Backstage With Paul: …Take A Picture In Case They Ever Get Famous!

In December of 1987, I set up a photo shoot with one of my favorite artists, Alice Cooper. It’s always great to photograph one of his shows. He’s one of the greatest live performers on the planet. His manager asked me to do a photo shoot with him that night, but unlike most artists, he asked that the shoot be done after the show. Of course I agreed, no problem.

Alice Cooper and Guns N' Roses pictures by Paul Natkin

The next day, a publicist I knew called me and said, “I heard you are doing a shoot with Alice. You should shoot the band that I am working with. They are going to be big someday. They are called Guns n’ Roses.”

I agreed, but told her that she had to make them wait until Alice’s show was over, as I didn’t want to set up a second time for an unknown band. So they did, and after the show, the G&R guys came straggling in. I did a few shots of them, just in case they ever got famous! Ha!

Then Alice and his band came in and I did a shoot with him. Never thought those other guys would ever make it…


About Paul Natkin

Paul Natkin learned photography in the trenches, working  with his father, the team photographer of the Chicago Bulls. He shot sports in the Chicago area for five years before he discovered music photography in 1976.

Since then, he has photographed most of the major music stars of the last half of the 20th century, shooting album covers for artists such as Ozzy Osbourne and Johnny Winter and magazine covers for Newsweek (Bruce Springsteen), Ebony (Tina Turner), People (Prince), and music magazines around the world. See his work online at

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Cory Lorentz

Cory Lorentz

Cory Lorentz is the Artist Relations Manager at Shure. He enjoys weekends, tacos and has a soft spot for the kind of lite rock music you’d hear in a dentist’s office.

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