Tuesday, December 3, 2002 @ 12:41 AM
The Coop Poisons the Orpheum T
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REVIEW BY: Robert Lang
Alice has definitely played out his comeback card too many times and has fallen back to his old ways of mediocre studio albums coupled with appearances at casinos. Nevertheless, he has cobbled together another crack live band that put in a respectable performance on the one night of the year when Vincent Furnier still seems appropriate.
Definitely looking old but not close to sixty as he really is, he made the initial mistake of utilizing new material from the "Dragontown" album of 2000 (any reviews out there?) which had most looking puzzled in the 30 plus audience.
The band of unknowns (with the exception of former Kiss skinbasher Eric Singer) were kicking ass and once the classics started in ("Ballad of Dwight Fry", "Steven") he was on top of the game again.
The guitarists were smoking, even putting in some costume changes in the spirit of the evening. One even wore a dress in the spirit of the original Cooper band! Cooper's daughter was the featured daughter who took his physical abuse this time around ("Keeping the tradition alive" in his words) and his trademark execution was via guillotine. Thanks to my first row balcony position, I finally figured out how he evades death & keeps belting out his twisted anthems.
Other highlights were the doubleshot ballads of "Only Women Bleed" coupled with a rare "I Never Cry", and the eighties' singles "poison" and "Feed My Frankenstein".
The ones that got the diehards (most in makeup and costumes, of course) howling at the moon, however, were cleverly constructed medleys of seventies album cuts
"Cold Ethyl", "I Love the Dead", "Elected", “Billion Dollar Babies" and "Black Widow".
LONG LIVE THE COOP!