February 10, 2015
Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
Grand Prairie, TX USA
Review by Michael Insuaste
Photos by Fabien Castro
The Rockin' Dead!
The original King of Shock Rock, Alice Cooper, returns to the Verizon Theatre with a vigorous band, theatrical imagery and, as always, a performance that stupefies the audience with visuals of death and blood... and it's all in the name of rock and roll.
Who would have thought that at the age of 67, Alice Cooper would still be on tour and out-staging many of the bands today? With a fist full of classic rock anthems under his belt, Coop proved he is still the performer his fans expect. He delivered his offerings hands down and heads rolling!
Kicking off with the classic, "Hello Hurray," brought the crowd to its feet. With a quick transition into "House On Fire" from his 1989 LP, Trash, the classics kept coming. The show was then kicked into high gear when he performed the fan favorite, "No More Mr. Nice Guy" back to back with "Under My Wheels."
On tour with a tight cluster of talented musicians that featured three guitarists; Ryan Roxie, Tommy Hendriken, and the lovely Nita Strauss, Chuck Garric on bass, and Glen Sobel manned the drum kit. The Coop and his 'Raised the Dead' tour is by far the best show on the road today.
Just when you thought it couldn't get any better, the drum that heralded "Billion Dollar Babies" literally brought the house to a higher level. The energy seemed to beckon the best in Alice on stage. He was lovin' it! Following up with "Lost In America" and "Hey Stupid" was the perfect lead into the best part of the show.
With tombstones from some of the late great rock musicians of our time, the band kicked into "Break On Through" by The Doors, followed by The Beatles' "Revolution," which had the fans roaring. The tribute kept on with a Jimi Hendrix classic "Foxy Lady" that featured the sexy blonde vixen Nita Strusse on lead guitar. To finish up the homage, Cooper and his crew jumped into "My Generation" by The Who with classic riffs by Chuck Garric on bass. The tribute had people losing their freaking minds!
If I can find one down side to the show it would have to be the length. With no opening act and only a 1 hour and 50 minute Cooper performance, left most, including myself, wanting more. He finished off with a few crowd pleasers "Eighteen," "Poison" and of course the biggest hit of his entire career and Rock Anthem, "Schools Out."
It was short and sweet, but full on Alice Cooper... horns up for this performance from one of our living rock legends on the road today!