Alice Cooper, the shock rocker who has been at it since 1969 is currently on tour with another album, Paranormal, and shows no sign of calling it quits, just yet. Approaching the spry age of 70, Alice Cooper (born Vincent Damon Furnier) made his start in Phoenix but soon after relocated to the heartland of Michigan where things changed for the better. What started as a miscommunication in the tabloids after it was rumored that he bit a chicken’s head off at a show (actually tossed a chicken into the crowd that was destroyed by the fans), his reputation as the bad boy of rock music stuck with him. With a degree in Fine Arts, Cooper’s satirical onstage antics were partly inspired by surreal artists such as Salvador Dalí.
Flash forward to his first hit single “I’m Eighteen” in 1970, his A&R men heard multiple singles with “School’s Out,” “Billion Dollar Babies” and “No More Mr. Nice Guy” with their following releases. The trademark creepy clown makeup Cooper wears is a staple at his shows including the countless costume changes, ancillary characters and pyrotechnics. At the Greek Theatre, overlooking the Hollywood wasteland below, Alice Cooper brought his own distressed debauchery that the Sunset Strip only wishes it could compete with. With The Edgar Winter Band and Deep Purple sharing the bill, Alice Cooper did the only thing he knows how to do: Rock!
The show begin with an array of smoke stacks billowing out of the stage floor while cascading showers of burning embers rained down upon the band. Alice Cooper made his appearance wearing a cape he quickly tore off and presented himself to the adoring fans. The show began with the animated track “Brutal Planet” before hitting the audience with a gut punch on the song, “No More Mr. Nice Guy.” The crowd went nuts for Nita Strauss’ guitar riffs as she head-banged through the smoke clouds not giving up a chord on her axe. Cooper’s theatrics were colossal, to say the least. At one point, he came out suited in a straitjacket, gas mask and was immediately strapped to a standing gurney during the track, “Feed My Frankenstein.” He was then electrocuted until plumes of steam arose from his rattling corpse. Suddenly, a ghastly 15 foot monster from Dr. Frankenstein’s laboratory appeared singing the rest of the song. During the track “I Love The Dead” Cooper was once again restrained by an Executioner and tossed into a standing guillotine just moments before the blade came down and chopped his head right off.
The show closer was the epic hit “School’s Out” that had the crowd singing along as giant balloons and streamers rained down on the audience. The set contained classic gems mixed with new tracks from 2017’s Paranormal including “Paranoiac Personality.” Alice Cooper is currently on tour and hitting the states this summer with a European tour this fall. This is the show of a lifetime that calls out the true rock fans to indulge in unadulterated madness and bloody barrels of fun. Be there or be L7.
No More Mr. Nice Guy
Under My Wheels
Billion Dollar Babies
Woman of Mass Distraction
Halo of Flies
Feed My Frankenstein
Only Women Bleed
I Love The Dead