Ventura Theater; Ventura, CA; 09/17/00
Universal Amphitheater; Universal City, CA; 09/20/00

Reviewed by Snidermann (Click here to read R. Scott Bolton's review)

With Alice Cooper playing two nights in the same week so close to my hometown, what choice did I have? Obviously, I had to go to both!

Alice played September 17th at the Ventura Theatre in Ventura, California and then September 20 at the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles. Both shows rocked me to my basic core, for different reasons. 

The Ventura Theatre is a fairly small venue with probably less than 1000 people attending. Alice rocked like nobody's business - like only Alice can. I considered the show was strictly for me: I rocked, I sang (screamed), I danced around, I sweated (Editor's note: We can attest that all of the above are true statements) and Cooper and I connected like nothing I have ever experienced before. It was by far the very best rock show I have ever seen and I have seen many.

The Universal Theater is a much bigger venue - not quite a stadium but big - probably with a capacity of 3,000 to 5,000 people. The show was less personal, of course, but with better sound and a better light show. The connection was still there, but it wasn't nearly as strong as before. 

What I did notice at both shows is the age range of the people there. I saw kids as young as 4 or 5 on their dad's shoulders and people well into their 60s and every age in between. And they were all there for the same purpose; to witness the master metal showman in action. 

Alice’s "Brutal Planet" tour consisted of all the Cooper hits and all but two songs from his new release of the same name. To all the fans who have witnessed the current Alice Cooper tour, I share a warm, fuzzy and sick experience with all of you. For all who are undecided about whether to go this time around, I strongly suggest seeing this if you see nothing else this concert season.

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