March is known for it blustery cold winds, surmountable snow falls and treacherous driving conditions. However, tonight the sky was clear, a full moon hung in the motionless sky as an eerie rumble was about to transform and consume our senses. Casino Rama opened its sold out, 5,000 seat entertainment centre to welcome the godfather of shock rock, Alice Cooper and his Paranormal Tour Friday, March 2nd, 2018.
As the house lights dimmed and the massive curtain dropped to the stage floor, Alice Copper emerged through a curtain of fireworks in a black cape to the centre of the stage. His band powered into the song ‘”Brutal Planet” as Alice Cooper, who recently turned 70, stood for the crowd’s approval before removing his cloak to start the show. Alice and band never let up until the final note was played.
In support of his latest release, Paranormal, this was the second night of the A Paranormal Evening With Alice Cooper tour, which kicked off on March 1st. As Alice Cooper controlled the stage with a powder keg of energy reminiscent of his show in the 70’s and 80’s, singing “No More Mr. Nice Guy” and then “Under My Wheels”, fans old and new stood in the seats, clapping and singing loud and strong.
Next, “Billion Dollar Babies” started as Alice Cooper emerged with a long sword with hundreds of pierced green $100 ‘Cooper paper’ that he shook out, from one side of the stage to other in the awaiting crowd. With a final flick of the sword as the last bit of souvenir money fell to the ground, he continued singing with the sword in hand to “Be My Lover”. The interaction of the band and the crowd was an incredible sight to witness.
Two new songs off the new album Paranormal were added to Alice Cooper’s already strong arsenal of hits. “Fallen In Love” and later on in the show, “Paranoiac Personality”. The talent, showmanship and cohesiveness of this touring band was a bonus to the already visually exciting backdrop of moving creepy baby dolls, a costumed creature popping up from boxes, and almost every other form of macabre decoration that could fit on the stage.
His band included talented long time bassist Chuck Garric; the ever energetic hurricane Nita Strauss on guitar; the guitar virtuoso Ryan Roxie; the multi-talented Tommy Henriksen on guitar, and the backbone of the entire band, Glen Sobel on drums.
Alice Cooper did not disappoint fans. From the massive Frankenstein roaming and singing on the stage to pyrotechnics and smoke, the performances of “Only Women Bleed”, “Ballad of Dwight Fry” and “Killer” thrilled the audience. As the concert neared its end (and some of the last guitar picks were flung into the crowd), the song “I’m Eighteen” rallied the troops to sing along strong with Cooper. With already twenty hits played, evil bubbles, balloons, streamers and feathers danced from everywhere to the encore, “School’s Out”.
The sold out A Paranormal Evening With Alice Cooper tour at Casino Rama by far exceeded expectations of what the godfather of shock rock, Alice Cooper, had to thrill the audience! Looking forward to the next time!
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