Hey GetReligion readers: Do we have any shock rock music fans out there?
When it comes to music, I am really a fanatic about a wide range of artists — pretty much everything except highly commercialized country, dance music (various kinds with one chord over and over) and most opera. However, I never really got into the whole glam-shock rock genre.
But it’s hard not to know the name Alice Cooper. What a long, strange road that guy has walked.
So what does this have to do with religion-news coverage? If you have read anything about Cooper in the past quarter century of so, you know that — strange as if may sound — he is a born-again evangelical Christian and very vocal about it. He’s an avid golfer, too. Those two facts may not be connected.
Anyway, a GetReligion reader recently spotted this dramatic headline at USA Today: “Alice Cooper clarifies story about 'death pact' with wife Sheryl Goddard: 'We have a LIFE pact'.”
So what is this all about? Here’s the top of this short entertainment-beat story:
Alice Cooper would like to clear things up: He and wife Sheryl Goddard don't actually have a death pact.
"We have a LIFE pact. We love life so much," the 71-year-old rocker told USA TODAY in a statement.
Cooper made many a headline over the weekend following an article in the British tabloid the Daily Mirror that quotes him as saying he and his wife plan "to go together" when one of them dies, because there's "no way of surviving without each other."
"What I was meaning was that because we're almost always together, at home and on the road, that if something did happen to either of us, we'd most likely be together at the time," Cooper added to USA TODAY. "But neither of us has a suicide pact. We have a life pact."
OK, we will come back to that Daily Mirror story.
However, something important seems to be missing here, even in the short USA Today report.