Alice Cooper brought a theatrical spectacular to Dublin during a two night residency at the city’s Olympia Theatre on 8th and 9th November. Playing in support of his recently released ‘Paranormal’ album, the celebrated performer thrilled, electrified, and shocked concert goers with his action and hits-packed show.
Billed as ‘Spend The Night With Alice Cooper’, the Olympia’s ornate and intimate setting proved the perfect venue for the former Vincent Furnier to showcase his vaudeville circus act.
Opening with the later-period Marilyn Manson-esque ‘Brutal Planet’, before going into the classic ‘No More Mr. Nice Guy’, gentleman rogue Cooper played the part of the villain effortlessly, as he has done for over five decades.
Backed by an energetic five-piece band that included a trio of top notch guitarists including the effortlessly cool Tommy “’O’Henriksen’ from Dublin, Ireland” (“He’s not”, mouthed Cooper, laughing, and shaking his head), and “What the wind just blew in from Hollywood”, ‘Hurricaine’ Nina Strauss.
With an expertly co-ordinated show, each member of the band had a chance to shine, as the guitar players jostled for space on the stage’s centre platform. All the while, the shock rocker taunted the players, prodding them them with objects as diverse as an epee during ‘Billion Dollar Babies’, and a crutch during ‘I’m Eighteen’.
Of course it was Alice himself who rightly owned the stage, liberally picking props and costumes from his toy box to accentuate the performance. Bringing characters to life such as the demented ‘Dwight Fry’, Cooper’s scarily real straight-jacketed performance marked the high point of the thrilling night.
However, it wouldn’t be an Alice Cooper show without the man meeting a grizzly end, and not content with beheading himself during the evening’s climax, he was also sedated, stabbed, pushed around, and even electrocuted during ‘Feed My Frankenstein’.
Closing the night with in celebratory form, Alice declared; “School’s Out, Dublin”, as he left the took his final bows.
Alice Cooper’s European tour continues across the UK until 16th November, before moving on to the continent. For a full list of dates, ticketing and more, visit AliceCooper.com.
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Alice Cooper 2017 UK Dates:
12 Nov - SSE Hydro, Glasgow
14 Nov - Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham
15 Nov - Manchester Arena, Manchester
16 Nov – SSE Arena, Wembly, London.