Alice Cooper's Killer Show at Rod Laver Arena
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Alice Cooper's Killer Show at Rod Laver Arena




It shouldn’t have been a surprise to anyone that Rod Laver Arena was an almost full house for one huge rock n roll double bill featuring legendary ex-KISS guitarist, Ace Frehley, and the dead man walking, Alice Cooper. Whoever was responsible for putting together such a perfect package of rock icons, I would like to give you a standing ovation. Thank you! You may have possibly won the GIG OF THE YEAR.

Ace Frehley and his band were last here in 2015 in support of his 'Space Invader' album (which is great and you all need it) and he was once again welcomed with opened arms. His set relied heavily on KISS Klassics as it’s no doubt what his fans want to hear and Ace and his band delivered every song with note perfection. Frehley’s vocals sound hot and his guitar playing even hotter. There’s no doubt about it, Ace Frehley is the biggest selling solo artist from the KISS Kamp and it’s simply because he kicks ass!

Alice Cooper's Killer Show at Rod Laver Arena

You wanted the best and he delivered better. Whether you were there for KISS smashers like 'Love Gun', 'Rocket Ride', 'Parasite', 'Talk To Me' and 'Strange Ways', or you wanted to get it on to his solo works like 'Rip It Out' and his rendition of Hello’s 'New York Groove' which had everyone on their feet and dancing. It was just a solid and flawless set from start to finish. Bass solos are usually for me a time to get up and grab a drink but tonight, Chris Wyse dished out the 'Theme from Halloween', possibly in tribute to the headline act, so I had to stay since it is my favourite horror movie after all. Wrapping up 'Shock Me' with Frehley’s staple smokin’ (literally) guitar solo, he finished his set with two rockin’ renditions of 'Detroit Rock City' and 'Deuce' to a much appreciative Melbourne audience. While it would have been great to hear more of his solo works, Ace and his band delivered one hell of a rock show and was the perfect fit as the precursor for what was to follow.

Alice Cooper's Killer Show at Rod Laver Arena

The last time Alice Cooper was on our shows he was sadly confined to a 50 minute set opening for Motley Crue on their final tour. It’s kind of a travesty when someone with more albums than most is squashed into a support slot when to really experience the man himself, you need the whole lengthy experience which is thankfully what we got tonight. Opening with 'Brutal Planet', Alice’s voice was absolutely fantastic, some were saying he sounded better than ever, and of all the times I have seen him, I’d have to agree. What his secret is, I guess I’ll never know, but many bands could learn a lot from the guy about delivering a highly energetic performance.

Alice Cooper's Killer Show at Rod Laver Arena

No surprise here but the hits just kept coming, one after another. 'No More Mr Nice Guy', 'Under My Wheels' and 'Department Of Youth' had a chorus of thousands singing along to every word. These older cuts sound just as fresh now as they did back in the day and they blend in so sweetly with newer tracks like 'Women of Mass Distraction' (from 2005’s Dirty Diamonds) and 'Paranoiac Personality' (the only track played from his latest album, Paranormal). There was a visit from a 15 feet tall Frankenstein ('Feed My Frankenstein'), Alice Cooper flailing around his cash ('Billion Dollar Babies'), and the spanking of a dead body before being thrown across the stage ('Cold Ethyl'). His show maybe mildly shocking with a complete disregard for political correctness but would you expect anything less from a mentally deranged madman singing about being hospitalised while in a straight-jacket before attempting to strangle the nurse administering his drugs? Exactly.

Alice Cooper's Killer Show at Rod Laver Arena

His band tear through his songs so effortlessly and are without fail one of the best collections of musicians to appear onstage together. Watching Ryan Roxie, Nita Strauss and Tommy Henriksen trading licks is just as entertaining as seeing Cooper get beheaded (which still seems to shock some of the more casual punters).

Alice Cooper's Killer Show at Rod Laver Arena

Bassist Chuck Garric and drummer Glen Sobel provide one menacing rhythm section complete with an absolutely kick ass drum solo. As the crowd screamed along to 'I Love The Dead' as Alice’s chopped off head was tossed around the stage, Alice appeared once again, head intact (this guy just won’t die!) and they delved into a roaring version of 'I’m Eighteen' as the entire crowd chanted with him, “I like it! Love it! Like it! Love it!” It seemed very apt to be chanting that at an Alice Cooper show because if you didn’t love this, you must REALLY be a lot of fun at parties. He closed out the night with 'School’s Out' with a Pink Floyd mash up of 'Another Brick In The Wall'. Once again had the entire arena singing along to the anthemic chorus. It was a quite magical moment.

Alice Cooper's Killer Show at Rod Laver Arena

To put it in simple terms, an Alice Cooper show is like a comic book that came to life. A mix of horror and comedy theatrics with a perfect soundtrack. He looks great, he has more class and style than most, and he delivers a performance with such respect and admiration for not only his band and crew but everyone in attendance, and it shows. Obviously his sober lifestyle has rewarded him with a lasting creative output and longevity in a business that sees so many burn out or fade away. “Have horrible nightmares!” he tells us all before leaving the stage… we did, Alice, we did. Thank you for being you.

Alice Cooper's Killer Show at Rod Laver Arena

Alice Cooper's setlist:

1. Brutal Planet
2. No More Mr. Nice Guy
3. Under My Wheels
4. Department Of Youth
5. Pain
6. Billion Dollar Babies
7. The World Needs Guts
8. Woman Of Mass Distraction
9. Poison
10. Halo Of Flies
11. Feed My Frankenstein
12. Cold Ethyl
13. Only Women Bleed
14. Paranoiac Personality
15. Ballad Of Dwight Fry
16. Killer
17. I Love The Dead
18. I'm Eighteen
ENCORE
19. School's Out (with Pink Floyd Another Brick In The Wall)

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‘SPEND THE NIGHT WITH ALICE COOPER’
WITH VERY SPECIAL GUEST ACE FREHLEY AND STRANGERS.
Saturday 21 October Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, NSW
Monday 23 October AIS Arena, Canberra, ACT
Tuesday 24 October Entertainment Centre, Newcastle, NSW
Wednesday 25 October Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, QLD
Tickets available from Ticketek.

Alice Cooper's Killer Show at Rod Laver Arena
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