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Review: Rob Zombie and Alice Cooper at Covelli Centre

October 10, 2010 - Andy Gray
The master was joined by one of his many disciples Saturday at the Covelli Centre.

But I had to agree with the guy I overheard as I was walking out of the general admission crowd in front of the stage – “I can’t believe Alice Cooper is opening for Rob Zombie.”

It did seem like order should have been reversed.

It’s not that Rob Zombie didn’t deliver all the flash of a headliner. He had a full arsenal of torches, lights, costumed monsters and video screens that bombarded the audience with a non-stop barrage of eye candy. All the video makes sense since these days Zombie spends more time directing movies than making music.

And let’s not forget his greatest special effect – that long knotty mane that he whipped around with relentless force on every song. It looked he was being attacked by an octopus.

But Cooper clearly is a seminal influence on Zombie (and many others). On the plus side, Cooper may not have been the headliner, but he and his band essentially played their full headlining set, about 20 songs over 75 minutes. “School’s Out,” “Eighteen,” “Under My Wheels,” “No More Mr. Nice Guy,” “Billion Dollar Babies,” “Feed My Frankenstein,” “Go to Hell’’ – they were all there.

Cooper and Tiffany Lowe engage in a Spy vs. Spy-like battle over the course of show: she injects him with a giant syringe filled with poison; she strangles her.

Depending on the song, Cooper gets decapitated, hung, impaled and attacked, just as he has for at least 35 years. That guillotine sequence on “The Ballad of Dwight Fry” still impresses; most of the other effects are impressively cheesy.

But that’s part of Cooper’s charm. There always was a nod and a wink to his brand of shock rock. And that kitschy theatricality makes him the master, regardless of his placement on the bill.


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Alice Cooper performs Oct. 9 at the Covelli Centre. (Photo by Bob Jadloski)