Many people mistakenly think of Alice Cooper as a one-trick-pony. Far from it. He is not without tricks, of course, but he has plenty of them. And a lot of them were mistakes. Like the undying rumor that he bit the head off of a live chicken onstage and drank its blood? Totally false. There was a chicken, and apparently it died, but Cooper had little or nothing to do with it. Still, he never denied it. His name was also a kind of accident, as it was originally the name of the band, but people kept thinking it was his, so he adopted it. And he and his shows are nothing if not theatrical. But when it comes to songwriting, he is a lot more than the snarl of "School's Out" or "I'm 18" (not that there is anything wrong with those tracks). Dig into his catalog and you will find soulful gems spanning from almost folky to new wave. See what tricks Cooper has up his sleeve, musical or otherwise, when he and his band play the Palladium Ballroom, 1135 S. Lamar St., on Monday. Call 1-800-745-3000 or visit thepalladiumballroom.com for tickets and information.
Mon., Oct. 12, 2009