Alice Cooper Brings His Nightmare Back to Minnesota


Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Alice Cooper, returned to Minnesota and played his first of two local dates at the Grand Casino Amphitheater. The veteran shock rock superstar is currently on tour in promotion of his forthcoming album, Paranormal, his twenty-sixth full-length studio release.


The Hinckley crowd varied from longtime adult fans to younger kids who may not have been alive in Alice Cooper’s heyday, but seemed to be just as enthusiastic as the rest. Regardless of age, quite a few fans were seen sporting Cooper’s signature makeup.


Cooper kicked off his set with his heavier 2000 single, “Brutal Planet,” followed by his 1973 hit, “No More Mr. Nice Guy.” The setlist breezed through his extensive career, but he made sure to include notable songs such as “Poison,” “Feed My Frankenstein,” “Only Women Bleed,” and “I’m Eighteen.” Despite playing these songs for decades, Cooper executed them vehemently. His distinctive, grungey voice is going strong and he embodies the “rock star” persona on stage. He closed his set with his first major single, “School’s Out.” Adorned with a top hat and ring-leader’s jacket, Cooper led the audience to belt out the iconic chorus, and smoothly transitioned the song in to Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall.”


Cooper’s notorious theatrics are just as prevalent as they were in the ‘70s and ‘80s. There were at least a dozen costume changes, live snakes, guillotines, and delirious scenes featuring nurses made up like skeletons. He brought his music to life and told his story through the extravagant performance. It’s clear that Alice Cooper is still dedicated to giving his fans an incredible show. 


Alice Cooper will continue on his world tour throughout the rest of 2017. Paranormal is set to release in July and includes a bonus disc of three songs recorded by the original Alice Cooper band. Check out his latest single, Paranoiac Personality, here!


Brutal Planet

No More Mr. Nice guy

Under My Wheels

Lost in America


Welcome to My Nightmare

Billion Dollar Babies

The World Needs Guts

Woman of Mass Distraction

[Nina Strauss Guitar Solo]


Halo of Flies

Feed My Frankenstein

Cold Ethyl

Only Women Bleed


Ballad of Dwight Fry


I Love the Dead

I’m Eighteen

School’s Out (with Another Brick in The Wall, Pt. 2)

Written by Sara Fish

Minneapolis photographer and music lover. | @sarajsfish


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