REVIEW: Alice Cooper creeped out Airway Heights in all the best ways on Sunday night

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Alice Cooper headlined this season’s first outdoor summer concert at Northern Quest on Sunday night. Photo by Dan Nailen

I’m not going to say that Alice Cooper made a deal with the devil to still be so spry and rocking at 69 years old — as we all know by now, the man’s an avowed Christian — but there’s something unnatural about how much raucous fun the man still has on stage, nearly 50 years after first hitting the public eye.

Sunday night, Cooper kicked off Northern Quest’s Outdoor Summer Concerts series with a setlist that leaned hard on his ’70s-era classics like Welcome to My Nightmare and Billion Dollar Babies. In the process, he showed why he’s considered a garage-rock pioneer, while still offering up the theatrics one has come to expect from an Alice Cooper show.

A live boa constrictor for “Welcome to My Nightmare.” A Frankenstein monster for “Feed My Frankenstein.” Alice in a straightjacket for “The Ballad of Dwight Fry.” Alice beheaded with a guillotine just before “Killer/I Love The Dead.” All the eye-candy greatest hits were there, and entertaining for sure.

I’ll admit that for years, before ever seeing Alice Cooper perform, I thought the theatrics were the ONLY reason to go to an Alice Cooper show. But that’s not the case, as he emphatically proved Sunday night with a barreling performance that touched on punk, metal, blues and Tin Pan Alley balladry over the course of about 20 songs. An Alice Cooper show is inherently musical — and much more so than many of the heavy metal bands he’s toured with since his ’80s comeback with songs like “Poison.”

That tune that came about halfway through the show after an extended guitar solo by Nita Strauss, one of three guitarists in the band (alongside Ryan Roxie and Tommy Henriksen) who collectively gave the show all the muscle any rock fan could ask for. Cooper bragged about his band’s excellence when we talked with him, and he was right; they are musically excellent and visually appealing as part of the Alice Cooper spectacle.

Cooper launched the show in a shower of sparks and the band was on fire from the jump on opener “Brutal Planet” and its follow-up of “No More Mr. Nice Guy” and “Under My Wheels.” From there, the energy rarely flagged even for ballads like “Only Women Bleed.” “Lost in America” offered a New York Dolls-style blast of garage rock, and anthems like “Billion Dollar Babies” and “I’m Eighteen” remain live favorites for good reason.

While Cooper didn’t chat a lot with the crowd, his show and the strength of his tunes combined to make him, still, a must-see. Opener Dokken was much more chatty with the early arriving audience, with founding members Don Dokken and drummer Mick Brown cracking constant jokes about their age and “misbehaving in the ’80s.”

Dokken also fought through a hot evening sun and seated, somewhat lethargic early audience to deliver a solid hour of their ’80s hits like “The Hunter,” “Dream Warriors,” “Kiss of Death,” “Breaking the Chains” and “In My Dreams.”

Alice Cooper Reunites Original Band for 2017 UK Tour


Dennis Dunaway, Michael Bruce and Neal Smith will tour UK with Alice in November 2017

On May 14th, 2017 following Alice Cooper’s customary execution via guillotine on stage at his Nashville concert, fans were treated to something rarely seen since 1973. The stage went dark and original band members, bassist Dennis Dunaway, guitarist Michael Bruce and drummer

Neal Smith reunited to perform a five song mini-set of their classic hits with Alice.

This followed the recent announcement that his forthcoming album – Paranormal, out July 28th on earMUSIC – will include two new recordings written and recorded by the original line-up (“Genuine American Girl and “You And All Of Your Friends”).

Now, Alice announces that the three members of the original Alice Cooper band will join him on tour in the UK, returning to these shores 46 years after they first shocked and enthralled us on their historic 1971 tour.

In Nashville, they were joined by current band member Ryan Roxie filling in for the late Glen Buxton on guitar. The band ripped through “I’m 18,” “No More Mr Nice Guy,” “Muscle of Love,” “Billion Dollar Babies” and then closed with “School’s Out,” bringing back current band members – drummer Glen Sobel, bassist Chuck Garric, and guitarists Nita Strauss and Tommy Henriksen for a grand finale.

Original Alice Cooper Band Reunites in Nashville, TN. Photo by Kyler Clark – CerealKyler Photography

And they enjoyed it so much that they decided to bring the show to the UK.

