Alice Cooper and Vinnie Vincent Invasion: 12/31/1986

I had basically seen this exact same show three days earlier at the West Palm Beach Auditorium, but I could not pass up a chance to see the Coop again, especially on New Year’s Eve.

I went with a woman I was dating at the time, Christine, and I painted my face up as Alice. Figured I would get my full fan-boy on. I knew a lot of people who were going this night, including my brother and our friend Jon.

Vinnie Vincent was kind of a joke the second time around. I literally burst out laughing at one point when he did his best Karate Kid kick and knocked over the same dummy amp from the other night. Oh well, at least he tried.

During intermission, Christine and I went and met up with my brother and Jon in the lobby area. Now there was this one section in the lobby where some stairs were above, and the headroom as not that high. A basketball player would have to duck, for sure. Well, we were hanging out there, and Jon decided to have a little fun with some inebriated headbangers. “Hey,” Jon said, “I bet you can’t jump high enough to touch the ceiling there with your head.” They would not walk away from a dare, and proceeded to jump up and down, clonking their heads on the cement above them. It was humorous, and I suspect they woke with a splitting headache the following morning.

After a long intermission, Alice took the stage. The show was exactly the same as the WPB show, which, if I am being honest, I had hoped he would have at least thrown one or two treats in there for NYE, but still, it was a great show, even if it was the same.

Here is the setlist, in case you missed it from my last post. Rock on!

Setlist:

  • Welcome to My Nightmare
  • Billion Dollar Babies
  • No More Mr. Nice Guy
  • Be My Lover
  • I’m Eighteen
  • The World Needs Guts
  • Give It Up
  • Cold Ethyl
  • Only Women Bleed
  • Go to Hell
  • Ballad of Dwight Fry
  • Teenage Frankenstein
  • Sick Things
  • I Love the Dead
  • School’s Out

Encore:

  • Elected
  • Under My Wheels

Alice Cooper and Vinnie Vincent Invasion: 12/28/1986

This stub is from Alice’s “The Nightmare Returns” tour. My memory of this show is a little spotty, mainly because I would see the same show again a few days afterwards on New Year’s Eve (that stub and memory to come soon). I can’t remember with whom I went to this show, but I have some recollections about the performances.

The Vinnie Vincent Invasion opened the show. Vincent was the guitarist for KISS prior to striking out on this solo venture. They were very much an embodiment of 80’s glam metal, and mildly entertaining. But I had to chuckle to myself, because at the end of the set, Vincent kicked over one of his amplifiers, but since I was close to the stage I noticed there were no cords or wires connected to it, and it did not seem to have speakers inside the cabinet, so I deduced it was a dummy amp (my assumption was confirmed on NYE when he kicked over the same “amp”). Anyway, not the best opening act I had seen, but not the worst either.

After a break, the Coop took the stage, opening with “Welcome to My Nightmare,” a great opener and right up there with “Hello Hurray,” which in my humble opinion is the best opening song ever.

Anyway, the rest of the show was all killer and no filler, as is evident from the setlist below. Rock on, and be sure to check back soon for my memories of the New Year’s show.

Setlist:

  • Welcome to My Nightmare
  • Billion Dollar Babies
  • No More Mr. Nice Guy
  • Be My Lover
  • I’m Eighteen
  • The World Needs Guts
  • Give It Up
  • Cold Ethyl
  • Only Women Bleed
  • Go to Hell
  • Ballad of Dwight Fry
  • Teenage Frankenstein
  • Sick Things
  • I Love the Dead
  • School’s Out

Encore:

  • Elected
  • Under My Wheels

Marilyn Manson and Hole: 3/30/1999

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So, this stub is misleading. Hole never played at this show. They were scheduled to, but Courtney Love and Marilyn Manson got into some pissing match and Hole backed out of the tour, which was a bummer because I actually wanted to see them more than I wanted to see Manson. But, I figured I would go and check out the show anyway.

I went with my friends Erin and Jim. We showed up a little late and missed Jack Off Jill, the opening act. It didn’t bother me since I had seen them open for the Genitorturers. So the first band we saw this night was Monster Magnet. In my opinion, there was nothing magnetic about these dudes. I was wholly unimpressed. I cannot tell you a single thing about them other than we sat in our seats the entire time.

After they were finished, we made our way down to the open floor for Marilyn, but not too close to the stage. I was already way too old to get sucked into a pit with crazed teenagers. And I was glad I didn’t. After the music started, people were coming past us leaving the pit, literally dripping with blood. This kind of freaked me out. Not that I cared if people chose to mess themselves up; I just didn’t want anyone bleeding on me. So after a little while, we went back to seats in the stands.

So my overall thoughts on Marilyn Manson? Meh. He was OK, but not great. I found I liked him better on recordings or in interviews than on stage. Maybe I was expecting something more outrageous. The “wildest” thing he did was pull down his pants and moon the audience, and frankly, his skinny white ass did nothing for me.

Thankfully, I got an opportunity to see Hole later on, but that’s another stub and another story.

Rock on!