High on horror
Veteran rocker alice cooper hasn’t lost the taste for the macabre as witnessed in Singapore last week. if it crossed the road to get into the concert venue? That would answer an age-old riddle.)
Cooper picked up the chicken and threw it over the crowd, expecting the chicken to fly away. (oK, let’s cut him some slack here, he’s a rocker not a farmer!)
To his dismay, it dropped into the audience, who reportedly tore it to pieces. He maintained it was an accident. But chicken incidents aside, Cooper’s taste for the macabre still remains and makes one hell of a hard-rock show, four decades on.
Cooper brought his “psycho circus” to the The Coliseum at Sentosa’s Resorts World in Singapore on oct 5.
The performance was part of the No More Mr Nice Guy tour held to promote the release of his album Welcome 2 My Nightmare.
In typical Cooper fashion, the stage had two mannequins hanging by nooses in the background while Australian female guitar prodigy orianthi Panagaris, bassist Chuck Garric, guitarists Tommy Henriksen and Steve Hunter, and drummer Glen Sobel provided the soundtrack to his elaborate rock nightmare.
Throughout the near-two-hour show (all 22 songs!), Cooper behaved like the high priest of darkness rather than a rock star, working the stage like a panther about to leap on its prey.
He sported a 1970s rocker hair-do and pushed rock’s histrionics to the max, brandishing swords at the audiences and changing costumes regularly.
It was a crowd-pleasing set with only I’ll Bite Your Face Off lifted from the new album
You can’t tell us that Alice Cooper doesn’t have issues ... 63 years on this planet and the man still wears smudged make-up, has a woman’s name and guillotines himself on stage.
He even incorporates snakes and hangman’s nooses into his shows. Not exactly what you’d expect from the son of a preacher man from Arizona, united States.
You would think at his ripe age, he’d come out in a smokin’ jacket, have cropped hair and do Sinatra covers. But then again, Cooper was never your average rocker.
For the uninitiated, Cooper was like the Marilyn Manson of his day, only Cooper could write songs and didn’t give God such a hard time.
Cooper was born Vincent Damon Furnier and wrote “up-yours”, rabble-raising teenage anthems like I’m Eighteen and School’s Out in the 1970s. He even troubled the charts in the late 1980s briefly with the Bon Jovi-esque Poison. Throughout his career, he has maintained a loyal following due to his sense of the theatrical.
While KISS breathed fire and supposedly cut their tongues onstage, Cooper did a variety of decadent acts when performing … including severing the heads of baby dolls and regretably, an accident with a chicken.
This “Chicken Incident” happened in Toronto, Canada in 1969 when an unfortunate chicken somehow found its way onto the stage during Cooper’s performance. (Wonder while classics like Under My Wheels, Billion Dollar Babies, No More Mr Nice Guy, Is It My Body, Muscle Of Love and Only Women Bleed were frontloaded in the setlist for maximum impact.
He became Dr Frankenstein in costume for Feed My Frankenstein, a spider for Black Widow and a ringmaster for the encore, Elected.
He scowled his way through the set while the band gave a high-octane performance that provided Singapore with the Alice Cooper experience for the first time.
Rock’s very own Vincent Price did not say