Live: Alice Cooper at Hard Rock Live, December 15

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Photo by Sayre Berman
Alice Cooper
Hard Rock Live, Hollywood
Thursday, December 15, 2011

View a slideshow from the concert here.

Better than:
Mr. Nice Guy

​It's not an easy task for a shock rocker of decades yore to hold the attention of a crowd which has been exposed to far more advanced forms of shock -- advanced both in technological innovation and psychological darkness. Alice Cooper is a puppeteer in a world of CGI. Thursday at the Hard Rock though, the old man delivered. Maybe it helped that most of the Baby Boomer crowd probably missed Marilyn Manson completely, but a good show is a good show.

The stage set-up was very corny -- a spooky alley with a pile of garbage, zombies in dark corners, and the words "No More Mr. Nice Guy" graffitied across the front of the drum platform. In between each song the lights would go down and Cooper would switch up costume and props. The theatrics were borderline half-assed -- swords, a snake, a crutch -- until about the midway point when the band went into "Feed My Frankenstein."


For this number, Cooper appeared in a white lab coat and brought out his assistant Igor, who suited him up with gloves and goggles. He then went to his monster-making machine and began pushing flashing buttons and turning knobs as the band rocked on around him. Sparks began to fly and smoke filled the stage. Suddenly, magically, Cooper was gone and in his place a twelve foot tall monster version of him sang the rest of the song.

This visual was not topped by anything that followed, but the energy did not drop off. In remaining numbers, Cooper was beheaded by a guillotine, impaled a pestering photographer with a long metal pole, sent large, confetti filled balloons out into the crowd, and he may have announced his candidacy for President in 2012 -- he'll be running on the "Wild Party" ticket.

If he were to enter the presidential race, he would probably have the vote of many of those who rocked out in Hollywood with him last night, especially if he brings his band on the campaign trail -- the five players filled their roles well, theatrically and musically. He wouldn't need to speak much, just wear leather pants and be himself, or rather, be Alice Cooper. He ended the night by introducing himself: "Playing the role of Alice Cooper tonight has been...me!" Bravo, you old golfer.

Critics Notebook:

Better Than: Marilyn Manson's Kenny Powers impression.

Random Detail: One of Cooper's guitar players actually looked way more like Kenny Powers than Manson does in the above photo.

By the Way: Thanks to the drunk dude in my section who provided amazing accompanying vocals to the ballad "Cold Ethyl," and to all of the other drunk people in the house for rocking out so hard.


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Hard Rock Live

1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, FL

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Inlandkey
Inlandkey

Great concert ! I have been to many of his shows over the years,but this one was more about the music which was a good change of pace for Alice.

freakerdude
freakerdude

This was actually a very good show. Not only did he entertain the crowd, his band was very good. The chick playing the other lead guitar was awesome as was the drummer. The rest of the band was very good too. Sure, it was a different crowd but anyone from that era will draw the same people.

I am glad I got to see him and it was my first time. I would definitely see him again.

Jplanetone
Jplanetone

Rock Legend Alice Cooper To Be Inducted Into Rock And Roll Hall Of FamePosted by cGt2099 | December 13th, 2010 at 5:52 pm

Industry insiders are reporting that rock and metal legend Alice Cooper will finally be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame on March 14, 2011 at its 26th yearly induction ceremony. Alice Cooper began as the lead singer and frontman of the band of the same name with the release of their debut album, Pretties For You, in 1969. Cooper launched his solo career in 1975 with the release of the concept album, Welcome To My Nightmare, an epic recording that was produced by the brilliant Bob Ezrin. Cooper established himself firmly in the era of shock rock and early glam metal — his career spanning beyond 30 years, and releasing songs such as School’s Out, Poison, Hey Stoopid, and Brutal Planet. He is known for his concept albums, and theatrical live performance that featured the “execution of Alice Cooper” every night — usually portrayed as death by guillotine. He’s left such an impact on the music world and would eventually become a massive influence on almost all sub-genre of metal. It appears that all members of the original Alice Cooper band might be in consideration for this Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction, as Alice Cooper released a statement saying, “On behalf of Dennis (Dunaway), Neal (Smith), Michael (Bruce) and the late great Glen (Buxton), we are honored to be nominated for induction in to the Hall. Anytime you are nominated in your chosen profession, it’s definitely a compliment to be recognized”. Alice Cooper will be inducted along with Neil Diamond, Tom Waits, Dr. John, and Darlene Love at the Waldorf-Astoria in Manhattan, which will be televised live on Fuse.

UR FATHER
UR FATHER

Bra! This guy made the path that many were to folow!  KISS., M. manson, etc,, and more .You talk sh. So take ur dilly doldoer and plug it in and reassure ur self that u are the best. I'm sure u listen to a small range of music!!!!!!!!!! I noticed u you were the meth user on valium... to balance out your inner homersex self. U smell like pills and turd!

guest
guest

How about the fact the he had a DOLPHINS JERSEY ON!!!!!

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