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Tour Shirt Tuesday- Alice Cooper

Picked up this cool Rock T when the Coop rolled into Tbay back in August 2018. My brother Todd and I last caught the Coop in 2012 when Alice and his band opened up for Iron Maiden in Wisconsin on the Maiden England Tour.

Coop blew us away that day at the outdoor Maiden show as Alice pulled out all the stops with the props and just flat out giving it 110% in about 90-degree heat as it was hot and humid. Crazier yet Alice was playing at 6pm in broad daylight!

Todd that day in the sweltering Wisconsin heat said if Cooper ever comes back to Tbay we are going. Alice did return and Todd scored us front row which was even better!

I took that pic of Cooper below which for all of my shitty skills at handling a camera I actually pulled off a decent shot!

The show, of course, was brilliant. All the hits and some deep nuggets were played. On the way out, of course, I had to hit up the merch table to see what was up.

Coop had a bunch of stuff and T-Shirts going for $50 Canadian! I was on the fence about grabbing a shirt. Then it hit me. What if Alice never makes it back to town. It’s possible. 

Bam! Bye, Bye 50 dollars hello to cool Cooper shirt! 

Alice Cooper: Poison(Live 2018)

 

The week of August 27th -31st is shaping up quite nicely Thank You and that’s in thanks to Alice Cooper who is not only rolling into Thunder Bay and playing a show here on August 29th(My Brother Todd scored us Tickets!) but as well on the 31st Coop  is releasing a Double Live album titled A Paranormal Evening At The Olympia Paris”.

BAM! 

Once again  my Character Flaw took hold of me as iTunes has the album on preorder with two tracks dropping straight onto my iPod right away!

Those two tracks are “Ballad of Dwight Fry” and “Poison”

Upon first listen these two tracks sound LIVE! The audio sounds like it was left alone and the  the mix doesn’t sound polished. The Backing Vocals/Music as well sound Live…

I’m thinking  not too  much  studio trickery  went on with the album.

Check it out as I posted the  Poison track (audio) at the top of the page!

Alice Cooper/Paranormal(2017)

Here’s a conversation I had with Alice Cooper the other day..

Deke- ‘Hello Alice!”

Alice- ‘Deke! Is that actually you returning all these years later to finally buy a new release of mine?”

Deke-“Sure Is!”

Alice-“Hey Stoopid!”

Deke- “WHUT?”

As you can see I never actually had a conversation or met the man.

Believe it or not Alice’s 1991 release Hey Stoopid was the last actual Coop album I had bought as upon its release  I had my brother both pick us copies of this album….

Hey Stoopid had some good stuff especially the title track and Feed My Frankenstein but as is the case sometimes I just stopped buying his stuff.

Until….

July 28th 2017! Crazy how time flies huh? Yep read some good things about this album  and once I had seen a deluxe edition available I took the plunge on the preorder from iTunes.

This album peaked my curiosity on numerous levels. One being Alice has the great Bob Ezrin on board producing.

Coop has brought back some of his old hombres from the Alice Cooper Band from the 70’s(Dennis Dunaway/Neil Smith/Micheal Bruce/Steve Hunter) on two tracks Genuine American Girl  and You And All of Your Friends.

Alice had Deep Purple’s Roger Glover and ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons drop by for a couple of guest appearances as well!

As well Coop with his current band has added 6 old school Alice Classics recorded live in Columbus (May 2016) for inclusion as well to make this indeed a total deluxe !

The biggest one(for me ) has to be that Alice has shaken things up as well as  he has enlisted of all dudes Larry Mullen Jr from U2 to slam down some drums on 9 of the 12 studio tracks. Awesome to hear Mullen Jr get out from the safe confines of U2 and smash around on the kit!

Paranormal leads the album off with a real cool catchy riff and this track features the co write and Bass playing of Roger Glover! First songs usually set the tone of an album and this one features just that. Love Cooper’s voice as he may not be the best rock singer but with this kind of music it fits his creepy like persona. Slick move at the end of the song to go back to the “well” with that opening catchy riff!

The next few tracks Deadflies and Fireball keep the Coop clipping at a decent clip. Ha! Still can’t believe Mullen Jr has these kind of drum chops in him. Unleash the beast behind the kit. Break free from those shackles that Bono has had around your ankles for decades! Atta boy Larry drum man drum!

Paranoiac Personality features a real cool like drums and bass stomp with Alice sneering and snarling like only he can do. Real cool rhythm throughout and man did someone sample that crazy ‘Psycho” sound bite?

Billy Gibbons like do I really have to tell you what band he is from? Anyhoo he and Alice collaborate on the song Fallen In Love which is a total ZZ and Alice mashup featuring Gibbons laying down that dirty guitar tone like only the Reverend can do! Great solo and can you dig it…Mullen Jr and Gibbons on the same song together?

