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PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 12:07 am 
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'We found it rolled up in a tube': Alice Cooper discovers Warhol classic after 40 years

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Little Electric Chair by Andy Warhol
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Andy Warhol left and Alice Cooper right in 1974

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 25, 2017 12:06 am 
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I Went to an Alice Cooper Gig With My Mom, and We Were Not Worthy
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Nov 25 2017, 5:33am

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The shock-rock Romeo has always been my mother's favorite alt-heartthrob. Now, after watching him fake a decapitation, I understand why.

I’ve always known my Mom was an Alice Cooper superfan. Growing up, while other friends’ parents might’ve had the raspy croon of Rod Stewart spinning on the record player or Cliff Richard’s latest calendar hung by the kitchen sink, my mom would be making her way around the food market with Cooper, leather-clad and nursing a snake, printed across her canvas shopping bag. These same affections for noir-looking suitors have morphed over the years, from Jack Sparrow’s swashbuckling boots and beard to Russell Brand’s renaissance waistcoats and emphatic storytelling. But they all came from the same place—the cabaret craftsmanship of Alice Cooper.

It’s funny to think then, for such a long-standing love affair, she’s never actually seen him: “He only played London and Glasgow on his Welcome to my Nightmare tour which wasn’t very convenient growing up in Lancaster.” Since 1972’s School’s Out, the first Cooper record my mom owned, the singer has been prolific, putting out almost 30 studio albums. But while Cooper has remained consistently creative, hanging with rock 'n' roll heavyweights, my mom’s more scathing of the years that have passed. “I didn’t expect to be nearly sixty and overweight when I finally got to see him," she says.

So when Cooper announced a show at London's SSE Arena in support of his new album, Paranormal, we got tickets.

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The author's mother, excited for the rock music of Alice Cooper.

We arrive as millennials in creepers and older blondes in dusty leather skirts make their way towards the SSE Arena. Some old lads outside ask me to take a photo. One of them jibes: “Quick before someone dies.” It’s the ideal macabre setting for an Alice Cooper concert. I ask mom the set favourites she’s holding out for and she reels off classics like "Billion Dollar Babies" and "I Love The Dead" (“a nice little jolly number”) as well as a few more niche deep cuts. “I used to like 'Gutter Cat vs The Jets,' but I’m a bit old for that now. You don’t really see any 60-year-old gangs, do you?”

Nestled high up in the nosebleeds now, the whole ground floor stands as the lights dim. Cooper’s voiceover booms out through the arena: “You have been chosen to spend a night with Alice Cooper. You are being welcomed into this nightmare world. It’s too late for you. He’s coming”.

And so it begins, the band bursting into bludgeoning opener, "Brutal Planet." Squealing harmonics fly like the tinny taste of Rammstein’s corrosive metal. From the depths of his monstrous junkyard, Alice struts onto the stage in polished spats. His hand tight around a customary cane, flowing locks as black as a rook. A handy helper appears from a dress-up box, sidled between the dual drum kits and baby head decor. Like a punk-stained Jackanory, she offers up a swift costume change in the form of a cool studded waistcoat.

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1986’s Constrictor throws up some glam metal with the solo-silly "The World Needs Guts" while into "Woman of Mass Destruction," from more recent release Dirty Diamonds, cements his title as the world’s “shock-rock Romeo." Few artists can pull off a rhyming couplet between "date" and "castrate." Alice spends much of his time peacocking from a plinth central stage—a pedestal of my mom's own making if you will—looking out over his dark sea of fans. But a storm is brewing.

"Hurricane" Nita Strauss, Cooper’s longstanding string siren, launches into one of the most epic, and indulgent, guitar solos. Flame-coloured smoke flanks her sides as the band swoops back on for a blistering version of '89’s "Poison." If there was ever an '80s staple made for the stadium it was this, the track that set him up as an alt-heartthrob. I can see my mom swooning. Cooper's vocals are intimate and sensual despite the staggering size of the crowd.

