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REVIEW: Dallas Observer

SOURCE:  Dallas Observer
By Angelica Leicht

Alice Cooper
Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie
Tuesday, February 10, 2015


Photo by Karlo X. Ramos

When it comes to Alice Cooper, there are two indisputable facts. 1.) His Miliii-wau-kee cameo in Wayne’s World was one of the best and most memorable cameos of all time; and 2.) The man knows how to put on one hell of a live show.

Neither of those facts were tested last night on Cooper’s Dallas stop on the Raise the Dead tour at Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie. But what was surprising was just how fresh the show could still feel after all these years, in all its campy, over-the-top glory.

Because Cooper has always secretly been the polite, albeit mascara-laden, rocker, he opened the show very shortly after the 8 p.m. start time. (Don’t want to keep the fine paying folks waiting, do we?) From the moment the aging shock-rocker stepped onstage, it was obvious that not much has changed him, and especially his vocal abilities, over the years.

He jumped right into classic rock staples like “No More Mr. Nice Guy” with the ease of a seasoned vet. At 66, his voice still sounds eerily similar to what it did on those old albums. It almost feels unnatural.

When you really think about it, Cooper has been scaring children (and conservative parents) for so long, it doesn’t seem plausible that he’d still be up there, kicking goth-rock’s ass. But somehow, he does it. And he does it quite well.

Cooper plowed through the first half of the set with staples like “I’ll Bite Your Face Off” while snapping bullwhips and grimacing menacingly as the audience, generation after generation of Alice Cooper fans, all watched intently.


Photo by Karlo X. Ramos


Photo by Karlo X. Ramos

While I am admittedly not a die-hard Cooper fan, I have to give it to him: He certainly knows how to put on a show for his fans. After all, putting on a “show” has always been at the heart of what he does. And interestingly, the musicianship in Cooper’s shows is on par with the camp.

There were incredible drum solos and rockin’ guitar riffs layered in with those giant, novelty-sized coffee cups, and the aging rocker perpetually pumped his fist, vacillating between singing and hate-flirting with the audience.

He even gets killed a few times during the show — a part the very enthusiastic Cooper fan next to me kept waiting for. Repeatedly.

“Oh, man. I think he’s gonna get killed now. Ooh — he’s totally gonna get killed now,” proclaimed my seat mate. “See the giant guillotine? Cooper gets killed about three times in each show. Check it out!” he urged, gleefully.

And indeed he was right. Cooper was, in fact, preparing himself to be beheaded, with the help of a blood-thirsty nurse. His severed head was carried around stage like a campy trophy, and the whole thing was gory and awesome.


2 comments to REVIEW: Dallas Observer

  • Denice

    I saw this show! It was great, as have been all your previous concerts I have gone to. I have always been impressed with the musical quality of an Alice Cooper concert. The Verizon Theater is one of my favorite concert venues as well. Not a bad seat anywhere, the sound is awesome, and a place I’m not concerned about going to alone when none of my friends can tag along.

  • Christy

    Alice Cooper was my first concert (1975) and the most recent one (2006). Always on top of his game, he never disappoints. He is always there for his fans, as well. As for being an “ageing” rocker, I will quote the man himself: “I look at Mick Jagger and he’s on an 18-month tour and he’s six years older than me, so I figure, when he retires, I have six more years. I will not let him beat me when it comes to longevity.”