REVIEW: Hollywood Vampires honor the dead with a show full of life


By Katrina Tulloch | 
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VERONA, N.Y. — When three legends take one stage, and one of those legends is Alice Cooper, it’s hard to pay attention to anyone else.

Rock supergroup Hollywood Vampires, featuring Cooper, actor Johnny Depp and Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry, kicked off their summer tour on Tuesday night (May 24) at the Turning Stone Resort Casino.

At 68, Cooper is the picture of vivacity. He commanded the stage with vigorous vocals, glam rock swagger and full “vampire” attire. (Lestat, not Edward Cullen). His frilly poet shirt was splattered with blood, and despite wearing both a corset and skintight leather pants, Cooper missed no opportunities to gyrate his hips.

Perry, rock royalty dressed in deep purple, seemed to have an endless supply of guitars at his disposal. Around 8:30 p.m., Perry smashed his white guitar and threw pieces of it into the crowd.

It was only the fifth song of the night.

Another white guitar appeared in its place, only to be traded for an orange and white arrow during “Break on Through,” and later, a classic black shredder. He played just as he always has, with razor sharp licks and even a behind-the-head solo on “Stop Messin’ Around.”

Next to the wildly confident Cooper and Perry, global megastar and sex symbol Johnny Depp looked almost boyish.

Dressed in a simple black vest over a collared white shirt, Depp played the right-hand man for most of the show, backing up Cooper’s vocals and Perry’s guitar expertise. With a toothy smile, Cooper played down Depp’s celebrity, calling him “Johnny D from Kentucky.”

But Depp is no Hollywood hack. He showed off impressive chops during “As Bad As I Am” with a picking style to rival Keith Richards. One audience member remarked Depp looked like he could’ve been Richards’ son.

Depp seemed to enjoy taking a backseat to Cooper. He smiled coyly at the massive cheers following his solos, and wiggled his fingers at fans.

That’s important to note: Johnny Depp does not wave, he wiggles. It’s like a little piece of Captain Jack Sparrow never left him. The audience loved it, cheering wildly every time he murmured a “thank you” into the mic.



Tuesday, August 16th,2016

Venue: The Pavilion at The Centre of Tallahassee

Tallahassee, FL

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REVIEW – Alice Cooper proved to be more than just another concert, but more like an EXPERIENCE

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Alice Cooper at EXPRESS LIVE. Photos taken Parry Ritter/The Rust Belt Chronicles.

Alice Cooper at EXPRESS LIVE. Photos taken Parry Ritter/The Rust Belt Chronicles.

I’ve been going to rock concerts for nearly four decades now so it’s pretty hard to throw something at me that will truly leave me feeling amazed. Well those boundaries were not only tested last Friday night at EXPRESS LIVE in Columbus, Ohio, they were absolutely blown away by the legendary Alice Cooper and his band.

For whatever reason every time that I had the chance to see the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Famer, something always came up to make it impossible to visit the venue he was frequenting at the time. And after finally getting to see ‘The Godfather of Shock Rock’ live, I’m not real happy that I was denied those previous opportunities.

Not only would I consider what I saw one of the top 10 shows I have seen during the past 38 years, I might be hard-pressed not to put it at the top of the list. Not only was there theatrics throughout the show, there were theatrics throughout the show being done by a man who is 68 years old, and doing them with what looked like relative ease (I can only hope to be walking at that age).

As if that wasn’t enough, he was singing songs that I remember as a teenager and taking me back to a time that were full of great memories. Not only did he do that with his hits but there were also a few covers thrown in by other rock legends, I’ll get to that in a little more detail later in the article.


NWI TIMES – Alice Cooper Rocks Star Plaza Again



After all these years, Alice Cooper is still bringing it.

The shocker rocker extraordinaire delivered a performance Thursday filled with his snake, blood, an electric chair, monsters and a guillotine coupled with classics like “No More Mr. Nice Guy,” “I’m Eighteen,” “Feed My Frankenstein,” “Poison,” “School’s Out” and more. He made it a nightmare to remember at the Star Plaza Theatre.

His current tour, Spend the Night with Alice Cooper, runs about an hour and a half and pays homage to some of the musician’s best late rock pals during the Raise the Dead segment, which highlights the work of Keith Moon (“Pinball Wizard”), Jimmy Hendrix (“Fire”), Jim Morrison (“Love Me Two Times”) and David Bowie (“Suffragette City”).

Raised Vincent Furnier in Detroit, Michigan, the son of a Baptist minister, Alice Cooper has made his name as one of rock ‘n’ roll’s most prolific showmen entertaining fans for generations with a theater production-like show.

