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  ALICE COOPER
Glasgow Clyde Auditorium
31st October 2011


Johnny Main

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In support of his latest album, 'Welcome 2 My Nightmare', Alice Cooper dubbed his latest UK tour the 'Hallowe'en Night Of Fear', and what better night to witness the great man live onstage but Hallowe'en night itself. Encouraging those attending to dress up for the occasion - an invitation embraced by a large number of the audience - this was probably the best Hallowe'en party in the UK!

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Opening with the Vincent Price intro, which segued into 'The Black Widow', with Cooper appearing atop a stage prop in a spider jacket, things were off to a good start. Following this, he aired the 'Brutal Planet' track (from his oft-overlooked 2000 album) before launching into four bona fide Cooper classics in a row: 'I'm Eighteen', 'Under My Wheels', 'Billion Dollar Babies' (with Cooper striding around the stage complete with sword and Alice Cooper dollar bills) and 'No More Mr Nice Guy'.

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An audience sing-a-long on 'Hey Stoopid' and 'Feed My Frankenstein' (with Cooper in true mad scientist mode before unveiling his very own monster, Igor), along with lesser known tracks from the 1970s - 'It Is My Body' and 'Killer' - ensured that all fans were catered for tonight. Strange that, although Alice has this new album out at the moment, he chose to play only one track from it, 'I'll Bite Your Face Off', which itself got a good reaction from the crowd.

There were more theatrics to come, of course, with a 'paparazzi photographer' being “attacked” during 'Wicked Young Man' and, of course, it wouldn't be an Alice Cooper show without the guillotine making an appearance and beheading him!.

The show finally ended with a superb rendition of 'School's Out' (including a section from Pink Floyd's 'Another Brick In The Wall Part 2'), and then it was ticker-tape galore as the gig finished with a rousing rendition of 'Elected'.

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Special mention must be made of Cooper's excellent backing band, including stalwart guitarist Steve Hunter and bass player Chuck Garric. But they have now been joined by two new guitarists in the shape of Tommy Henriksen and the extraordinary talents of Orianthi Panagaris (who previously played on the Michael Jackson 'This Is It' film), whose solo segued into 'Cold Ethyl'. There was also the solid backbone of drummer Glen Sobel.

It just goes to show that Cooper's years of performing pretty much guarantee that you're in for a night that you will never forget, with a band of first-class musicians to back him up!

Setlist:

Vincent Price intro
The Black Widow - WTMN
Brutal Planet
I'm Eighteen
Under My Wheels
Billion Dollar Babies
No More Mr Nice Guy
Hey Stoopid
Is It My Body
Halo Of Flies
I'll Bite Your Face Off
Muscle Of Love
Only Women Bleed
Cold Ethyl
Feed My Frankenstein
Clones (We're All)
Poison
Wicked Young Man
I Love the Dead School's Out

Encore:

Elected Band:

Alice Cooper - vocals
Chuck Garric - bass, backing vocals
Steve Hunter - guitar
Tommy Henriksen - guitar
Orianthi Panagaris - guitar, backing vocals
Glen Sobel - drums, percussion

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