He may be in his 70s but on a fairly dismal Monday night Alice Cooper still managed to drag fans off their sofas to pack out Leeds Arena. Having said that, they did have to wait a bit longer for him to come on. Perhaps the stamina doesn’t quite run to a 90 minute set these days. But who cares?! We got a bonus second support and a bonus fourth song in the pit and let me tell you, I was singing along to all four of them. As it says on his website – “Ol Black Eyes is Back!” With a great show, all the hits and all the poses. We could have used flash but didn’t need it as the lighting was just as brilliant as the rest of the staging.
I don’t often photograph the support, but hey, the Stranglers aren’t just any support. They also delivered a great set complete with plenty of back and forth banter. Bass player Jean-Jacques “JJ” Burnel had to deal with technical issues and a few instrument changes but that’s the beauty of a band that has been around for several decades. Nothing phases them and it all becomes part of the experience. The audience were just happy to be there sharing it all.
Reflecting back on a previous gig in Scotland, lead Baz Warne commented on the sea of grey, or no hair in front of him. An audience as follically challenged as himself! But for the record, in Leeds it wasn’t exclusively a 40+ audience. There were plenty of younger folk there and whatever your age, these bands have something to offer; fantastic musicians, great showmen (and women!) and stonkingly good songs. What more could you want?!