The Manchester Arena
Let’s not beat about the bush this is a Vaudeville show, it’s what the Coop does best, long gone are the days of any pretense of being a serious rock/shock band. Alice, his band and the audience are here to enjoy a night of power pop/metal rock and being the old ham that he is he ensures that everybody gets what they want. After a taped introduction Alice cocooned in a cape stands stock like at the front of the stage, superciliously overseeing his Sickthings as they roar their approval, the cape is cast aside and the riff of Brutal Planet fills the air. Alice prowls the stage with pantomime menace as the band of young hired guns swirl like dervishes throwing all the required rock poses yet never missing a beat or a cue from Cooper as they seamlessly power though song after song. The set list as ever is dominated by the original bands Ezra period albums and Alice’s solo Welcome to My Nightmare.
Halo of Flies is a tour de force that allows the guitarists to show their virtuosity and for Cooper to take a breather and change costume. » Continue Reading.