Opening with pyrotechnics not seen since Shania Twain’s 2015 appearance at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre (the photos of which I was contractually obligated to remove this past April), the 68-year-old the godfather of shock rock opened with The Black Widow and went straight into No More Mr. Nice Guy with a whip of his cloak.
Tho’ Alice is “up there” in age, he showed energy and stage presence unbecoming of a senior citizen, expertly twirling batons, being tied up in (and escaping from) a straight jacket, fighting off zombie nurses, and being decapitated, all with a smile (terrible scowl?) on his face.
His incredible band makes up for any possible decrease in energy Alice might be showing these days.
Below, to Alice’s left and right are Chuck Garric and Tommy Henriksen on bass and guitar, respectively, and both were right into the show from start to finish.
But the powerhouse of Alice’s band, for my money, was Nita Strauss. Check that surname: she’s distantly related to composer Johann Strauss, but with a slight difference in musical style to, say, The Blue Danube.
I mean, LOOK AT THIS RAWK!
The show was tight, unrelenting, and LOUD. And the crowd was singing along to most every tune, most notably No More Mr. Nice Guy, Billion Dollar Babies, Feed My Frankenstein, and School’s Out.
But it wasn’t just Coop songs performed at this Coop show. Alice paid tribute to David Bowie with a cover of Suffragette City, The Who’s Keith Moon, performing Pinball Wizard, and Lemmy from Motörhead, which led nicely into a cover of Ace of Spades.
He showered Billion Dollar Baby bucks onto the crowd (stage right, centre, and stage left, spreading the wealth) from his fencing foil.
The Alice Cooper stage show is something every rock fan should see. Seeing as he tours six months out of any given year, this shouldn’t be too difficult. However, he is quite possibly nearing undead status, so jump on your next opportunity. It’s one I won’t soon forget.