In a 2013 interview, Cooper said that calling Mumford & Sons a “rock” band was an “offense to rock n’ roll,” adding that the then-banjo heavy band is “great at what they do, but it’s not rock n’ roll,” a notion that he still stands behind.

“I’m not taking anything back,” Cooper says. “When I heard them [originally], they were playing folk music. Now, I’m really impressed with them. That’s the kind of band I’d go to see.”

Mumford & Sons’ decision to plug in and go electric on Wilder Mind not only earned them their first number-one album on the Billboard 200, it also seems to have made a fan out of Alice Cooper.

“You hear the new album? It rocks!” Cooper tells NME in a video interview. “Absolutely electric rock n’ roll. They came up with a rock n’ roll album and kinda proved me wrong.”

Perhaps you’ll see Cooper in the crowd during Mumford & Sons’ North American tour this August, which wraps up with a two-night stand at The Forum in Los Angeles August 17-18.

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