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Shock rock architect Alice Cooper returns to Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 7 p.m. to headline Halloween week festivities. Tickets are on sale, now.
Alice Cooper has rattled the cages and undermined the authority of generations of guardians of the status quo, continuing to surprise fans and exude danger at every turn, like a great horror movie, even in an era where CNN can present real life shocking images.
Alice Cooper actually began as a band led by its alter ego Vincent Furnier. According to band legend, the name came to Furnier during a Ouija board session, where he was told he was the reincarnation of a 17th century witch of the same name. Under Furnier’s direction, the band Alice Cooper pioneered a grandly theatrical and violent brand of heavy metal that was designed to shock. Drawing equally from horror movies, vaudeville, heavy metal, and garage rock, the group created a stage show that featured electric chairs, guillotines, fake blood, and huge boa constrictors, all coordinated by the heavily made-up Furnier. By that time, Furnier had adopted the name for his androgynous on-stage personality.
In 1971, the band gained notoriety with the gold Love It to Death, which featured the hit single “Eighteen”; the album peaked at number 35 and went gold. Killer, released late in 1971, was another gold album. School’s Out was Alice Cooper’s breakthrough record, peaking at #2 and selling over a million copies. The title song became a Top Ten hit in the U.S. and a number one single in the U.K. Billion Dollar Babies, released the following year, was the group’s biggest hit, reaching #1 in both America and Britain; the album’s first single, “No More Mr. Nice Guy,” became a Top Ten hit in Britain, peaking at #25 in the U.S.
Having officially changed his name to Alice Cooper, Furnier embarked on a similarly theatrical solo career releasing the afore-mentioned Welcome to My Nightmare in 1975. Alice Cooper Goes to Hell (1976) was another hit, going gold in the U.S.
In the mid ’80s sparked by his appearances in horror films and a series of pop-metal bands that paid musical homage to his classic early records and concerts, Cooper made a comeback.
Constrictor (1986) and Trash (1989) returned Cooper to the spotlight with the platinum “Poison.” Other releases followed keeping Cooper in the spotlight as did a syndicated radio show, “Nights with Alice Cooper.” Along Came a Spider (2008) a concept album that told the story of a spider-obsessed serial killer was followed by the live album Theatre of Death (2010) along with a download-only EP of redone Cooper classics titled Alice Does Alice.
With his influence on rock and roll long-since acknowledged and the band’s recent induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, there is little that Alice Cooper hasn’t achieved in his remarkable career, including platinum albums, sold-out tours and any number of honors and career achievement awards.
Cooper’s latest release is Welcome 2 My Nightmare, produced by longtime collaborator Bob Ezrin (who also produced the original Welcome to My Nightmare album in 1975). It features a host of special guests (including the three other surviving members of the original band, “Nightmare” guitarists Steve Hunter and Dick Wagner, Alice’s touring band, Vince Gill, Rob Zombie, and, most shockingly, Ke$ha) as Alice revisits his legendary nightmares. The original release is a rock classic that spawned its title track anthemic hit and the ballad, “Only Women Bleed.” It launched a worldwide theatrical tour and certified Alice Cooper as a visionary trailblazer whose influence persists today in rock, metal, pop, punk, theatre, television, film and much more.
Tickets cost $69, $59 and $49*; all seats are reserved and available at all Ticketmaster outlets online at www.myhrl.com, www.ticketmaster.com or charge by phone: 1-800-745-3000. Doors open one-hour prior to show start time. *Additional fees may apply.