London’s Daily Mirror reports Alice met Elvis Presley in 1971; he and the King were in the same Las Vegas hotel when they had their astonishing encounter: “He had the penthouse – this was when he was at the top of his game,” says Cooper. “I had always been a fan as a kid, so I jumped at the chance to go upstairs and meet him. When I got to the lift I found it was me, Liza Minnelli and the porn actress Linda Lovelace.”
Arriving at Presley’s suite, the unlikely group were frisked for guns by the King’s security team: “I don’t know why they bothered – when we got inside the place was full of guns,” Alice recalls. “Elvis took me into the kitchen, opened a drawer, and pulled out a loaded pistol, telling me to put it to his head. I recognized it straight away, a snub .32. I didn’t know what to do. I had this gun in my hand and was expecting one of his security to come in any second, see me holding a weapon and shoot me dead.”
“A little voice in my left ear was telling me, ‘Go on, this is history, kill him, you’ll always be the guy who killed Elvis’,” Alice continued. “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!’. A fraction of a second later Elvis did a flying kick on the gun, and sent it flying, before tripping me and pinning me to the ground by my neck, announcing, ‘that’s how you stop a man with a gun’.”
Just a legendary tale from a legend? Cooper pick up the Kerrang! Icon Award yesterday, and headlines the second stage at the Download festival tomorrow.