Cooper strides up the stairs and out into the black of backstage whilst his band dutifully play on. Slowly they fall until only bass and drums remain. Hand claps begin to spread across the stalls. The lights dim so only the drummer is visible. Amber floodlights illuminate his colossal control over the kit. It’s at this point that we’re plunged into a full-force Vaudeville concert saloon as a voice over the speakers bellows, “I know you’re hungry. Here comes dinner." And even the stoopid-est of us knows where we’re headed.

"Feed My Frankenstein" unleashes some sort of gigantic operating table onto the stage. Cooper is now clad in a bloodied lab coat. He’s given a gas mask by some sort of part-man, part-skeleton as smoke begins to pour from the machine. Cooper enters the door-shaped hole and is now inside. Sparks fly from the device and I start to wonder if he’s actually okay. He’s not as young as he once was, guys. If this is too much, Alice, blink twice from within the gas mask.

High on hysterics, Alice brings us back down with the sobriety of "Only Women Bleed," a ballad about a woman in an abusive marriage. Mom leans over to tell me that “this is the song that changed him." The song that made the Alice we know today, the monster he performs rather than his actual self. And it’s true, away from his manic moniker, Vincent Damon Furnier is a pillar of respectability: married for 36 years and teetotal for almost as long. A fitting nod to the Frankenstein japes.

But he’s let his guard down for too long on that song. The skeleton and a hooded assailant suddenly corner him from either side. Like the line in "This Maniac’s In Love With You," he is bound "in a straight jacket love."

Mom sits back in her seat, hands over mouth. A vinyl-clad nurse makes quite a scene thrusting a needle into Cooper's constricted form as he sings on. It’s all got quite surreal now. His voice gets snarly as he growls “I’ve gotta get out of here” and then barks back at his enemy: "Don’t touch me." And with that aggression and might, he’s free. But his independence is short-lived as the skeleton is wheeling on what appears to be a guillotine. They lead Cooper to its steely grasp.

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The author's mother (she's single)

At this point, my mom is aghast. Her hands are over her mouth again. The pimped-up nurse is ushering the crowd to cheer for encouragement but frankly, we’re all keen for the show to continue with Cooper intact. As the blade flies down, the tortuous team pull his bloodied head from the trough. The band starts up again while I am left wondering how on earth they even pulled that one off. Seriously, there was no hole for him to shuffle through.

The lights fade and there are now only pockets of the stage illuminated. Will Cooper rise from the dead? The riffs soar out and an unapologetic amount of china crashes down around us as there's a switch up on stage and we’re introduced to The Alice Cooper Band. Cooper returns and welcomes original band members Chuck Garric, Tommy Henriksen, Ryan Roxie, Dennis Donnaway, and “platinum god himself” Neal Smith to the stage. Mom knows these guys well, having etched her own name next to their initials on the School’s Out LP which opens like a childhood desk, complete with inkwell. The backdrop has switched to the Billion Dollar Babies sleeve and Alice is back on stage, dazzling in a gold sequinned suit. He grabs a wad of cash skewered on a stake from the cabinet of curiosities and thrusts them into the crowd like a money-mad head honcho.

They barrel on. On "No More Mr Nice Guy," my mom gestures to herself when Cooper sings “Little old lady.” Signalling the spectacle is coming to an end, Cooper calls out his band members as if ticking off the register. His daughter Cheryl Cooper is performing as the dancer. And playing the part of Alice Cooper? "It’s me." We are bid a "good night and horrible nightmares."

They say you shouldn't meet your idols, but I’d absolutely recommend seeing them sliced in a guillotine for theatrical effect. My mother agrees.


Cheri Amour is the Deputy Editor of The Girls Are a part of The Other Woman collective on Resonance FM. Follow her on http://twitter.com/thedivinehammer.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2018 12:12 am 
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ALICE COOPER stars in SUPER BOWL commercial for DESERT FINANCIAL

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Legendary rocker Alice Cooper is featured in a Super Bowl commercial for Desert Financial Credit Union (formerly known as Desert Schools Credit Union), Arizona's largest credit union.

In the commercial, Cooper preforms his hit song "School's Out" as a way to emphasize the "school" was taken out of the credit union's name.

