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OTRC: Alice Cooper, Neil Diamond to join Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011

Alice Cooper performs at the Azkena Rock festival in Vitoria, Spain on May 24, 2009 (flickr.com/photos/denaflows)

Alice Cooper, a heavy metal "shock" rocker, says he and his band mates are happy to become the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's "arch villains" when they are inducted along with Neil Diamond, known for the hit "Sweet Caroline", and other artists into the iconic club in 2011.

To receive the prestigious honor, a musician or band must have released its first batch of music at least 25 years ago. The hall will induct Cooper, Diamond and performers Tom Waits, Dr. John and Darlene Love during an annual ceremony on March 14, 2011, at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York City. The event will be broadcast on the Fuse channel.

"Take one part Yardbirds, one part 'West Side Story', starring Bela Lugosi and Bette Davis, and you have Hellzapoppin! and then POOF !! - and you have Alice Cooper," Cooper said in a statement on his website. "Now if you can digest that, and the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame can digest that, we will happily be the Hall's arch villains. We are grateful from the bottom of our black little hearts."

Cooper, known for his horror-oriented stage shows and dark make-up, has released songs such as "School's Out", "Poison" and "Welcome To My Nightmare." The 62-year-old rocker, whose real name is Vincent Furnier and who heads the Alice Cooper Band, can often be seen in commercials and appeared in the movie "Wayne's World".

Diamond, 69, is also known for the song "Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon" and wrote the track "I'm a Believer" for the group The Monkees.

" I thought about it occasionally, but I kind of figured they'd get around to me at some point," he told the Associated Press after receiving news of his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. "I'm glad they did it before I'm dead.".

The hall has inducted more than 605 artists, including Phil Collin's old rock group Genesis and Swedish pop band ABBA. Others who made the cut this year include musicians Tom Waits, Dr. John and Darlene Love. They were chosen by more than 500 voters of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation and will be represented at the organization's museum in Cleveland, Ohio.

Other 2011 nominees included Bon Jovi, the Beastie Boys, Chic, Donovan, J. Geils Band, Darlene Love, Laura Nyro, Donna Summer, Joe Tex and Chuck Willis.

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