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…
In my crate digging, I keep running in to Tour Books and of course, I keep buying them because I think they are cool time capsules of a band. This time around, I found 2 Alice Cooper Tour Books. And these are vintage as they were both from the 70’s and they look it. The first one we have here is from Alice’s biggest and best album, ‘Welcome to My Nightmare’, from 1975. The Tour began on March 21, 1975, in Kalamazoo, Michigan, making its way across the States and even in to Europe where it ended on September 17 in Antwerp, Belgium.
The Band had a cast of characters and included the following host of people:
Steve Hunter – Guitar
Dick Wagner – Guitar
Prakash John – Bass
Jozef Chirowski – Keyboards
Whitey Glan – Drums
Vincent Price – Spider Voice
Sheryl Goddard – Ethyl
Robyn Blythe – Bat Woman
Gene Montoya – Voodoo Man
Uchi Sugiyama – Frog Man
Yes, it is a cast as Alice doesn’t just put on a concert, nope! He puts on a show. A creep show and this one is all about his nightmares. But the concert is always important and the set list, on average, looked something like this…
We are finally on our 5th Producer in the “Producer Extraordinaire” series after a very long break. This time we are focusing on Bob Ezrin as he has produced some very influential albums and albums that have impacted my life like all the producers in this series have. The other producers have been as follows:
Bob Ezrin hails from Toronto, Canada (and I think 2 of the other producers in this series hail from Canada) and has been producing for over 40 years. He has spanned many genres, but it his rock productions that have become the most famous and most notable. He is a member of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and has actually never won a Grammy award although he has been nominated once. Let’s discuss his work…
Bob Ezrin has worked with Alice Cooper more times than I can count. He might as well be considered a member of the band. He pretty much did all the big albums in the 70’s and even a couple big ones in the 2000’s. I believe it is a total of at least 13 albums (oh, I guess I can count). Insane. I guess he as much a part of their sound as anyone.
To be a part of such huge albums as “Welcome to My Nightmare”, “School’s Out”, “Billion Dollar Babies” and even Alice’s latest masterpiece, “Paranormal” goes to show the magic that Bob can pull out of an artist. It also makes you wonder would Alice have been Alice without Bob behind the boards…probably, but who knows.
Ok, I am in no means an Alice Cooper aficionado, I am a casual fan at best. However, I have always wanted to see Alice live, but never actually went. Well, as I am getting older and so is Alice, I realized that we won’t be around much longer and I better go see him while I am still around and so is he. So after my pal Deke went and wrote about it at Thunder Bay Arena Rock, he convinced me to finally do it. And let me tell you, I am so glad I did.
Now, if you want better pictures go to Deke’s blog as he had front row I believe. I wasn’t so lucky and I am too cheap! But I did get pictures and they suck because my phone sucks. So I apologize up front for that.
My wife decided to join me on this concert experience and I am glad she did as it made the night that much more special that she was with me. Plus, it is nice any time we get a date night. No kids!!!
Now my wife is a little height challenged so she had trouble seeing. Me, I am 6’2″ so I had only minor issues as the guy in front of me was a little taller than me. But that is okay, I got to see most everything. Okay enough about that, let’s get to the show.
The show opened with Alice’s voice welcomes you to the nightmare and the band comes exploding out with “Brutal Planet” which was such a great opening song and there was no holding back. Alice comes strolling out with this coat and cane and never has a 70 year old man looked so cool!! He owns the stage and has such presence that you are completely drawn to him. And the way he swings that cane around, those band members better not be standing close or they will get knocked on their ass. Hell, Alice swung the cane so hard against a speaker that the damn cane broke.