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Review: Alice Cooper and Geoff Tate at the Queen Elizabeth Theater, Vancouver. Includes interview

November 17, 2012

What a night!  What a show!  What a venue!   Let’s begin with the opening act…

My first time seeing Geoff Tate since he left Queensryche… and it was good… really, really good.  We chatted before the show and he mentioned how nice it is not to be playing with a click track and having the freedom to play around onstage.  Knowing there was no click really showed how great a singer this guy is.  His voice killed, his band was solid and he truly seemed to be enjoying himself.  He does walk around a little stiff, kind of like seeing an adult contemporary pop star rocking out in a casino, but that’s who Geoff Tate is.  I don’t think Queensryche with a new singer will be half  as good as his solo shows.  Let me throw in that his new record is quite good as well.   Not at all what you’d expect, worth checking out.

The arena is kind of like if St Denis Theater in Montreal was the size of Theatre Maisoneuve.  This place is huge, and it was packed.  I’m guessing twice as many people as I’ve seen Alice headline in front of in a long time.  I heard people talking outside that they had driven from Saskatoon for this gig.  It was great to see Alice getting the audience he deserves.

It was a very different Alice show for me.   A lot less theatrics than usual and a way bigger focus on the bands and songs. Kind of like seeing an arena show in the early 90’s.  I think that has a lot to do with Orianthi joining the group.  She is truly one of the great guitarists of our time, she’s got that little something that pushes her over the top.  The rest of the band is great as always, but she has truly taken them to the next level.  The songs featured from the Poison-era on to today including House Of Fire, Hey Stoopid, Dirty Diamonds and three tracks from his latest, Welcome 2 My Nightmare.  The 70’s hits were there, but the deeper cuts were from the last twenty years… although it was amazing to hear him sing the original “Welcome to my Nightmare”.  He did the straight jacket, and the biggest theatrics of the show was turning himself into a giant Frankenstein Alice, which I’m assuming he got the Iron Maiden guys to build for him during last summer’s tour.

The band ripped through the solos and pleased me with something new:  rock n roll choreography!   They moved together like a well oiled machine and it really looked great – major props for that.  Towards the end of the show Alice “raised the dead”  by covering The Doors, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and The Who.  It was kind of cool, but a bit much for someone who has such a huge back catalog to choose from.  I understand why he did it, but I personally don’t think it was the greatest idea.

If you haven’t heard it yet, here is the interview I did with Alice this past summer.

And while we’re at it, please support Movember.  Geoff Tate does!


From → metal, movember, reviews

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