- 7 p.m. Sunday; MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. Highway 301, Tampa; $33-$143 (includes fees); (800) 745-3000; livenation.comKing of shock rock opens for Mötley Crüe
From gambling over at the Hard Rock to partying in the amphitheater parking lot, there are many great reasons for skipping the opening act. But don’t you dare miss Alice Cooper. The shock rock king has been headlining shows since the early 1970s but made an exception to be a special guest on the final tour for his pals in Mötley Crüe. Here are the top five reasons to see the famed front-man born Vincent Furnier. All photos AP Images.
- 1. Living legend
Major influence on the likes of KISS, Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie, Alice Cooper was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011. Salvador Dalí was such an avid fan that he created the First Cylindric Chromo-Hologram Portrait of Alice Cooper’s Brain, which can be viewed at the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg.
- 2. Greatest hits
Cooper isn’t promoting a new album on this tour and sticking to a greatest-hits performance that should please old fans as well as newbies. “I’m Eighteen,” “No More Mr. Nice Guy” and “School’s Out” are several of the about dozen rock anthems he has been singing each night.
- 3. Stage show
The original shock rocker still delivers one of the most theatrical shows of any popular music act with the straitjacket, snake and giant Frankenstein’s monster all making an appearance during his set. Sure, maybe not as scandalous and scary as they were in 1973 but these horror stunts are still totally entertaining.
- 4. Rave reviews
While reviews of Mötley Crüe performances on this tour have been mixed, the opener has been impressing critics. “Cooper seemed to feed on the enthusiasm of the large crowd and was certainly a worthy special guest to the main event,” reads a recent review by The Salt Lake Tribune. “Cooper, who is 66, seems ageless.”
- 5. Nita Strauss
Formerly of the Iron Maiden all-female tribute band The Iron Maidens as well as the hard rock group Femme Fatale, Nita Strauss ranked No. 1 on Guitar World magazine’s list of “10 Female Guitar Players You Should Know.” The 27-year-old joined Cooper’s band in June.
Top 5 reasons to see Alice Cooper
/ Wednesday, August 13, 2014