Caught In A Dream – Day 1 – Live at Leeds

Caught In A Dream – Day 1 – Live at Leeds
A red-eye flight, high speed train, subway and rental car moved me 5800 kms from Ottawa to Leeds, England.
There was a distinct buzz around the hotel and as we walked up to the First Direct Arena, strangers called out “Are you going to The Show?”. It seemed as though news of the historic evening was out. And upon arrival, you were reminded again that Britain is on a nervous alert following the Manchester terrorist attack – no back-packs (even thoroughly searched ones) were permitted.
Now I know you checked in to hear all about “the reunion” but before I get to it…
As soon as we arrived at the arena we were met by many people who had similarly travelled great distances to experience something that had been wished for, for a long time… Iceland, Denmark, Hong Kong, France, United States and Canada were all represented. As well, I got to meet many long time fellow fans and collectors. We were all giddy with anticipation.
The Tubes opened and they are consummate performers. Despite a short opening set, they got through their hits of “Talk To You Later”, “She’s A Beauty”, “What Do You Want From Life” and “White Punks On Dope”. Singer Fee Waybill always delights with costume and character changes.
Fee Waybill
Fee Waybil
The Tubes and Alice Cooper have some unique connections. Both bands hail from Phoenix. Alice Cooper’s first manager, Dick Christian, went on to work with two other Phoenix bands, that ultimately merged to become The Tubes. The Tubes’ drummer Prairie Prince did the art work for Alice Cooper’s iconic ’73 tour poster.
Alice led his touring band through the first part of the show. Alice is part maestro, part ringmaster as this group of high energy musicians fly about the stage, criss-crossing and pirouetting. And Alice got the expected cheers for songs like Department of Youth and Poison that achieved greater success in the UK . Beyond Alice’s mastery of sardonic lyrics… he has the uncanny ability to match the dramatic beside the whimsical.
I’m the holes in your arms when they give you the shakes.
 And I’m the bump on your head when you step on the rake. (“Pain”)
And as the touring band left the stage in darkness, the capacity crowd rose from their seats anticipating what was about to unfold… the reunion of the surviving members of the Alice Cooper group. The band charged through their hits. Each member basking in the crowd’s response. But perhaps as important, it was clearly evident that the guys were clearly enjoying exactly where they were… side by side, delivering their hit music that continues to resonate as a soundtrack to so many.
Rather than detail track by track, I have included tonight’s performance of “Billion Dollar Babies”. You be the judge.

It was particularly poignant when Alice described Dennis Dunaway as “my best friend from high school and the most copied bass player ever“. Engulfed in the closing blasts of bubbles, exploding weather balloons filled with confetti and frenetic bursts of metallic streamers, the crowd rejoiced in the spectacle that they had just witnessed.
What did 13,000 fans want from life tonight? A baby’s arm delivering what had been anticipated for years.
Next stop… Glasgow, Scotland.
LINK TO PHOTO’S  CLICK HERE     Photo credits: Patrick Brzezinski. Video credit: Chris Penn

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12 thoughts on “Caught In A Dream – Day 1 – Live at Leeds

  1. Always with the genius that original band – quality poetic atmospheric prose from yer Paul – looking forward to seeing them meself – Secretly hoping for the entire of Pretties for you – yer can but dream – still – it’ll be amazing to see them all back together, Cheers yer star, Brigs :)

  2. Alex Cooper

    I know these commentaries are going to piss me off and fill me with envy as I sit here freezing my a** of in Boston… LOL
    Thanks for the video link, Paul . Awesome stuff.
    Looking forward to your next review, WE WANT MORE of that, too!

  3. Brian Casso

    Fantastic write-up! Even back here in the states, the buzz is palpable. Oh so lucky UK- but absolutely thrilled for (A) Michael, Dennis & Neal. (B) us fans who are getting what we’ve wished for for years. And (C) You, for giving us a birds eye view on these history making events.
    As always… Looking forward to the next, and wishing everyone the best.
    Almost 50 years in, and that old magic still gives us all goosebumps. Fantastic
    D’ablo Bicasso

  4. Ron Roberts

    Nice! I so wish I could be there right now. Instead, I have the Billion Dollar Babies tour film on the TV.
    I saw the Tubes back in the late 70s at the Toledo Sports arena. Awesome show!

  5. Steve Mac McLennan

    The other thing I notice from the video of “Schools Out” is the true sense of camerarderie between Alice’s current touring band and the original guys. It seems like a truly joyous collaboration. Thanx for keeping those of us not in attendance up to speed with your reports back to Earth. Now get outta here and have some more fun !

  6. Weaver

    Wonderful Paul! Thanks for the info good luck on night 2.

  7. Caught In A Dream ……BANG…….Right in the head, ears still ringing !!! Great story Paul, can’t wait to read more !!! Pages from the Diary of a Billion Alice Cooper Fans !!! Although years later, I think Alice said it right…..we’re all Clones !!! Sick Things mesmerized by The Greatest Band Ever, ALICE COOPER !!! Keep up the good work Paul, and thank you for being Our Friend !!!

  8. Paul, you have always articulated so well and this piece serves it up in spades. Beautifully written and a magical extension of the spectacle that you just witnessed.

    Alice Cooper is among a select few iconic rock stars left of an era that saw remarkable innovation in music and set the bar almost unachievably high. What a powerhouse band Cooper and friends have been through all these years. Emotions surely run deep and high as they accept the ovations of enduring fans who lust for more from the legends of center stage.

    Dunnaway and Cooper are a dynamic duo of iconic stature, the likes of which many would wish to emulate though so very few shall ever measure in sustained greatness, not nearly in the same way. The band locks in with torrents of electrified preeminence in a delightful shock of theatrics that portrays the unforgettable, the magical, the supreme showmanship and longevity of shock rock legends.

    Sincere thanks for your outstanding perspective, Paul. Your words the perfect summation; you always shine.

  9. Mike Dillon

    Excellent showmanship and professionalism by the band. It had and delivered the roots and sounds necessary to give us that unique sound that we remember live from yesteryear! And of course, Alice was excellent as usual also. Now, give us the same shows when you finish this tour in America and you got something even more EXCELLENT! We want the show too here in America, quit teasing us!

  10. Bob Hardman

    Living vicariously through you Paul!!! Keep up the good work…

  11. Cheryl Dunaway LaMotte

    I love it when Alice acknowledges the other guys from the original group……especially Dennis! Looks like a great show!

  12. RB Murray

    What an experience for those lucky enough to catch these iconic musical legends, especially for those traveling with the group & covering the onstage fun. It may be a Billion Dollar Babies tour, but you can’t even put a price on being able to see Alice & the surviving original band members together once again, especially with so many aging rockers beginning to pass away.

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