In what is certain to be one of the darkest nights at Stage AE Outdoors this summer, Alice Cooper will team up with his biggest shock-rock disciple, Marilyn Manson, for the Masters of Madness: Shock Therapy Tour on June 23.
Cooper, a recent inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, put a chill into the rock scene in the mid-'70s with stage theatrics that included fright makeup, a boa constrictor and guillotine. All the while, he scored such glam-rock radio hits as "I'm Eighteen," "School's Out" and "No More Mr Nice Guy."
Twenty years later, Marilyn Manson upped the ante with even scarier makeup, a hard industrial rock sound a la Nine Inch Nails and a shocking performance-art style that challenged the status quo on sex, drugs, religion and power.
This is the first time the two will tour together. Both should pull out all of their tricks.
Back in '97, the P-G asked Cooper about the young Marilyn Manson and his suggestion was more humor: "That might be a good ingredient. If they were gonna ask me, I would definitely say, 'You want the trick to this whole thing? Have some fun with it.'"
Tickets are $42 advance/$45 day of show. They go on sale Friday at all Ticketmaster locations. Charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.
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Also on June 23, Chicago (the band, not the city) will move indoors for a show at Heinz Hall. Tickets ($46-126 advance/ $50-130 door) go on sale at 9 a.m. Friday. Call 412-392-4900.
The A$AP Rocky show at Stage AE on Wednesday is sold out.
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