Alice Cooper at the Paramount Theatre, 11/23/12 (photos, review)By Tina Hagerling | November 26th, 2012 | 2 comments
Alice Cooper may hold one of the longest running tenures on the hard-rock-glam-metal scene, but he’s no slouch after all the success â€” quite the opposite actually. The veteran rocker and ever-consummate showman packed the house at Denver’s Paramount Theatre on Friday evening and demonstrated just why he’s been able to cross the 40-year mark of a successful musical career.
Before the show even started, theatrics were in full swing as a number of fans filed into the venue with their faces painted in the trademark look that Cooper first sported in the late ’60s. Black eyeliner had a big night, as it spanned both generations and gender among the crowd. Thick, black paint even circled the eyes of a few men in the dark corners of the lobby just moments before the lights went down.
Dressed to kill (literally) in black and red stripes, leather gloves and silver skulls, Cooper took the stage and headed into a run through many of his ’70s staples including “Hello, Hooray,” “No More Mr. Nice Guy,” “Be My Lover” and “Billion Dollar Babies.” Cooper’s band, many of which looked like they were too young to even remember the decade, proved to be solid companions to the front man. Poised on either side of him, they kept the energy high through the mix of old and new that followed.
The cinematic stage show that has become synonymous with the rocker peaked mid-evening with costumed extras and a rendition of “Welcome to My Nightmare,” sung in a straightjacket and included an oversized zombie creature wandering about. Cooper has met his demise many times and in many ways throughout the years. On Friday night electrocution was the method of choice for the Denver crowd, and it made for a fitting complement to his sinister salute to the male libido, “Feed My Frankenstein.”
The final stretch of the evening included a series of covers that paid tribute to fellow musicians who would never be able to enjoy the kind of run Cooper has. The names of Jim Morrison, John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix and Keith Moon flashed on the backdrop as the band played through respective hits from each of the performers. All of these musicians were born in the same decade as Cooper, and all of which clearly had the singer’s respect.
After a near two hour set, several bubble machines kicked into overdrive, confetti and streamers burst into the air and the first guitar riffs of “School’s Out” echoed through the theater. And with that, a silvery-suited Cooper delivered the encore, took a bow and closed out the show.
Tina Hagerling is a Denver photographer and regular contributor to Reverb. Check out more of her concert photography.