A late birthday present/early Father's day present, I went with my Dad to Alice Cooper in Kansas City. We had seen him four years ago at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson, KS, but everything from Alice's voice to the musical performances and everything in between was MUCH better tonight.
The main difference between this performance and the one I saw a few
years ago was that Alice was much more concentrated on the music aspect
of the show this time around. There definitely wasn't as much vaudeville
interactions as in the past, but it only worked in his favor. He
brought out the sword stabbed through stacks of money for Billion Dollar
Babies and also got his head chopped off in the guillotine after Wicked
Young Man, but it was definitely a rock show. The biggest laugh of the
night came when a giant Eddie-esque Alice ran out of stage during Feed
Alice's backing band is better than ever. The main noticeable addition
to me is Orianthi on guitar, who I absolutely love. She blew me away.
Might be one of the best guitarists I've ever seen live! All the
musicians had a pretty nice jam session within Halo of Flies, and the
two main guitar players had a great call and return shred session in
Under My Wheels. There was a bass and drum solo as well, but Orianthi
and the guitars were where it was at!
Alice himself actually sounds better now, too. He had a much larger
range than he did a few years ago. He hit all the tough notes (well,
tough for someone that age) in Only Women Bleed. Great stuff.
So yeah. If you're seeing Alice open for Maiden on their tour coming up,
you really don't want to miss him. He's a legend and he's on top of his
game right now.
1. The Black Widow
2. Brutal Planet
3. I'm Eighteen
4. Under My Wheels
5. Billion Dollar Babies
6. No More Mr. Nice Guy
7. Hey Stoopid
8. Is It My Body
9. Halo Of Flies
10. I'll Bite Your Face Off
11. Muscle Of Love
12. Only Women Bleed
13. Cold Ethyl
14. Feed My Frankenstein
17. Wicked Young Man
18. I Love The Dead
19. School's Out
Alice Cooper: 9.5/10