Alice Cooper Coming to Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 8/14
The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, in association with Live Nation, announces the Orlando engagement of Spend the Night with Alice Cooper. The legendary musician and "architect of shock-rock," known for rattling cages and undermining the authority of generations of guardians of the status quo, will bring his personal brand of psycho-drama and dark, horror-themed theatrics to the Walt Disney Theater on Sunday, August 14, 2016 at 8 p.m. Tickets for the performance will be on sale to the public Friday, April 15, 2016 at 10 a.m. Tickets start at $45.00 and may be purchased online at drphillipscenter.org, by calling 844.513.2014 or by visiting the Dr. Phillips Center Box Office at 445 S. Magnolia Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday. Online and phone ticket purchases include handling fees. VIP packages are also available at alicecooper.com.
Alice Cooper pioneered a grandly theatrical brand of hard rock that was designed to shock. Drawing equally from horror movies, vaudeville and garage rock, the group created a stage show that featured electric chairs, guillotines, fake blood and boa constrictors.
Cooper was born in Detroit, Michigan and moved to Phoenix with his family. The Alice Cooper band formed while they were all in high school in Phoenix and was discovered in 1969 by Frank Zappa in Los Angeles, where he signed them to his record label. Their collaboration with youth record producer Bob Ezrin led to the break-through album, "Love it to Death," which hit the charts in 1971, followed by "Killer," "School's Out," "Billion Dollar Babies" and "Muscle of Love." Each new album release was accompanied by a bigger and more elaborate touring stage show. 1974 saw the release of a "Greatest Hits" album. Cooper released his first solo album, "Welcome to My Nightmare" in 1975, accompanied by the legendary, groundbreaking, theatrical "Welcome to My Nightmare" concert tour. Associated with that album and tour was the groundbreaking network television special, "Alice Cooper: The Nightmare." Other film and television appearances include "The Muppet Show," Mae West's last film, "Sextette," "Roadie," "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," and appearances on "The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson" and Tom Snyder's "Tomorrow Show." The original band also made an appearance in the movie "Diary of a Mad Housewife" in 1979, and filmed the full-length feature film, "Good to See You Again, Alice Cooper." Cooper also appeared in a 1972 episode of "The Snoop Sisters."
Cooper's solo career skyrocketed in the late 1970s with a succession of hit singles, including "You & Me," and classic albums, including "Lace and Whiskey," "From the Inside," and bigger and even more elaborate concert tours.
In the 80s, Cooper explored different sounds, highlighted by the new-wavish album, "Flush the Fashion," the heavy metal "Constrictor" and "Raise Your Fist and Yell," and 1989's melodic hard rock album, "Trash," which featured the massive hit single, "Poison," which became his highest-selling album and single worldwide. During this period, Cooper also appeared in the horror films "Monster Dog" and John Carpenter's "Prince of Darkness." He recorded songs for the soundtracks to "Roadie," "Class of 1984," "Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives," and Wes Craven's "Shocker."
Cooper's most memorable movie appearance was as himself in "Wayne's World" in 1991. He also played (fittingly) Freddy Krueger's wicked stepfather in "Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare" and appeared on Gene Wilder's television series, "Something Wilder" as well as "That 70s Show." The 90s also saw the release of the albums, "Hey Stoopid," "The Last Temptation" and "Fistful of Alice," a live album.
1999 saw the release of the definitive historical four CD box set of "The Life & Crimes of Alice Cooper," from Rhino/Warners.
In the new millennium, Cooper has been very productive and busy, writing, recording and releasing the albums "Brutal Planet," "Dragon Town," "The Eyes of Alice Cooper," "Dirty Diamonds," "Along Came a Spider," and 2011s "Welcome 2 My Nightmare," plus "Old School 1964-1974," a box set celebrating the original band. "Welcome 2 My Nightmare" featured a return to Cooper's partnership with longtime collaborator, producer Bob Ezrin, as well as contributions from former original Alice Cooper bandmates Dennis Dunaway, Neal Smith and Michel Brucem and a return to the themes of the iconic 1975 "Welcome to My Nightmare" album. Alice, Dennis, Neal, Michael and the late Glen Buxton (posthumously) were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in March 2011.
Cooper has been touring consistently, year-in and year-out, averaging over 80 concerts annually, both within the U.S. and internationally with his band, which features the three-guitar-attack of guitarists Ryan Roxie, Nita Strauss and Tommy Henriksen, plus the rhythm section of drummer Glen Sobel and longtime bassist Chuck Garric.
In 2007, he wrote and published a memoir, "Golf Monster" in 2007, which tracked his life from childhood to rock stardom, as well as his journey from alcoholic to golf addict. In 2012, he was featured in Tim Burton's film "Dark Shadows." 2014 saw the release of "Super Duper Alice Cooper," a documentary detailing the arc of Cooper's rollercoaster ride in the world of superstardom. Directed and produced by the same team from Banger Films that delivered the award-winning Iron Maiden and Rush documentaries, it premiered at the 2014 TriBeCa Film Festival in New York City. It has since been released on Blu-Ray and DVD by Eagle Rock Entertainment.
With his influence on Rock & Roll long-since acknowledged, there is little that Alice Cooper hasn't achieved in his remarkable career, including platinum albums, sold-out tours and any number of honors and career achievement awards.
As he heads back on the concert trail each year, Cooper insists he's still motivated to continue touring and recording albums, as well as making time for such side projects as Cooper'stown (his Phoenix-based restaurant/sports bar) and his "Nights with Alice Cooper" nightly radio show, syndicated domestically and worldwide on over 100 stations.