Venue: The Pearl
4321 W. Flamingo Rd.
Las Vegas, NV
Show Dates: Nov. 30, 2012
Show Times: 8pm
Age Restriction: 6
Starting at $55.95
Alice Cooper was originally a band led by singer Vincent Damon Furnier. Furnier came up with a violent brand of heavy metal that was designed to shock, and the group created a stage show around it. Featuring electric chairs, guillotines, fake blood and boa constrictors, the group performed electrifying shows all coordinated by the heavily made-up Furnier.
Alice Cooper released "Love It to Death" in 1971, which featured the hit single "Eighteen." "School's Out" was released in the summer of 1972 and became the group's breakthrough record, peaking at No. 2 and selling over a million copies.
After the group broke up, Furnier began a solo career and legally changed his name to Alice Cooper. Cooper joined forces with longtime collaborator and producer Bob Ezrin to create "Welcome to My Nightmare," Cooper's first solo album. Released in the spring of 1975, "Welcome to My Nightmare" was a the theatrical concept album about the nightmares of a young boy named Steven. The record became a Top 10 hit, featuring the ballad "Only Women Bleed." The album was a landmark for Cooper. It proved his popularity as a solo artist and his ability to take his theatrical shows to a new level by exposing his fans to the darkest fears of a 7-year-old boy with a wildly active imagination.
In 2011, Cooper once again delved into the haunting mind of Steven for his follow-up concept album, "Welcome 2 My Nightmare." The new album explores the fear, anxiety and disgust that haunts Cooper's dreams in a world where things like Facebook, Lady Gaga and Angry Birds are a top priority.
Like the first album, "Welcome 2 My Nightmare" also features Ezrin, along with the three surviving members from Cooper's original band, guitarist Michael Bruce, bassist Dennis Dunaway and drummer Neal Smith. Bruce. Dunaway and Smith co-wrote three songs on the album. The collaborations stemmed from the group's gathering in 2010 for their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The album also features a love ballad, "Something to Remember Me By," which was written with Dick Wagner back when they released "I Never Cry" in 1976.
The first single from the album, "I'll Bite Your Face Off," is about a gorgeous but deadly female who guides Cooper through his nightmares. Other songs from the album include "Disco Bloodbath Boogie Fever," "Ghoul's Gone Wild," and "What Baby Wants," which stars Ke$ha as the devil.
Cooper is also well known for his 1989 album "Trash," which featured the hit song "Poison." The record became a Top 10 hit in Britain and peaked at No. 20 in the United States.