Elvis Presley had a deep appreciation for firearms. This was something not everyone knew about. He owned a wide range of guns, and this loving relationship with his weapons established an unforgettable initial encounter with Rock and Roll Musician Alice Cooper.
Elvis Presley told Alice Cooper to point a loaded gun to his head so he can show off his fancy karate moves. Cooper wanted to pull the trigger and go down in history as the man who killed Elvis. But Elvis kicked the gun out of his hand pinned Cooper to the ground.
The Influence of the Esteemed Elvis Presley
Many years have passed since the death of Elvis Presley, yet his iconic presence lives on through his legacy. His notable influence on music and pop culture proves itself through the various famous musicians he’s inspired.
During the 50s, a significant period in music, especially for rock and roll, Elvis Presley was the most widespread artist. Even though rock and roll had already been building its platform during that time, Elvis Presley offered nothing but fame and popularity to the genre when he entered the rocking scene.
Elvis Presley’s fame continued to grow, so did rock and roll’s. His music offered opportunities for rising rock and roll musicians. Although labeled as the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley didn’t just stick to a specific genre; instead, his music was a combination of blues, country music, the ambiance of ballads, and some classic crooning.
With his unique music, it was not a surprise that Presley had influenced other rising rock artists at that time. The impact he had on Little Richard, Gene Vincent, Buddy Holly, and Eddie Cochran aided in defining rock and roll.
The King also influenced the Beatles as he turned their fans into rock and roll lovers. Moreover, Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant, Bono, Boby Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, and Bob Seger had always acknowledged Elvis Presley’s influence in their music.
Despite Elvis Presley’s short-lived life, the legacy he left for the world remains immortalized through his music and his influence. (Source: The Little Vegas Chapel)
Presley and Cooper’s Initial Encounter
One of the King’s most talked about qualities was his well-documented affection for guns. The King was known to have an all-inclusive collection of firearms at Graceland, bringing his favorite guns during his tours or when he stayed in Las Vegas. Elvis Presley’s most renowned use of his weapons was how he aimed and fired his television for displaying people he didn’t like.
With that said, rock musician Alice Cooper recalls his initial meeting with King Elvis Presley, along with actress Liza Minnelli and adult film star Linda Lovelace. The group visited Presley at the Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas.
After being searched for guns, the group was surprisingly welcomed by an extensive range of guns when they got to Presley’s room. When Presley entered the room, he called Alice Cooper, telling him he wants to show him something before proceeding to the kitchen and handing Cooper a loaded gun. (Source: Express)
With the fully-loaded firearm in Cooper’s hand, Presley instructs him to put it to his head.
A little voice in my left ear was telling me, ‘Go on, kill him, you’ll always be the guy who killed Elvis‘. In my other ear was another voice saying, ‘You can’t kill him, it’s Elvis Presley, wound him instead, you’ll only get a few years!Alice Cooper
Before Cooper could react, Elvis immediately kicked the gun off his hands before pinning him to the floor, announcing to the room, that’s how you stop a man with a gun. (Source: NME)