The pioneer of shock rock Alice Cooper will bring his theatrical music experience to the Pearl inside Palms Casino Resort on November 30, 2012 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $49, plus any additional service fees.
For more than 40 years, Alice Cooper has shocked audiences around the world with his live performances and wild stage antics. This unconventional style has made Cooper a staple among the list of “must see live” artists.
In 1975, Alice Cooper joined forces with longtime collaborator and producer Bob Ezrin to record his first solo album Welcome to My Nightmare, a theatrical concept album about the nightmares of a young boy named Steven. Now, Cooper has followed Steven into adulthood and presents Welcome 2 My Nightmare (2011), a new but familiar concept album about the fear, anxiety and disgust that haunt Cooper’s dreams in an era of Facebook, Lady Gaga, Sketchers and Angry Birds.
A wild, surreal odyssey, Welcome 2 My Nightmare provided Cooper and Ezrin the opportunity to work with many musicians and experiment with various musical styles. The three surviving members of the original band, guitarist Michael Bruce, bassist Dennis Dunaway and drummer Neal Smith, co-wrote three songs and they all played on “When Hell Comes Home,” a gritty ’70s-style rock track about the nightmare of domestic abuse. The collaborations with his fellow original band members stemmed from their 2010 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, for which they reunited to play four songs.
The first single from Welcome 2 My Nightmare, “I’ll Bite Your Face Off,” is about a gorgeous but deadly female who takes Alice by the hand and guides him through the various scenes of his nightmare. The song was co-written by Neal Smith and features a swaggering ’60s British rock rhythm, brash, bluesy guitars and sneering, seductive vocals. On “Disco Bloodbath Boogie Fever,” Cooper combines a tongue-in-cheek disco beat and rhythm with near-rap vocals and lyrics about taking a machine gun to zombie disco dancers who refuse to die. Then there’s the zany surf rock of “Ghoul’s Gone Wild,” the derelict down-on-his-luck slur of “The Last Man on Earth,” and the Beatles meet Gary Glitter show tune “The Congregation,” which stars Rob Zombie as a narrator describing such modern-day nightmares as telemarketers, lawyers, pimps, mariachi bands and mimes.
One of the highlights for Cooper is the throbbing, modern rocker “What Baby Wants,” which stars Ke$ha as the devil. Like The original Welcome To My Nightmare, highlighted by “Only Women Bleed,” Welcome 2 My Nightmare also features a lovelorn ballad, “Something to Remember Me By,” written with Dick Wagner back when they released “I Never Cry” in 1976.
Welcome To My Nightmare, released in 1975, was a landmark album for Cooper. It was his first solo release, following a historic string of anthems written and recorded by the original band between 1971 and 1974, including “School’s Out,” “No More Mr. Nice Guy,” “Elected,” and “I’m Eighteen.” A multimedia smash long before the dawn of music television, Welcome To My Nightmare proved that Cooper could remain popular musically and could take theatricality to an entirely new level of dream by exposing audiences to the crippling fears of a seven-year-old child with an active imagination.
Doors at the Pearl will open at 7 p.m. and show time is 8 p.m. The Pearl Box Office is open daily from noon until 7 p.m. with extended hours on select event days. The Pearl is now on Twitter. Follow @PearlatPalms for concert announcements and event information.
UPCOMING EVENTS AT THE PEARL
- August 4 – Seal with special guest Macy Gray; Tickets start at $59
- August 5 – The Johnny Winter Band, Edgar Winter Group, Rick Derringer, Mountain’s Leslie West and Savoy Brown’s Kim Simmonds featured at “Rock ‘N’ Blues Fest;” Tickets start at $30
- August 8 – Beck; Tickets start at $49
- August 19 – YES with special guest Procol Harum; Tickets start at $44
- September 7 – Mary J. Blige & D’Angelo with special guest Melanie Fiona; Tickets start at $99
- September 20 – Stone Temple Pilots; Tickets start at $49
- September 22 – Joe Walsh; Tickets start at $50
- September 29 – Australian Pink Floyd; Tickets start at $34
- October 13 – Chris Tucker; Tickets start at $69
- October 20 – Don Felder: An Evening at the Hotel California; Tickets start at $34
- October 31 & November 1 – Eddie Vedder with special guests Glen Hansard; Tickets start at $79
- November 30 – Alice Cooper; Tickets start at $49
The Pearl is Las Vegas’ premier concert theater boasting accommodations for up to 2,500 ticket holders. Featuring a stage just four feet from the floor and the farthest seating area being a mere 120 feet from the stage, the Pearl offers the utmost in intimate viewing of your favorite acts. Private and semi-private skyboxes are located on each side of the venue offering private bars, lounges and restrooms. The Pearl is a marvel of modern technology using only top quality sound and video equipment throughout. Hard wired to Studio at the Palms, the Pearl allows artists to create a cost-effective live album with efficiency and without extra venue set-up. For more information, please visit www.palms.com.