Last night Los Angeles’s Greek Theatre hosted an epic night of shock rock to its highest degree. With Alice Cooper and Ace Frehley taking the stage, rock ‘n’ roll was very much alive in the city.
Ace Frehley, former guitarist and co-founder of KISS, opened the night with his band belting the KISS hit Rocket Ride as the introduction. The band rocked hard with other KISS songs including Detroit Rock City, Shock Me, and Parasite along with Frehley’s own solo songs New York Groove, Rock Soldiers, and Rip It Out. The crowd went wild especially when the band closed the set with the KISS song Deuce.
Around 9:30PM, Alice Cooper took the stage with his band consisting of guitarists Tommy Henriksen, Nita Strauss and Ryan Roxie, bassist Chuck Garric, and drummer Glen Sobel. The group opened with Feed My Frankenstein as a lifesize monster ran around the stage. This was only the beginning of the horror antics that would be utilized throughout the performance.
Alice Cooper concerts feel like a theatrical show with a violent theme. Throughout the night Alice Cooper, whose face is covered in his infamous makeup, gets his head chopped off in a guillotine by his own wife Sheryl Cooper, is followed by an angelic ghost-lady, and becomes trapped in chains (just to name a few of the acts) all while singing hits including No More Mr. Nice Guy, Eighteen, Poison, and Billion Dollar Babies. An eerie castle in the background set the scene, and props carried by Cooper also included a cane, sword, whip, and a crutch. Ironically, behind the scenes Cooper is known as one of the nicest and most down-to-Earth musicians in the rock industry.
When Alice Cooper and the band left the stage following Teenage Frankenstein, they returned for an encore of their biggest hit School’s Out. Massive balloons, confetti, and streamers burst from the stage into the audience who enthusiastically sang along to every word.
It was definitely a horrifically wonderful night to remember.