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by Andy Coleman (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer living in Birmingham. I like Classic Rock, 70s pop music, football and interviewing celebrities. Follow me on Twitter: @andycoleman9
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Veteran shock-rocker Alice Cooper returns to Birmingham on November 14, 2017, for a Barclaycard Arena show as part of his first UK headline tour in five years.

Alice Cooper' was originally the name of the band but is now recognised as the alter ego of 68-year-old singer Vince Furnier.

Alice Cooper, Vince Furnier, Barclaycard Arena Birmingham, The Tubes, The Mission
Shock-rock: Alice Cooper is coming to Britain

Things have been relatively quiet for Alice in Britain recently but he has been busy in the States with a 90-date 2016 tour. There is also a new album due in 2017, which may feature songs written with original members of the Alice Cooper band, Dennis Dunaway, Neal Smith and Michael Bruce. This follows the release of the limited edition live version of I'm Eighteen/ Is It My Body, recorded in Dallas in 2015 by Vince, Dennis, Neal and Michael who had reunited to record at the Good Records store.

Alice Cooper pioneered a grandly theatrical brand of hard rock drawing equally from horror movies, vaudeville and garage rock. In 2012 he toured Britain with his Halloween Night of Fear show. He continues to tour the world and also hosts his syndicated radio show which is heard on Planet Rock in the UK.

Alice Cooper, Vince Furnier, Barclaycard Arena Birmingham, The Tubes, The Mission
Fear: Poster for Alice Cooper's 2012 Halloween Night of Fear show

For the forthcoming UK tour, Alice is bringing two bands with him that reflect his outrageous theatricality and the darker gothic rock that he influenced.

The Mission was formed in 1986 by two members of Sisters Of Mercy, Wayne Hussey and Craig Adams. Songs like Wasteland, Tower Of Strength and Deliverance became classics of the 1980's goth rock scene.

"I remember during the summer of 1972 being at scout camp and hearing this new song on the radio that absolutely mesmerised me,'' Wayne recalls. ''It was School's Out by Alice Cooper. I loved it and still do. Fast forward to 1987 and our first headline spot on the Friday night at Reading Festival. Headlining the Sunday was Alice Cooper. And now we've been invited by Alice to join him on his UK tour next November."

Alice Cooper, Vince Furnier, Barclaycard Arena Birmingham, The Tubes, The Mission
Art school: The Tubes (pic: Janice Kang)

The Tubes come from the same art school, shock-rock background as Alice Cooper and, originally, the same city (and actually the same schools), being formed by Phoenix, Arizona, natives.

They made their name in psychedelic San Francisco, honing their satirical act, concept albums and ambitious stage shows that showed a preference for self-made props and costumes. Frontman Fee Waybill's characters caused outrage in the UK, as did their bondage gear. In 1977 their show was banned in many British cities but the music cut through with the seminal White Punks On Dope defining their sound.
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Why? Alice Cooper's first headline UK tour for five years
When: November 14, 2017
Phone: 0121 780 4141
Where: Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham
Cost: From 45.80 plus fees
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I didn't know that he was still around, good on him. Well done on your award :)
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