Alice Cooper Declares Detroit ‘the Hard Rock Capital’ of the US Forget Motown. Alice Cooper has declared Detroit “the hard rock capital of the United States.” “Los Angeles had the Doors; San Francisco had the Grateful Dead; New York had the Young Rascals; and Detroit had the Stooges, the MC5, Alice Cooper, Bob Seger and Ted Nugent,” says Cooper, who was born in Detroit. “Detroit was the, is the hard rock capital of the United States.” It should be noted that Cooper might be a little biased in making the declaration, however. He’s currently promoting the upcoming release of his new album, “Detroit Stories,” which is due February 26th. What city would you say is the hard rock capital of the U.S.?