The current Alice Cooper / Halestorm tour came through Nashville over the weekend. Being hometown to Joe, Lzzy and Josh of Halestorm and Chuck Garric of Alice’s band, they played to a sold out crowd. Performing blistering sets , full of hits and classics at the iconic Grand Ole Opry.
Opening the show was Motionless In White ,with a 60 minute set from the Halestorm. Featuring a handful of songs from their Vicious cd and favorites including, Love Bites, I Get Off, and more. 15 years ago i 1st saw them opening for Shinedown. been a fan since and become friends and seen countless shows. Sunday’s , I saw an older, wiser , refined band . While they have always put 110% into their performances , this new tour this is a well oiled machine. no longer the young band finding their way, they are Grammy winning , road warrior rock stars. From an early age , knew what they wanted , busted their asses, and went for it . on the way to a very long career at the top of their game. Watching them not change one bit as they have gained popularity and success . Treating every fan they same as they always have, making sure everyone feels loved and appreciated. After all , it truly is the fans that make a band, they love each and every one of them. Living in the same city, Joe and Lzzy are regularly out and about supporting local bands, performing clubs as often as possible. Apparently their is hope for the future of rock and roll !
photos of Lzzy Hale from studio sessions we have done r can be seen here Lzzy Hale Portrait gallery Chad Lee Photography
Music & Arts did a video interview during our shoot for the cover of their 2015 gift guide at my studio .
Closing the show Sunday was the King Of Shock Rock Alice Cooper . Alice has certified himself as a timeless rock and roll icon . Having a catalog of 27 studio albums, 48 singles, 11 live albums and 12 video releases , Grammy winner and Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee . With no end in site , I highly suggest getting out to see this tour if it hits your area. Continually reinventing himself, this year’s stage show is everything a fan could want and more. Full of classics and a castle on stage with all the antics you know and love and new props and gags. His current touring lineup includes Glen Sobel, Ryan Roxie, Tommy Henriksen , Chuck Garric and Nita Strauss. The band is tight as can be and on fire.
As a young child in the mid 70’s Alice’s album Killers is the first 8 track tape I remember lifting from my mom’s collection. I was instantly hooked, and have been a fan ever since. In October of 2002 I had the honor and privilege of photographing my first concert with him in Milwaukee Wisconsin at The Rave .
Putting on a 90 minute show, many of today’s younger bands can’t touch this 71 year old legend. Performing fan favorites like School’s Out, Billion Dollar Babies ,Under My Wheels and 17 others. Solo’s from all members, giant monsters, babies and the crowd favorite guillotine beheading , if you haven’t seen a show, do yourself a favor. Closing the fun filled set was the anthem School’s Out featuring Joe Hottinger and Lzzy Hale of Halestorm, with snippets of Another Brick In The Wall. Giant balloons, bubbles, and crowd covered in confetti Alice brought the show he is known for. Putting bands half his age to shame, lots of artists have stolen from , and imitated his act, even more should learn from it !
Alice joined his band at an intimate venue The Basement East on an off day under the name The Goon Squad and surprised the crowd with a rare appearance. This the third time he has done this here in Nashville. A consummate professional that truly enjoys performing.
Photos from last weekend’s show and others can be seen here Alice Cooper Live photo gallery
Some of my personal favorites
2019 tour promo video
Chuck Garric / Beasto Blanco
Since that first show I have shot 10 more shows thankful to my friend Chuck Garric , Alice’s incredible bass player. Esp Guitars sent me out to do a photo shoot with Chuck for advertising in 2007 while still living in Chicago. We had a great shoot , images from it ended up being used in several ads for Esp and Coffin Case . Chuck and I hit it off that night , stayed in touch and reconnected when him and his wife moved to Nashville in 2013. An amazingly talented bassist, guitarist and vocalist, now with his solo band Beasto Blanco , that also includes Coop’s daughter Calico . Chuck , much like Joe and Lzzy can be seen regularly out and about in town and plays regularly with local bands, and events.
Beasto Blanco video for Live Fast Die Loud
Photos of Chuck’s band Beasto Blanco can be seen here Beasto Blanco Live photo gallery
Images studio sessions we have done can be seen here Chuck Garric Portrait gallery