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Alice Cooper pays tribute to late guitarist

Alice Cooper pays tribute to late guitarist

DICK WAGNER:In a lengthy statement, the "School's Out" rocker, who co-wrote hits like "Only Women Bleed" and "I Never Cry" with Wagner (seen above in 2013) calls his late friend a "one of a kind" talent. Photo: Associated Press

Alice Cooper has paid tribute to his longtime guitarist Dick Wagner following the musician’s death on Wednesday.

In a lengthy statement, the “School’s Out” rocker, who co-wrote hits like “Only Women Bleed” and “I Never Cry” with Wagner, calls his late friend a “one of a kind” talent.

Cooper writes, “Even though we know it’s inevitable, we never expect to suddenly lose close friends and collaborators.

“Dick Wagner and I shared as many laughs as we did hit records. He was one of a kind. He is irreplaceable. His brand of playing and writing is not seen anymore, and there are very few people that I enjoyed working with as much as I enjoyed working with Dick Wagner.

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“A lot of my radio success in my solo career had to do with my relationship with Dick Wagner. Not just on stage, but in the studio and writing. Some of my biggest singles were ballads what I wrote with Dick Wagner. Most of (album) “Welcome to My Nightmare” was written with Dick. There was just a magic in the way we wrote together. He was always able to find exactly the right chord to match perfectly with what I was doing.

“I think that we always think our friends will be around as long as we are, so to hear of Dick’s passing comes as a sudden shock and an enormous loss for me, Rock N Roll and to his family.”

Wagner, 71, passed away from respiratory failure in a Phoenix, Arizona hospital.

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