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Alice Cooper at Rod Laver Arena on Friday 20 October 2017. Photo by Ros O'Gorman

Alice Cooper at Rod Laver Arena on Friday 20 October 2017. Photo by Ros O'Gorman

REVIEW: Alice Cooper, Melbourne, 20 October 2017

by Paul Cashmere on October 22, 2017

in News

An Alice Cooper show is more than a rock concert. It’s a lesson for younger acts on how it should be done.

Alice Cooper can blow acts half his age off stage. As this rock legend goes head-on into 70, he can still deliver a rock show that makes the audience walk away exhausted.

Alice Cooper at Rod Laver Arena on Friday 20 October 2017. Photo by Ros O'Gorman

Mind you a 50 year catalogue of some of the greatest theatrical rock ever made gives Alice a lot to lean on but his show is not all classic hits. In fact, its not even classic hits. Many of the hit songs aren’t there, instead, replaced with obscure album cuts that for the core fan base, you would never expect in 2017. Paying respect to 1980’s ‘Flush The Fashion’ with ‘Pain’ over ‘We’re All Clones’ or ‘The World Needs Guts’ from the lesser known 1986 album ‘Constrictor’ shows that an Alice Cooper show is designed for the fans.

Alice Cooper at Rod Laver Arena on Friday 20 October 2017. Photo by Ros O'Gorman

The core of the show is and always has been the seminal albums ‘Love It To Death’, ‘Killer’, ‘School’s Out’ and ‘Billion Dollar Babies’, but even those first two bypassed an Australian audience in their day. Alice Cooper, the “pop star”, didn’t eventuate until ‘Welcome To My Nightmare’ in 1975.

Nita Strauss with Alice Cooper at Rod Laver Arena on Friday 20 October 2017. Photo by Ros O'Gorman

When this tour started out days earlier in Perth Alice was performing ‘Lost In America’. That was replaced for his biggest Australian hit ‘Department of Youth’. The song was a Top 10 hit in Australia but failed to make the Top 40 in the USA. Alice tends to reward the Aussie audiences with its inclusion on every tour.

Alice Cooper at Rod Laver Arena on Friday 20 October 2017. Photo by Ros O'Gorman

This tour is not as flamboyant as previous tours. The theatrics are kept more to the second half of the show. What we expect visually from an Alice Cooper show didn’t present until the giant Frankenstein wandered over for ‘Feed My Frankenstein’. The guillotine was there for ‘The Ballad Of Dwight Fry’, a staple of the Alice shows for nearly 50 years and then there was the nurse.

Alice Cooper and Ryan Roxie at Rod Laver Arena on Friday 20 October 2017. Photo by Ros O'Gorman

What a treat to have Alice’s wife Sheryl back in her old job of Nurse. Sheryl did the nurse role for decades until their daughter Calico took over. Calico recently married and has honeymooning things to attend to. Sheryl Cooper is back in the nurse’s frock for this tour to scare the frock out of the audience.

Glen Sobel with Alice Cooper at Rod Laver Arena on Friday 20 October 2017. Photo by Ros O'Gorman

An Alice Cooper show is a generation landslide, a show for the whole family. Father’s were there with their sons, grandfathers with their grandsons. In some strange way, a boy cannot become a man until he has seen an Alice Cooper show.

Tommy Henrikson with Alice Cooper at Rod Laver Arena on Friday 20 October 2017. Photo by Ros O'Gorman

Alice Cooper setlist, Melbourne 20 October 2017

Brutal Planet (from Brutal Planet, 2000)
No More Mr. Nice Guy (from Billion Dollar Babies, 1973)
Under My Wheels (from Killer, 1971)
Department of Youth (from Welcome To My Nightmare, 1975)
Pain (from Flush The Fashion, 1980)
Billion Dollar Babies (from Billion Dollar Babies, 1973)
The World Needs Guts (from Constrictor, 1986)
Woman of Mass Distraction (from Dirty Diamonds, 2005)
Guitar Solo
Poison (from Trash, 1989)
Halo of Flies (from Killer, 1971)
Feed My Frankenstein (from Hey Stoopid, 1991)
Cold Ethyl (from Welcome To My Nightmare, 1975)
Only Women Bleed (from Welcome To My Nightmare, 1975)
Paranoiac Personality (from Paranormal, 2017)
Ballad of Dwight Fry (from Love It To Death, 1971)
Killer (from Killer, 1971)
I Love the Dead (from Billion Dollar Babies, 1973)
I’m Eighteen (from Love It To Death, 1971)

Encore:
School’s Out (from School’s Out, 1972)

Alice Cooper remaining tour dates

October 21, Sydney, Hordern Pavilion
October 23, Canberra, AIS Arena
October 24, Brisbane, Exhibition Centre

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