Even foul, soggy
weather couldn't keep legions of fans from descending on iconic St Kilda venue
The Palais in black-clad droves.
godfather of shock rock Vincent Furnier, better known to most as Alice Cooper,
was back in town. Last seen on our shores for the Theatre of Death tour, Cooper
was “killed” on stage no fewer than four times. Could he top this effort?
Well, no... he was
decapitated once & that was it.
spanning more than four decades, one could perhaps forgive Cooper if his stage
antics weren't as energetic as last tour. At an age where most folks would be
thinking about retiring or settling down with a cup of tea & a pair of
fuzzy slippers, Alice Cooper is still stalking around in all his leather-clad
Kicking things off
was Sydney four-piece Syndicate. A relatively mediocre set of stock-standard
Finally it was
time for the man himself to make an appearance.
The stage setup
was relatively simple, Alice leering out & a groping corpse's hand amongsty
a misty graveyard set the mood for the night. Older grandmum types were seatied
next to youngsters in their teens. Certainly few performers have quite the
ability to unify an audience. He seemed to feed off of interaction with his
crowd. A front-row seat was definitely worth the elevated price if you like the
mic shoved in your face or personal time with the legend. Cooper did a fair job
of spaning the years. Hits spanned from opener “Black Widow” to a rare outing
of “Hey Stoopid”, to classics like a downtuned
& slighly growly take on “Feed My Frankenstein” ( a highlight of the
night ) & “Poison”.
was Greek goddess Orianthi Panagaris. Hailing from Adelaide, South Australia,
Orianthi was announced in August as Cooper's new guitarist, making her the 1st
female member of Cooper's band.
Here's hoping this
visit wasn't his last. A very solid 9 out of 10.