Detroit News

Originally Published: December 23, 1997

Welcome to his Nightmare

Author: Kevin Ransom

Things will be considerably more adult-oriented - well, maybe more adolescent-oriented - at Alice Cooper's New Year's Eve Nightmare at the State Theater at 8 p.m. Tickets are $45. Call (313) 961-5450. The Coop's shlock-rock antics are slightly less shocking than in his halcyon days.

"Alice doesn't wear quite as much make-up as he used to, and his show is a bit less theatrical than in the old days," says publicist Randy Haecker. Earlier this year, Cooper released A Fistful of Alice, a live album featuring guest turns by Sammy Hagar, Slash and Rob Zombie. It's comforting to know that one of Detroit's flamboyant hard-rock heroes will rock in the new year - because, after 11 consecutive years, Ted Nugent is taking a breather from his annual Whiplash Bash. Nugent's camp said the Whackmaster is sitting this one out so he can spend more time with his family.