Review: Alice Cooper at Wolverhampton Civic Hall

Halloween arrived early in Wolverhampton as rocker Alice Cooper took to the stage at the Civic Hall.

Review: Alice Cooper at Wolverhampton Civic Hall

More than half of his fans who turned up to the Halloween Night Of Fear last night wore fancy dress to make the occasion even more of a scarefest.

There were spooky witches, devils, zombies and vampires in amongst the near sell-out crowd as most people got into the spirit of things.

Cooper himself, now 64-years-old, had as many costume changes as your modern day pop diva, with a stripy black and red outfit and top hat one of the most eye-catching. He also wore his trademark black eye shadow.

The Rocky Horror style show was full of drama, theatricals and explosions, what most people have come to expect from Cooper over the years.

A handful of his fans were invited up onto the stage at one point for a best dressed competition. It was up to the audience to decide who won on the basis of who they cheered loudly for and they chose a rather spooky looking Mad Jester.

Cooper exploded onto the stage, warming everyone up with Hello Hurrah quickly followed by No More Mr Nice Guy.

Gone were the guillotine and head chopping moments of previous shows, instead there was a giant Frankenstein monster and some touching tributes to John Lennon. Revolution, originally by the Beatles, was given an airing.

He also gave a rendition of Jimi Hendrix's Foxy Lady with some blistering guitar work from female lead guitarist Orianthi and finally completing the tribute part of the show with The Who's My Generation.

The fun continued with strobe lights, escapology, even more costume changes on an elaborate theatrical set with songs such as The Man Behind The Mask and his most recent hit Poison which rocked the foundations of the Civic.

He then went on to sing his earlier material such as Under My Wheels and climaxing with a rocked up version of his best known hit Schools Out.

At the end dozens of balloons, streamers and bubbles were let off onto the stage as the giant costume came to and end.

Cooper was supported by Duff McKagan's Loaded and recently reunited Californian rockers Ugly Kid Joe.

It was the third year in a row that Cooper and his band were in the UK for the Halloween tour.

Alice's incredible band lead the party - featuring the three guitar attack of Orianthi, Ryan Roxie and Tommy Henricksen, along with the rhythm section of bassist Chuck Garric and drummer Glen Sobel.

By Laura Blyth

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