A GROUP of North East rockers are paying tribute to shock-rock king Alice Cooper in aid of a North East children’s cancer charity.
Band members from heavy rock groups Blitzkrieg, Satan and Mollies Treat are swapping their ripped jeans and biker jackets for ‘blood’ soaked silk shirts and thick make-up for a major concert at the Customs House in South Shields. (Saturday, April 11)
Taking the lead role of Alice is Washington-based Brian Ross who has fronted rock band Blitzkrieg for 35 years. During that time the band has toured around the world and released 12 albums.
The musicians were approached by local promoter Brian Green to put on the event after hearing about the TOMA Fund, a charity which supports children, teenagers, young people and their families in the North East and Cumbria who have been affected by a diagnosis of childhood cancer.
The TOMA Fund was set up in memory of Jordan David Thompson from Newcastle and Sophie Ela Atay from Gateshead, who were cousins that died from childhood cancers. Jordan was 15 when he lost his battle with Leukaemia in September 2007 and Sophie was just two when she died of Neuroblastoma in March 2010.
Brian Green said: “I approached the lads about putting together a tribute show that would appeal to more people than just heavy rock fans. Alice Cooper has fans across the musical spectrum and his shows are always a musical extravaganza.
“The band will be belting out hits like 18, Billion Dollar Babies, Elected, Poison and of course worldwide smash Schools Out, but most importantly we will have all the elements of an Alice Cooper show.”
The tribute show is called Alice Cooper’s Nightmare and is based on the record-breaking Theatre of Death tour and includes all the amazing stunts that fans expect from an Alice Cooper live show.
These include the hangman’s noose, Alice getting beheaded and of course the appearance of a live snake! All the costumes for the show have been meticulously copied and made by Brian Green’s partner Lynn Tucker from Mother Tuckers Creations.
Brian Green added: “We have spent hours and hours in the rehearsal room getting the show just right and am really looking forward to the big night. Things are going so well that the lads are talking about taking the show on tour after the big charity launch night.”
Tickets for the show can be bought from the Customs House box office or online at http://www.customshouse.co.uk/whats-on/Theatre/1768/alice-coopers-nightmare.
Fans can find out more at the website www.alicecoopersnightmare.co.uk and follow them on Facebook here https://www.facebook.com/pages/Alice-Coopers-Nightmare/297580203748448