HELLO HOORAY…Let the tour begin!! Alice Cooper launched the 2018 dates of his A Paranormal Evening Tour on March 1, 2018 at The Colosseum in Caesar’s Windsor in Windsor, Ontario.
Legendary shock rocker Alice Cooper pulled into Windsor for a show of legendary proportions. The rock icon was in town to kick off his North American Paranormal Tour which runs across the continent until March 29.
Cooper was in town all week at The Colosseum rehearsing with his band, which included members Chuck Garric (bass), Ryan Roxie (guitar), Tommy Henriksen (guitar), Glen Sobel (drums) and Nita Strauss (guitar). While in town, he was spotted signing autographs at Devonshire Mall during the week but spent most of his time readying for the tour.
The presentation was loaded with flash, balls, plenty of lights and opened with a wash of pyrotechnics. Sobel’s bass drum heads were filled with images of Cooper’s eye makeup and seemed to stare at you the whole night.
Loaded with classics rockers like “Billion Dollar Babies,” “Under My Wheels” and “I’m Eighteen,” he also whipped out a couple rare tracks like the Welcome to My Nightmare shocker “Cold Ethyl,” “Halo of Flies” from Killer, and “Serious” from his 1978 album From The Inside.
He also performed a couple tracks from his latest album Paranormal, including” Paranoiac Personality” and “Fallen In Love.” For fans of Cooper’s glammy 80s rock, he included his 1989 Top 10 Billboard hit “Poison” from the album Trash and “Feed My Frankenstein” from the album Hey Stoopid.
It was a well-rounded set, which easily could have had a few more gems added to it – like “Hey Stoopid,” “Welcome to My Nightmare,” “Clones (We’re All)” and “House of Fire.” It was, however, great to see “Brutal Planet” in the set, a power song from early 2000 that defines the modern Cooper sound so well.
The band worked well together, with Strauss’ guitar work captivating the crowd at every turn. The star of the show, as always, is Cooper himself. When combined with all the gimmicks, tricks and props, he puts on a show that can’t be topped. Fans were treated to the entire Cooper bag of tricks including the straightjacket, guillotine, ten-foot tall Frankenstein, and boddles and boodles of Cooper paper currency. Sheryl Cooper, Alice’s wife, popped in and out of the show dressed as a puppet in a toybox and a ballet dancing psychotic nurse.
The show closed with a balloon and confetti shower and a crowd raising version of his classic hit “School’s Out” with a mid-song mash-up of Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall.”
The tour continues throughout the month of March with various dates along the eastern seaboard, the Midwest, while finishing up in Florida.
No More Mr. Nice Guy
Under My Wheels
Billion Dollar Babies
Be My Lover
Lost in America
Fallen in Love
Woman of Mass Distraction
Halo of Flies
Feed My Frankenstein
Only Women Bleed
Ballad Of Dwight Fry
I Love the Dead
School’s Out /Another Brick In the Wall
WORDS BY: Dan Savoie PHOTOS BY: Brent Groh
Event Date: 01-MAR-2018