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Alice Cooper, Great Big Sea set to shock and shanty the Harbor

Alice Cooper from nightswithalicecooper.com

blog by Ben Tsujimoto  • 

Buffalo Place tweeted this morning that Alice Cooper and Great Big Sea have agreed to perform at Buffalo Place Rocks the Harbor in late August.  This news comes on the heels of last week’s announcement that Grateful Dead tribute band Dark Star Orchestra would take the stage with Soulive (TATS 2010) and Elvis Costello and the Impostors on June 24th. 

Joined by Rob Zombie in the Gruesome Twosome tour, Cooper played Artpark on May 22nd, 2010.  Horror is a main theme in Cooper’s shows; read musicianphotojournal.com’s account of the late May show: “Within the first 4 songs, Alice had “speared” a ninja, was captured and placed in a straight jacket, and executed by a guillotine. But the “horror” didn’t stop there, he was injected by a mammoth hypodermic needle, knifed and hung in the gallows. Of course, when Alice was not being killed, he was the killer: murdering nurses and decapitating babies all while never missing a note and fitting in several costume changes.” 

Be at the Harbor on August 26th to catch Cooper’s Welcome 2 My Nightmare tour antics.  You’ll probably want to leave your babies at home, you know, just in case.

A day after the King of Shock Rock, the kings of sea shanties, Great Big Sea, float to a fitting locale.  The Newfoundland-based folk/rock band produces energetic variations of traditional English, Irish and French melodies; their most recent album Safe Upon the Shore was released in July 2010.  The trio is eccentric in its instrument choice—mandolins, accordions and bouzoukis (Greek lutes) are all commonly featured in Great Big Sea’s work.


Tickets for Dark Star Orchestra and Elvis Costello and the Impostors are already available here, while Cooper and Great Big Sea tix go on sale Friday, April 22nd.  Both shows are $10 in advance, $20 day of.

TAGGED: alice cooper, buffalo place rocks the harbor, concerts, great big sea

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  1. Big Ben April 19, 2011 @ 3:10pm

    Alice does not look like he is aging particularly well.  Stay out of the sun!  His radio show is OK, though.

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