Alice Cooper brought his “Paranormal” tour to Clearwater recently. Another sold-out show at Ruth Eckerd Hall, that’s been happening a lot at the Ruthie!
Long before there was Marilyn Manson or GWAR, there was Alice Cooper. The originator, the innovator of theatrical rock, he has been dubbed the “Godfather of Shock Rock”. He has been in the music business over 50 years. Alice is the ringmaster of this rock and roll circus!
He opened the show standing in a vampire’s cape to the tune of “Brutal Planet”. Letting us know there was “No More Mr. Nice Guy”, to one of his best rock songs 1971’s “Under My Wheels”! Then with sword in hand and a frenzied band that keeps moving around the stage, he is throwing out play money to the audience for “Billion Dollar Babies”. Alice has been doing this a long time and he knows what the fans want to see, and he delivers! It’s camp, it crazy, it is great rock and roll!
There are guillotines, blowup dolls, a giant Frankenstein, everything you have come to expect from an Alice Cooper show. There is also a great band! His players are the best and all part of the show. His band rotates players and the current lineup is, drummer Glen Sobel high above band on a riser he puts on great drum solos with complete with strobe and accompanying lights. Female guitarist Nita Strauss is a force, not only strikingly gorgeous but hitting some awesome guitar licks. A guitar heavy show with two more ax players Tommy Henriksen and Ryan Roxie. Chuck Garris rounds it out on bass. Alice closes the show with two of his biggest hits, “I’m Eighteen” and “School’s Out”!
Alice is constantly working on different projects! He will be touring this summer with his pals Joe Perry of Aerosmith and film star Johnny Depp with their band, “The Hollywood Vampires”. This Easter Sunday, NBC is doing a live production of “Jesus Christ Superstar” and Cooper is playing the part of “Herod”. He quips, “Alice Cooper plays the bad guys!” Playing the bad guy has kept Alice Cooper around for a long time! Don’t miss him as “Herod” on Sunday night or on his next tour!
photos by Vicky Sullivan / Rock the Lens Photography