COLUMN: Aaron's Backstage Pass: Alice Cooper Concert

Updated: 07/18/2013 9:22 AM By: Aaron Chalich

Photo: Photo Courtesy Hennepin Theatre Trust

Last night, I got the opportunity to see legendary rocker Alice Cooper at The State Theater in Minneapolis.  The show was amazing and was one of the best concerts I have seen.

Alice Cooper was originally going to play at The State Theater on Sunday July 14th and the show sold out very quickly.  Not too long after that a second show was added for Monday July 15th and once again it sold out.

I am still amazed at what I saw last night and I don’t even know where to start.

When I got to The State Theater there was a line of people out the door waiting to get in.

The doors opened at 6:30 p.m. and Alice went on stage at about 7:40.  He played for almost two hours.

As soon as Alice Cooper hit the stage, the entire sold out crowd was on their feet cheering and screaming. 

After all these years, Alice still sounds amazing and his band is outstanding.  It is made up of five very talented musicians.  Chuck Garrick plays bass, Ryan Roxie, Tommy Henricksen, and Orianthi are on guitar and vocals and Glen Sobel plays the drums.  They each had their own solo and rocked the house.

An Alice Cooper show is something that has to been seen to be believed.  It is one of the most entertaining shows that I have seen and you can definitely see how he has influenced so many other musicians.

Cooper played all of his hits like, “Eighteen,”  “No More Mr. Nice Guy,” “Billion Dollar Babies” and “Poison.” He even played covers of “Foxy Lady,” “My Generation,” “Break on Through (To The Other Side),” and “Revolution.”

Alice’s show is jammed packed with theatrics that are truly incredible.  There are fireworks, giant monsters, and psychotic nurses.  At one point Alice gets his head chopped off in a guillotine.  I watched the whole thing very closely and I still cannot figure out how they did it.

Alice ended the show with “Schools Out,” which was spectacular, because streamers and confetti were shot out into the audience and everyone was dancing and having a great time.

Alice Cooper is an entertainer and you can really tell that he enjoys what he does on stage.  He has fun with the crowd and interacts with people in the audience.

I had a blast at “An evening with Alice Cooper” at The State Theater in Minneapolis.  The show was fabulous.  It was very entertaining and it was great hearing all of classic songs.  Alice Cooper really is a legend in my opinion and you have to see him live.  It is an experience you will never forget.

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