Sixty-three year-old Detroit shock rock king Alice Cooper performs Tuesday night at the Cobb Energy Centre on his “No More Mr. Nice Guy” tour. British artist Livan opened the show.
>>>(from Wiki) Alice Cooper was born Vincent Damon Furnier on February 4, 1948 in Detroit. He is an American rock singer, songwriter and musician whose career spans more than four decades. With a stage show that features guillotines, electric chairs, fake blood, boa constrictors and baby dolls, Cooper has drawn equally from horror movies, vaudeville and garage rock to pioneer a grandly theatrical and violent brand of hard rock designed to shock.
Alice Cooper was originally a band consisting of Furnier on vocals and harmonica, lead guitarist Glen Buxton, Michael Bruce on rhythm guitar, Dennis Dunaway on bass guitar and drummer Neal Smith. The original Alice Cooper band broke into the international music mainstream with the 1971 hit “I’m Eighteen” from the album Love it to Death, which was followed by the even bigger single “School’s Out” in 1972. The band reached their commercial peak with the 1973 album Billion Dollar Babies. Furnier’s solo career as Alice Cooper, adopting the band’s name as his own name, began with the 1975 concept album Welcome to My Nightmare; in 2011 he released Welcome 2 My Nightmare, his 19th album as a solo artist, and his 26th album in total. Expanding from his original Detroit rock roots, over the years Cooper has experimented with many various musical styles, including conceptual rock, art rock, heavy metal, pop & power ballads, new wave, and industrial rock. Alice Cooper is known for his social and witty persona offstage; The Rolling Stone Album Guide has called him the world’s most “beloved heavy metal entertainer”. Cooper is credited with helping to shape the sound and look of heavy metal, and he is regarded as being the artist who “first introduced horror imagery to rock’n'roll, and whose stagecraft and showmanship have permanently transformed the genre”.
Away from music, Cooper is a film actor, a golfing celebrity, a restaurateur and, since 2004, a popular radio DJ with his classic rock show Nights with Alice Cooper. In 2011 the original Alice Cooper band was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
AJC photographer Robb Cohen covered the event with his camera. Check out the 13-photo online gallery. What did you think of the show? What is your favorite Alice Cooper song?