PICS: Alice Cooper at Pechanga Resort & Casino

'School's Out': Alice Cooper, "the Godfather of Shock Rock" himself, and his all-star band electrified Pechanga Resort & Casino on June 21.

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No more Mr. Nice Guy: Cooper (born Vincent Damon Furnier) and Co. treated the packed Pechanga crowd to an amazing show.
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Aside from the himself, the band currently consists of guitarist Ryan Roxie, bassist Chuck Garric, drummer Glen Sobel, guitarist Tommy Henriksen (right) and guitarist Nita Strauss (left).
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Cooper was one of the first (if not the first) in the history of rock & roll to take inspiration from horror films and vaudeville showmanship and create a macabre brand of onstage entertainment.
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The Alice Cooper band released its debut “Pretties for You” in 1969, but really made headlines a couple years later when their 1972 album “School’s Out” hit No. 2 on the U.S. Billboard chart, and their followup record, “Billion Dollar Babies” hit No. 1 the next year!
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Furnier adopted the band’s name as his own name in the ‘70s and embarked on a stellar solo career that kicked off with one of his most successful albums, “Welcome to My Nightmare” in 1975. Fun fact: Famed horror film actor Vincent Price provided the introductory monologue to a track off that album called “The Black Widow.” (Guitarist Nita Strauss pictured)
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The original band lineup was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2011.
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Guitarist Ryan Roxie rockin' the flying V!
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Fun fact: Cooper was first introduced to the stage in a high school talent show, for which he and his friends dressed as the Beatles and mimed their performance, not knowing how to play their instruments.
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Cooper's first real band was called the Spiders, who took inspiration from the Beatles, the Doors, the Yardbirds, the Rolling Stones, the Who and others. We're glad he ended up going in a *slightly* different direction. (Guitarist Tommy Henriksen pictured)
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Cooper and his original lineup were originally from Phoenix, Arizona. Must be a strange place, eh?
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Alice Cooper’s June 21 set list included the following songs: “Brutal Planet,” “No More Mr. Nice Guy,” “Under My Wheels,” “Lost in America,” “Pain,” “Welcome to My Nightmare,” “Billion Dollar Babies,” “The World Needs Guts”… (guitarist Nita Strauss pictured)
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Followed by “Woman of Mass Distraction,” “Poison,” “Halo of Flies,” “Feed My Frankenstein,” “Cold Ethyl,” “Only Women Bleed,” “Escape,” “Ballad of Dwight Fry,” “Killer” into “I Love the Dead, “I’m Eighteen,” and a one-song encore of “School's Out.”
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