The Godfather of Shock Rock ‘Alice Cooper’ Visits Pittsburgh

Review and Pix by Tess Casto

For the last half-century, Alice Cooper has been haunting the lands of the USA. This time around he recruited Motionless in White and Halestorm on his most recent tour that’s happening right now! This trio of a lineup shows no signs of stopping this dominating tour until later this summer.

Only being the second tour date leaves much yet to be seen and to be expected. However, from my experience I can, one hundred percent say that this tour is one for the books. The tour offers a variety of acts for everyone.

The show began with Motionless in White. Only being formed back in 2005, this band is the youngest out of the lineup. Don’t let that deceive you, however. MiW has been on a hot streak for nearly a decade. These fellows recently released a new album called “Disguise”. Thus creating a unique set list of new and old material. They put forth such a spectacular performance.

Up next was Halestorm. Let me tell you, I was completely blown away. This is a MUST SEE band live. Their studio albums do them no justice in my faithful opinion. Halestorm is filled with talent bursting at the seams. Being lead by Lzzy Hale shows us that women are the future of rock n roll. If you haven’t, I highly recommend you go and see them! They have so much energy that one can’t help but smile and bop their head around when they play.

Last but most certainly not least was the man himself, Alice Cooper. Formally known as “Vincent Furnier” this man of age has made a vast impact on the music industry. Having a career that spans over fifty years, he has given the rock world a definition for shock rock, hence why he has the nickname “The Godfather of Shock Rock”. Alice Cooper has played a major role in several generations of rock fans. Fans of different ages all come to see the legend in person and never leave disappointed. Playing hits like “Feed My Frankenstein” and “School’s Out” gets the entire crowd singing along. Going along with the songs is the stage setup. The primary props used on stage by the band is a castle, allowing the members to have more option of their placement and movement. Speaking of which, we cannot forget to talk about the amazing lineup backing Alice. Compromised of several talents like Nita Strauss (guitar), Chuck Garric (bass), Tommy Henriksen (guitar), Ryan Roxie (guitar), and Glen Sobel (drums) make for a powerhouse of instrumentalists. There is no denying the talents of these individuals.

All in all, the show was an opus for the books. Never once was I bored by the performances. Every band put on such a great show. If this tour comes through your neck of the woods, I’d highly recommend you check it out!

Photos © 2019 Tess Casto