Alice Cooper's Christmas Pudding - Comerica Theatre - 12/7/2013

Categories: Last Night

Not to be outdone by the cast of former spandex-wearing lead singers, Alice Cooper got down to business himself with "No More Mr. Nice Guy." The recent Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame inductee blasted through "I'm Eighteen," and while Hairball served as a great backing band it still made no sense that Cooper didn't include his fantastic touring band. "Pretty soon it's gonna be 'I'm 80,'" Cooper joked after the song.

There's no doubt that this is a family show, but it also restricts all of the theatrics that fans get to see at non-Pudding stops. "Break on Through (To the Other Side)" served as a great tribute to his "dead drunk friend" Jim Morrison of The Doors.

Cooper's set ended with a rocking version of "School's Out" that also featured a mash-up of Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2."

Fellow theatrical legends Kiss capped off the night without any make-up or theatrics with opening number "Shout It Out Loud." Paul Stanley worked the crowd as if he were in full spaceman garb. Gene Simmons just looks plain scary with or without make-up, and he stomped around the stage putting his finger in his nose and making faces at fans trying to take photos.

They dove back into their first record with "Deuce" but also visited their '80s catalog with "Lick it Up." They called the good doctor with the Simmon's staple "Dr. Love." The night came to an end with a finale of "Rock and Roll All Nite" with all of the evenings vocalist joining the band except for Joan Jett.

Critics Notebook:
What: Alice Cooper's Christmas Pudding at Comerica Theatre.
Personal Bias: I've been watching Alice shows since I was 9 years old, I like him more the older I get.
Overheard: While Hairball played Van Halen's "Panama" a lady asked the guy she was with "Is this Kiss?"
The crowd: 40-plus types and some kids.

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