How Alice Cooper got Guns N ‘Roses to help save a fan’s house
Here is a pretty crazy story. In 1992, shock rocker Alice Cooper asked the members of Guns N ‘Roses to help save a fan’s house from foreclosure in California. Check out the story below!
Alice Cooper always struck me as a down to earth person who didn’t have that rock star attitude and this story pretty much confirms that for me. In the early 90s, an Alice Cooper fan was on the verge of losing his home. The fan went to great lengths to draw attention to keeping his house and possibly selling it. But, to her surprise, it made headlines everywhere and even caught Alice Cooper’s attention, but sadly, the story wouldn’t have a happy ending. This is what we will discuss in today’s video.
A California homeowner named Patrick Kelly who reportedly was either an unemployed musician or a real estate investor bought a house in Riverside, California in 1987 for $ 265,000. He had hoped to overthrow the house and sell it again and make a profit. He put the house up for sale in 1990, but the weakness of the real estate market caused him to continually lower the asking price to $ 250,000. Several years after being on the market there hadn’t been a single showing at the property and by 1992 Kelly and her family were on the verge of being seized for thousands of dollars in arrears. Patrick was telling a local news station that he fell asleep one night. with his headphones and dreamed of what to do around the house.
Unhappy with his bank, Patrick painted his house in psychedelic colors, drawing pictures and lyrics in homage to the Rolling Stones, Elvis and his favorite artist Alice Cooper. The paint job of course angered its neighbors, garnered media attention and quickly became a tourist attraction drawing people from out of state and was quickly dubbed “Alice’s House” . Here’s a news clip from 1992 covering the house and neighbors reactions to Alice Cooper reportedly seeing the story on CNN. During the media coverage, Patrick claimed he was in contact with Cooper’s management to see what could be done to save the house. Early reports claimed Cooper would tour the property and even loan the family the money to get out of foreclosure on the condition that it didn’t get repainted and remained as a tribute to the rocker. Then, on November 22, 1992, the rockstar showed up at the house in front of a crowd of 3,500 people. Cooper was talking to fans, selling his merchandise and signing autographs for six hours to help raise money for the Kellys, Cooper telling the Phoenix Gazette “Rock and roll people live in such a fantastic world”, “C ‘is one of those things where I think we forget that there are a lot of people out there one or two payments down the street. After he appeared at the house, Cooper then went on the airwaves and hosted a syndicated radio auction on Saturday, selling rock n roll memorabilia donated by friends including Aerosmith, Kiss, Billy Idol and Guns n Roses.
The LA Times reported that, Ozzy Osbourne sent in a $ 1.00. check, and Eugene, Ore., KLCX radio station also helped raise an additional $ 1,000 from its listeners. Cooper would raise around $ 13,000, which was enough to update Kelly’s mortgage. The shock rocker would say to the Phoenix Gazette “I know you can’t save everyone from losing their home, but maybe it could trigger something,” “It’s such a great idea that someone should take it and really make it work.â¦ Helping the guy next door is the important thing. “It reminded me of ‘it’s a wonderful life’,” Cooper says. “People came with $ 3 here, $ 5. there, $ 10 here, until the job was done. It was definitely the longest autograph session I have ever done. It lasted five or six hours. Patrick was shocked by the reaction of a local press team: “I didn’t think it would attract the attention of anyone except the neighbors and the local cops.” is a really nice guy to do something like that. I didn’t expect it. But the story wouldn’t have a happy ending. The $ 13,000 that Cooper raised was just for arrears and n have not canceled the entire mortgage. Kelly’s next mortgage payment was due in January 1993 and was for $ 1,300. In an interview with the Phoenix Gazette, he told the newspaper he was looking for work but would not pursue a career in real estate. The LA Times followed up on the story that same month and discovered the Kelly’s had again defaulted on their payments and abandoned the house. The family would be found by the locals