October 23, 2010
Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
Grand Prairie, TX USA
Review by David Huff
Photos by Ben Britt
Alice Cooper - Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie
The Original Rock Star That Will NOT DIE!
Alice Cooper used to be every parents nightmare. Now he plays the ultimate ringmaster on stage orchestrating theatrical shock rock in-between a string of timeless hits. Alice brought his traveling road show to the DFW area Oct. 23, not only to help celebrate the Texas Rangers going to their first World Series ever, but to officially pass the torch to his successor, Rob Zombie.
Minus his cumbersome White Zombie persona, Rob presented a wickedly delicious stage production. Emerging from a sinister-looking robot engulfed in flames, Zombie launched right into "Jesus Frankenstein" from the Hellbilly Deluxe 2 album and never looked back. Throughout the hour-long set, filled with scary skeletons, jack-o-lanterns and numerous super-sized ghouls and robots, Zombie roared through a set list that included "Thunderkiss '65", "Dracula", "More Human than Human", "Never Gonna Stop, and the first single off of Deluxe 2, "Sick Bubblegum". Add to that large video screens showing clips from classic horror movies, such as Frankenstein and The Phantom of the Opera, as well as Zombie's own frightening videos and psychedelic images of go-go girls and pentagrams – and you can see why no one cared that this was Rob's third Dallas appearance in less than a year.
And then there was Alice . Yeah, you probably had seen the show before and knew what to expect, but let's face, who cares. Cooper gives you a carefully crafted storyline that ties his numerous hits together, including "Only Women Bleed", Poison", School's Out", 'Elected", No More Mr. Nice Guy" and "Billion Dollar Babies". As far as stage antics go, no one outdoes the king of macabre, whose show comes complete with characters, costume changes and of course, executions. From a musical standpoint, Rob Zombie had more teeth in his set to go with his superbly lighted show, but at the end of the day, there was no denying who was the king hit maker between this dynamic twosome of gruesome.
Back in the day, (okay, Nixon was still president), when parents learned that Alice Cooper was bringing his show into their fair city, curfews were automatically imposed on teens and the police were alerted. But that was yesterday. Today parents gladly bring their kids to Alice 's show, not only to hear superbly crafted songs, but to witness a piece of their own rebellious history. Add Rob Zombie into the mixture, and you had a show, from a musical standpoint, that was satisfying for all who attended.
The Alice Cooper Video cliip was captured by a concert fan. The video is not official or was it authorized by Alice Cooper and or Verizon Theatre.
JAM Magazine is running this video exclusively on our website for our viewers with the solo intent to share a brief moment of the concert performance.