Concert Review: We Spent the Night With Alice Cooper

As much as I want this to be strictly a review, I can’t leave out the personal angle. See, my dad has been a fan of Alice Cooper since he was eighteen-ish. He actually saw them in ’75 on the Welcome to My Nightmare tour. When I heard that Alice Cooper was coming to Huntsville, my first thought was that my dad had to go, but I knew he wouldn’t buy a ticket for himself. He would have to have some kind of incentive. So I asked him to take me for my birthday–and he did.

Dad and I arrived at the Von Braun Center at 7:30 p.m. We found our seats and sat there, staring at the blue-lit backdrop (featuring Alice Cooper’s eyes) in anticipation. Nearly half an hour later, the arena darkened and a roar came from the crowd as the backdrop glowed red. We were off.

And this is where I switch to review mode…

Alice Cooper opened the set with “The Black Widow,” straight into “No More Mr. Nice Guy.” The band played for a solid hour and a half with barely a pause. They did all of the songs one would expect, including “I’m Eighteen,” “Billion Dollar Babies,” and “School’s Out.” Alice himself stepped back a few times to permit his band to show off their talents. The moments that really stood out were the solos from guitarist Nita Strauss and drummer Glen Sobel.

It’s no surprise the stage show was incredible! A dancing nurse, a broken windup doll, and the monster stomping around growling the chorus of “Feed My Frankenstein” were only the beginning. I mean, how often do you see a rock star get beheaded in the middle of his set?

Roughly halfway through, there was a tribute to other artists we have lost. Alice Cooper covered songs from The Who (in honor of Keith Moon), Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, and Motorhead (in honor of Lemmy Kilmister). In case anyone reading is going to be at a show during this tour, I will not list which tracks they played. I was pleasantly surprised, and I wouldn’t want to take that away from you.

Following “School’s Out,” the band left the stage. They returned within seconds to loud cheers and closed the show with “Elected.” Alice thanked his audience and after a few bows and showering the fans with picks and drumsticks, he and his mates exited for the final time.

I am very glad I convinced my dad to attend this concert. My only complaint would be that the show wasn’t long enough. Otherwise, it was perfect. Alice Cooper is a true entertainer. The Godfather of Shock Rock’s reign continues.


Bush and Chevelle Announce Summer Tour

I was more than a little excited to see this! I love Bush and really hope to see them this time around!


A Couple of Tour Announcements

I’ve already mentioned the Davey Suicide/Deadstar Assembly tour on one of my weekly focus posts, but there are a few other tours kicking off soon that you might be interested in.

Before hitting the road with Deadstar Assembly, Davey Suicide is playing in April and May alongside Twiztid.

Juggalo Invasion Tour 2016

April 09 – El Corazon – Seattle, WA

April 10 – Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR

April 12 – Revolution Hall – Garden City, ID

April 13 – The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT

April 14 – Mesa Theater – Grand Junction, CO

April 15 – The Roxy – Denver, CO

April 16 – The Roxy – Denver, CO

April 17 – Riot Room – Kansas City, MO

April 18 – Bada Brew – Crest Hill, IL **DS Only**

April 20 – Crofoot – Ponrtiac, MI

April 22 – Magic City – Binghampton, NY

April 23 – Reverb – Reading, PA

April 24 – Fete – Providence, RI

Immediately following is the aforementioned tour with DSA and The Funeral Portrait.

Anti-System Revolution Tour 2016

April 25 – Studio at Webster – New York, NY

April 26 – The Cove – Worcester, MA

April 27 – The Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH

April 28 – The Waiting Room – Buffalo, NY

April 29 – Fishhead Cantina – Baltimore, MD

May 02 – 89th St. Collective – Oklahoma City, OK

May 03 – Scout Bar – Houston, TX

May 04 – Rail Club – Fort Worth, TX

May 06 – Dirty Dog – Austin, TX

May 07 – Korova – San Antonio, TX

May 09 – Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO

May 11 – TBA, Tucson, AZ

May 12 – Pub Rock – Phoenix, AZ

May 13 – Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA

May 14 – Bar Sinister – Hollywood, CA **DS Only**

Also trekking the US this year is Dope!!! They have finally reunited and are coming to a city near you, starting in September!