Alice Cooper is bringing his new stage show, “Raise The Dead”, to The Grand Sierra Resort this November 22nd. Any Alice Cooper show is an event not to be missed. For a photographer it’s like hitting the mother lode. The measure of showmanship and production that he brings to every show is over the top. If you have never seen a theatrical rock and roll show, this is the one to see. He could get decapitated. He could get hung by the neck, or even confined in a straight jacket and tortured, but it’s all in good fun! No human beings are harmed in the presentation of these shows (that we know of).
As far as theatrical shows go, I have seen The Tubes and KISS, and as good as they are, Alice Cooper takes the top spot, and he is the originator of it all. The ‘shock rock’ genre of his career which eventually catapulted him to huge success started by accident when in the middle of a stage routine involving a live chicken and tearing up a feather pillow, he picked up the chicken, and not knowing they couldn’t fly (it was a bird with wings after all) he tossed it out over the audience thinking it would fly away, but it fell into the crowd. The frenzied crowd proceeded to tear it up. News reports erroneously reported that Alice had torn it’s head off and drank it’s blood. When Alice’s producer at the time (Frank Zappa) asked if it was true, he told him it was not true. Knowing good publicity when he saw it Frank said, "Well, whatever you do, don't tell anyone you didn't do it."
It will have been almost one year to the day since Alice Cooper last brought his show to Reno when they perform this November. How great do I think an Alice Cooper show is? Last year I was in New Mexico and changed my flight arrangements to get back to Reno with about one hour to spare before show time.
Alice’s band is the same troop of spooky talent as last year. Since this show is in Reno let’s start off by mentioning local hero Chuck Garric on bass guitar. Chuck was born in South Lake Tahoe and has contributed as bass player and song writer on three Alice Cooper albums. On guitar is the young (24 years old), talented and beautiful Orianthi. Growing up in Australia she was influenced by her father’s music collection which included Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Cream, and Santana. In a story too long for this article she ended up playing on stage with Carlos Santana at the age of 18. Also on guitar is Tommy Henriksen. Tommy is known as a multi-talented man being a singer, songwriter, producer, engineer, mixer, and is proficient on multiple instruments. Drummer Glen Sobel has an impressive resume that includes touring and playing with multiple recording artists and appearing at Clinics and Drum Festivals internationally for Mapex Drums, Regal Sticks, and Sabian Cymbals. Lastley, also on guitar is Ryan Roxie who first joined Alice Cooper’s Band in 1996 and appeared on every Alice Cooper release for the following 10 years. He then left to pursue other projects and returned to the band last year.
This is a show not to be missed. For ticket information contact the Grand Sierra Resort. To see more of my pictures of Alice Cooper playing at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe and last year at The Grand Sierra Resort click these links.
Portions of this article have been gathered from the artist’s websites and Wikipedia.