Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock (40, U2)

40 (How Long)


I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him”Psalm 40:1-3

This episode has two segments. In the first segment, Randy Spencer, Consultant & Community Partnership Coordinator for Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock, will be with us talking about ways we can help Alice’s organization and the teens that use the facilities at The Rock. In the second segment, Sophie Dorsten, singer/songwriter and student at The Rock will be with us talking about her experiences there.

Our discussion is based on the Solid Rock Teen Center and the many opportunities teens have within that organization.

We also take some time to discuss the collaboration project “The Rock” students and The Cooper family recorded using various clips and recordings to create their rendition of U2’s “40 (How Long)” from the 1983 album “War.”

“Solid Rock’s primary mission is to make an everlasting difference in the lives of teens by helping them meet the spiritual, economic, physical, and social needs of teens in the community by offering a safe, engaging environment during non-school hours. Maintaining “a teen’s worst enemy is too much time on their hands,” Solid Rock provides the music, arts, vocational programs and fellowship that challenge teens to discover their passion through music, dance, video and sound production, self-expression, and creativity.”

“I love the song “40”; it’s so uplifting…it’s a spiritual song but not in your face spiritual.  The teens didn’t know that Alice and Sheryl were going to be in the video. So, when we edited it and released it, the teens saw that the Cooper family was a part of it, and it was a surprise for the kids.” – Randy Spencer

“I felt like it was a great song (U2’s “40”) for everyone to sing together…to bring everyone on together as far as like on social media and all over the world, and even though we are apart, we can still be together.” – Sophie Dorsten


Randy Spencer

Randy Spencer

Consultant/Fundraiser, Alice Cooper's Solid Rock


Randy works at creating awareness and revenue-generating partnerships for Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock. His work has helped them partner with various businesses and organizations including Arizona Lottery, Dutch Bros. Coffee, Phoenix Suns, Arizona Bike Week, Mesa Arts Center, and MANY MORE.

If you have something to donate or would like to contact him, please find his contact information below:
email: or phone: 602.522.9200

Sophie Dorsten

Sophie Dorsten

Singer/Songwriter & Student, Alice Cooper's Solid Rock


Sophie has been performing around the Phoenix area for the past 9 years at such venues as the Marquee Theatre, Crescent Ballroom, The Van Buren and Celebrity Theatre (both venues for finals at Proof is in the Pudding competition – in the fall 2018 season she won second place), Rhythm Room, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, The Rebel Lounge, Queen Creek Olive Mill, Last Exit Live, and Whiskey Row Gilbert to name a few, as well as various local malls and festivals including Mesa Music Fest.

She has also performed the National Anthem at spring training games the past couple of springs for such teams as the Chicago Cubs, AZ Diamondbacks, and LA Dodgers; as well as at the City of Mesa Celebration of Freedom (4th of July) event for both the Naturalization ceremony and right before the fireworks.

The Dublin, Ireland-based band, U2, launched their career in 1980 with the release of their first studio album, Boy. They have managed to survive over 40 years and multiple genres during their tenure. Initially labeled post-punk and alternative rock, U2 has also dabbled in industrial, techno, pop, among others.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, some of the teens from Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock collaborated via ZOOM and other various apps to create an uplifting rendition of the song “40.” During the chorus of the song, Alice and his family (Sheryl, Calico, Dash, and Sonora) join the teens in echoing the words of the song.

“40 (How Long)”
song lyrics:

I waited patiently for the Lord
He inclined and heard my cry
He brought me up out of the pit
Out of the mire and clay

I will sing, sing a new song
I will sing, sing a new song

How long to sing this song
How long to sing this song
How long, how long, how long
How long, to sing this song

He set my feet upon a rock
And made my footsteps firm
Many will see
Many will see and fear

I will sing, sing a new song
I will sing, sing a new song

I will sing, sing a new song
I will sing, sing a new song

How long to sing this song
How long to sing this song
How long, how long, how long
How long, to sing this song

Adam Clayton / David Evans / Laurence Mullen / Paul David Hewson

“40” lyrics
© Universal Music Publishing Group


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