Album Review ~ Alice Cooper ~ ‘A Paranormal Evening at The Olympia Paris’

Following the release of the 2017 studio album Paranormal, Alice Cooper is releasing A Paranormal Evening at The Olympia Paris through earMUSIC on August 31, 2018. The album will be released as a 2vCD digipak, 2LP Gatefold (white and red LP), and as a digital download.

Filmed during the last show of the Paranormal Tour, A Paranormal Evening features Alice and his current touring lineup, which includes the triple guitar attack of Tommy Henriksen, Ryan Roxie and Nita Strauss, bassist Chuck Garric, and drummer Glen Sobel.

The entire 90 minute performance is packed solid with all the classic favorites with some newer Cooper material mixed in, including “Paranoiac Personality,” the first single from the album Paranormal.

Starting the even on a heavy note, the first song of the night is “Brutal Planet” from the album of the same name. The song has incredible groove for being so dark.

The crowd is then treated to a double dose of Cooper classics. That familiar opening riff of “No More Nice Guy” gets the crowd hyped up and singing along to the chorus. Effortlessly the band slides into the sleazy and bluesy classic, “Under My Wheels.”

“Department of Youth” from the Welcome to my Nightmare album gets a funny little update near the end of the song. I won’t spoil the surprise.

There are a few obscure numbers included in this set like “Pain” from the Flush the Fashion album and “Woman of Mass Destruction” from the 2005 release Dirty Diamonds.

The classics just keep coming with the scorching “Billion Dollar Babies”, the raging sexual innuendo that is “Feed My Frankenstein”, and the mega hit, “Poison.” The latter features the amazing Nita Strauss taking lead with that infectious opening riff.

In the middle of “Halo of Flies”, we are treated to an epic drum solo from Glen Sobel before the rest of the band comes back to bring the song to a close.

Reaching way back into his catalog, Alice and the band fire off the raucous “Cold Ethyl” and the tender ballad, “Only Women Bleed.” “Only Women Bleed” has always been a personal favorite of mine, and to hear it done live is really a treat.

“16 Killer”/ “I Love the Dead” brings the awe inspiring set to a close, or does it?

Nope, that all too familiar school bell rings loud and proud as the band launches into “School’s Out.” The crowd goes absolutely insane as the sing along to the chorus. Alice sprinkles in bits of the Pink Floyd classic, “Another Brick in the Wall” for good measure.  Formal band introductions are made and Alice gives thanks to the crew, and wishes everyone a Merry Christmas before saying goodnight, but not saying goodbye.

The band comes back for the encore with “I’m Eighteen” and brings the Olympia Paris to its knees. I may be exaggerating a bit because I wasn’t there, but that is what I am picturing.

At the age of 70, Alice Cooper is still going strong. He can and still outperforms guys that are half his age or even more. The show is an even bigger and better spectacle and his band members are all at the top of their game. A Paranormal Evening at the Olympia Paris is a testament to the longevity of Cooper’s career. Rating: 9/10 Stars!

Contributing Writer for I’m Music Magazine Jason “Supes” Mesa

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