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Shock rocker Alice Cooper adds Wilmington stop on tour

Wilson Center will welcome Alice Cooper on Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m. The rocker’s “dark and horror-themed theatrics” will accompany hits from his career, “School’s Out,” “Poison,” “No More Mr. Nice Guy,” among others. (Photo by Jenny Risher)

WILMINGTON — One of music industry’s indelible theatrical hard rock icons is coming through the Cape Fear this fall.

Wilson Center will welcome Alice Cooper on Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m. The rocker is known for career hits, such as “School’s Out,” “Poison,” and “No More Mr. Nice Guy,” among others.

Cooper’s shows often lean into vaudeville and include horror aesthetics against a backdrop of garage rock; in the past he’s featured electric chairs, guillotines, fake blood, and boa constrictors. 

The musician “brings his own brand of rock psycho-drama to fans both old and new,” a release from the Wilson Center noted. “Known as the architect of shock-rock, Cooper (in both the original Alice Cooper band and as a solo artist) has rattled the cages and undermined the authority of generations of guardians of the status quo, continuing to surprise fans and exude danger at every turn, like a great horror movie.”

The 75-year-old has released 20 studio albums, including 2021’s “Detroit Stories” (produced by Bob Ezrin), inspired by his hometown of Detroit and the garage rock emanating from it in the late ’60s. It entered Billboard’s album sales chart at No. one the week of release and charted in the UK, Germany, Australia, and Sweden.

Cooper is planning his 21st studio album “Road,” to be released in August.

Tickets go on sale to his show to Wilson Center members on Wednesday, July 19, 10 a.m., and on Friday, July 21, to the general public at 10 a.m. They can be purchased here or by contacting 910-362-7999; box office is open for in-person and phone-in sales, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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