It’s been ten years since our last Alice Freaking Cooper gig, and we sure did miss the King of $hock Rock! For those who remember, we’ve been fans of this amazing entertainer for decades. Why? Because he’s got nerve, talent, humor and a one-of-its-kind gloomy imagery, made of skeletons, ghouls, cemeteries and guillotines. What’s not to like in that? For us, Alice Cooper is hard-rock at his best, and the fact Mr Furnier is able to mix different music genres to build his unique sound makes him oh so very special!
We were also really impatient to see the exquisite Nita Strauss on stage. Former Iron Maidens’ member (Iron Maiden cover band), this woman is believed to be one of the most talented guitarist of her generation and fire itself! We just couldn’t wait.
Viva Black Stone Cherry!
For the opening act, we discovered Black Stone Cherry, an alternative metal band, coming straight from Kentucky and man, were they good! Impeccable voice, awesome riffs, fierce drumming, burning energy, we hadn’t witnessed such a great opening act since MNNQNS set the stage on fire for Franz Ferdinand a year ago!
The crowd enjoyed them immediately and the boys rocked hard for almost an hour. We didn’t know them, but we gladly scorched the lyrics, jumping everywhere with our fellow metalheads.
Then the curtain dropped with Alice’s eyes painted on it and everyone waited religiously for Mr Cooper to arrive…
Welcome to Alice Cooper’s Nightmare
The curtain rose and the first notes of “Feed My Frankenstein” got to everyone’s hears. The audience went absolutely frantic as Alice Cooper appeared on the halloween-decorated stage- a big old castle surrounded with tombs. Perfect first song choice!
Every bandmate had the opportunity to show his maestria and we got to enjoy Nita Strauss talent, for she was just in front of us. We tell you, this woman is amazing: her riffs are indecently fast and beautiful, and we were blown away by her magnetic presence. Plus, she had that big smile on her face during all the set. Playing for Alice Cooper couldn’t make her happier! Big up also to Ryan Roxie who really blew our minds with his guitar each time he got close to us.
Alice Cooper was his usual exuberant self and delivered a incredible show, singing like a devil, playing harmonica, then dancing with maracas, waving his crutch while singing “I’m Eighteen”, popping balloons with a sword, kissing his phantom bride, screaming in a camisole, escaping from evil babies, getting his head remove by some wicked nurse, hitting his thighs with his whip… A whip he threw right at our face! We’re now thinking of raising some kind of holy church to worship the damn grail we’re owning.
The show was a grandiose mass in honor of everything we love in hard rock and the setlist was bonkers:
Feed my Frankenstein
No more Mr Nice Guy
Bed of Nails
Raped and Freezin
Fallen in Love
Muscle of Love
Billion Dollar Babies
Roses on white Lace
Black Widow Jam
I love the Dead
Under my Wheels
Can’t wait for Alice to come back and make Halloween great again!0