Tour: Raise The Dead Tour
Venue: Sentrum Scene, Oslo [SOLD OUT]
Since there was no support band booked for this gig, we rushed for front row and waited an hour at the barriers before the show started. We were front and center - smack in the middle of the stage. Perfect spot in front of Alice, and we could easily reach out and touch the little raised platform at the edge of the stage where the band puts their leg up on to look cool while playing. The stage was covered with a huge front-drop depicting the eyes of Alice Cooper, and when it was showtime, they opened with the classic Hello Hooray! (also performed by Judy Collins in 1968, but in a slightly calmer manner). A very fitting song to start off with! Standing in the front row surrounded by hardcore AC-fans, I didn't really pay much attention to the rest of the audience, so I don't know how well that song was received. Because, you know, 70% of the people there came to hear Poison and School's Out (hold your horses!).
Next up was House of Fire from the highly commercial album Trash from 1989. For my part, it really kickstarted the show, because it's simply an incredibly awesome song with a catchy chorus to sing along to for everyone!
No More Mr. Nice Guy followed, with Under My Wheels, I'll Bite Your Face Off and Billion Dollar Babies like clockwork. It takes a while for the audience to get warm and loose enough to dance around a bit. At least that's how Norwegian concert goers are (not me). All of these songs were performed without any excessive theatrics, except the rain of Alice Cooper dollar bills from his sabre during BDB. Lost In America is a song not often featured in his setlist, being a track from one of his lesser known albums (The Last Temptation, 1995). Hey Stoopid, however, had a tendency to gain great success in Scandinavia (particularly in Sweden), both as a single and album by the same name.
While watching the band sway from side to side to the beat of the song, and just hearing it live, this was the moment I realized this was the best concert I have ever been to. It beat everything. The small stage, the songs, the band, the crowd - everything was great!
Save the best for last, they say. According to the general public, anyway. I'm Eighteen and Poison got the whole crowd to sing along, naturally. I'm not saying they are bad songs at all. I really enjoy Poison, even though it might be his most commercial song ever.
Do you ever get the feeling during a concert that you'd almost wish it would end, so you can go home and rest your legs? Well, this show was nothing like that. I wish it would have lasted until today, and beyond! I can't get enough of Alice Cooper. He is the most incredible theatrical rocker ever.
After the show, and after we had bought our t-shirts, chatted with friends (whom all were in shock over how amazing the show was. We were literally lost for words - ironically), we walked around to the back of the venue, where their busses stood. After maybe 30-45 minutes of waiting, Chuck and Nita came along for some pictures and handshakes. Maybe five minutes after that, the man himself - ALICE COOPER, and his wife and stage-actor Sheryl, came out. I reached my hand out as Alice was approaching me, in hopes of getting to shake his hand. He was carrying a can of Coke in his right hand, but switched it to the left, and shook my hand! We were standing behind barriers, and just as Alice grabbed ahold of me, he tripped on the fence and almost fell down! He held on to my hand for support, so I guess you could say I saved his life that night (I'm being overly dramatic and facetious). Needless to say, I haven't washed my hand since that night (wink, wink).