Alice Cooper: 'Loss of David Bowie Will Be Hard to Swallow'

"The man that fell to Earth has gone back to the planet that he came from," rocker says in tribute to Bowie

Alice Cooper, David Bowie's glam rock peer in the early half of the Seventies, paid tribute to the rock legend. Credit: Michael Putland/Getty, Paul Natkin/WireImage/Getty

Alice Cooper, David Bowie's glam rock peer in the early half of the Seventies, paid tribute to the rock legend who passed away Sunday at the age of 69. "The loss of David Bowie will be hard to swallow for everyone," Cooper said. "He leaves behind a rich history of musical and cultural experimentation and invention that will rarely be seen again, if ever."

"It's hard to know exactly what to say when you hear of someone's passing. I know that I have certainly lost one of my lifetime Rock and Roll theatrical comrades in David Bowie," Cooper added in a statement. "We both started in theatrical Rock N Roll at the same time, and in some cases we challenged each other to go farther and push the envelope."

In the early Seventies, during the Ziggy Stardust era, both Bowie and Cooper were lumped into the glam rock category, with Bowie sometimes accused of borrowing from Cooper's onstage persona. "I kind of expected all that to happen, and I just trusted in my own conceptions that eventually we'd split off and have separate identities, Alice and myself," Bowie told the Turtles' Flo & Eddie in a 1977 interview when asked about the Cooper comparisons. "I just trusted in my optimistic ideas of what I could do."

The glam phase turned out to be just one of Bowie's many musical identities. "He was one of a kind," Cooper concluded in his Bowie remembrance. "The man that fell to Earth has gone back to the planet that he came from."