Who hasn’t spent the summer months singing School’s Out for Summer, School’s Out For EVER?! Well, this summer you just might be able to sing it with the one and only Alice Cooper.
Who hasn’t spent the summer months singing School’s Out for Summer, School’s Out For EVER?! Well, this summer you just might be able to sing it with the one and only Alice Cooper. The legendary musician and “architect of shock-rock,” known for rattling cages and undermining the authority of generations of guardians of the status quo, will bring his personal brand of psycho-drama and dark, horror-themed theatrics to the Walt Disney Theater on Sunday, August 14, 2016.
An original who combines horror movies, vaudeville and garage rock, Cooper and his band created a stage show that featured electric chairs, guillotines, fake blood and boa constrictors.
Cooper was born in Detroit, Michigan and moved to Phoenix with his family. The Alice Cooper band formed while they were all in high school in Phoenix and was discovered in 1969 by Frank Zappa in Los Angeles, where he signed them to his record label. Their collaboration with youth record producer Bob Ezrin led to the break-through album, “Love it to Death,” which hit the charts in 1971, followed by “Killer,” “School’s Out,” “Billion Dollar Babies” and “Muscle of Love.” Each new album release was accompanied by a bigger and more elaborate touring stage show. 1974 saw the release of a “Greatest Hits” album. Cooper released his first solo album, “Welcome to My Nightmare” in 1975, accompanied by the legendary, groundbreaking, theatrical “Welcome to My Nightmare” concert tour.
Alice Cooper’s style is perfect for live shows, as well as television and film. His groundbreaking network television special, “Alice Cooper: The Nightmare” started his TV appearances. Other film and television appearances include “The Muppet Show,” Mae West’s last film, “Sextette,” “Roadie,” “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” and appearances on “The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson” and Tom Snyder’s “Tomorrow Show.” The original band also made an appearance in the movie “Diary of a Mad Housewife” in 1979, and filmed the full-length feature film, “Good to See You Again, Alice Cooper.” And who can forget his zen-master like cameo in Wayne’s World” in 1991?
Cooper has been touring consistently, year-in and year-out, averaging over 80 concerts annually, both within the U.S. and internationally with his band, which features the three-guitar-attack of guitarists Ryan Roxie, Nita Strauss and Tommy Henriksen, plus the rhythm section of drummer Glen Sobel and longtime bassist Chuck Garric.
In 2007, he wrote and published a memoir, “Golf Monster” in 2007, which tracked his life from childhood to rock stardom, as well as his journey from alcoholic to golf addict. In 2012, he was featured in Tim Burton’s film “Dark Shadows.” 2014 saw the release of “Super Duper Alice Cooper,” a documentary detailing the arc of Cooper’s rollercoaster ride in the world of superstardom.
We’re excited to have the godfather of Shock Rock in the house this summer!
Spend the Night with Alice Cooper Date/Time: Sunday, August 14, 8 p.m. Venue: Walt Disney Theater Tickets: Prices start at $45. 814.513.2014 | drphillipscenter.org