The “No More Mr. Nice Guy” tour made a stop in Grand Rapids. Now, for as huge of a fan as I am, this tour stop was heaven. I made sure I had my tickets 20 minutes after they went on sale. I even made sure to pay the extra for second row center. I then made sure to buy a new digital camera for the event. Ok, I have used it for other events. To top everything off, they announce that BT (BTO) would be opening for Alice. Now I’m thinking I got a GREAT deal on tickets. Alice Cooper and BT all for 50 dollars!
Alright, back to the show. BT flat-out rocked the joint. They made sure the crowd heard all the hits, and there are a lot of them. Songs like, “Roll on Down the Highway”, “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet”, “Taking Care of Business” and “Blue Collar” had the crowd singing along. They even tossed in a new song just for good measure. I think I have been inspired to look deeper into the BTO catalogue, beyond the greatest hits.
After BT left the stage there was a photo shoot. I met a few other fans that are into Alice as much as I am, even having his portrait tattooed on them. The four of us posed for pictures, showing off our Cooper tats’ to the crowd.
Alice Cooper finally took the stage and the crowd went nuts. His band sounded great as they ripped through hit after hit. “Schools Out”, “Under My Wheels”, “Poison”, “Cold Ethyl”, “Eighteen”, “Billion Dollar Babies” and “Hey Stooped” were on that list. I think the biggest surprise was when he played “Clones (We’re All)” from 1980s FLUSH THE FASHION. I think, other than myself, only a hand full of people knew the song, which was cool. It was like Alice played that song for all the true fans that know his whole catalog.
Alice created a giant monster during “Feed My Frankenstein” that roamed the stage. He impaled a photographer with a microphone stand and, yes, he brought out the guillotine. Off with his head!
After a wardrobe change, Alice came out with a jacket on. He turned around and on the back of the jacket it said “New Song”. The band then launched into “I’ll Bite Your Face Off” from the up-coming release WELCOME 2 MY NIGHTMARE.
At the end of the set, the band played “Elected” and the Hendrix classic “Stand Next to Your Fire”.
There were several notable song omissions. “Welcome to My Nightmare”, “Dirty Diamonds”, “Ballad of Dwight Fry”, “Go to Hell” and “Lost in America”. However, I don’t think too many people realized or gave it a second thought. After 40 some years, how do you make a set list? You can’t play them all. Plus, with the addition of “Hey Stooped” and “Clones”, rarities to be sure, more than made up for any omissions. Hey, Alice Cooper is still the biggest bang for your buck.
Between BT and Alice Cooper you have a combined age over 200 and these guys are doing it better than bands in their 20s and 30s. This was a great show. If you still haven’t seen either band, do yourself a favor and catch the act next time around.