All Feature Articles

Alice Cooper: Rock 'n' Roll Predator in Nashville

by Rich and Laura Lynch

Rock legend Alice Cooper stalked and prowled the stage for roughly two hours on Sunday, May 14, 2017 at the TPAC in Nashville, Tennessee. While there, he roughed up two of his female assistants as he acted out their nightmarish murder in Music City. It's safe to say the man formerly known as Vincent Damon Furnier appeared to have some issues but it was all in good fun and not nearly as horrific as you might think.


Alice Cooper standing with the Preds in Nashville.

In addition to the usual antics that accompany an Alice Cooper concert - the slippery snake, the naughty nurse and the garish guillotine - the frontman had an extra special trick up his sleeve for this occasion. Original Alice Cooper band players Dennis Dunaway, drummer Neal Smith and guitarist Michael Bruce joined the shock-rock performer for the only date on the 2017 Spend the Night with Alice Cooper USA tour where fans could experience a special mini-set featuring the four original members of the group who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011.

The surprise reunion took place at the end of the main show with a frantic run through of the classics "I'm Eighteen", "Billion Dollar Babies", "No More Mr. Nice Guy" and "Muscle of Love" that proved the old band still has the ability to produce that muscular billion dollar sound that put them on the map way back when. In a sense, this was Alice's way of giving a ghoulish gift to the region that has been good to him in recent years.


Even more men in black in Music City.

"We've recorded much of my last album and my new one in Nashville and it's such a great music town," said Cooper in advance of the TPAC date. "With so many musician, songwriter and producer friends here, as well as great rock fans who come to our concerts, it's special to be performing with Neal, Michael and Dennis in Nashville for them."

For an artist who made a noteworthy return to following the tenets of Christianity as a means of overcoming substance abuse problems, Cooper's sets are still stuffed with plenty of demonic and twisted songs sure to please the darkest of souls. Early encounters with "Brutal Planet", "Lost In America", "Pain", "Halo of Flies" and "Woman of Mass Distraction" set the torrid pace of the evilly engaging engagement. Horror, doom and misogynistic anthems filled the packed to capacity Andrew Jackson Hall at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center all to the delight of Alice's devout and fervent followers.


Orianthi who? Nita Strauss elevated the role of A.C. female guitarist to new heights.

Standout players in Cooper's touring band on this night were the sexy Nita Strauss on guitar and the always steady Glen Sobel with the sticks. Strauss became only the second female axe player in the group following the curious 2014 departure of Orianthi. Nita's form fitting "Stay Humble or Be Humbled" T-shirt implied she was appreciative of the job that she was well-equipped to handle. Sobel was solid on the kit all night before proceeding to give one of the most memorable and skilled drum solos we've ever witnessed.

One of the best receptions of the night was saved for the always potent "Poison". The song was one of Alice's biggest chart-topping hits in the United States and it helped the overly mascaraed musician find new life and land a comeback when his image was projected into the homes of millions of Americans in the heyday of MTV. The track co-written by Cooper, Desmond Child and John McCurry still sounded fresh as it infused a dose of 80's energetic rock throughout the three-tiered theater.


An Alice Cooper concert combines thrilling performance art and hard rock theatrics.

In 2017 this metropolis in Mid-Tenn continues to be the "it" city as it remains the home of country music, hallowed hot chicken and a beloved NHL hockey team now in the fight of their lives in the Stanley Cup playoffs against the dirty and degenerate Ducks of Anaheim. So, you can't blame the rocker for jumping on the bandwagon when for his last act of the night he emerged during the encore of "School's Out" sporting a brand-new Nashville Predators jersey emblazoned with "Cooper 18" on the back. Both bands combined on stage for one more lesson in theatrical rock before the crowd was dismissed back into the hot May night in Music City.

The TPAC is located in the James K. Polk Cultural Center at 505 Deaderick Street in downtown Nashville, occupying an entire city block between 5th and 6th Avenues and Deaderick and Union Streets. The venue has three distinct halls along with the free Tennessee State Museum. The TPAC will be hosting a whole season of events and Broadway productions with the next being Beautiful - The Carole King Musical (May 23-May 28) in addition to more musical icons such as Joe Jackson on June 14.


Alice Cooper got the "Hall of Famers" back together for a reunion in Nashville.

Related Links: For more information on ALICE COOPER and the other organizations mentioned please visit the following links -- Alice Cooper | Nashville Predators | TPAC

.








The War Hippies Go to Battle for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation at 3rd and Lindsley in Nashville



Enchant Opens with Great Expectations at First Horizon Park in Nashville



Kenny Wayne Shepherd Premiers a New Documentary at Belcourt Theatre in Nashville



Thanks Were Given During Pre-Holiday Concert at at Glencliff UMC in Nashville



Joanne Shaw Taylor Shows Just Why She Is Nobody's Fool at TPAC in Nashville



PBR Team Champions the Nashville Stampede Bring the Big Buckle Home to Broadway



Zoolumination Is Off to a Roaring Start In Spectacular Return to Nashville Zoo



Parnassus Books Is Set to Tell the Story of The Birth of Rock 'n' Roll: 70 Years of Sun Records at Author Signing in Nashville



Gibson Gives and Guitars For Vets Gather For a Memorable Rock to Remember Concert in Nashville



Petra Celebrates 50 Years of Christian Rock at Cornerstone in Madison



Loretta Lynn - Celebrating the Life of The Coal Miner's Daughter at the Opry House in Nashville



BMI Rooftop on the Row Has a Rousing Season Finale with Julia Cole, Callista Clark and Tiera Kennedy



King's X Are Extremely Excellent at Sold-Out Brooklyn Bowl in Nashville



John Petrucci and Meanstreak Make It a Family Affair at the CMA Theater in Nashville



The Hobbs Sisters Break Out the Band at Live Oak in Nashville



The Southern Festival of Books Adds Another Exciting Chapter in Nashville



The Doobie Brothers Close a Chapter on 50th Anniversary Reunion Tour at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville



Songs On 2nd - Is There a Better Writer's Round in Nashville?



Steve Earle and the Kentucky HeadHunters Go to Bat for a Good Cause in Nashville



An Excellent Evening with Chris Martin of Martin & Co. at InDo in Nashville



Hany and the Nets: Nashville SC's Mukhtar Makes a Claim for Both League MVP and Golden Boot Titles at GEODIS Park



Cimarron 615 Makes It Official at The 5 Spot in East Nashville



BMI Rooftop On The Row Remains the Coolest Party in Nashville with Tenille Arts and Elvie Shane



Andrew Jackson - the Nation's 7th President - Remains Revered and Reviled in Nashville



© 2022 MusicCityNashville.net
All Rights Reserved