The Godfather of theatrical “shock rock”, Alice Cooper hit the stage this past Wednesday at the Seminole Hard Rock and lit the stage on fire. With his larger than life persona and more than four decades in the music business, Alice is still a musical force to be reckoned with. The theatrics were big, and his stage presence was that of a seasoned musical veteran who knows how to draw the crowd in and keep them entertained for the twenty-three songs he ripped through. Sparks were flying as he took the stage with his entourage of some of the most talented musicians in the business today.
They started with some Cooper classics ‘Hello Hooray’ ‘House of Fire’ ‘Nice Guy’ and kept the music going for the entire night. The crowd was large, and on their feet for the entire set. The smiles and cheers from the audience were at times louder than the songs billowing from the stacks of speakers. The band was solid, with Chuck Garric on bass, the guitar trio comprised of Ryan Roxie, Nita Strauss & Tommy Henriksen, and, of course, the backbone Glen Sobel on drums. They never missed a beat and commanded that entire stage the whole night.
The show finished with 3 of his most popular songs ‘18’ ‘Poison’ and ‘School’s Out’. Alice has always been a bucket list musician to see live and I was glad I had the chance to watch him perform. At 67, Alice didn’t miss a beat, and I don’t envision him stopping anytime soon. If you missed him this time around, you’re in luck. He will be touring with Motley Crüe this fall and will be returning to SoFlo to wreak musical havoc once again.