Remember the classic scene in “Wayne’s World” in which Wayne and Garth meet their hero Alice Cooper, and the king of shock-rock-n-roll greets them with a history lesson about the origins of Milwaukee? It’s a hilarious scene, best known for the now-classic line “We are not worthy!”
On October 13, many of us in the near-capacity crowd at The Capitol Theatre felt the same way. For nearly two hours, Cooper burned through his hard-rock classics with a theatrical show told in three-acts: Alice’s rise to fame, his murder, and his afterlife. Each act was more compelling than the last, starting with Cooper masterfully singing classic songs off his 1975 breakthrough album, “Welcome to My Nightmare,” backed by a band who looked like they’d escaped from the island of misfit toys.
Guitarist Orianthi, in particular, shredded her pretty little head off. The pop star, who became an overnight success after touring on Michael Jackson’s “This is It” tour, nearly stole the show, something that’s hard to do when Cooper’s on stage.
Cooler than anybody’s dad, the dark lord of rock crushed every song he performed, from “No More Mr. Nice Guy” to “I’m 18?” to “Feed My Frankenstein.” A highlight of the show was a series of covers of songs by dearly departed friends Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, and Keith Moon. Nothing beats hearing Alice croon “Foxy Lady” or “Break On Through” before unloading into a spot-on rendition of his own 1989 hit “Poison.”
It wasn’t just a concert at The Cap last night, it was an experience. One can only hope that Cooper and his crew make it back to Port Chester and kill us again soon.