A Paranormal Evening With Alice Cooper
Cobb Energy Centre
Wednesday October 10, 2018
Doors 6:30pm / Show 8pm / All Ages
$49 - $99 Reserved Seating (VIP Upgrades Available)
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Alice Cooper pioneered a grandly theatrical brand of hard rock that was
designed to shock. Drawing equally from horror movies, vaudeville, and
garage rock, the group created a stage show that featured electric chairs,
guillotines, fake blood and boa constrictors. He continues to tour regularly,
performing shows worldwide with the dark and horror-themed theatrics that
he’s best known for.
With a schedule that includes six months each year on the road, Alice
Cooper brings his own brand of rock psycho-drama to fans both old and
new, enjoying it as much as the audience does. Known as the architect of
shock-rock, Cooper (in both the original Alice Cooper band and as a solo
artist) has rattled the cages and undermined the authority of generations of
guardians of the status quo, continuing to surprise fans and exude danger at
every turn, like a great horror movie, even in an era where CNN can present
real life shocking images.
Cooper was born in Detroit Michigan, and moved to Phoenix with his
family. The Alice Cooper band formed while they were all in high school in
Phoenix, and was discovered in 1969 by Frank Zappa in Los Angeles, where
he signed them to his record label. Their collaboration with young record
producer Bob Ezrin led to the break-through third album “Love It to Death”
which hit the charts in 1971, followed by “Killer,” “School’s Out,” ”Billion
Dollar Babies,” and “Muscle of Love.” Each new album release was
accompanied by a bigger and more elaborate touring stage show. 1974 saw
the release of a “Greatest Hits” album, and then Cooper, in 1975, released
his first solo album, “Welcome to My Nightmare” in 1975, accompanied by
the legendary groundbreaking theatrical Welcome to My Nightmare concert
Associated with that album and tour was the ground-breaking network TV
special Alice Cooper: The Nightmare. Other film and television appearances
include The Muppet Show, Mae West’s last film Sextette, Roadie, Sgt.
Pepper’s Lonely Hearst Club Band and appearances on The Tonight Show
starring Johnny Carson and Tom Snyder’s Tomorrow Show. The original
band also made an appearance in the movie Diary of a Mad Housewife in
1979, filmed the full-length feature film Good To See You Again Alice
Cooper, and Alice appeared in a 1972 episode of The Snoop Sisters.
Alice’s solo career skyrocketed in the late 1970’s, with a succession of hit
singles, including “You & Me,” and classic albums, including “Lace And
Whiskey” and “From The Inside,” and bigger and even more elaborate
In the ‘80’s Cooper explored different sounds, highlighted by the new
wavish album “Flush The Fashion,” the heavy metal “Constrictor” and
“Raise Your Fist And Yell,” and then 1989’s melodic hard rock album
“Trash,” which featured the massive hit single “Poison” and became his
biggest selling album and single worldwide. During this period Alice also
appeared in the horror films Monster Dog and John Carpenter’s Prince of
Darkness, and recorded songs for the soundtracks to Roadie, Class of 1984,
Friday the 13 Part VI: Jason Lives and Wes Craven’s Shocker.
Cooper’s most memorable movie appearance was as himself in Wayne’s
World in 1991. He also played (fittingly) Freddy Krueger’s wicked step-
father in Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare, and appeared on Gene
Wilder’s TV series Something Wilder as well as on That ‘70’s Show. The
90’s also saw the release of the albums “Hey Stoopid,” “The Last
Temptation,” and “Fistful of Alice,” a live album.
1999 saw the release of the definitive historical 4 CD box set “The Life &
Crimes of Alice Cooper,” from Rhino/Warners.
In the new millenium, Cooper has been very productive and busy, writing,
recording and releasing the albums “Brutal Planet,” “Dragon Town,” “The
Eyes of Alice Cooper,” “Dirty Diamonds,” “Along Came a Spider,” and
2011’s “Welcome 2 My Nightmare,” plus “Old School 1964-1974,” a box set
celebrating the original band.
Alice has been touring consistently, year in and year out, averaging over 80
concerts annually, both within the USA and internationally, with his band
which features the three guitar attack of guitarists Ryan Roxie, Nita Strauss,
and Tommy Henriksen, plus the rhythm section of drummer Glen Sobel and
longtime bassist Chuck Garric.
He also wrote and published a memoir, “Golf Monster,” in 2007, which
tracked his life from childhood to rock stardom, and his journey from
alcoholic to golf addict, and was featured in the Tim Burton film “Dark
Shadows” in 2012.
Alice’s 2011 album “Welcome 2 My Nightmare” featured a return to his
partnership with longtime collaborator, producer Bob Ezrin, as well as
contributions from former original Alice Cooper bandmates Dennis
Dunaway, Neal Smith and Michael Brucem and a return to the themes of the
iconic 1975 “Welcome To My Nightmare” album.
Alice, Dennis, Neal, Michael, and the late Glen Buxton (posthumously)
were inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame in March, 2011.
2014 saw the release of “Super Duper Alice Cooper,” a documentary
detailing the arc of Alice’s rollercoaster ride in the world of rock
superstardom. Directed and produced by the same team from Banger Films
that delivered the award-winning Iron Maiden and Rush documentaries, it
premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival in NYC, and has since been
released on Blu-Ray and DVD by Eagle Rock Entertainment.
With his influence on rock & roll long since acknowledged, there is little
that Alice Cooper hasn’t achieved in his remarkable career, including
platinum albums, sold-out tours and any number of honors and career
As he heads back out on the concert trail each year, Cooper insists he’s still
motivated to continue touring and recording albums, as well as making time
for such side projects as Cooper’stown (his Phoenix-based restaurant/sports
bar) and his “Nights With Alice Cooper” nightly radio show, syndicated
domestically and worldwide on over 100 stations.