I first saw Alice Cooper play at the Cincinnati Gardens in 1971, shortly after Love It To Death came out. The group was warming up for Black Sabbath and another group – I’m pretty sure it was Edgar Winter (they used to play around Cincinnati every few months). Needless to say, Alice Cooper was amazing. Waaaaay better than the bands they were warming up. Noone else looked like that, or had a show like they did. Cheap props out of a bad horror movie, and of course, the execution.
Great music, plus Alice Cooper has one of the top 5 voices in rock – ever.
Fast forward about 35 years. Alice is playing at Turning Stone casino. I convince my son, a hardcore punk fan, into coming with me to see Alice. Reluctantly, he came along.
During the show, I couldn’t tell for sure if he liked it. Alice had gone back to his old ways. It was a real show with lots of beating up and killing girls, executions, etc. I loved it.
On the ride home, my son turned to me, and said, “Dad, Alice Cooper is the most evil man alive.” He loved the Coop, and made his daddy proud.