Author: KELLI SKYE FADROSKI
Nearly 50 years since forming his first garage-rock band as a Detroit teenager – they were called the Earwigs, and then became the Spiders – Alice Cooper remains a master of the macabre. On tour, he continues to play ringleader to a terrifying brood of talented musicians who have rotated in and out of his group, while proving year after year to still have a few shocking tricks under his signature top hat.
When: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 26
Where: Segerstrom Hall at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa
How much: $49-$129
Cooper, whose grandly theatrical style is a smart choice for a rare all-out rock show at Segerstrom Center for the Arts next week, has long devised imaginative ways to off Alice since developing his act in the early ’70s. (He and the original Alice Cooper Band were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011.)
He’s done death by hanging, used the electric chair and firing squads, and his beheadings by guillotine are iconic. At 65, he still snarls and taunts his audiences, as he has been again on his current Raise the Dead Tour. The three-part, 90-minute performance, he shared by phone recently, blends plenty of his classics – “Welcome to My Nightmare,” “School’s Out,” “I’m Eighteen,” “No More Mr. Nice Guy” – alongside newer cuts, like “Caffeine” and the subtly titled “I’ll Bite Your Face Off.”
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