Alice Cooper - SECC: Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow, Mon 31 Oct (4 stars)

This article is from 2011.

Alice Cooper - SECC: Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow, Mon 31 Oct

Shock rock masterclass from Alice Cooper, with support from New York Dolls

Could there be a more perfect date for Alice Cooper to play Glasgow? And the Halloween freakshow starts early with protopunks New York Dolls still pouting after all these years. A muted response from the crowd in this vast arena lessens the impact but the likes of ‘Personality Crisis’, ‘Dance Like a Monkey’ and ‘Trash’ still bite with appropriate venom.

However tonight is all about the master of horror that is Alice Cooper. Launching with ‘The Black Widow’ with the Coop dressed as a spider, followed by the heavy metal chug of ‘Brutal Planet’ before a run of 70s classics (‘I'm Eighteen’, ‘Under My Wheels’, ‘Billion Dollar Babies’ and ‘No More Mr Nice Guy’). To be frankly honest while always entertaining, Cooper’s voice is past its best, however his current backing band is one of the best yet and the strength of the tunes (particularly the 70s material) is so strong his personality easily wins out.

Billed as ‘the Night of Fear’ an Alice Cooper show is about more than just the music: the theatre, the snakes, the costumes, the monsters (a giant lumbering beast is unleashed during ‘Be My Frankenstein’) and of course Alice’s death scene (guillotine this time) before a triumphant ‘School Out’ (segueing in Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’ seamlessly) and ‘Elected’. You can’t help but love Cooper.

New York Dolls set list:

‘Lookin' For A Kiss’
‘We're All In Love’
‘Dance Like a Monkey’
‘Cause I Sez So’
‘Private World’
‘Fool For You Baby’
‘Who Are the Mystery Girls?’
‘Talk To Me Baby’
‘Kids Like You’
‘Pills’
‘Trash’
‘Jetboy’

‘Personality Crisis’

Alice Cooper set list:

‘The Black Widow’
‘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’
‘School's Out’

‘Elected’

Alice Cooper - School's Out

Alice Cooper

Old school shock rock at its very best featuring a full horror show theatrical spectacle from the Coop.

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