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Alice Cooper's Christmas Pudding - Comerica Theatre - Saturday, December 7

When it comes to tradition during the holiday season, Phoenix isn't known for snowmen, hot cocoa, or sledding. But one thing that can always be counted upon is the tradition of Christmas Pudding -- Alice Cooper's Christmas Pudding, to be exact. And it's a tasty recipe.

After nearly five decades and 30 records, Cooper has perfected his craft of putting on shows and making music. Now in his mid-60s, he's reaping the career rewards and has gone from rock 'n' roll's official villain to a charitable hero in the Valley of the Sun. Called the most "beloved heavy metal entertainer" by Rolling Stone and an "overlooked songwriter" by Bob Dylan in 1978, Cooper survived the worst excesses of the shock rock lifestyle and has come out the other end happy and healthy -- and now he's helping hundreds of teenagers do the same.

In November 1995, Cooper and his wife, Sheryl, a professional dancer, began the foundation Solid Rock to raise money for music and arts programs. But then the duo proposed a teen center to provide an outlet where teens could learn and equip themselves for their future. -- Lauren Wise

Read our complete interview with Alice Cooper

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