Alice Cooper Raises His Dead, Drunk Friends in Costa Mesa Tuesday
"Well you know, we've always been just this side of Broadway," Alice Cooper says, explaining the seemingly odd choice to play at the posh Segerstrom Hall on Tuesday. The Costa Mesa opera house is a place where you're more likely to see Wicked and Les Mis than a rock and roll giant and shock rock pioneer like Cooper. But to hear Cooper rationalize the choice, it makes sense. "For some people, this is as close to a Broadway show as they ever get."
Andrew Youssef/OC Weekly Alice Cooper at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles in June 2013
And theatrical, an Alice Cooper show is: the elaborate stage setup fills with a pyrotechnic rain, Cooper still dons his signature heavy black eye makeup, and acts out the lyrics with the hubris of a carnival barker, and amidst costume changes, leads his band of misfits with a cane, riding crop, and fencing sword--all before getting his head guillotined, of course.
But this "Raise the Dead Tour" offers fans a new act, something never seen before at an Alice Cooper show (which after 50 years of playing is really saying something): cover songs.
"I've never really played covers on stage, but on this tour, there's a part where Alice wakes up and he's back with the Hollywood Vampires," Cooper says, referring to the legendary drinking club comprised of Harry Nilsson, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Micky Dolenz, Keith Moon, and Jim Morrison, among other rock legends.
"I like to call them my 'dead drunk friends,'" he says, explaining how the show continues and the band plays covers of the Beatles, the Doors and the Who in tribute to the drinking club of the damned. This all comes in anticipation of the release of Alice Cooper's first ever covers album, expecting to be released in 2014.