This was a "stripped down" straight ahead rock n roll Alice Cooper performance that totally kicked ass. His voice was well rested and sounded fabulous for a man of any age, let alone one who had spent over 180 days performing last year and is 63 years old. The band consisted of everyone he had on stage with him when I saw him in Kingston, with the exception of Orianthi. To my delight the lead guitarist for the evening was no stranger to the band nor to Alice fans: Kerri Kelli!!!!! His signature guitar work with Alice is etched in stone in my opinion and added even more excitement to the evening.
The crowd was a mix of bikers and businessmen/women, as well as the obvious Alice fans that were present in numbers. Due to this mix I felt that the audience seemed kinda subdued compared to what I have experienced in the past when Alice took the stage. That is until the timeless classic "No More Mr. Nice Guy" had the crowd totally engaged and Alice now had them all by the throat and he knew it. The band blazed through classic after classic gaining momentum all the way to the final song of the set, "Elected"... where Alice came out on stage to the delight of the crowd wearing a Montreal Canadians NHL Jersey. Just when you thought it was over they returned to the stage to do two cover tunes: A great rendition of the Stones' classic "Brown Sugar" and then finishing off the encore with a wicked Steppenwolf cover of "Born To Be Wild". This was complete with "Biker Babes" on stage and motorcycles, as well as 20' flames in the air across the front of the stage. Truly a night to remember. Watching Alice perform will always be a part of my life. I hope to see Alice Cooper and his band return to Canada soon!!
Chris Jones for Metal Master Kingdom
Alice Cooper Born To Be Wild Live Montreal Centre Bell Center 2012
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Set List: approx. 60 mins in length.
The Black Widow
No More Mr. Nice Guy
Under My Wheels
I'll Bite Your Face Off
Billion Dollar Babies
Muscle of Love
Feed My Frankenstein
Born To Be Wild