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  • Alice Cooper

    October 12, 2018

    Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium – Chattanooga, TN

    This year has been a great year of for checking off items on the Boomerocity Bucket List. In fact, in the case of Alice Cooper, two items were check off – one of them twice.  

    1. alicecooperchattanooga004Photo by James PattersonInterviewing the man, himself and,

    B. Getting to see him twice in concert – in the same year!

    For the second time this year, Boomerocity got to see one of its all-time favorites, Alice Cooper, in concert and, dare we say, though both shows were phenomenal, he and the band were even better than his concert back in March. 

    Coop and the band gave a capacity crowd twenty-one hits – each one bringing back memories to each and every fan.  From the opening tune (Brutal Planet) through the encore (School’s Out), Alice and the band left fans aching to hear more.

    Boomerocity has been a fan of Alice’s since “Love It To Death” came out, loving every note and syllable of “I’m Eighteen” and later finding the “School’s Out” and “Billion Dollar Babies” 8-Tracks under the Christmas back in the seventies. With songs like No More Mr. Nice Guy, Billion Dollar Babies, I Love The Dead, and School’s Out, Coop brought back very special memories to Boomerocity’s mind.

    Alice also served up work from his more recent albums including cuts from “Paranormal” (Paranoiac Personality) and Dirty Diamonds (Woman Of Mass Distraction). 

    We’ve enjoyed shows at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium in the past (Joe Bonamassa) and think it’s a great venue to catch shows if you live or visit the Chattanooga area often. 

    We’re looking forward to catching more shows there in the future.

  • Alice Cooper

    March 17, 2018

    Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort – Cherokee, NC

    IMG 1610Photo by Randy PattersonAs a kid growing up in Phoenix, Arizona, one of my dreams was to see one of my rock heroes, Alice Cooper, in concert. It took over forty years, but not only did I get to interview him (here), I finally got to see the legendary shock-rocker live.

    And what a tremendous show it was!

    Alice told me in my interview with him that he’s “Busby Berkley meets Bela Lugosi” and that he may be remembered “as maybe the Barnum and Bailey of rock and roll.”

    After catching his show at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, I would have to say that those descriptions barely scratch the surface of Cooper’s performance and talent.

    There were monsters, swords, corpses, guillotines, electrocutions, and dollar bills (okay, play money, but one can dream, can’t they?) flying around everywhere.

    At seventy-years young, Alice was in as great and full of form as he’s ever been in his storied, fifty-year career. His voice was as strong and raw as ever and the band was just flippin’ amazing!

    If anyone was at risk of stealing the show from Alice (not a chance but just gee-whizzing here for a moment), it would’ve been one of his three guitarists, Nita Strauss. That girl can flat rock any venue down. She’s a one-person rock show all on her own.

    Alice played tons of his hits but still left the sell-out crowd begging for more.

    And speaking of the crowd: The Cherokee crowd reminded me of going to a theater screening of Rocky Horror Picture Show. Many of the attendees were dressed as Alice, one of the nurses (the lead nurse played by Coop’s daughter, Sheryl) and other ghastly characters.

    If you’ve never caught Alice in concert, do. It’s an amazing experience.

  • Posted March 2018

    As a pre-teen growing up in Phoenix, Arizona, my only real exposure to rock and roll was whatever Elvis music my parents listened to and the Rolling Stones records my cousin (and now business partner) had in the spare room of my paternal grandparents’ house.

    Alice Cooper Paranormal press pictures print copyright earMUSIC credit Rob Fenn 1Photo by Rob FennAs I crawled into Junior High, some of my friends turned me on to the Allman Brothers, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and a few others. Somehow or other, even the Osmond Brothers creeped into the mix.

    Don’t laugh.

    Back to my baptism into rock and roll.

    While in eighth grade, the fad was for us to bring battery operated cassette players to school (not Walkman size. Much bigger) and listen to the latest cassettes we’d bought or borrowed.

    One night, I was at a friend’s house and he started playing this new tape he’d just bought. It was by some band called “Alice Cooper”. As I recall (and as luck would have it), the first song I heard from that tape was “Sick Things”. It creeped me to the deepest part of my pre-pubescent being. THEN, two songs later, “I Love the Dead”.

    I was convinced that I was listening to the voice of the devil himself. EverythingKnoxvilleLogoEdited

    Who the heck was this Alice Cooper anyway and why did “she” sound like a dude . . . and a devil dude, at that? I bet they even had a house littered with satanic bibles and dead babies.

    OH MY GOSH! I soon learned that Alice even had a song called “Dead Babies”. WHAT. THE. HECK!

    I quickly learned that she was a he and that he was actually from right there in Phoenix, Arizona, by way of Detroit. The band and its sound quickly grew on me and I became a fan. Becoming a

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  • Posted March 2017

    jesse dittmar shep gordon croppedPhoto by Jesse DittmarOdds are pretty good that unless you’re a real music business geek (or a celebrity chef business geek), you have never heard of Shep Gordon.

    I became aware of Shep many moons ago because I’ve been an Alice Cooper fan for over forty-five years and Shep just happens to be Alice’s one and only manager.

    In 2015, Mike Meyers (Yeah, Mike “We’re Not Worthy” Meyers) produced a documentary about Shep entitled, Supermensch. The phenomenal response to the film is one of the reasons that prompted Shep to write his autobiography, They Call Me Supermensch.

    The book and movie certainly delivered what I had hoped and expected with regards to stories about Alice Cooper. However, it was a real eye-opener because of the mountain of other accomplishments Gordon has achieved in his momentous career.

    Chief of those accomplishments (at least, from my view) is the role of adoptive parent and grandparent. I don’t want to spoil the story in the book but let’s just say that Shep stepped up to the role and challenge in a huge way. The book is worth the purchase just for that story alone.

    Suffice it to say, because of the movie and book, I requested an interview with the legendary 

    manager to the chefs and stars (now mostly retired), and Gordon was gracious enough to accept.

    I called Shep at his beachfront home in Maui. If you watch the movie, you will see that it was a home that he bought for privacy, serenity, and entertaining. The views are spectacular and definitely seem to be key to Gordon’s Zen-like approach to life these days.

    At the outset of our chat, Gordon shared the motivations behind writing his book.

    “It was a combination of things. It was really sparked by being at an

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