THE GRUESOME TWOSOME: COOPER AND ZOMBIE REIGN SUPREME


Photos: Alice Cooper/Rob Zombie in N.C.

05/21/2010

The gruesome twosome burns down the Queen City on May 19. But, was it loud?

Photos & Text by Michael G. Plumides, Jr.

Boy, was it loud. I took time off from working on my new film, Ghost Trek (currently in development), to catch the legendary Alice Cooper, and his evil cohort Rob Zombie for “The Gruesome Twosome Tour” at the sold out Uptown Amphitheatre in Charlotte, NC, Wednesday night.  I caught Alice in 1988 when I interviewed Lemmy and Motorhead (who opened the show at the old Charlotte Coliseum), while the last time I saw Rob Zombie was at OzzFest with the Black Sabbath reunion, Slayer and the Deftones in 1998 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, also in Charlotte.

A spectacular theatrical performance by Cooper, beating his “dummy girlfriend” on stage, sprouting eight legs, and decapitating himself, then a “Billion Dollar Baby” much to the crowd’s delight. Performing “School’s Out,” “Eighteen,” “Elected” and “No More Mr. Nice Guy,” Coop showed the crowd that he’s still got it at 62, with a tight band, and a lesson or two for the youngsters.

With a mesmerizing light and stage show bordering on H.R. Giger plasma-psychedelic, Zombie had the crowd in a frenzy, playing his staples “More Human than Human,” “Superbeast,” “Thunderkiss ’65” and “Living Dead Girl” as fire plumed from the stage in controlled bursts.  A great night for a decidedly metalhead crowd in the Queen City, and under clear skies.

Nothing new here, but still equally enjoyable, and there was awesome crowd watching in a sea of black t-shirts (and one stinky, skinny, long-haired kid reminiscent of the little vampire in “The Lost Boys” throwing horns).  Look out for a tour coming to your area.

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