Review: Alice Cooper
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Review: Alice Cooper




Where do you even begin trying to summarise just how great this show was? This line-up was huge. My head's still spinning but I'm going to try anyway.

Review: Alice Cooper
MC50's Marcus Durant giving his best impression of MC5's Rob Tyner.

Detroit's very own Brother Wayne Kramer and his supergroup of amazing rock'n'rollers kicked off the night with the timeless tunes of the MC5 via MC50 supergroup. If you know, you know. Kramer has put together a band so fierce to keep the spirit and music of his former band alive, 56 years since their inception. Their lifespan was short but in that time the MC5 released three of the greatest rock'n'roll albums ever put to tape. They never got the mainstream success they were destined for but the songs have been covered by an endless list of big name artists crossing all genres from Rage Against The Machine and Monster Magnet to The Damned, Jeff Buckley and Afrika Bambaataa. Proof that their music still resonates with people from all walks of life.

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Time has not slowed down MC5's Brother Wayne Kramer.

They smashed through a killer set to what seemed like a befuddled crowd but to those in the know, they lapped it up and loved it. 'Kick Out The Jams' still rules as one of the greatest rock'n'roll get the party started jams to have ever been written and the followed it up with classics like 'Tonight', 'Motor City Is Burning' but not before finishing with an explosive performance of 'Looking At You'. When you look at the collective of rock legends sharing the stage with Kramer; Billy Gould (Faith No More), Kim Thayil (Soundgarden), Brendan Canty (Fugazi) and Marcus Durant (Zen Guerilla); this band is an absolute powerhouse. Like I said, if you know, you know. The MC5's music is a spiritual awakening for a better world. If you're not there yet, there's still time.

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Joel O'Keeffe of Airbourne in full flight.

You know, we should be bloody proud of Airbourne. Here's a band from Warrnambool who have put in the hard yards and it has paid off. They've released a whole bunch of killer records, they have toured with all the greats, and they put on one hell of a show. This, my friends, is what high energy music sounds like and it's all ours, Melbourne. All this touring has paid off for them as what we were treated to was a stadium rock at its finest. Tearing straight into 'Ready To Rock' (the version off Black Dog Barking, not their debut mini album), the powerhouse quartet delivered anthem after anthem with tracks like 'Live it Up', 'Girls In Black' and 'Running Wild'. It was an explosive 40 minutes that gave the audience an absolute arse kickin' and judging from those still seated, it looks as though it was needed. Thanks, guys!

Airbourne (iPhone video) @ Rod Laver Arena from Carbie Warbie on Vimeo.


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It's School's Out with Alice Cooper..

What else really needs to be said about this guy? He and his band never fail to deliver an epic show. How could he fail though? His entire catalogue is more hits than misses and he was going to make sure we got everything we wanted and more, as well as sticking in a few rare gems as well. 'Feed My Frankenstein' is nothing short of a near perfect song and a great taster for what was to come for the next 90 minutes. He didn't let up for a moment as he dove straight into 'No More Mr Nice Guy' and 'Bed Of Nails'. The band were firing on all cylinders and sounded hot. 'Under My Wheels', 'I'm Eighteen', 'Billion Dollar Babies' and 'Poison' all had people movin' and groovin' while the less notable hits were still met with applause and appreciation.

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Alice Cooper is No More Mr Nice Guy.

The thing about Alice Cooper is that he walks a fine line of knowing what he has to play and what he'd like to play and thankfully he's been at it so long that you're seeing three generations of fans coming to see his shows and they're STILL loving every minute of it. His songs are tireless and timeless. They can be hard and heavy or sweet and slow but the one thing you can be sure of, it will still all end with Coops being beheaded by his beloved wife Sheryl Goddard, well, when he's not being chased around the stage by a giant Frankenstein... or being stuck in a straight jacket... or building giant killer robots (please, Alice, bring this back).

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Alice Cooper Feeds His Frankenstein

His setlist may have omitted such audience faves as 'Only Women Bleed' and 'Go To Hell' but hearing 'Teenage Frankenstein' live for the first time (for me) was an absolute blessing. He finished off the show with a blistering encore of 'Department Of Youth' and 'School's Out' featuring a special guest in Joel O'Keeffe from Airbourne who looked like he actually belonged in the band. Speaking of which, Coop's band is insanely talented. They're a solid bunch who you can tell get along like a well oiled machine. They bounce off each other perfectly and they all seem to be having the time of their life up there. And how could you not? An Alice Cooper show is not to be missed. Do yourself a favour if you're yet to experience it. You won't regret it.

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Hurricane Nita Strauss flicking a guitar pick into the adoring crowd.

It's not often enough that a show of this magnitude rolls through Australia so thank you to everyone involved for bringing to us not only Alice Cooper and his band which is always a delight, but also for reminding the masses just how good our own homegrown rock is with Airbourne and for bringing Brother Wayne Kramer and the music of the MC5 back to Australia. This was most appreciated. Now, my friends, go buy 'Kick Out The Jams' (if you haven't already) and testify, brothers and sisters!

Review: Alice Cooper

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