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ALICE COOPER REVIEW – San Antonio Express

Alice Cooper Blows The Majestic To Pieces


Thumbing his nose at authority, convention and Father Time, Alice Cooper still can’t think of a word that rhymes.
Which was absolutely fine for 1,800 fans at Majestic Theatre on Wednesday.

The ‘70s and ‘80s shock rocker turned on at least one teen cholo with a bandana draped over his eyes, sexed-up women in heavy goth makeup and several aging fans sporting a calaveras look worthy of Day of the Dead.

Gerard Velasco, 18, was among the fired-up crowd, calling Alice Cooper’s music “a breath of fresh air,” compared to the current scene. He was accompanied by his dad, who never saw Cooper back in the day.

Photo By BILLY CALZADA/San Antonio Express-News. Alice Cooper performs during his “Raise the Dead” tour at the Majestic Theatre in San Antonio on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015.

The younger Velasco would never have taken such an opportunity for granted. “It would have been fantastic to be there in the ‘70s,” he said. “It would have been great to be there.”

What did he think about it? “It’s everything I imagined. It all just fits together,” Velasco said.

Cooper actually left little to imagination, delivering his trademark theatrics in full make-up and costumes. He opened with “Hello, Hooray” and “House of Fire,” all of it fueled by three electric guitars, bass and drums.

The multi-generational audience was on its feet from beginning to end. If ZZ Top is ageless (the bearded trio played the venue last month), then Cooper is eternal and making the argument that his ‘70s pop metal — which influenced glam, big-hair rock, goth and even some of the punk movement — trumps the blues when it comes to commercial appeal.

“No More Mr. Nice Guy” came early, setting the stage for Cooper’s tongue in cheek gore, from “I’ll Bite Your Face Off” to “Billion Dollar Babies.”

It’s impossible to prove, but a quick survey of the audience downstairs and up top, seemed to indicate that (per capita) there were more smiles than usual. That’s because Cooper, 67, is highly entertaining, energetic and buffered by cool pyrotechnics.

But he’s no clown. More than 20 years ago (and 20 years past his heyday), Cooper was singing “Lost in America,” with prophetic lines such as “I can’t go to school ‘cause I ain’t got a gun.” Then there’s “Hey Stoopid,” which can be seen as Sid Vicious’ epitaph or a remake of Paul Revere & the Raiders’ “Kicks.”

One of the rue highlights was “Welcome to My Nightmare” with the star of the show sporting a real, live boa constrictor wrapped around his neck and right arm. He kissed it a couple of times, too. That went the same for his bullwhips and walking sticks.

Cooper promised that the “Raise the Dead Tour” would live up to its name, and he honored four of his favorite friends from the wasted old days — Jim Morrison, John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix and Keith Moon. His band dusted off the Doors’ “Break on Through,” the Beatles’ “Revolution,” Hendrix’s “Foxy Lady” and the Who’s “My Generation.”

Nostalgic, yes. But Cooper’s been doing these songs since he was a teen and he sang them with joy.

Cooper closed his 23-song set with “I’m Eighteen,” “Poison” and “School’s Out.” There are plenty that prefer his “Feed My Frankenstein” and “I Love the Dead” reputation but it’s “School’s Out,” which taps into (and updates) the attitude of Chuck Berry’s “School Days” and which can still speak to the pogo-dancing teens at the Majestic on Wednesday.

School’s been blown to pieces.


4 comments to ALICE COOPER REVIEW – San Antonio Express

  • Brenda

    Well, gee, “Alice’s friend”, I don’t know what you expect a non-profit organization and a resale shop to be, but Alice and his family and friends do a ton of work to help kids in the Phoenix area and beyond. A resale shop isn’t going to be a glam affair, if that is what you were expecting from a rock star’s name on the sign. If I lived in the area, that is the first place I would donate to, and will when I move back there next year. I guess if you don’t want to, there are plenty of people who will help kids to have a better and more rewarding life, using their talents and strengths to make this a better world.

  • Alice's friend

    I don’t know Alice and Sheryl, your Attic and Solid Rock Foundation isn’t what it is advertised as. I won’t donate anymore myself, and others should consider other options as well. Go beyond Alice Cooper and break free. It is just another addiction.

    • Alice's friend

      I take my comments back. It is a wonderful place. The Cooper’s mean well, and they do have some brilliant performances at the Solid Rock Foundation. I just ran into someone who was having a bad day, and then now my bad day in turn has affected me. Life is not easy. It is a great addiction, and most people there are easy to get along with. I have been to a couple of the Christmas Pudding Specials, and they were fabulous. It is worth donating for, and it is a great addiction. Someone wasn’t being helpful and respectful towards me while I was trying to make a purchase of Alice’s clothing from his Attic, and it just brought out the critic in me which I don’t like at all because Alice and his family are so special. The Attic is worth seeing. There are interesting things there to see. It will get better. I am a fan of Alice’s, and I found a special item there which I didn’t buy at that time, and Chuck made my dream come true. I thought he had cancelled my order which is why I was upset. I still need a tracking number. I am sure Chuck is a very nice guy. Everyone can have a bad day. When I was there it wasn’t that busy, and the next day I went to the Christmas Pudding. Apparently now they are busy. I tried to share Alice stories with him. Anyone who can make a living as long as he has, is worth talking about. It is too bad that everyone only remembers his addictions when he has been healed for so long. Love you Alice, and I am sorry, and hope to get that piece of clothing. I will have to lose weight possibly; but, at least I have it, and you are still alive. Adam helped prepare it with care. Love you guys. I will donate again, I am sure cause it is a spiritual journey, and in religion or in the Bible, it does to forgive. So please forgive me. Chuck you were nice at the beginning. I am sorry that you had a couple of bad days also. Please erase my messages forever.

      • Brenda

        Thank you for explaining your original comments. Alice and his Solid Rock members try to do what they can. Alice himself is such a nice man, but even he may have days he doesn’t feel so good. I don’t think he’d be rude to anyone, though. I’m sure he’s exhausted after a show, but he still takes the time to meet his fans, and he gives each one special memories with his wit and charm.