41 years ago today, Alice Cooper was at Number 1 on the UK singles chart with “School’s Out”.
Alice Cooper actually used to hang out with other rock stars at “On The Rox” – the little nightclub right above The Roxy.
“You used to be so hip when you hung out on the Strip……”— lyrics from “Give It Up” off Alice Cooper’s “Constrictor” Album
With all the “shock rock” aspects of his stage performance, Alice Cooper may be the ultimate act to pay tribute to and Alice in Cooperland really did a fantastic job. After he popped out of the casket onstage and proceeded to play 15 Alice Cooper classics throughout the set. With tons of incredible theatrics and seemingly constant costume and set changes, this was the ultimate production and a truly faithful recreation of an Alice Cooper show. The band rocked it. The musicianship made this a very believable performance.
They played a dozen songs before going to commercial break with Katie Daryl at the conclusion of “I Love The Dead”. Highlights included a David Brighton as David Bowie appearance during “Under My Wheels”, a reenactment of the hilarious Wayne’s World skit with Alice Cooper, Alice getting beheaded by a guillotine. In fact, every song was a highlight and there was so much going on.
They returned with “School’s Out” and “Elected” to close the broadcast. They then rocked “Cold Ethyl” for the live audience. What a shockingly great show this was. Talk about exceeding expectations. WOW!
Billion Dollar Babies
Feed My Frankenstein
Under My Wheels (complete with an appearance by David Brighton)
Only Women Bleed
Welcome To My Nightmare
Go To Hell
No More Mr. Nice Guy
Be My Lover
I Love The Dead
In addition to popping confetti-filled balloons with a sword, there were also smoke and fog machines during the encore.
Elected ‘ – with appearances by Bill Clinton and Richard Nixon. They threw money around. It was hilarious.
The close of the broadcast:
THE BAND (Left to Right):
ROB LONTOK – BASS
JEFF PAGE – DRUMS
LARRY CORNWALL as ALICE
MICHAEL JACOBSON – KEYBOARDS
JEFF SCHOFIELD- GUITAR
WHAT A PRODUCTION!! There were so many people that came out to take the final bow. That was cool.
The lyrics to “Go to Hell” probably stood out the most and are most meaningful:
“For criminal acts and violence on the stage
For being a brat – Refusing to act your age
For all of the decent citizens you’ve enraged
You can go to Hell
For gambling and drinking alcohol constantly
For making us doubt our parents authority
For choosing to be a living obscenity
You can go to Hell”
I’ve seen Alice Cooper in concert 3 times. He always has top notch musicians and never fails to put on a fantastic show.
I actually enjoyed the sound and the lighting at this show at The Roxy better than the venues where I’ve seen Alice perform.
The last time I saw him live was a few months ago, I ended up sitting up front in a GREAT seat and got to hang out backstage before, during and after the show. I even got to meet Alice before the band hopped on the tour bus. He was a cool dude and looks great for a 65 year old rocker.
Here’s a picture I took of Alice and my buddy after the show:
“……You got a perfect happy smile, yeah you`re growing old in style………”
— lyrics from “Give It Up” off Alice Cooper’s “Constrictor” Album
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