Legendary shock rocker Alice Cooper delivers a memorable performance for a packed Louisville Palace crowd.
07-Aug-2016: There are always a few shows each year that draw significant attention when announced; tonight’s Alice Cooper tour stop at the Louisville Palace was one of those shows. It was fun to see all the painted faces and Alice Cooper gear worn by the fans in the lobby before the show which added to the pre-concert energy in the Louisville Palace.
As the house lights drop, the audience is immediately on their feet while the Vincent Price intro tape rolls. The band, Nita Strauss, Ryan Roxie and Tommy Henriksen (guitars), Chuck Garric (bass,) and Glen Sobel (drums), take their place on stage. Moments later, Alice Cooper appears on stage, donning a long black hooded cloak, which he removes to reveal a white and Beetlejuice-esque black striped suit as the group rolls into an abbreviated rendition of “Black Widow.”
The first part of the set is a Cooper fan’s dream as Alice Cooper performs favorites “No More Mr. Nice Guy,” ending with Alice, back to the room, fingers pointed to the sky with his “No More Mr. Nice Guy” Leather vest in full display. Without hesitation, it’s “Under My Wheels,” “Public Animal #9,” and “Billion Dollar Babies” complete with Alice’s swashbuckling antics with a sword filled with $100 Alice Cooper bills that he spattered all along the stage front.
With the crowd fully into the show, Cooper launches into “Long Way to Go” and “Is It My Body” complete with his boa constrictor and a rousing version of “Women of Mass Destruction.”
Nita Strauss took center stage next with an insane guitar solo, her fingers flying up and down the fret board and the stage punctuated with red/orange flames to her either side as she finished to a huge ovation.
“Poison” rocketed us into the second half of the set followed by “Halo of Flies” featuring a Glen Sobel drum solo mixed in for good measure. The unexplainable stage antics of an Alice Cooper show were now in full swing as Alice in a full length, blood-stained lab coat, and a gas mask is helped onto the giant electrical gurney; with billowing smoke and sparks flying, they perform “Feed My Frankenstein.” Emerging from the side stage is a giant Frankenstein’s Monster who comes on to finish the song roaming around the stage!
“Cold Ethyl,” “Only Women Bleed,” and “Guilty” are next in the performance before a frightening nurse complete with giant syringes comes out on stage, along with helpers, puts Alice into a strait jacket as they launch into the ” Ballad of Dwight Fry.” Another signature moment of the show waits as Alice is led into a giant Guillotine at the end of the song and is beheaded for all to see.
“Killer,” “I Love The Dead,” and “Under The Bed” lead us to the question, can you raise the dead? Answering this question, Alice Cooper rolls into a set of covers honoring four rock greats. The first is a cover of The Who’s “Pinball Wizard” as they unfurl a giant Keith Moon Tombstone backdrop. “Fire” honoring the legendary Jimmi Hendrix is next complete with a scorching solo by Nita and Hendrix ‘s tombstone drops next to Moon’s.
With the energy sky-high in the room, the band launches into a David Bowie cover of “Suffragette City,” and reveals a third tombstone. They wrap the block of covers with Motorhead’s “Ace of Spades,” featuring Chuck Garric on vocals, as Lemmy Kilmiester’s tombstone drops into place. It was an epic set of songs from a great showman displaying fantastic respect and provided a memorable moment.
Not to be outdone, Alice Cooper finished off the evening with more classics; “Eighteen” and “School’s Out,” complete with a snippet of “Another Brick in the Wall Part 2” worked in for good measure. For an encore, they closed the evening with “Elected” in front of an American flag backdrop and Alice wearing his red, white, and blue leather jacket.
The show, a two-hour 25-song extravaganza was pure enjoyment, pure showmanship, and pure rock n’ roll. Judging from the energy and excitement of fans leaving the venue, this show will be talked about for a long time to come