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Rock the Bayou - Day 3

Day three of Rock the Bayou is over and the festival is nearing a close. Yesterday I saw Dangerous Toys, LA Guns, Slaughter, Yngwie Malmsteen, Warrant and Alice Cooper. Of these acts, LA Guns and Alice Cooper were the best. In fact, seeing Alice Cooper for the first time was a life changing event. I’ve been to a lot of shows – and I’ll say this – Alice Cooper was the single best performance I’ve ever seen in my life. Truly phenomenal.

Dangerous Toys and Malmsteen were ok, but Slaughter and Warrant were bad. Actually, Slaughter was listenable but Warrant was a train wreck. Jani Lane can sing when he wants – and I guess last night he didn’t “want!” He was skipping words and even the rest of the band seemed to be phoning in the performance. Yes, the band did “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” “I Saw Red,” “Down Boys” and “Cherry Pie.” Obviously, “Cherry Pie” was the last song – and Jani was messing up the words. Now, it’s one thing if you can’t hear yourself in the monitor. It’s another to just be blatantly wrong. I didn’t write “Cherry Pie.” I can’t even play “Cherry Pie” on my bass – but I know this: if you wake me from a dead sleep, I will still be able to sing all the words to “Cherry Pie” – backward!

Before I talk about Alice – I want to give some props to my boys in LA Guns. Tracii’s version played Rock the Bayou, and if you are a regular reader here, you know that I think this is the real version of the band. About an hour before LA Guns were slotted to play, I had a little lunch at McDonalds. Apparently, LA Guns were hungry, because they came in to eat too. It was sort of amusing, watching Tracii Guns hold a Happy Meal. I left the restaurant the same time as the band, and my husband held the door for the band. Right after LA Guns piled into their 15 passenger van, some random McDonalds employee came out and yelled to the driver “Who are they?!” and I couldn’t help but roll my eyes.

Tracii’s LA Guns always put on a good show. The addition of Marty Casey is a great boon. The band played:

No Mercy
Fire It Up
One More Reason
You Can’t Always Get (What You Want)
Ballad of Jayne
Shut the Fuck Up (performed by my future ex-husband Jeremy Guns)
Sex Action
Electric Gypsy
Never Enough
Rip and Tear

I went into the pit to watch LA Guns, but went back to my seat by “One More Reason” to get better sound quality. LA Guns played right in the heat of the day, just before three and it was very hot during their show. Because of this, the crowd was very light, which is too bad. A lot of people missed a great performance. I hope this version of LA Guns comes back around to my hometown soon. I get a kick out of watching Tracii play his guitar.

The crowd was sparse all day long – again…but did fill in nicely for Alice Cooper. In fact, it seemed like 80% of the people at the fest waited until just before Alice’s set to come out and see the show. Security started cracking down on people right before Alice. I also had to get a special pass to take photos of the performance. For much of the day, security would let at least a few people up front to the barrier. For Alice, security guards were actually going into rows and checking people’s tickets.

Here is what Alice performed (*I think this is accurate. I was trying not to miss the show by writing a lot):

It's Hot Tonight
No More Mr. Nice Guy
Under My Wheels
I'm Eighteen
Is It My Body?
Woman Of Mass Distraction
Lost In America
Feed My Frankenstein
Be My Lover
(In Touch With Your) Feminine Side
Dirty Diamonds
Vengeance Is Mine
Halo Of Flies
Drum Solo
Welcome To My Nightmare
Cold Ethyl
Only Women Bleed
Dead Babies
Ballad Of Dwight Fry
Devils Food
I Love The Dead
School's Out
Billion Dollar Babies

Now, I knew Alice Cooper would do a good show. I just didn’t know how good. My Glam, what I saw last night was a show. The band was so tight – and guitarist Keri Kelli so strong – the theatrics were just the icing on the cake.

Alice sounded so strong in voice, the performance was truly mesmerizing. When Alice first came out, the crowd was going bonkers, but as the show went along, people just started standing and watching – not out of boredom, but because people were afraid to miss anything! Truly, I’ve never experienced that during a headline act. Women that were previously standing on chairs and hopping around were now subdued – because Alice had complete control of the festival. We were in his nightmare alright – and it was magically fabulous. Let me reiterate: this was the single best show I have ever seen in my life. I wasn’t a massive Alice Cooper fan before last night – but by the time I was back in my rental SUV, I was thinking that I need an Alice box set.

Much respect is due to Alice Cooper’s backing band, too. Talk about phenomenal musicians. The drum solo was great – and at the end guitarists Kelli and Jason Hook played the drums, too. It’s one thing to be entertained. It’s another to get your money’s worth. Alice gave everyone in the crowd both -- and I am secure in saying he saved the entire festival.

Reader Comments (19)

I'm glad you're having a good time, Alice sounds awesome. Metal Masters was incredible, and the guy I brought with me said it was a life changing event. his last show was KISS on the Revenge tour. He said the reason he's never enjoyed a show so much was that he now realises the ones he saw, sucked !!!!
September 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChristian
Oh - I'm sorry that LA Guns were not there, but Tracii and his kid do put on a good imitation, I admit. They can only afford happy meals ?
September 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChristian
Thanx again for such a great report.

I would like to say 3 things about this 3rd day:

1-I am so sad to hear all this mess that is going on with Warrant, so many people had so great expectations of the band getting back together....and it seems all is going wrong....

