Picture gallery: Alice Cooper
Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow, Wed 25 Nov 2009
The original shock-rocker Alice Copper showed no sign of faltering on his aptly named Theatre Of Death tour as he put on a timeless and theatrical performance that would leave many current artists in the shade.
Ringing bells led into a blood-racing rendition of 'Schools Out', which was given a new lease of life by his superb backing band, who added a contemporary and sharper edge to it, and to many of the other numbers.
In an all encompassing set spanning his forty-odd year career, he touched on many of the key periods including the seminal 'I'm Eighteen', ‘Billion Dollar Babies', 'No More Mister Nice Guy' and a sublime 'Poison' that swept the audience up into a writhing and singing mass. Impressive number ‘Vengeance Is Mine’ off current album ‘Along Came A Spider’ showed that he can also still cut it when it comes to new material.
The master of macabre undoubtedly knows how to entertain. In addition to his numerous costume changes, the show incorporates a series of theatrical set pieces that accompanied many of the songs and saw him variously fitted out in a straitjacket, beheaded by a guillotine, hung from gallows and impaled on a bed of spikes, complete with lashings of fake blood.
The performance was as much about faux grotesque theatrics as it was about the horror-rock songs - along with the occasional kitsch moment of course. Even at sixty-one, the man called Alice still is the ultimate showman.