Dynamite Road has to be an autobiographical lyrical tune  that has that Charles Daniels “The Devil Went Down To Georgia” vibe to it except its played through a Marshall Amp cranked up to 10!

Another real cool groove on Private Public Breakdown which features more cool percussion with once again Alice leading the charge with the guitars sounding heavy at a slower clip than Dynamite Road but still a good swift kick in the ass …

Ahh Horns! Coop incorporates some real cool  Brass in Holy Water. Basically Holy Water is like if one of Coops Boa’s put the choke on a Huey Lewis  tune and squeezed the devil out of Huey! Nice shuffle like vibe!

Rats a typical like Alice tune. Straight ahead Alice rocker. Kind quirky  but you gotta expect this stuff from the man known as Coop! Slick hard rock solo.

The Sound of A. Kinda a creepy send off from Alice. Bizarre like creepy vibe but this is Coopville!

So Alice gets the original mid 70’s Cooper band back together. Genuine American Girl  has that 70’s like Cooper throwback sound. Nice to see Coop reunite with these guys!

The second track featuring the original Coop band is You And All Your Friends has Alice singing he’s going to burn down your city! More throwback like vibes on this tune. Real cool wicked slide guitar solo from Steve Hunter. 

This album totally surprised me at how good it is! Alice steps up and give all involved full props! This album has gotten a ton of press and is selling and charting high around the world as well!

Cool how Alice has a current rock sound on the first 10 tracks whereas when the original Coop band play on the last two tracks it sounds like a 70’s throwback!

Buy This!

 

Cooped Up In Wisconsin!

The Coop loses his head…..

Alice Cooper was opening for Iron Maiden in the summer of 2012 through out North America. My younger bro Todd scored us some kick ass Vip Seats for the Copper/Maiden show in Cadott Wisconsin on July 21 2012…so today it’s the opening act Coop and Wednesday,the headliner IRON MAIDEN…..enjoy….

So for my first time seeing Cooper live it’s outside in Cadott,it’s sunny,it’s 6pm and it’s 92 degrees in the shade! A perfect setting for a Coop show right? Hahaha….

So we get the Vincent Price spoken word intro and boom where into The Black Widow and followed quickly by Brutal planet! Coop even though he is opening he’s bringing the stage show with him and me and Todd are pumped I mean it’s Coop,he’s God knows how old,he’s dressed in black,it’s fuckin hot out and the dude is giving his all!

What a top notch band he has with him on drums Jonathon Mover (filling in for regular skins smasher Glen Sobel) Chuck Garric on bass,Tommy Henrikson on guitar,Ryan Roxie on guitar and the Copps secret weapon on third guitar Orianthi!

Coop has a talent for having backing superior musicians and man check out Orianthi on the vid I posted, man can she play and she took centre stage on many the the Coop songs….she can flat out rock!

Third song in and now it’s time for the classics beginning with Under My Wheels,Billion Dollar Babies and  No More Mr Nice Guy!

Alice and the band now plough forward to a newer  song of his I like (well 1991 if that’s new to you)and that’s the title track from Hey Stoopid(love the opening line of “hey bro take it slow your not living in a video”) Is it My Body and Halo Of Flies(10 minute tune )is swated at us and the whole band goes off into super jam mode and these gents and one lady can hold it down!

Classic Muscle Of Love is dropped next and boom were into Orianthi’s guitar solo and Yep my peeps she is the only one in the Coops posse to get a solo spotlight! Good for her and good for the Coop! She deserves it…

Feed My Frankenstein also from Hey Stoopid is cranked out and here comes the Coop Prop Frankenstein chases and Alice sprints off the stage and this proves the Ol bugger Alice can still run short distance pretty damn fast!

One of Alice’s MTV hits Poison is played and it’s a good rock track and the crowd loves it …..I mean this tune whether you like it or not put the Coop back in the Loop of the public eye back In 89. I mean he could have sapped out a song like Fallen Angel by Poison (no pun) to get people’s attention hahaha….

Wicked Young Man is played and followed by I love The Dead and the Coop literally loses his head in this one! This as a fan is what I’m waiting for it must have been sumthin else to have seen the Cooper live in the the 70s when he was hanging himself,chopping his head off,withering around in his strait jacket than again  if I had seen those shows back in the early 70s I would be about 60 years old now! Hahahaha….

Schools Out is jacked out to the masses and what a finale to his show!

Coop comes out for a encore and that’s Elected waving the American Flag and he introduces his whole band and gives them there due for a job well done!

Wowzers man,me and my bro Todd  were blown away by the Coop! I mean for my first time seeing him live and it’s at supper time haha, (6pm)its pretty cool cuz when you think of Coopers live show you think of a dark arena  but the Coop delivers it full throttle and man what a great cast of musicians with him,not a slouch among em!

17 songs played……now that’s a Theatric Rock Show Friends!