A capacity crowd (many in trademark eye makeup) filled the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, California on Thursday night (Nov. 21) to see the man who put the “shock” in Rock! The man who influenced so many to follow and has become a pop culture icon on his own. It was time for ALICE….Alice Cooper!
Alice was in command from the on-set, taking center stage with a cascading sheet of pyro flowing behind him as he and the band kicked off the set with early 1970’s track “Hello Hooray,” right into “House Of Fire.”
The set was a mix of Alice is his best, spanning a career full of classic cuts. During “Billion Dollar Baby” Alice was armed with a fencing sword and flipped money out into the audience. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer also injected some newer cuts, including “Caffeine”, during which he drank from a large cup. He threw plastic pearls out during “Dirty Diamonds,” before the real theatrics began.
As the band played “He’s Back (The Man Behind the Mask)” a girl was kidnapped onstage by a hooded figure and carried off, then chased again later across the stage by the guy with a knife in his hand. Cooper was later electrocuted after being strapped to a operating table during the tail end of “Feed My Frankenstein.” He initially disappeared, with the band then joined by a giant Frankenstein for the remainder of the song.
Alice was joined by the triple guitar attack of Ryan Roxie, Tommy Henriksen and Orianthi, who has her own solo career as well. The lineup was rounded out with bassist Chuck Garric and hometown Santa Ynez, California resident Glen Sobel on the drums. Each member were giving their chance to shine, all contributing significantly to the precision and excitement of the set.
A couple of evil, twisted nurses put Alice into a straitjacket during “Ballad of Dwight Fry,” and he was eventually led to the guillotine and beheaded. A fantastic medley shortly followed in a graveyard setting where there were headstones for Jim Morrison, John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix and Keith Moon.
Fantastic renditions of “Break On Through (to the Other Side),” “Revolution,” “Foxy Lady” and “My Generation” payed tribute to guys Alice knew well and partied with back in the day. Specifically, John Lennon, Keith Moon and Jimi Hendrix were really close friends.
The show closed with “I’m Eighteen,” “Poison” and the encore of “School’s Out” that injected Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall.” Balls, bubbles and streamers helped wrap up the party in fine fashion. Alice had done it again, and we all lived to tell about it.