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House of Blues, Hollywood, 08/20/98

Reviewed by Snidermann

Snidermann sez: Alice Cooper, the perennial Godfather of rock'n'roll, started as Vincent Furnier growing up in Phoenix in the 1950s. He was the son of a minister and saw the music of the day and said "I can do that, even better." Even better is just what he did. After high school Vince and some of his friends -  Glen Buxton, Michael Bruce, Dennis Dunaway and Neal Smith - migrated to Hollywood and released a series of recordings on Frank Zappa's Straight Records label. The band generated quite a reputation - as Alice himself has said "It was cool to walk out on an Alice Cooper show in the late 60s, early 70s."

In 1971, the Alice Cooper band signed with the Warner Brothers label and released "Love It To Death" and that was the beginning of an influence in rock'n'roll that is still alive and kicking in the last decade of the 20th century, with no end in sight ... thank goodness!! Alice just loves to perform live and, with the "Alice Cooper Rock'n'Roll Carnival," he showed us just that at the House of Blues here in Hollywood on Thursday, August 20th, 1998 - the last of three sold-out shows.

Before the show, I was wondering "What is Alice going to do this time and what's up with this Carnival stuff?" Any Alice Cooper show would not be complete without his old favorites "I'm Eighteen," "Be My Lover," "No More Mr. Nice Guy," "Billion Dollar Babies" and they were all there. Alice also performed some lesser known songs like his "From The Inside" album (which he wrote in an asylum while recovering from booze addiction - no Betty Ford in the late 70s), as well as "Hello Hooray," "Poison," "Steven" and a very obscure tune called "Halo Of Flies" (Alice's take on the James Bond genre). His encore was Elvis Presley's Jailhouse Rock and he ended the evening with "Under My Wheels."

All in all, Alice Cooper again rocked the house (as I knew he would) with a show I'll not soon forget. In conclusion, I have but one simple question, when are we going to get some new stuff? ROCK ON, ALICE!!

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