Alice Cooper and Iron Maiden Packed a Potent 1-2 Punch
Camden - - On a hot and sticky night Alice Cooper opened up a double bill in a crazy Black Widow costume. Vincent Price, one of the most ghoulish actor’s in Hollywood, wrote the intro back in the day. “The Black Widow” song was terrific and the singer had fire coming out of his middle finger, seemingly a trick that couldn’t be performed in the 70’s.
“I’m Eighteen” really ramped up the crowd and showed off the band’s talent.
“Hey Stoopid” featured an amazing guitar solo by Orianthi, she was literally shredding it on her own pedestal (having seen Cooper three times she was the best guitarist of the three), and the energetic drum solo from Jonathan Mover was tight considering he was called into emergency service and this was his first show on this tour.
“Feed My Frankenstein” had even more fireworks going into the monster’s bolts in his head and then “School’s Out” closed out the show with Alice wearing a Phillies jersey. The classic song actually included a brief sample of Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 2”. With his boa constrictor included, Cooper played a short and spirited set complete with many of his greatest stage elements.
After a short changeover, Iron Maiden came out to a crowd that had spent the majority of the break re-hydrating. The band opened up with “Moonchild”. The stage looked like a giant iceberg, to match the video. Lead singer Bruce Dickinson was very active and he demanded and received a lot of audience interaction. During “The Prisioner” guitarists Janick Gers, Adrian Smith and Dave Murray really showed off their skills as did drummer, Nicko McBrain.
“Eddie” was shown off all night in various frozen poses on the video screen until he made his HUGE appearance later in the show.
“Seventh Son of a Seventh Son” had a haunting intro and it seemed to serve as homage to fallen soliders which the crowd really enjoyed.
Dickinson gave the middle finger to the almost 95 degree night by wearing some heavy British costumes.
Bassist Steve Harris shined for the entire concert showing why he’s one of the best in the world and he seemed to never even pause for the entire encore set.
Later in the show Dickinson lit six fire streams with his singer saying, “Let’s burn this f’in place down for 4th of July”. The band closed out with “Churchill’s Speech”, “Aces High”, “The Evil That Men Do” and “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life”.
The music was hot, the drinks were cold and a good time was had by all.