CAMDEN, NJ— On a hot and sticky Friday night, Alice Cooper opened up a double bill in a crazy Black Widow costume. Vincent Price, one of the most ghoulish actors in Hollywood, wrote the intro back in the day. “The Black Widow” was terrific and the singer had fire coming out of his middle finger, seemingly a trick that couldn’t be performed in the ‘70s.
“I’m Eighteen” really ramped up the crowd and showed off the band’s talent. “Hey Stoopid” featured an amazing guitar solo by Orianthi, who was shredding on her own pedestal, and the energetic drum solo from Jonathan Mover was tight considering he was called into emergency service and it was his first show on the tour.
“Feed My Frankenstein” had even more fireworks going into the monster’s bolts in his head before “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 Part 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 rehydrating. The band opened up with “Moonchild.” The stage looked like a giant iceberg in order to match the video. Lead singer Bruce Dickinson was very active and he demanded and received a lot of audience interaction. During “The Prisoner,” guitarists Janick Gers, Adrian Smith and Dave Murray really showed off their skills, as did drummer Nicko McBrain.
Their mascot, 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 an homage to fallen soldiers, 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, saying, “Let’s burn this f’in place down for the Fourth 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.