It’s quite difficult to follow “School’s Out” during an Alice Cooper concert.
But seeing the guy who played Puddy on “Seinfeld” (actor Patrick Warburton) really leaned into the Doors’ song “Roadhouse Blues” vocals on a stage brimming with singers whose livelihood depends on be singers while Larry the Cable Guy shouts into another microphone?
It’s exactly the kind of spontaneous free-for-all that Cooper envisions when he flips through his Rolodex – as he describes the process – to gather talent for a show as wild Coopstock 2, the latest benefit for Solid Rock. Teen Centers by Alice Cooper.
The fun these musicians had in letting their hair down for a good cause while performing with others they might not even have met if Cooper hadn’t brought them all together on one stage is also infectious. provided that.
Saturday’s lineup at Las Sendas Golf Club in Mesa was the usual unusual assortment that Cooper tends to muster, from REM bassist Mike Mills to vocalists from Creed, Collective Soul and Judas Priest to Gary Mule musical Deer.
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Students from Solid Rock Teen Centers also took to the stage
Students spending their afternoons at Cooper’s Solid Rock Teen Centers had plenty of opportunities to show off everything they’ve learned, from Solid Rock Dancers to two bands playing songs ranging from “Under Pressure” by Queen and David Bowie at Stevie Wonder. classics “Superstition” and “I Wish”.
There were several breaks in the musical action to highlight the importance of the work they do at these Solid Rock Teen Centers.
The idea is to raise funds, after all, which also meant a series of live auctions that brought substantial sums to the centres.
An Alice Cooper toolbox filled with over $8,000 of snap-on tools sold for $25,000. A week at Patrick “Puddy” Warburton’s cabin in Oregon brought in another $20,000.
The shock rock legend and his guests were backed by Nashville’s Sixwire, a hyper-talented band of musicians who served as Cooper’s benefits for several years.
Mills sang REM hits “Losing My Religion” and “The One I Love”
And it was obvious they became his go-to band as they effortlessly transitioned from Gary Mule Deer’s Johnny Cash music to the release of a mandolin when Mills did “Losing My Religion” and rocking out with a utter conviction as the show got heavier.
Mills also did “The One I Love”, another song originally sung by Michael Stipe, clearly favoring hits the crowd might recognize over songs more commonly associated with his contributions to the band.
And honestly, that didn’t strike me as the perfect place to release “Texarkana” either.
Collective Soul’s Ed Roland was as present at Mesa as he was at Cooper’s Christmas Pudding in December, leading Sixwire through the same three post-grunge hits (“Heavy”, “December” and “Shine”).
The man has all the greatest stage moves and apparently at least two awesome costumes – the one he wore on Saturday and the one from Christmas Pudding.
Scott Stapp of Creed brought all the drama you’d expect to the proceedings as he dusted off a handful of his former band’s greatest hits, from “Higher” and “My Sacrifice” to the double-platinum “With Arms Wide Open.” “
“I think you might have heard this next song many times,” he said ahead of “With Arms Wide Open.”
Like Roland, Stapp set aside time to share his admiration for the man who put on the show, praising “what he does to change the lives of young people” and briefly summing up that admiration with “What an amazing human being.”
Alice Cooper followed Judas Priest’s Rob Halford
A part-time resident of Paradise Valley for over 30 years, Rob Halford has more than lived up to his reputation as a metal god.
After setting the tone for his four-song performance with “Heading Out on the Highway”, he told the crowd, “This next song is the anthem of my local police department, the Paradise Valley PD.”
With that, the stage was set for a raucous performance of “Breaking the Law”, which gave way to a huge chant on “Living After Midnight” and the only song that could have followed that, “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming.”
That left Cooper, the man of the hour.
And he more than rose to the occasion.
Expanding the ranks of Sixwire with trusty touring bassist Chuck Garric, his wife Sheryl Cooper and their daughter Calico Cooper joining in on backing vocals, Cooper set the tone with “No More Mr. Nice Guy” and another early classic, ” Be My Lover.”
Fans took to the stage and sang along as Cooper went back to the early ’90s for “Lost in America” and whipped out his harmonica for “Fallen in Love,” a blues rock highlight from 2017’s “Paranormal.”
Then he asked the crowd, “Anyone 18? I’m not talking about your IQ.”
This, of course, could only mean that he was about to perform his breakthrough single “I’m Eighteen”.
After checking to see if he had time to fit a song into the set, he shared another early years staple, “Under My Wheels,” before telling the crowd, “If you don’t know this next song , you didn’t”. not go to school.”
The joyful rendition of “School’s Out” that followed, along with the detour he took to do a chorus of Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall Part 2,” was the crowd-pleasing triumph that it was. supposed to be.
That’s when he called the whole band back on stage to join him on a Doors song, grinning from ear to ear as the rock and roll madness unfolded around him.
It wasn’t necessarily polished let alone pretty, but it was damn rock and roll. And that’s all Cooper really wanted.
List of songs by Alice Cooper
“More Mr. Nice Guy”
“Be My Lover”
“Lost in America”
“To fall in love”
“I am eighteen years old”
“Under My Wheels”
“School is over”
“Roadhouse Blues” (with Everyone)
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