Preview: ALICE COOPER
"Welcome 2 My Nightmare"
.This past August the King of menacing
musical macabre, ALICE COOPER invaded the shores of Lake
Erie's Harbor front with his ghastly theatrics to the delight
of a monster crowd.
The Sinister showman unleashed
his fury performing the classics that garnered Vincent Damon
Furnier (Cooper's Birth name) his rightful place in the Rock
& Roll Hall of Fame this past year.
Just a few short weeks after his
visit COOPER would drop the guillotine on "Welcome
2 My Nightmare" to the music masses; naturally
the veteran performer would pick the perfect time of the year
to once again tap into our terrors as the nights grow longer,
darker & colder.
sequel to the 1975 "Welcome to My Nightmare"
has been over thirty-five years in the making and screams vintage
COOPER with his brew of epic arrangements & Hard Rock backdrop
and angst evoking lyrics.
ALICE once again chose
not to revisit his Nightmare alone teaming up with producer
Bob Ezrin; COOPER Explains, "This is "Alice's
Nightmare 35 years later, Bob & I created this character
and we know how to write for him. While I play the part we're
not writing for me, we're writing for ALICE. We kept
the first Nightmare Album very personal to us, with this one
we found more humor and were much more open. This was
our world and we wanted to present it to our fans. The
original album was my first solo Album after all those
huge hit records with the original band and now the nightmare
is exposed, this one can be a little bit more
open. The music crosses all sorts of boundaries; we went were
the lyrics took us.
recapture the authentic spirit of the reoccurring Nightmare
COOPER enlisted original band members Denis Dunaway,
Michael Bruce & Neal Smith for three tacks as well as guitarist
Steve Hunter who was also featured prominently in the original
COOPER crosses the musical spectrum opening the record
with the epic track "I' am made of You"; ALICE
stares, what was almost the death of music, in the face giving
the single digit salute to the disco era with "Disco
Bloodbath Boogie Fever".
The 63 year old proves he's still
hip with a few tricks & treats up his sleeve with "What
Baby Wants" as Pop Superstar KE$HA, who affectionately
calls ALICE "Dad", chimes in on the
bawdy dance duet. COOPER declares; "I think a lot
of my audience is going to go KE$HA?, but she probably
wrote the most wicked lyrics in the song - we had to rein her
in. I like people to know that just because artists are put
in a pigeon hole, that doesn't mean that's what they are, Give
people a little room" .
off to ALICE as the veteran performer puts the single
song download generation Bands to shame with yet another compelling
concept Album; music should be creating a magnetic moment that
stands the test of time not a trendy singular thought that has
no staying power.
After touring the States this
past summer COOPER continues the "No More Mr.
Nice Guy" Tour abroad through the end of November.
Check out ALICE COOPER Tour Dates at www.alicecoooper.com;
you can also check out ALICE'S wildly popular syndicated
Radio Program "Nights
with ALICE COOPER" broadcast locally in Buffalo
on WGRF 97 Rock Saturday's from 9pm to 2 a.m.
Rapport would like to Thank firstname.lastname@example.org;
special Thanks to our concert colleagues @ Back
Stage Axxess for the great Buffalo Harbor show photos.
Ezrin, Tommy Henriksen, Keith Nelson
"The Nightmare Returns"
Ezrin, Dennis Dunaway
"Last Man on Earth"
Ezrin, Piggy D, David Spreng
"I'll Bite Your Face Off"
Ezrin, Henriksen, Neal Smith
Bloodbath Boogie Fever"
"Something to Remember Me By"
Hell Comes Home"
Ezrin, Michael Bruce
"What Baby Wants" (feat. Ke$ha)
Ezrin, Henriksen, Kesha
Gotta Get Outta Here"
Ezrin, Patterson Hood
Ezrin, Henriksen, Child, Wagner, Jeremy Rubolino, Kelly