Did Alice Cooper slay the Arkea Arena? A quick review for $hock Rock fans

So we went to see the great Alice Cooper this week and we got a dose of some good old Rock with a ghouly touch! Damn, you weren’t there? No worries: here’s a recap to relive the entire experience right from your couch.

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.

Alice Cooper Bordeaux Arena 2019 Sheryl Cooper Hurricanenita Nita Strauss

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

Alice Cooper Bordeaux Arena 2019 eyes

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 Bordeaux Arena 2019

Alice Cooper was his usual exuberant self and delivered an 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.

Alice Cooper Bordeaux Arena 2019 dressed in white

The setlist

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

I’m Eighteen

Billion Dollar Babies


Roses on white Lace

My Stars

Devil’s food

Black Widow Jam


Dead babies

I love the Dead


Teenage Frankenstein


Under my Wheels

School’s out

Can’t wait for Alice to come back and make Halloween great again!

Alice Cooper by The Gourgandines


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