Alice in Windsorland

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A whole evening of 1970’s flashbacks. From the music and black concert tee shirts, to the hard-drinking, pot-smoking, longed haired rock and rollers. Sixty-eight year old Alice Cooper took the stage at Caesars Windsor and showed us all that he could still rock the house.

The backdrop on the stage depicted Cooper’s face with his signature black makeup. His eye sockets each contained a black widow spider. The voice of Vincent Price introduced his first song, a cut from Welcome to my Nightmare.

Starting out in a black hooded cape, Cooper stripped off a piece of clothing for each of the next two songs. I think he changed outfits almost as much as Cher, but he always sported some kind of black leather or bloodied clothes.

The stage show was highlighted by cool pyrotechnics and Cooper’s trademark props like dolls, snakes, a guillotine, and even a visit from Frankenstein.

The Rock Shocker paid tribute to who he called, his “dead drunken friends,” Keith Moon, David Bowie, and another guy I’ve never heard of, by playing songs like Pinball Wizard and Suffragette City.

Of course he played all the crowd favorites like Eighteen, Billion Dollar Babies, and Under My Wheels. For School’s Out he included a bit of Pink Floyd, another band who he was inspired by when he started out.

My ears are still ringing.

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