Deep Purple, Alice Cooper and Edgar Winter Triple Bill?
Only 18 cities we're lucky enough to see these iconic artists team up and Mansfield, MA was one of them. Shark Intern Josh was at the show on Sunday, here's his review!
Edgar Winter and his band took the stage around 6:45 and broke right into his classic hit “Free Ride” before doing renditions of the Stones’ “It’s Only Rock ’n Roll” and Rick Derringer’s “Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo”, which he dedicated to his late brother Johnny Winter, who originally recorded the song. After extensive solos from his supporting guitarist, drummer and bassist, the whole band cranked into an extended jam of “Frankenstein” closing out the opening set.
After the sun set, timely enough, Alice Cooper took the stage around 8:00 and his classic horror show began. Uncle Alice had the longest set of the night, offering up 16 songs including a ton of hits from “No More Mr. Nice Guy” to “Billion Dollar Babies”, with early tracks like “Cold Ethyl” and “Halo of Flies” also making an appearance. Per usual, between and during songs, the shock rock master gave the audience a horror spectacle which included a giant Frankenstein’s monster, the guillotine, and subsequently the severed head of Alice himself.
Deep Purple ended up taking the stage around 9:40 and cruised through until the 11:00 curfew. With a group of Ian Gillain, Roger Glover, Ian Paice, Steve Morse and Don Airey, the band sounded terrific all-around through songs like “Highway Star”, “Knocking At Your Back Door” and “Lazy”, with extended jams and a terrific solo from Airey, the keyboardist. Later on in the set came classics like “Space Truckin” and “Hush” before closing out a perfect night of rock n’ roll with the obligatory jam “Smoke on the Water”.