Welcome to Alice Cooper’s Nightmare Castle!! That is how the show opened and what a nightmare it was, but in a good way. This was my second time seeing Alice as I saw him 3 years earlier, almost to the day and I am glad to be back to be terrified, freaked out and entertained by the legend himself. This time around, my daughter joined me as she figured if her mom liked the last show, maybe she will and I think she did, but more on that later.
As we were standing in line to get through the vaccine check (negative covid test check) and the metal detector, we noticed people wearing Nita Strauss T-Shirts. It was cool seeing people that were coming to the show to see her. If you don’t know her, she is “Hurricane” Nita Strauss and she is Alice Cooper’s lead guitar player (one of three), but she is the featured one that gets all the press because she is pretty freaking awesome!!
After watching Ace Frehley Open the show, the crowd was pumped and ready. We only had to wait just under 30 minutes to get the stage transferred over and turned in to this giant 2-Story castle and full of horrifying things. But what wasn’t horrifying, but electrifying was the setlist…take a look at what he has to offer this time around…
- Feed My Frankenstein
- No More Mr. Nice Guy
- Bed of Nails
- Hey Stoopid
- Fallen In Love
- Go Man Go
- Under My Wheels
- He’s Back (The Man Behind the Mask)
- Rock & Roll (The Velvet Underground Cover)
- I’m Eighteen
- Billion Dollar Babies
- Guitar Solo – Nita Strauss
- Roses in White Lace
- My Stars
- Devil’s Food
- Black Widow Jam (“Black Juju” drum Solo)
- Dead Babies
- I Love the Dead (Band vocals)
- Teenage Frankenstein
- School’s Out (with Pink Floyd’s Another Brick in the Wall mixed in) – Encore
The curtain dropped and the nightmare began. They open with the classic “Feed My Frankenstein” and Alice’s intensity is in full force. He never breaks character throughout the whole show and is slinging his cane around with furiously. He slams it down on the stage and the cane snaps, with a large chunk flying through the air and slamming in to Nita’s head. She was stunned, turned around and walked back from the front of the stage. The roadie on the side came running out and checked her out and seemed fine so she came back and played her heart out all night. It was a crazy start to the show.
Alice does not take breaks between songs to talk to the crowd, nope! It was one song straight in to the other and an utter blast. When we get to the song, “Hey Stoopid”, the crowd goes nuts and is singing in full force. We are only 4 songs in and my voice is already shot (mostly because I was singing so much during Ace’s opening act. Then we go in to a favorite of mine, as I love the song “Fallen in Love”.
We finally get to the first new song off his 2021 album, ‘Detroit Stories’. It is the fast driving song “Go Man Go” that takes you back to the old 50’s rockers full of fun and all about fast cars so appropriately, they blast straight in to “Under My Wheels” next. I have to say “Go Man Go” is a fun song to have in the set. It fits very well.
On “He’s Back (The Man Behind the Mask)”, you get two girls that come busting through the castle gates and start taking selfies. One of the girls, runs up the stairs to the top of the castle and unknowingly, Jason from Friday the 13th comes up behind her, grabs her and slits her throat. It is so much fun seeing the blood pour down her shirt. This is the fun stuff you love to see in an Alice show. He whips through a few more songs and then they get to another song I love, “Poison”. The crowd again, loves it, but they love everything they do.
Then we get “Billion Dollar Babies” and a giant baby comes busting out of the castle and runs around stage. It is quite a freaky sight. And if that wasn’t fun enough, next up is Nita Strauss and her guitar solo. What a player, she is probably one of the best new guitarist to come out of the last decade. She is definitely the most exciting. The crowd and my daughter, ate it up.
After the solo, we fly through a few more songs and then we get to the jam session. This is the part where Alice leaves the stage and the band gets all the kudos. They rock out to “Devil’s Food” and then it is the “Black Widow Jam” complete with a drum solo. This band Alice has pieced together might be his best in a long time. There is no denying the talent of Ryan Roxie, Tommy Henriksen, Chuck Garric, Glen Sobel and of course, Nita Strauss. Alice only picks the best and he certainly did that. My daughter was in awe of all of them, but mostly Nita and Glen as she loved his drum solo!
The show finally got to all the gruesome, nightmarish and full on insanity of the set. They played through “Steven”, “Dead Babies” and “I Love the Dead”. All these had numerous performances of Alice trying to kill a baby, being declared insane, put in a straight jacket and beheaded. Yep, he lost his head. It was a full on spectacle that is the fun of an Alice Cooper Show.
I mean, what more could you say…it is a shock rock helluva a good time rock & roll show that only Alice can do. They ended the show with “Escape” and “Teenage Frankenstein” and the crowd was going nuts. They left and then a few minutes later came back for the final performance of the classic Alice Cooper song that everyone knows, even my daughter, “School’s Out”. They mixed in a little Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall” for good measure. It was total pandemonium and a good time was had by all. Alice Cooper never disappoints and tonight was no different. Alice even introduced the band (something Ace didn’t do…bad Ace). He is a nice guy after all. Thanks Alice for another great time.
My daughter walked away with a little appreciation for what her dad likes and she saw the fun that it was all meant to be. I think she really did enjoy herself despite not knowing the songs. More great memories to be shared together. And that is what music is all about. I’ve taken my daughter to see Kiss, Def Leppard, Journey and now Ace and Alice…she is a trooper!
And here are a few more pictures…sorry pictures are all a little grainy as our phones suck!