Alice says, “When the original band broke up in 1975, there was no bad blood. There were no lawsuits — we had just burned out the creative process. We had gone to high school together and had recorded something like five Platinum albums in a row. We were never out of sight of each other for 10 years. Everybody just went their own way. Neal, Dennis and I always stayed in touch. Mike disappeared for a while and Glen Buxton passed away in 1997, which was a big blow.

“But last year Neal called me up and said, ‘I have a couple of songs.’ I said great, bring ‘em over. Then he said Mike was stopping by, so I had them come to my house and we just worked on a few things for a week. Then Dennis called up and said, I got a couple songs. So, I thought, hey let’s do this! When you listen to the record, it just fits right in.”

The next logical step is to rekindle their friendship, doing what they do best – performing as one the greatest live rock bands in history.

Original Alice Cooper Band Reunites in Nashville, TN. Photo by Kyler Clark – CerealKyler Photography

For more information visit www.alicecooper.com

Alice Cooper, plus The Mission and The Tubes presented by AEG live in the UK, November 2017:

11th – Leeds – First Direct Arena
12th – Glasgow – The SSE Hydro
14th – Birmingham – Barclaycard Arena
15th – Manchester – Manchester Arena
16th – London – The SSE Arena, Wembley
Tickets:
General admission ticket prices*
£40.00-£47.50
*excluding VIP packages
VIP:
Alice is offering several VIP packages at
www.alicecooper.com, including meet and greet and a backstage tour.
AEG Live are offering pre-show packages, available at:

PARANORMAL HQ

ALICE COOPER’S NEW SINGLE “PARANOIAC PERSONALITY” PREMIERED ON NIGHTS WITH ALICE COOPER JUNE 8TH AND IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE

THE FULL ALBUM “PARANORMAL” IS OFFICIALLY AVAILABLE FOR PREORDER NOW AND WILL BE RELEASED JULY 28TH!

ABOUT ALICE COOPER’S PARANORMAL:
By Brad Tolinski

 

“PARANORMAL is like 12 great episodes of The Twilight Zone,” laughs Alice Cooper, “each song tells its own twisted little tale.”

 

Yes, the inimitable King of Shock Rock is back with his first album of original material in six years. It’s a weird and wonderful collection of guitar-driven delights, but what else would you expect from the composer of beautifully warped classics like “Under My Wheels,” “I’m Eighteen” and “Billion Dollar Babies”?
Produced by long-time collaborator Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Deep Purple), and featuring guests like ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons, U2 drummer Larry Mullen Jr., Deep Purple bassist Roger Glover, as well as a highly anticipated mini-reunion of the original Alice Cooper band members, Paranormalis full of surprises and riveting turns.”My definition of paranormal is something that is ‘other than normal’ or ‘alongside of normal’,” says Cooper. “You could say my whole career has been that. I would look at what was normal and step left of it. That’s what gets people’s attention. They’d listen to our music and see our show and say, ‘That’s so strange…oh yeah, that’s so Alice.”In keeping with his passion for the unexpected, the singer decided to steer clear of writing another concept album like 2011’s Welcome 2 My Nightmare, and focused on creating an explosive collection of unforgettable standalone songs.

“Bob Ezrin and I wanted to break the mold,” says Alice. “I said, let’s get 20 different ideas from 20 different places, put our spin on them, and go with whatever turns out the best.”

Out of the 20 tunes, they picked a dozen to immortalize, each played for thrills, chills and even a few laughs. “Dynamite Road” tells the story of a band that has a deadly encounter with the devil. In “Fireball,” the singer has a bad dream about the end of the world, only to wake up in time to see it happening in real life. “Genuine American Girl” is about a tough guy who is transgender and not afraid to let the world know about it, and the title track is the tender story about a girl and her best ghoul friend.

“Alice doesn’t have a problem being scary,” Cooper says about his rock and roll alter ego. “He likes to be a villain, but he also has a slapstick side. He’ll threaten to slit your throat, and then slip on a banana peel.”

Banana peels aside, perhaps the biggest surprise on Paranormal is the historic two-song mini-reunion with his former bandmates, guitarist Michael Bruce, bassist Dennis Dunaway and drummer Neal Smith.

“When the original band broke up in 1975, there was no bad blood,” explains Cooper.  “There were no lawsuits-we had just burned out the creative process. We had gone to high school together and had recorded something like five Platinum albums in a row. We were never out of sight of each other for 10 years. Everybody just went their own way. Neal, Dennis and I always stayed in touch. Mike disappeared for a while and Glen Buxton passed away in 1997, which was a big blow.”

