Would you go see Alice Cooper?

This has been a dreadful summer for live music up here in our corner of Wisconsin. There haven’t been any must-see shows around here.

That, and our local casino took down the big tent in which it used to have summer shows and moved the shows inside, into the ballroom. It’s a nice venue, but hardwood and air conditioning isn’t quite the same as pavement and big overhead fans. Just not the right vibe for summer.

Of all the big shows scheduled out at the casino for the rest of the summer, the one I’m most seriously considering is Alice Cooper. I’ve had other opportunities to see him, but I’ve passed. Just a casual fan, I guess.

The other night, I put on Alice’s “Killer” album from 1971. (It still has the foldout 1972 calendar that came with it.) I hadn’t listened to it in quite some time, and was pleasantly surprised. The stuff accompanying the big hits — “Be My Lover” and “Under My Wheels” — is every bit as good. Lots of solid performances. It’s held up well. I was just going to rip a couple of cuts and wound up ripping the whole album.

Then I thought a little more seriously about popping for the $25 to see Alice Cooper on a Sunday night next month. And then I thought a little more about the show I’m likely to see and hear after 35 years. I doubt I’m likely to hear much of the interesting stuff from “Killer.”

So I remain on the fence. Your wise counsel is welcome.

In the meantime, enjoy a couple of those vintage cuts.

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“Halo of Flies” and “Desperado,” Alice Cooper, from “Killer,” 1971.

The first cut jams lots of ideas and styles into a piece that runs 8 minutes plus. The second cut is about the Doors’ Jim Morrison … or about Lee, Robert Vaughn’s on-the-run gunfighter in “The Magnificent Seven,” depending on which version of Alice’s tales you choose to believe.

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7 responses to “Would you go see Alice Cooper?

  1. A couple of years ago, I won tickets to see Rod Stewart in Albuquerque. He performed two or three numbers from 1971’s “Every Picture Tells A Story,” so it wasn’t a total loss.

  2. $25? Maybe it’s just because the NY-area prices are so ridiculous, but I feel like you can’t go wrong. Then again, this is coming from a guy who’s going to see Air Supply/John Waite in a few weeks (for more than $25).

  3. I saw Alice Cooper when he performed in The Bird’s Nest at The Phoenix Open a few years ago. It was mostly an ALL-REQUEST show and Alice wasn’t in costume. What a memorable performance!

    If he’s still doing the full-blown production from years past, he’ll do his usual material and it will be a good show. However, if it’s more about the music and less about the theatrics, it could be unforgettable.

    If you haven’t seen Alice live, it’s as much of a treat as the Stones or U2.

    On a personal note, Alice is a great guy who often stopped in at the convenience store I managed near his home in Phoenix. Man, he really likes to talk about golf!

  4. He’s still doing the production number, although I believe he’s about to move away from the guillotine and back to hanging!

    If he plays the same way he has for the last 3 tours, you get a first half of mainly standard rock, then the second half is pure theatre. For $25, you really should.

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  6. newmradio

    Yeah, go!

  7. newmradio

    Sorry…just realized this post was from a year ago! Did you go?

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