hits, all the theatrics,” said Cooper before his trip to Florida. “It’s great for us, too. I think we’ll be having as much fun as the audience.” Think forever classics like I’m Eighteen, School’s Out and No More Mr. Nice Guy.

Some new blood is linking up with Cooper’s band: 28-year-old guitarist Nita Strauss, who replaced Orianthi.

“She came in with the right energy and fit like a glove,” said Cooper of Strauss, who gigged with tribute band The Iron Maidens. “Plus she’s not hard to look at.”

As for Cooper, who turned 67 earlier this month, he’ll have no problem keeping up.

“I’m in the best shape I’ve ever been,” said the avid golfer, who lives in Arizona. “And when I get up there I’m 17 again.”

Cooper, born Vincent Damon Furnier in Detroit, is of the firm belief that his type of music is meant to be played loud and crazy.

“Rock ’n’ roll should never be watered down,” he said. “I”m the guy who always says ‘Turn it up!’”

You couldn’t call him a fan of many of today’s chart toppers.

“You look at songs from the ’70s, that era: They speak to kids. I hate to say it, but some of the younger, more modern groups, not to mention any names, but they are just not bringing it. They’re more interested in folk rock. There’s no guitar solo! No lead guitar?!” Some exceptions: Foo Fighters, The White Stripes, Green Day.

Expect Cooper to keep going until he can’t.

“At the end of my shows the greatest compliment is if someone says to me, ‘Wow, that was something.’”

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MADELEINE MARR

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