If we look at the modern rock stage, we can easily see that many of the artists are making scary faces, tear apart their BDSM costumes, give weird shows – all the elements invented by Alice Cooper 30 years ago. Alice Cooper, a psycho, a flayer, a hellboy on whose horror picture a few generations of people have grown up became a paragon for modern metal musicians as the father of shock rock.
Having appeared in 1970s as a rebellious rocker, Cooper is keeping the title till now. It was he who first dared to combine aggressive hard rock with provocative lyrics and scandalous stage shows. And his method worked which is proved by Ozzy Osbourne or Marilyn Manson. Alice Cooper was one of the first to break all the rock rules. He made every Alice Cooper show a theatrical concert, he dictated his own rules in show business and he created a great number of records full of black humor and satire.
Vincent Damon Furnier was boen in 1948 in Detroit, Michigan in a preacher’s family. His first songs were written when he was at school, and the first band was formed in 1960. The initial name was Earwigs. The members and names changes while the musicians were giving concerts in local clubs and recording singles that spread in neighboring cities and towns. Local press called the band (at that time called the Spiders) the worst band in the city – for their exceptional shows from which some people ran away in fear.
At 20, Damon decided to give his band a new name – the name of 17 century’s witch called Alice Cooper. At that time he was together with four other musicians: Michael Bruce, Dennis Dunaway, Glen Buxton and Neal Smith. The witch’s name soon started to associate with the frontman only who soon began to use it and created an image of an ugly creature in baggy clothes. That was the era of eccentric theatrical shows, violent heavy metal and shock to disgust. The members got inspired by movies, plays and other bands’ ideas.
After moving to Los Angeles in 1969, Alice Cooper met Frank Zappa who helped them to start with his label. That year, the first album was born followed by a long play in 1970. The albums were not a big success, so the group came back to Detroit to polish their art at local stages.
Late 70s brought real success. Alice Cooper shows with eccentric decorations and shocking actions became popular in the world. After that, they started to issue albums one by one with each CD provoking a new delight explosion among fans.
The band are on tour now, Alice Cooper tour dates are from now on till the 7 of December. Alice Cooper concert schedule 2017 is really tough with the group coming to US, Canada, Europe, UK, South America, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. In UK, Alice Cooper Portland show is already over, bit you still have a chance to visit their concert in Pittsburg, Cincinnati or Chicago. Alice Cooper concert dates follow one by one with almost no days to rest. Alice Cooper concert tickets are available online.