Aug 282013

CooperLegendary rocker Alice Cooper recently spoke to Highway 81 Revisited about how he plans the setlist and the look for each tour.

“It’s so funny because it’s almost the hardest thing when you’re trying to please all the fans is trying to do something that everyone wants,” he said. “Of course we’re going to do all the hits, but then I get e-mails going, ‘How come you didn’t do this?’ and, ‘How come you didn’t do that?’ Everybody has their own favorite songs for their deeper cuts. So we’re going to do 28 songs. That’s one of the hardest parts of doing a show: What songs are we gonna put in? Once you get them in there, the easy part for me is staging it.”

He continued: “This show that you’re going to see this time is totally different from the show that you saw last time. That’s kind of the fun part for me, putting the new show together, and let’s see what we’re going to do this time to surprise the audience.

“I think one of the most important parts of this show is that the band is so good. The band is the best band I’ve ever had. The reviews every time are ‘this band is unbelievable.’ Orianthi on guitar, Ryan Roxie on guitar, Tommy Henriksen on guitar, Glen Sobel on drums, Chuck Garric on bass and me. And then, of course, extras. But this band gets great reviews every single night. It’s easy for me when I get a band that just takes my songs and really rips ’em.”

Asked what he wants people to say when they walk out of the venue, Alice said: “I think they come in with the pre-thinking of, ‘Well, this a legendary, mythical character,’ and ‘He must be 65, so this must be Alice walking through this and kinda doing his hits and talking to us.’ They get just the opposite. We do all the hits, but it’s the highest-energy show they’re gonna see all year. And Alice is more of a villain now than he’s ever been. He’s more pronounced than he’s ever been. Then they’re wondering, ‘How did I get confetti in my hair? Why do I have stage blood on me? Look, I caught a necklace, I caught a cane, I caught a riding crop.’ Everyone goes home with souvenirs that get thrown from the stage to the audience. So it’s a huge party. When they walk away, they go, ‘That was the most fun show I’ve seen all year.'”

Read the entire interview at Highway 81 Revisited.

Upcoming Shows:
October 05, 2013 @ Jubilee, St Petersburg, Russia
October 07, 2013 @ Crocus City Hall, Moscow, Russia
October 09, 2013 @ Nokia Concert Hall / Kontserdimaja, Tallinn, Estonia
October 13, 2013 @ Capitol Theater, Port Chester, NY
October 15, 2013 @ Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, NJ
October 17, 2013 @ Lynn Memorial Auditorium, Lynn, MA
October 18, 2013 @ Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre, PA
October 19, 2013 @ Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown, NJ
October 21, 2013 @ Turning Stone Casino, Verona, NY
October 22, 2013 @ The National, Richmond, VA
October 23, 2013 @ Big Sandy Superstore Arena, Huntington, WV
October 25, 2013 @ Tinker Field, Orlando, FL
October 26, 2013 @ Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa, FL
October 27, 2013 @ Hard Rock Arena, Hollywood, FL
October 29, 2013 @ Florida Theatre, Jacksonville, FL
October 31, 2013 @ Montgomery Performing Arts Centre, Montgomery, AL
November 01, 2013 @ Beau Rivage Resort, Biloxi, MS
November 02, 2013 @ Paragon Casino, Marksville, LA
November 03, 2013 @ Brady Theater, Tulsa, OK
November 06, 2013 @ Civic Auditorium, ID
November 09, 2013 @ Energy Centre, Cold Lake, AB
November 11, 2013 @ Casman Centre, AB
November 13, 2013 @ Western Financial Place, BC
November 14, 2013 @ Abbotsford Ent. & Sports Centre, Abbotsford, BC
November 15, 2013 @ Emerald Queen Casino, Fife, WA
November 17, 2013 @ Port Theatre, Nanaimo, BC
November 18, 2013 @ Port Theatre, Nanaimo, BC

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