Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Cooper Shines for the Crue's Final Farewell; MICK BURGESS Reviews Alice Cooper and Motley Crue at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Cooper Shines for the Crue's Final Farewell; MICK BURGESS Reviews Alice Cooper and Motley Crue at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle

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LAST year, Motley Crue pledged that when this tour comes to an end it will indeed be their "Final Tour" and have signed "cessation of touring agreements" to prove it.

There will be no long, drawn-out tour, no reunion in a few years and no more Motley Crue, full stop. Alice Cooper has cheekily offered to guillotine them on their last night to hold them to their promise.

It is rather fitting that Alice Cooper is their special guest on this historic tour, and there's no one better to kick off the evening's festivities than the original and best shock rocker.

Of course, everyone expects the "show", and Cooper delivers big time, with monsters, ghouls, zombie nurses and snakes, culminating in his nightly execution, only to return decked in top hat and tails for School's Out.

It's not all about the show though, as Cooper has a catalogue of classic songs that never gets old, from No More Mr Nice Guy to Billion Dollar Babies and I'm Eighteen - and every one is a winner.

Over the years, many band members have passed through the ranks of his group, but Cooper has the knack of picking his band to perfection.

The triple guitar attack of Ryan Roxie, Tommy Henriksen and new girl Nita Strauss rips kicking and screaming through the set, each guitarist complementing the others and combining to deliver an almighty punch. They look and sound fantastic.

Ending the show in carnival bubbles and balloons, and the greatest anthem of them all, School's Out, which segued neatly into Pink Floyd's Another brick In The Wall, meant that Motley Crue had one gargantuan mountain to climb to match that.

Whereas Cooper's show was pure Halloween, Motley Crue was more Bonfire Night, with enough firecrackers, bombs and flame throwers to launch World War III.

The old Rogers and Hammerstein classic So Long, Farewell lulled the crowd into a momentary serene state before the double whammy of Girls, Girls, Girls and Wild Side kicked into gear and, if ever there was a pair of songs that summed up the Crue's hedonistic rock 'n' roll lifestyle, it was these. …

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