Alice Cooper and the New York Dolls

You can tell it’s not a normal night out when you look round and the bloke standing next to you in the toilet has six extra arms. Yes it’s Alice Cooper’s Halloween Night of Fear at north London’s Alexandra Palace.

We got there just in time to catch the end of the New York Dolls set. Let’s face it the Dolls were always a triumph of image over content so I wasn’t unhappy that we got Trash, Jet Boy Jet Girl and an encore of Personality Crisis without any of the other old rubbish. Have to say that they looked business even if David Johansen did look as if he had been embalmed.

Cooper was in command of the audience from the moment the lights came up. Black Widow kicked off a set that ran through mostly hits from the early seventies like I’m Eighteen, Under my Wheels, Billion Dollar Babies and No More Mr Nice Guy, along with some recent stuff like Hey Stupid and Poison. Here’s some classic Cooper from the Killer album.

This was the sixth I have seen Alice (the first was in 1975 on The Welcome to My Nightmare Show) , each show has been different, but tonight was by far the best. The band were smoking hot with three guitarist including the lovely Orianthi who all got a chance for an extended work out with Halo of Flies even if it did include the dreaded drum and bass solo (time to go for a pee). Schools Out closed the set and was neatly segued with a call and response Another Brick in the Wall.

Cooper really knows how to work his audience returning to the stage for Elected, waving a Union flag and wearing an England shirt, but the best was yet to come as the show closed with the legendary Arthur Brown taking over vocal duties for his classic Fire complete with burning helmet.

So big thank you to Cooper and his band, the Dolls and especially Arthur Brown for a brilliant night out.

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