Alice Cooper's Christmas Pudding with Johnny Depp, Sebastian Bach, and More, Comerica Theatre, 12/8/12
Alice Cooper's Christmas Pudding: Don Felder, L.A. Guns, Sebastian Bach, John O'Hurley, Murray SawChuck, and Alice Cooper with Johnny Depp @ Comercia Theatre|12/8/12
Local shock rock legend and all Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame inductee Alice Cooper hosted his 12th annual Christmas Pudding holiday bash at Comerica Theatre in downtown Phoenix last night. All proceeds benefiting his Solid Rock Foundation, this year Cooper featured Pudding alum Don Felder, L.A Guns, Sebastian Bach, host John O' Hurley, and magician Murray SawChuck took the stage.
While the line-up of openers may have not been all that exciting on paper, Cooper had some tasty ingredients in his recipe this year (See what I did there?) closing out the night with a 10-song performance which featured superstar actor Johnny Depp and guitar virtuoso Orianthi backing him up.
Before the musical portion of the evening began, the "fastest painter in the world" Rock Demarco painted a live portrait of Cooper. Demarco is truly incredible; Between the Cooper piece, a Depp portrait, and a couple signed guitars, the live auction raised around $95,000.
After the live auction L.A Guns hit the stage for their quick three-song set featuring their best known material: "Never Enough", the power ballad "The Ballad of Jayne," and "Rip and Tear." Singer Phil Lewis was all smiles and you could tell he hadn't performed in front of a crowd that big in years. Comedian Mike "Black Jack" Wilson followed, and he was hilarious and spot on with his celebrity impersonations. His act was great entertainment.
Former Skid Row vocalist Sebastian Bach also dove right into his best known work, opening with "18 and Life." Bach was in great shape, hitting the high notes with ease and he really got the crowd involved. Towards the end of the song, Bach started interpolating bits of Alice Cooper's "I'm Eighteen," before his band started a full cover of the song. He continued to pay homage to Cooper with a heavy version of "Be My Lover" before closing with Skid Row's "Youth Gone Wild."
Melissa Fossum See more photos of Sebastian Bach in the complete Alice Cooper's Christmas Pudding slideshow.
Former Eagle Don Felder slowed things down -- to the delight of the older folks -- with a cover of the classic "Hotel California" and Orianthi joined him during his 20-minute set which also featured a cover of Stevie Ray Vaughan's "Pride and Joy" before he finished with the ambling West Coast pop standard "Take It Easy."