ALICE COOPER, the most influential American band of the 1970s landed in historic London – Wembley last evening for the last stop on their highly-anticipated tour of the U.K.
From my centre position… I was in heaven. MY band… a band founded in 1964 by high school best friends Vince Furnier (Alice Cooper), Dennis Dunaway and Glen Buxton (who passed away in 1997). In succession, the band transformed to bring on guitarist Michael Bruce and drummer Neal Smith and on March 16, 1968, the group took the stage for the first time as “ALICE COOPER”.
“School’s Out” is unquestionably an anthemic song that defines its generation, and can easily stand shoulder-to- shoulder with the likes of “Satisfaction”, “My Generation” and “Born in the USA”.
On this night, four high school friends with a dream were welcomed by a capacity crowd at Wembley. And as they have done for the past four U.K. shows and the countless shows before this tour, whether Alice alone or with a reunion of the Alice Cooper group… there can only be one show closer. Rock is suppose to be suspenseful, dangerous and unpredictable and without question an Alice Cooper show and their music is all of that, but in pure Alice Cooperesque fashion, they once again turn the standard upside down and say “For the last two hours we have been a reflection of the masses… themes of sex, greed, violence and death… but predictably, there must always be retribution, elation and that boundless feeling of liberation brought on by the final school bell.”
Special Thanks to Patrick Brzezinski, Christopher Daniels & Chris Penn for the video and photos.