This morning Alice tweeted a link to more details on the upcoming Dynamite Comic Alice Cooper #1! Check out the tweet from @realalicecooper below:
— Alice Cooper (@RealAliceCooper) July 23, 2014
Alice Cooper played to a sold out crowd at Ak-Chin Pavilion in his hometown of Phoenix, AZ Saturday night. The rare Phoenix performance marked the first time that Alice has actually performed a full show in the city in a number of years. Alice brought the house down with an abbreviated 55 Minute set as special guest on Motley Crue’s final tour. The show was packed with the theatrical showmanship that Alice Cooper is world famous for including goons, killing machines, monsters and of course the slithering snake.
But that wasn’t all Alice had up his sleeve on Saturday night. Alice took his band and crew down to Alice Cooperstown in downtown Phoenix for an official after-party presented by his host station in Phoenix 100.7 KSLX. The party was in full swing by 10:30 with about 300 people out on the patio listening to KSLX’s own Pete Cummings Band perform rock n roll classics while Alice and his band mingled and ate. Then around 11:30 Alice’s band suddenly took over the stage and on stepped Alice Cooper himself for a surprise performance.
Alice and the band played some of his own classics as well as some covers from the “Raise The Dead” portion of the Alice’s show of the same name, where Alice pays tribute to his fallen friends Jimmy Hendrix, John Lennon, Keith Moon and Jim Morrison. Included in this set were Break On Through, My Revolution, Foxy Lady, Under My Wheels, Eighteen and My Generation and School’s Out. Alice was joined by his son Dash on the songs Under My Wheels and Eighteen.
It was a great night for Alice fans and a great night to be at Alice Cooperstown!
Alice Cooper… never posed as a sex symbol or took himself as seriously as the Crue. He’s always been a horror film actor posing as a rock star, wrapped in a magnificent shroud of hooks and power chords.
Still in fine voice at age 66, Cooper commanded the stage with ghoulish glee Wednesday, wielding his bloody crutch like a bayonet and stroking a live boa constrictor wrapped around his neck in “Welcome to My Nightmare.” All the other trademark props were there, too – the straitjacket, the gurney, the guillotine that chopped off his head and the henchman that threw Cooper’s decapitated gourd to the ground.
But Cooper also had timeless music to back up his theatrics, from the propulsive boogie of “Under My Wheels” to the fist-pumping adolescent blues of “I’m Eighteen.” Years from now, when nobody can remember if the Crue sang “Shout at the Devil” or “Runnin’ with The Devil,” a whole new generation of kids will be singing along to Cooper’s triumphant show-closer, “School’s Out.”
Just as entertaining as Motley Crue, though, was opening act Alice Cooper.
The 66-year-old singer put on an hourlong set of rock-theater that included multiple costume changes, a giant dancing Frankenstein and a guillotine used to “behead” the singer onstage. (He returned, head attached, for the next song.)
He took the stage in a black-and-red-striped tuxedo with tails, black makeup circling his eyes, and delivered “I’m Eighteen,” “No More Mr. Nice Guy,” “Welcome to My Nightmare” and “Feed My Frankenstein.”
He wore a boa constrictor, a straitjacket and a bloody medical coat. The stage was decorated with scary clown faces and a stroller full of baby dolls without their bodies. The set was frightening, fascinating and funny all at once.
Cooper, who finished his set by filling the stage with bubbles and performing “School’s Out,” had an impressive band with three guitarists, including female guitarist Nita Strauss, who just joined Cooper’s band and is hard not to watch.
Read more here: http://www.kansas.com/2014/07/12/3551082/motley-crue-it-was-loud-there.html#storylink=cpy
The following is an review excerpt from the Columbus, OH show with Motley Crue and Alice Cooper!
As for Alice Cooper? Well, what’s to say? The main is a genius, a legend and a hero who could easily coast on his laurels — but through charisma and hard work instead remains one of the most vital and exciting stage performers around. His opening set was absolutely incredible. The band was awesome, his voice was marvelous and his stage presence simply perfect. For each song he’d choose one simple prop — a cane, a sword filled with dollar bills, a straightjacket — and use it to further flesh out what’s already one of the most impressive and underrated collection of anthems in rock history.
Every wag of his finger, every step, every vocal inflection had a purpose and accomplished that purpose exactly as designed — showcasing his three guitar players, pointing out the serious social commentary underneath the ghoulish humor of his lyrics, or accentuating a drum fill. I know this sounds like a fanboy writing his first concert review (or like Alice kidnapped my child), but anybody who was there can tell you that’s exactly how well this all went down. You’d be a fool to miss out on any chance you get to see Alice Cooper live — who knows, one of these days even he may say goodbye!
MANISTEE – An audience that stood throughout at least a 90-minute, non-stop show of music/rock theater left the Alice Cooper concert Thursday night at Little River Casino Resort smiling and buzzing about what they had just experienced.
“I love my local bands, but this was so over the top,” Cathy Dalton, who maintains the Ludington Live music website that chronicles local bands’ shows, said.
Dalton and Patty Gottwald were draped in mylar ribbon from the show that, in addition to most of the Detroit born, Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame member Alice Cooper’s hits, included his trademark bits of theater.
Yes, he was draped with a boa when midway through the show he started “Welcome to My Nightmare.”
Yes, he was guillotined with the executioner then striding about the stage brandishing his cut-off head.
Yes, he was turned into Frankenstein towering over his rocking band of musicians far younger than he. Yet it was Alice who prowled and ruled the stage, though sharing the spotlight at times with the band.
Yes, the show rocked, from the opening stage-fog drenched “Hello Hooray” to the final chords of the encore, “School’s Out.”
Yes, Alice, definitely a showman, wore his trademark eye mascara and he changed costumes frequently and efficiently as he took on the different personas in the songs.
Alice traded no banter with the crowd, aside from introducing the band late in the set, until after the show which concluded with a shout out that “school’s out Michigan.” After stage bows, Alice, who for the encore had donned a Detroit Tigers jersey with “COOPER” stitched on the back, left with an exclamation of “Go Tigers!”
The hits — “I’m Eighteen,” “Billion Dollar Baby,” “Welcome to my Nightmare,” “Under My Wheels” and “No More Mr. Nice Guy” — were all there and much more, including a rocking tribute to a quartet of rock stars who met untimely deaths — Jim Morrison, John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, *KEITH, (original source mistakenly put Brian) Moon.
Chris Fonnesbeck of Ludington left the show beaming.
“It was awesome,” she said. “I never had the money to see him when I was a kid. This was fabulous. The guitars were unbelievable. The drums, oh my god.”
Gottwald was just as overwhelmed. “It was so good. I had no idea,” she said after her first-ever Alice Cooper concert. “It was so cool to be up there so close I could touch the guitarists.”
The band featured Chuck Garric on bass, Tommy Henricksen, Ryan Roxie and Nita Strauss (whose long, blonde hair got a workout being whipped about her head feverishly) shared guitar duties.
After the show, while concert-goers stood in line to buy T-shirts that topped out at $40 or more, the buzz continued.
“I can’t stop smiling,” Dalton said, adding she was hanging out in hopes Cooper would come out so she could invite him to LudRock this weekend in Ludington.