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Alice Cooper Brings the Spooky Season to Riverbend Music Center

Photo Cred: Jenny Risher

Alice Cooper added a stop in Cincinnati as part of his Freaks on Parade Tour. Cooper and company will perform at Riverbend Music Center on September 13. Joining him this time around will be Filter, Ministry and Rob Zombie.

At 75 years old, Alice Cooper is showing no sign of slowing down anytime soon. He’s been a touring machine since the 70s and has been to the Queen City multiple times. When he’s not touring he can be found on his radio show, Nights with Alice Cooper, a show he has run since 2004. While he may be best known for his hits, “School’s Out,” “No More Mr. Nice Guy,” and “Posion,” Cooper continually puts out new music. Cooper recently released his 22nd solo studio album, Road, on August 25th. Road is his first album to feature his touring band on the recording.

If you are a fan of live music in a shape or fashion, Alice Cooper is a must see. Not much has changed in close to 50 years of touring. It’s almost like watching a live rock ‘n roll circus with Alice playing the part of the demented ringmaster. He’s part villain, part musician and 100% a showman. While much of his act has stayed the same over the years, that doesn't make it any less entertaining. The stage show usually includes an elaborately themed stage, giant Frankensteins, swordplay and decapitations.

I’ve probably seen Cooper consistently every for the past 10 years and his show is always the perfect act to bring in the spooky season. Despite his age Cooper always sounds great live even with each passing year. Aside from Cooper himself, his current live band is one of the best he has ever had. Guitarist Nita Strauss, rightfully nicknamed “Hurricane Nita,” is a tremendously talented performer with a huge fan base of her own.

If you haven’t caught Alice Cooper yet, you owe it to yourself to see Rock ‘n Roll’s original king of Shock Rock.