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ALICE COOPER, 100 Club, London 26 June 2011
was in town to play his first ever club gig in thirty years at the tiny
100 Club in London's Oxford Street. Tickets sold out in seconds and you
needed to pay Monopoly money prices if you wanted to snap one up off
Ebay. A lucky 250 people were treated to a very special show on a hot
summer's evening and inside the venue the sweat was dripping down my
spine even before Alice had made an entrance.
his usual stage theatrics this was an Alice Cooper show which had a
garage days revisited vibe about it. Joining Cooper in his band was
guitarist Steve Hunter who originally joined Alice's band in 1973,
staying for five years performing on such albums as Billion Dollar
Babies and Welcome To My Nightmare.
Not only did
we get the classic hits one would expect at an Alice gig but it was also
a joy to hear some great cover versions that as Alice said on stage were
songs the original Alice Cooper band used to play in the clubs when they
Yardbirds 'Train Kept-A-Rollin' steam rolled the show into action, a
real killer riff ''That song is still a beast of number'' proclaims
Cooper before sending the 100 Club into a frenzy with his own classics
'Under My Wheels' and 'No More Mr Nice Guy' after which Alice threw his
cane to a lucky fan.
For 'Is It
My Body' a roadie handed Alice a real live boa constrictor snake which
happily slivered it's body around Cooper's neck. Alice happily
serenading to the snake begging for a kiss.
song I wrote for the Rolling Stones' smiles Alice with a nod and a wink
and 'Brown Sugar' was another treat for tonight. '' I still don't
know what brown sugar is'' smirks Alice.
'I Bite Your Face Off' gave us a sneak preview of the forthcoming
'Welcome 2 My Nightmare' album followed by 'Muscle Of Love' and
'Cold Ethyl' which sounded great in such intimate surroundings.
Cooper's influences came in the shape of Beatles 'Back In The U.S.S.R'
and the Kinks 'You Really Got Me' which was more true to the original
than the one performed by Ray Davies himself just a day before up the
road at Hyde Park when he was supporting Bon Jovi.
The real big
surprise of the evening came when Alice said that he'd like to invite a
guest on stage, none other than film star Johnny Depp who played guitar
on 'I'm Eighteen' and 'School's Out'. Depp who played mainly with his
head down was happy for Alice to be the star of the evening.
euphoria on a high, Alice won himself more votes with 'Elected' ending
the hot and sweaty night with covers of the Animals 'We've Gotta Get Out
Of This Place' and a rousing version of Jimi Hendrix's 'Fire'.
Alice leaves the stage walks straight out of the side fire exit and
follows Depp into a waiting limo and disappears into the Soho nightlife.
may have a young man's brain and an old man's heart but tonight he
showcased that he is still the ultimate performer either in the clubs or
in the arenas. I loved it to death.
Set List : Train Kept A-Rollin' / Under My Wheels / No More Mr Nice Guy
/ Is It My Body / Brown Sugar / I Bite Your Face Off/
Muscle Of Love / Cold Ethyl / Billion Dollar Babies / Back In The U.S.S.R / Poison / You Really Got Me / I'm Eighteen / School's Out /
Elected / We've Gotta Get Out Of This Place / Fire
photos by Mark Taylor
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