A sold out Colston Hall was treated to a rare performance from rock legend Alice Cooper last night. Alice performed as part of his Halloween Night of Fear tour and his performance was everything we had been promised and much more.
Opening for Alice was a rock band from Cambridge called The Treatment who did a fantastic job of warming up the Bristol crowd. They describe themselves as “simply rock” and this is evident when you witness their high energy performance. Vocalist Matt Jones is a vocal powerhouse who’s performance captivated the crowd last night. You can catch them in Bath on 15th December at Moles and we would highly recommend getting your tickets.
As the lights went down for Alice Cooper’s set the crowd were looking on in anticipation at the curtain that had Alice’s face emblazoned on it. The backdrop was lit with spotlights as the Vincent Price intro played out. As the curtain dropped the band launched into “Black Widow“. Alice appeared centre stage on a raised platform sporting an impressive black widow costume.
Alice went on to provide a true spectacle to an adoring crowd, many of whom had dressed up for the occasion to celebrate halloween. There were some incredible costumes both onstage and off. Alice had the sort of costume changes that would make Lady Gaga envious. Costumes ranged from mad scientist to human mirror ball and pretty much everything in between.
The hits such as “Feed my Frankenstein“, “Poison” and “Schools Out” had an expected responce from the audience who went wild and sang along to every word. There were very few bums on seats for most of the evening.
This wasn’t just a concert, it was an incredible show. Alice is a born entertainer and after a sucessful career spanning four decades with over fifty million album sales to his name. In the words of Frank Gallagher he “knows how to throw a party”. There was so much going on onstage that you could probaby see the show every night of the tour and you would still spot things you had missed. This attention to detail and desire to please his fans sets him apart from his peers and has kept loyal fans coming back for more year on year.
Alice was backed by an amazing five-piece band who gave a tight, energetic performance and interacted with the crowd all evening. In the final songs, bass player Chuck Garric fell back onto the set and picked up a wrist injury. In true rockstar style he played on to the end.
Alice played his new single “I’ll bite your face off” from his recently released “Welcome 2 My Nightmare” and in true Alice Cooper style the introduction to this new offering was anything but subtle. Strutting out onto the stage wearing a jacket with “NEW SONG” printed onto the back, Alice began performing the single before removing the jacket to reveal a white shirt with “I’ll bite your face off” emblazoned across his back. This new single perfectly compliments his earlier work and proves that he stilll knows how to write an amazing rock song. The Vu team were still singing it in the office this morning.
As the night drew to a close Alice performed a version of “Schools Out” that incorporated Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall“. Giant confetti laden ballons were thrown into the crowd which Alice proceeded to pop with a sword, showering the front rows with the contents. After the crowd chanted for an encore, Alice re-emerged to close his set with “Elected” wearing a suit covered in mirrors and carry a giant Union Jack. Ribbons and feathers floated through the air and Alice removed his jacket to reveal an England shirt much to the delight of the audience.
This was a night that will not be forgotten. There are few musical experiences that you will remember forever and this is most definitely one. Come back soon Alice we miss you already.