Concert Review: Alice Cooper – LC Pavilion, Columbus OH 8/17/2011

There are entertainers that should just hang it up. They can’t move around the stage like they used to, they can’t hit the high notes anymore.  It’s a travesty to see them destroy memories of previous tours as their bloated, wrinkled form waddles around using the mike stand like a crutch.  Thankfully, Alice Cooper is NOT one of these entertainers.  Long Live Alice!

His lengthy & highly theatrical show at the LC was probably the most impressive I’ve ever seen him perform, what with over 20 songs and his infamous stage sets & props (including a Iron Maiden-like Frankenstein that came out during “Feed My Frankenstein” – as shown here).  BTW, that photo is from a show in Helsinki about a month prior to the one I attended, check out Adrián Pérez’s photo stream on Flickr for more on that one. It was just a MUCH clearer picture than anything I can offer.

Alice’s band roster now has 3 guitarists (Damon Johnson, Tommy Henriksen and AC veteran Steve Hunter), a bassist (Chuck Garric) and a drummer (Glen Sobel) which gives him a monster sound & enables the band to reproduce anything in Cooper’s repertoire faithfully. Unlike some rock “stars”, Alice is generous with the spotlight on his band-mates & it’s obvious they all enjoy playing live together. I honestly think an audience can tell when they’re watching the real thing – this is the real thing.

The entire setlist is available on Setlist.fm HERE but it consisted mostly of classics with a few obscurities to keep you guessing; “I’m Eighteen”, “Poison”, “Hey Stoopid”, “Under My Wheels”, “Billion Dollar Babies”, “Only Women Bleed”, “No More Mr. Niceguy”, “Cold Ethyl” (with obligatory doll abuse), new single “I’ll Bite Your Face Off” and of course “School’s Out” were standout performances but really, the entire show was first rate. Interestingly, nothing off “From The Inside” (my all-time favorite Alice Cooper album) or the seminal “Welcome to my Nightmare”. The second is even more surprising when you consider that “Welcome 2 My Nightmare” is being released in September – one would think that they would play off that synergy.

Anyhow, Cooper is still the consummate showman and this performance showcased his ability to completely mesmerize the nearly sold-out crowd. I’ve often said that Alice Cooper should start a festival tour to rival Ozzfest – imagine if you will Coopertown or something like that featuring The Murderdolls or GWAR or Mushroomhead. With this type of support, and Alice still maintaining a viable, thrilling show. . .well, it would be ‘killer’.

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