No rocker has had more wild fun in the dark than Alice Cooper, who unveiled a renewed nightmare last night at L.A.’s Orpheum Theatre, an old vaudevillian palace befitting this master horror-rock showman. Cooper was joined by actor Johnny Depp on guitar for several songs as he delivered 90 fast minutes of Seventies glam and trash.
It was Alice Cooper in classic mode, with a stage crowded with horror props. The curtain fell in a fiery shower of sparks as the ringmaster strolled out wearing tails with vivid red and white stripes, skull belt buckles across his waist and white spats spattered with blood. “Hello, let the show begin!” he growled.
In Los Angeles in 2011, Cooper ripped through a quick four-song set at the Revolver Golden God Awards with his original band, shortly after their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This time he was with a younger five-piece band, often sharing center stage with Australian guitar virtuoso Orianthi, who was an energetic foil for Cooper in black leather and lace and platinum hair down to her shoulders. Read the rest of this entry »