Alice Cooper slays Vancouver with old-school theatrical glam-rock

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ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, SEPT. 19, 2008

Shock-rock icon Alice Cooper put on a wicked show at the Centre in Vancouver last night (September 18). Focusing on material from his classic ’70s albums Love It to Death, Killer, School’s Out, Billion Dollar Babies, and Welcome to My Nightmare, the Coop delivered the guitar-rock gems “Under My Wheels”, “Is It My Body”, “Eighteen”, and “No More Mister Nice Guy” all within the first 20 minutes.

Guitarists Keri Kelli and Jason Hook did a masterful job of recreating the potent licks of original Cooper axemen Glen Buxton and Michael Bruce, especially on tunes like the epic “Halo of Flies”, and former Kiss drummer Eric Singer sharply walloped everything into place. Cooper strutted the stage like a man possessed, threatening the crowd with a sword before getting bound in a straitjacket and, later on, hung by the neck.

He’ll be executed at the Centre again tonight, and all fans of old-school theatrical glam-rock are encouraged to attend. Where else can you see a born-again Christian Republican in ghoulish makeup strangling a bloody mannequin and impaling a baby doll with a dagger?

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