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Alice Cooper, Rock’s Cal Ripken Jr., Cancels His First Gig in 30 Years

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For the first time in 30 years, Alice Cooper has done something that hasn't happened in his long, strange career: He canceled a gig.

While his peers have cited exhaustion, scheduling conflicts, and even pigeon poop to call off shows at the last minute, Cooper went three decades without ever missing a concert. However according to Blabbermouth, Cooper was "too ill to even leave the hotel" in Santiago, Chile, which seems like a good excuse to nix a gig. You don't want him coughing on fans or his snake and getting them sick, too. The shock rocker promises to start a brand new concert streak by performing his next scheduled show in Buenos Aires, Argentina, tomorrow night.

We don't have the resources to accurately tabulate just how many shows Cooper has performed in the past three decades, but it has to be in the thousands. His Iron Man streak reminds us of the Baltimore Orioles' Cal Ripken Jr., who played in a record 2,632 consecutive baseball games over a span of 17 seasons. Like Ripken, who was a first-ballot Hall of Famer, Cooper was inducted into the Rock Hall this year for his efforts.

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