“But last year Neal called me up and said, ‘I have a couple of songs.’ I said great, bring ’em over. Then he said Mike was stopping by, so I had them come to my house and we just worked on a few things for a week. Then Dennis called up and said, I got a couple songs. So, I thought, hey let’s do this! When you listen to record, it just fits right in.”

One could argue that the two songs, “Genuine American Girl” and the Who-inspired “You and All Your Friends,” do more than fit in. They stand out, as in their iconic sound being instantly recognizable.

Like any great entertainer, Alice Cooper is compelled to over deliver. In addition to the 12 new tracks on Paranormal, the singer has included a bonus disc of his current band playing killer live versions of some of The Coop’s greatest hits, such as “No More Mr. Nice Guy,” “Billion Dollar Babies” and “School’s Out.” Think of it as a taste of what to expect at an Alice Cooper concert circa 2017, including a summer co-headline North American tour with the equally legendary Deep Purple.

“This album is like the sideshow at a circus,” Cooper concludes. “It’s a little creepy. There’s a three-headed monkey and the snake woman, but you’re intrigued. That’s where Alice lives, and it’s been the place to go for 50years.”


Alice Cooper – Paranoiac Personality (Single)

TRACK LISTING

1. Paranoiac Personality
2. I’m Eighteen (Live in Dallas)

Alice Cooper – Paranormal (album)

TRACK LISTING
1. Paranormal
2. Dead Flies
3. Fireball
4. Paranoiac Personality
5. Fallen In Love
6. Dynamite Road
7. Private Public Breakdown
8. Holy Water
9. Rats
10. The Sound Of A

Studio recordings with the original Alice Cooper band:
11. Genuine American Girl
12. You And All Of Your Friends

Live in Columbus, Ohio, May 6th, 2016 with the current Alice Cooper band:
13. No More Mr. Nice Guy
14. Under My Wheels
15. Billion Dollar Babies
16. Feed My Frankenstein
17. Only Women Bleed
18. School’s Out


Last night on his radio program, “Nights With Alice Cooper,” Alice debuted the first single, “Paranoiac Personality” off the forthcoming album Paranormal.  As previously announced, Paranormal features two songs written and recorded with the original members of the Alice Cooper band and also has guest appearances by ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons, U2 drummer Larry Mullen and Roger Glover of Deep Purple. The album is out July 28th on earMUSIC and can be pre-ordered viaAmazon and iTunes today. There will also be a limited run of blood-red vinyl available at indie retailers across the country.

The guitar-driven “Paranoiac Personality” is a perfect entry point to Alice’s searing rock record. An album that explores the fringes of society, the end of the world, encounters with the devil and more. Paranormal was produced by long-time collaborator Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Deep Purple). In addition to the new studio album and the two new recordings from the original Alice Cooper band, fans will receive a bonus of 6 live tracks recorded at one of Cooper’s 2016 shows in Columbus, OH.
Alice Cooper’s North American tour also kicked off this week. He’ll join up with Deep Purple beginning in August. Highlights include The Greek in Los Angeles on August 13th and Jones Beach on August 26th. Alice Cooper is on a world tour throughout 2017. Full North American tour dates below.
For more information visit www.alicecooper.com
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REVIEW: Mankato Free Press - Alice Cooper's a Delightful Nightmare

SOURCE – Mankato Free Press

By Trey Mewes, tmewes@mankatofreepress.com

MANKATO — Watching a performer like Alice Cooper is almost like watching a fantastic magician mesmerize the crowd.

What Cooper did onstage Friday night at Vetter Stone Amphitheater certainly felt like magic. The 69-year-old rock icon moved like he was 30 years younger. He commanded the stage effortlessly, like he was pulling a rabbit out of a hat (or stabbing a ballerina, as Cooper did at one point). And he did it all in the span of an hour and a half.

Cooper, who is touring the world throughout the rest of the year, has been a giant of rock and roll and a pioneer since the 1960s. While he may or may not have invented shock rock as a musical subgenre, there’s no denying he popularized it. He’s a forefather of hard rock hard rock and heavy metal who influenced the evolution of rock and pop concerts into theatrical spectacles.

In other words, there’s almost no way he’s going to have a bad show.

I don’t know if Cooper has off-days like the rest of us anymore; he certainly didn’t show it in Mankato. Case in point: His microphone died at one point in the middle of “Welcome to my Nightmare,” one of his hits from the 1970s. If Cooper could tell, he didn’t sell it; the crowd and his band filled in the vocals for 15 to 20 seconds while he strutted about the stage singing and waiting for the mike to kick back on.