But don’t be fooled, his high energy antics and top-notch band are a force to be reckoned with and much more than just theatrics. Guitarists Nita “The Hurricane” Strauss, Tommy Henriksen, Ryan Roxie and Chuck Garric put on demanding performances night after night. Drummer Glen Sobel’s mesmerizing skills are both breathtaking and inspiring.

Some other highlights of the show were when Cooper was transformed into a 12-foot monster during “Feed My Frankenstein” and when he was beheaded by the ginormous guillotine onstage.

Alice Cooper formed his band in high school and was discovered by Frank Zappa in 1969 and has managed to remain consistently relevant. Most impressive is Cooper has stayed true to his early days of a dark horror themed-show, which has set him apart from any other artists in the business.



Alice Cooper kicked off the Spend The Night With Alice Cooper Tour last Friday night to a sold out crowd

Set list:
Black Widow
Public Animal #9
No More Mr Nice Guy
Under My Wheels
Is It My Body
Billion Dollar Babies
Long Way To Go
Halo of Flies
Feed My Frankenstein
Cold Ethyl
Only Women Bleed
Ballad Of Dwight Fry
Killer – I Love The Dead
Pinball Wizard (The Who)
Love Me 2 Times (Doors)
Fire (Hendrix)
Suffragette City (Bowie)
I’m Eighteen
Schools Out / Another Brick In The Wall

Alice also brought back the classic Toy Box from Welcome To My Nightmare!

Alice Cooper Performs Elected in Biloxi on 4/29/2016. Photo by Kyler Clark


Alice Cooper Performs Elected in Biloxi on 4/29/2016. Photo by Kyler Clark



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Legendary rocker Alice Cooper has announced 19 new Spend The Night With Alice Cooper” headlining dates in North America, beginning on August 6 at Kalamazoo, Michigan’s Wings Event Center and ending on October 30 at Los Angeles, California’s Pantages Theatre.

A special BLABBERMOUTH.NET presale will take place on Wednesday, April 13 from 10:00 a.m. until Thursday, April 14 at 10:00 p.m. local time. When prompted, type in the presale code “EYES” to access tickets before the general public.

The details are as follows:

Aug. 06 – Kalamazoo, MI @ Wings Event Center (buy tickets)
Aug. 07 – Louisville, KY @ Louisville Palace (buy tickets)
Aug. 12 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Broward Center for The Performing Arts
Aug. 13 – Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall (buy tickets)
Aug. 14 – Orlando, FL @ Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts (buy tickets)
Aug. 19 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Criterion (buy tickets)
Aug. 21 – Austin, TX @ ACL Live at The Moody Theater (buy tickets)
Aug. 23 – Houston, TX @ Revention Music Center (buy tickets)
Aug. 24 – Grand Prairie, TX @ Verizon Theatre (buy tickets)
Aug. 26 – Tucson, AZ @ AVA Amphitheater (buy tickets)
Oct. 04 – Toledo, OH @ Stranahan Theater (buy tickets)
Oct. 05 – Indianapolis, IN @ Murat Theatre (buy tickets)
Oct. 06 – Milwaukee, WI @ Milwaukee Theatre (buy tickets)
Oct. 08 – Omaha, NE @ Ralston Arena (buy tickets)
Oct. 18 – Victoria, BC @ The Q Centre (buy tickets)
Oct. 26 – San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield (buy tickets)
Oct. 28 – San Diego, CA @ Harrah’s Resort SoCal (buy tickets)
Oct. 29 – Indio, CA @ Fantasy Springs Casino Resort (buy tickets)
Oct. 30 – Los Angeles, CA @ Pantages Theatre (buy tickets)

Cooper in February told ABC News Radio that he was working on a new solo album and a follow-up to HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES‘ self-titled debut record, which came out last fall.

Cooper‘s new solo album will feature contributions from his current backing group as well as material he has co-written with the other surviving members of the original ALICE COOPER band.

“[Drummer] Neal [Smith] and [guitarist] Mike [Bruce] and I just wrote two or three songs,” he said. “[Bassist] Dennis [Dunaway] and I wrote some songs together.”

He added: “When we broke up [in 1974], we broke up as friends. We never broke up as enemies. If they’re doing a gig, I show up and sing a few songs with them. If I’m doing a gig and they’re in town, they come up on stage. So, there’s never been any bad blood between any of us.”

In addition to CooperHOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES features international film star and musician Johnny Depp and AEROSMITH‘s Joe Perry.

Alice Cooper‘s latest album, “Welcome 2 My Nightmare”, sold 18,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 22 on The Billboard 200 chart. Cooper‘s previous CD, 2008′s “Along Came A Spider”, opened with just under 10,000 copies to land at No. 53.

Recorded with longtime collaborator Bob Ezrin, who produced the original multi-platinum “Welcome To My Nightmare” album in 1975, “Welcome 2 My Nightmare” picks up right where they left off, with Alice trapped in his own warped mind.