2-To me LA Guns will be always Phil Lewis version...the others can be very good, no doubt about it, but they are to me something else, the hollywood vampires will be always for me related to Phil Lewis voice.

3-Great to hear that Alice Cooper is still putting such great shows, too bad he sings almost no songs from Trash and Hey me by far his best 2 albums, his last album has been a bit of a disapoitment....
September 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterXavier
Alice does rule. I saw him and his band last week and was blown away! Truely phenominal.. And I agree with Christian... Its too bad the fake LA Guns played.
September 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKenny Ozz
Alice Cooper is supposed to do a full blown tour in supoort of Along Came A Spider in 2009. Looks like I will have to make a point to get tickets for this one. I haven't seen him before, but judging from your response, he is not to be missed.
September 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRob Rockitt
Hey Allyson, thanks for the reviews and the pictures. I can't wait to hear your overall thoughts on RtB once it's all done. It is sounding like, with the exception of Alice, that Rocklahoma is the better festival. At least if you buy a VIP ticket there, you don't have to buy essntials like water!
Chad and I saw Alice Cooper last week, by the way, and he was great that night, too. I am ashamed to say that was only my second time seeing him. And YES, you definitely need to get the Alice Cooper boxset, called "The Life and Crimes of Alice Cooper." It's the best boxset I've ever bought.
September 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJason Bodak
hey Allyson, I'm glad you finally got schooled by Alice! he's been a huge influence on me for years and I've seen him several times including last week! great show last night too!
September 1, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterlajustice77
Great Pics from the festival. I had the pleasure of seeing Alice Cooper on August 5th for the first time. He definitely puts on a great show. We don't get many rock shows here in Bismarck,ND. Funny thing is some religious nutcase was handing out tickets to hell as people walked into the show. If I would have thought fast enough I would have asked for two in case I don't make it the first time.
September 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChristopher
I saw Alice like 10 years ago and while not as blown away as Ally was, came away thinking that I just saw a really good show...and I wasn't even a huge Alice fan...he just puts on an amazing show.
As for the fake LA Guns playing...glad Marty Casey can sing better than Paul Blac (which isn't saying much) but LA Guns will ALWAYS be Phil Lewis...I can't wait for THE REAL LA Guns to play RGW hopefully!
September 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKiXRules
hi allyson,

see, i told you Keri Kelli is great, right? that's why Big Bang Babies remain the world's most treasured undiscovered gem!
September 1, 2008 | Unregistered Commentergerry gittelson
Great coverage and photos! Sounds like I missed a great show!
September 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJason Price
Having seen both versions of LA Guns, I have to agree with Allyson. Tracii owns the LA Guns name, and Marty is a very good frontman. The Phil Lewis version was good, but didn't leave a lasting impression (especially considering the fact that I forgot I had seen them six months later!)

Now for Alice. I have never seen him live. I have never been a huge fan before the last disc. But Along Came A Spider has me hooked, and I can't wait for the 2009 tour to support the album. I'm glad to see he has added a couple of songs from the new disc to his set, but I want to see the whole thing performed. It has caused me to want to go back and get some of his older non-hit stuff just to see what I've been missing out on.
September 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJT
JT...Tracii does not own the right of the name...Steve Riley (who is in the REAL LA Guns) and Tracii both do.
September 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKiXRules
It's sad that this has turned into yet another LA Guns debate. Let's just agree to disagree, huh folks? I'm just glad that the version that happens to be at Rock the Bayou put on a great show.. especially since not all the bands there have been that good from the sound of it.
I'm glad that you enjoyed them Allyson, and that you loved Alice Cooper as well!
September 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHeather
Just to clarify, and I'm done with the LA Guns debate. I didn't mean to imply Tracii owned the rights to the name in a legal sense. That was a poor choice of words on my part. I was using the phrase "owns the LA Guns name" in a figurative sense to indicate how much better *I believe* his band performs than Riley/Lewis'--it is purely subjective and I didn't mean to be argumentative about it.
September 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJT
I watched all the bands on this day stageside and Dangerous Toys was just "OK"? I would have hated to be L.A. Guns and have to follow that performance. It was 1:35pm in the Texas heat and Toys still rocked everyone's faces off. It's hard to believe anyone who actually watched the show would say they were just OK an LA Guns was the best besides Alice Cooper. Don't get me wrong LA Guns did play great as well, but I wouldn't say they were better. I would compromise on a tie. Oh and Tracii wasn't playing his guitar, that was Scott's from Toys. Not that it makes a difference. He certainly rocked it regardless of who it belonged to.
Slaughter was also a pleasant surprise. I don't know how Mark still sings like that, but he's still got it in him even in the brutal heat.
I'll admit it was obvious some of the Warrant guys missed a few rehearsals, but in their defense, they had quite a rough day behind the scenes since late morning thanks to an egotistical one man band with just some guys who happen to play for him, whose name I won't mention and his massive fit throwing abilities. That could explain why by that time, they weren't quite as spunky as they would have been normally. Sometimes you just have to get over it, but I guess that didn't quite happen.
September 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLP
HEY!!! Jeremy Guns is MY future ex-husband!!!!! haha
September 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterVicky
Malmsteen doing Ritchie Blackmore's Gates of Babylon was the highlight of the whole festival for me....what a solo!

September 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRockbob
For what it's worth, Metal Sludge is suggesting that Jani Lane has been canned and that the rest of the band has brought in an ex-vocalist of Lynch Mob (Mason or something like that) to handle lead vocal duties.
September 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGeorge

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