Compare that to Metallica’s frustration at the Grammy Awards earlier this year when frontman James Hetfield’s microphone went out. Clearly different stakes, but Cooper masked his technical errors with his performance to the point where I’m not sure many people even noticed.

Even if his band had screwed up, the crowd likely wouldn’t have cared. They were on their feet practically the whole time. One man couldn’t stop raving over seeing Alice Cooper’s “Billion Dollar Babies” tour in 1973, and Cooper’s wiggly hips sent women of all ages into hysterics at different points throughout the night.

Even Cooper’s famous python seemed to love the rocker, though the snake didn’t seem particularly pleased to be onstage.

All the pageantry you’d expect was on display. Cooper changed into numerous costumes after almost every number, his band’s backgrounds changed just as rapidly, and there were gags and pyrotechnics aplenty.

Cooper whipped around crutches, canes, riding crops, rapiers filled with money, knives and more with aplomb. He tangoed with life-sized dolls and “murdered” its real-life ballerina counterpart on “Only Women Bleed.” He turned into a 20-foot tall Frankenstein’s monster on “Feed My Frankenstein” with the help of a giant gurney and a spectacular fireworks show. He broke out of a straight jacket and got his head chopped off in “The Ballad of Dwight Fry” and part of “Killer.”

Cooper even brought out a katana during the encore, “School’s Out.” I don’t know why Cooper had a katana onstage. I’m not sure how it fit with the rest of the show. It honestly looked like something I could buy from a cheap Asian goods shop in the Cities. But that doesn’t matter, because Alice Cooper wielded a katana onstage during “School’s Out” while confetti, streamers and giant balloons shot out into the crowd.

“School’s Out” was, obviously, the highlight of the night, and Cooper even threw in a dash of Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall pt. 2” for good measure.

There’s no doubt Cooper played to his core audience on Friday. On the same day he teased an upcoming album and released a new track, “Paranoiac Personality,” Cooper’s set list was predominantly made up of the ’70s tracks that made him a household name — the newest track his band played was “Woman of Mass Distraction” from 2005’s “Dirty Diamonds” record.

That doesn’t mean Coooper skimped out on the metal sound that heralded his late-’80s and ’90s comeback, however. Cooper’s set likely surprised some of his older fans with a heavier, almost industrial sound at some points.

Guitarist Nina Strauss’s impressive solo led into an incredible rendition of “Poison,” one of Cooper’s later hits and a personal favorite. Everyone in the band showed off during “Halo of Flies,” which even included a spirited, satisfying solo from drummer Glen Sobel.

Yet there was no doubt who the star was. Cooper owned the stage at Vetter Stone, and his presence made the night all the more magical.

Set list:

1. Brutal Planet

2. No More Mr. Nice Guy

3. Under My Wheels

4. Lost in America

5. Pain

6. Welcome to my Nightmare

7. Billion Dollar Babies

8. The World Needs Guts

9. Woman of Mass Distraction

10. Poison (with a guitar solo lead-in)

11. Halo of Flies

12. Feed My Frankenstein

13. Only Women Bleed

14. Escape

15. Ballad of Dwight Fry

16. Killer

17. I Love the Dead

18. I’m Eighteen

Encore

19. School’s Out (including parts of “Another Brick in the Wall pt. 2” by Pink Floyd)

Cover Art Released For New Alice Cooper Album PARANORMAL

Can’t wait for the new album “PARANORMAL” to come out! I’m excited to unveil the new album’s cover, featuring photos by Rob Fenn. The new single “PARANOIC PERSONALITY” is out on June 9th, and the full album is out July 28th! Paranormal will be released by earMUSIC as a Double CD Digipak, Double LP, a Limited Box Set, and in digital formats.

There are 12 tracks that were recorded in Nashville with my long-time collaborator Bob Ezrin and features a very special bonus CD — a mini-album consisting of three brand new songs written and recorded together with original Alice Cooper band members Dennis Dunaway, Neal Smith, Michael Bruce, alongside carefully selected live recordings.

Paranormal also features special guest appearances by U2‘s Larry Mullen Jr., ZZ Top‘s Billy Gibbons, and Deep Purple‘s Roger Glover.

ALICE COOPER ANNOUNCED FOR MOTHER OF ALL ROCK FEST

Alice Cooper will be performing at the Mother of All Rock Festival in Monterrey on October 7!  This will be a GREAT show, look at this bill!  Tickets are on sale June 5 – Get em HERE