"We wanted to design the interior of the bank to look like it would look if it was in an Alice Cooper fever dream," director Ze'ev Waismann told Arizona Central. "We wanted it to feel very much like it was a working bank branch, where you would still have tellers there, but they're zombies, right? Loan managers but they're all inspired by these Alice Cooper personas. And Alice Cooper, very much at the head of this experience, is on stage singing 'School's Out'."

For the video shoot, Cooper was backed by local musicians — drummer Jason Camiolo, guitarists Jane Joyce and Brian Martin, and bassist Todd Middleman.

"It was an amazing experience," Camiolo said. "Alice is one of the most professional, down-to-earth artists I've ever met. We spent a full day of shooting with him and in between takes he would tell us amazing stories of opening up for THE YARDBIRDS or letting PINK FLOYD crash at his Hollywood home in the early years. Amazing stuff to all of us who were psyched to be on stage with him."

Jeff Meshey, CEO of Desert Financial Credit Union, told the Credit Union Journal about his company's name change: "We were having a bit of an identity crisis. Our market research has shown that in order to grow our business, we needed to make clear who we serve. People got really hung up on the word 'schools,' but they showed an affinity for our brand at the same time. We tested several new potential names at the beginning of 2017, and Desert Financial resonated extremely well with our focus groups. We let the research decide and are already seeing positive feedback from our current members and interest from the general public."


Go here for a laugh :arrow: http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/alice- ... financial/

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Does anyone have Paranormal yet?
Read the wiki and it sounds like a great album.

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coevad wrote:
Does anyone have Paranormal yet?
Read the wiki and it sounds like a great album.

Yeah, it's pretty good. A step back towards his earlier sound. Get the 2 disc edition. There are a couple of new songs by Alice and his original band (minus Glen, of course).
I caved, and bought the box that includes a t-shirt with the 2 discs.

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^ Yeah, that 2 two disc one sounds like the best bet for the bucks. Thanx Doug.

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^^^^^ + 1 ^^^^^

It's a good one Davo'

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Just scored a Greek Theater ticket for August. I'm about 30 rows from the stage. This will be my fourth AC concert.

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Here's something you'll enjoy. This was part of a live Easter broadcast of Jesus Christ Superstar with an all-star cast.
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In this scene we see Jesus played by John Legend being crooned to by King Herod played by AC.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mk9JZYSmmdw

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^^^That’s pretty good. Alice is such a pro.


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Halo Of Flies 2016 - https://youtu.be/ALO8P0cQvGQ

Sure hope this one stays in the setlist all summer!

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Halo Of Flies 2016 - https://youtu.be/ALO8P0cQvGQ

Sure hope this one stays in the setlist all summer!


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 02, 2018 2:17 pm 
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AC - Back in the 80's when I was a vandal on the "banned" list in Russia.. thanks for letting me come back! Off to Germany tonight.

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I must be slipping. I have albums by only 17 of "The Not Recommended", shown above. (isn't that the name of a movie trilogy?) And, one of them I inherited from my dad!)

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Just ordered this today.

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Cool collectible. I have the top one, it opens like a desk. Your's will be the condensed one?

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Cool collectible. I have the top one, it opens like a desk. Your's will be the condensed one?

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Very cool!

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just plain doug wrote:
Cool collectible. I have the top one, it opens like a desk. Your's will be the condensed one?

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Condensed. I do have the original lp that I bought around 1973. The panties are long gone, though.

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I got it but it's damaged. Fuck!

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I got it but it's damaged. Fuck!



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I'll have to check and see what their(Amazon) damage policy is.
It's basically a hardcover book with CD's in it. The binding looks like it was slammed very hard in a door. Equal indentations on both sides. I did not open it yet.

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coevad wrote:
I'll have to check and see what their(Amazon) damage policy is.
It's basically a hardcover book with CD's in it. The binding looks like it was slammed very hard in a door. Equal indentations on both sides. I did not open it yet.


good luck DaveO, I've managed to successfully return a couple of Amazon items over the years, resulting in a replacement at no charge, I have however been badly burnt on more than one occasion on e bay.

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Thanks Ghostman.

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Got it. Undamaged!
Listened to disc one.
Very nice.

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Result!

Good news Daveo'

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