It's funny how people of different generations identify artists with decades-spanning careers. Now I don't necessarily mean musically – artists like Madonna and U2 are naturally going to evolve over time, and some people will choose “Borderline” over “Vogue” over “Ray of Light,” or “New Year's Day” over “With or Without You” over “Vertigo” as those artists' signature hit, respectively. What I mean is something different, how to those of us of a certain age Billy Ray Cyrus will always be the mullet-sporting, country-crossover singer of “Achy Breaky Heart,” and to others, he's Miley Cyrus's dad. I mention this because I think this is how people often think of Alice Cooper, who brings his unique brand of gory theatricality to the Embassy Theatre here in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on Wednesday, July 10, 2013, at 8:00 p.m.
Those familiar with Cooper's early years will surely remember hits like “School's Out,” “Feed My Frankenstein,” and “Welcome to My Nightmare,” all brought to life in his “shock rock” stage show, and while Elton John may have played piano dressed as Donald Duck, he was never beheaded in front of a live audience. My first Alice Cooper memory is of that last song, but not because of hearing it on the radio or on my parents' old albums. No, it's because of his appearance performing that song as a special guest on The Muppet Show, which I ate up in reruns as a kid. That's how I think of Alice Cooper. People younger than I am may remember him most from his cameo in Wayne's World, or as that old guy playing charity golf tournaments on VH1. In any case, Alice Cooper was a pioneering rock and roll showman, without whom Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie, and a host of other artists wouldn't exist, and that showmanship continues even today.
Come out and see the spectacle for yourself. Let him welcome you to his nightmare – I think you're gonna like it. Tickets range in price from $26.50 to $59.50. Additional fees may apply. For tickets or for more information, please visit www.alicecooper.com, www.ticketmaster.com or www.fwembassytheatre.org.
See Alice Cooper at the Embassy Theatre on July 10th. And, you can WIN TICKETS HERE!!
Apart from spending his college years in West Lafayette, Indiana, and Dayton, Ohio, Mike Flohr is a lifetime resident of the Summit City. Today he divides his time among his wife, Megan, his job as an elementary school teacher, and his many geek obsessions.