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Guess who’s coming to dinner?
One of the most renowned personalities in rock is bringing his legendary show to the stage at Western Financial Place.
Alice Cooper, "the Godfather of Shock Rock," whose career spans five decades, will be bringing his "Raise the Dead" tour to Cranbrook on Nov. 13. Tickets go on sale Sept. 4.
According to Kootenay Concert Connection President, FJ Hurtak, Cooper's appearance has been in the works for quite some time. "My business partner and I have been working with Chris New from the City of Cranbrook, and our agent for well over a year now trying to schedule a date and negotiate a contract for Cranbrook," Hurtak said. "Alice Cooper is one of the most sought after artists in the world and it's very difficult at times to put together a package that is workable for all parties. Every time we thought we had it locked up, a routing problem or some other issue would cause the deal to go sideways. With a great deal of perseverance at all levels we finally managed to do it.
"We are so pleased to bring another artist of this calibre to the East Kootenay following in the footsteps of Bob Dylan, Johnny Reid, and Randy Travis."
Alice Cooper — born Vincent Furnier — came out of Detroit with the band of the same name in the late 1960s, winning an international reputation with such hits as “I’m Eighteen,” “School’s Out,” “Under My Wheels,” “No More Mr. Nice Guy” and other songs, now considered classics.
Furnier adopted the band’s name as his own name in the 1970s and began a solo career with the 1975 concept album Welcome to My Nightmare. In 2011 he released Welcome 2 My Nightmare, his 19th album as a solo artist, and his 26th album in total.
Cooper set the precendent for such bands as KISS, NY Dolls, Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails, Motley Crue, Slipnot and Rob Zombie. He’s widely credited for having invented the concept of the rock concert as theatre, and he still brings that energy to his shows on an active touring schedule.
With a schedule that includes six months of every year on the road, Alice Cooper is bringing his own brand of rock psycho-drama to fans both old and new, and enjoying it as much as the audience does.
As he heads back on the concert trail again this fall, Alice insists he’s still motivated to continue touring and making albums, as well as making time for such side projects as Coopers’s Town (his Phoenix-based restaurant/sports bar), his Alice Cooper, Golf Monster book, and his Nights with Alice Cooper radio show syndicated worldwide on over 100 radio stations.
“There’s nothing standing in my way, why not”? he said. “It’s what I love doing...and no one puts on a show like ours, musically and visually.”
Alice Cooper was in the class of 2011 inductees into the worldwide Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame. Cooper was singled out at the ceremony as the original self-proclaimed rock villain, who brought a new level of music and visual theatrics to arenas.
An Evening with Alice Cooper, “The Raise the Dead Tour”, stops in Cranbrook on November 13th at 7;30 p.m. Tickets for the event go on sale at the Arena box office at 10 a.m., Sept 4th, or you can order by phone at.250-426-SEAT, or on line at.www.tickets.cranbrook.ca. All seating is reserved and pricing for tickets ranges from $47.25 to $78.75, including gst (service charges extra).