It’s not an April Fool’s joke — the original gothic rocker, Alice Cooper, will be bringing his “Ol’ Black Eyes Is Back” tour to the Peterborough Memorial Centre (PMC) on April 1, 2020.
Born Vincent Damon Furnier in Detroit, Cooper began performing more than 50 years ago, first as the frontman of the Alice Cooper band — discovered by Frank Zappa in 1969 in Los Angeles, where he signed them to his record label — and then as a solo artist.
The Alice Cooper band’s collaboration with young record producer Bob Ezrin led to the break-through third album Love It to Death, which hit the charts in 1971, followed by Killer, School’s Out, Billion Dollar Babies, and Muscle of Love.
In 1975, Cooper released his first solo album Welcome to My Nightmare in 1975, accompanied by the legendary groundbreaking theatrical Welcome to My Nightmare concert tour.
In September, Cooper released his The Breadcrumbs EP, a tribute to some of the garage rock heroes from his hometown Detroit Inspired by the city’s punk scene in the late ’60s and early ’70s, Cooper returned to his roots and the raw garage sound his fans love.
The Bob Ezrin-produced EP consists of six brand new recordings, featuring legendary Detroit musicians, including Johnny “Bee” Badanjek from the Detroit Wheels, Grand Funk’s Mark Farner, and MC5’s Wayne Kramer.
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Known for his grisly theatrics and black humour, Cooper’s concerts draw from horror movies, vaudeville, and garage rock, with props including electric chairs, guillotines, fake blood, and boa constrictors.
The 71-year-old musician’s Peterborough concert will kick off his spring 2020 tour and is his only Ontario date.
British-born American heavy metal guitarist Lita Ford (The Runaways) will be opening.
Single tickets range from $49 to $89 (plus fees and taxes) and go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. on Friday, October 18th (PMC Scoop presale begins on Thursday, October 17th at 10 a.m.). VIP packages are available ranging from $259 to $929.
Tickets are available online at www.memorialcentre.ca, over the phone 705-743-3561, or in person at the Grant Thornton Box Office located inside the PMC (151 Lansdowne St. W., Peterborough).