ALICE COOPER – Raising The Dead in Las Vegas

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DSC_1462nThe finale for Alice Cooper’s Raise the Dead Tour lived up to its name at The Pearl inside The Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas.  The massive nightmarish curtain came down replaced with fiery sparks raining down upon the stage as Cooper appeared with cane in hand decked out in coat and tails as be began the night with Hello Hooray.  His traditional makeup still adds to the theatrical presence and even more so for his shocking antics on stage.

The founding father of macabre and horror rock music is backed by a band that encompasses the talents of guitarists Ryan Roxie, Tommy Henriksen and the astonishing Orianthi, along with Chuck Garric on bass; rounding it out on drums was Vegas local, Glen Sobel.   The 2013 tour was taken world-wide and brought back to the States to finish out the year.  The band showcased their own abilities during the night between Cooper belting out music from his decades of albums and the mayhem of the zombie nurses and freaky killers meandering about the stage.  The set list of the night consisted of Hello HoorayHouse of FireNo More Mr. Nice GuyUnder My Wheels, I’ll Bite Your FaceBillion Dollar BabiesCaffeineDepartment of YouthHey StoopidDirty Diamonds, Welcome To My NightmareGo To HellBehind The MaskFrankenstein, Ballad of Dwight Fry, Killer/I Love the DeadBreak on ThroughRevolutionFoxy LadyMy Generation, I’m EighteenPoison, and School’s Out as the encore

DSC_1267nBetwixt the snake draped around his neck during Nightmare or the gigantic coffee mug during Caffeine, the props and costume changes kept the energy of the crowd at the intense level and craving what was to come next.  During Frankenstein, Cooper came to the stage in a bloody lab coat and gas mask as he was then strapped to a machine that transformed him into a giant Frankenstein monster to complete the end of the song.  Encased in a straight jacket and sent to the guillotine only to come back to raise the dead with his dead rock friends, there were tributes to Jim Morrison, John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix and Keith Moon with headstones included.  Orianthi was center stage for a solo during Foxy Lady and couldn’t have been more worthy of the feature or the title as she massacred the audience with her performance.

The last part of the night was spent with classics, I’m Eighteen and Poison, which brought the audience in to sing along with the chorus each time.  A lifetime of shock rock was brought to Alice Cooper’s stage once again as he closed the night with School’s Out.  Fans remained on their feet the entire night as they howled and shrieked approvals for the grandstand presentation of the closing night of the tour.  Cooper ended the night by expressing his many thanks to his band and the fans for a wonderful tour.  The 65-year-old musician, singer/songwriter has a career that spans five decades and has never sounded better!

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