ST. PAUL, Minn. (August 16, 2018) — On Thursday, August 30, Alice Cooper will bring his famous brand of theatrical hard rock to the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts with his current show, A Paranormal Evening with Alice Cooper. Following his 27th studio album, 2017’s Paranormal, this show will kick off the Ordway’s 2018-2019 Concert Series.
Known as the architect of shock rock, Cooper’s career has spanned nearly 50 years. Cooper began his career with the original “Alice Cooper” band before launching his solo career in 1975. A pioneering performer, Cooper was called the world’s most “beloved heavy metal entertainer” by The Rolling Stone Album Guide.
Drawing equally from horror movies, vaudeville, and garage rock, Cooper’s stage show is known for its dark theatrics that feature electric chairs, gallows, guillotines, fake blood, and boa constrictors. Cooper’s August 30 performance at the Ordway will include the grandly theatrical shock rock he is known for as he performs songs old and new.
“Alice Cooper is an iconic artist who has had a tremendous impact on rock and roll. He was the first performer to combine theater with heavy metal,” said Jamie Grant, Ordway president and CEO. “In fact, the School’s Out Tour of 1972 was my first concert. I can think of no better artist to kick off this season’s concert season programming and we can’t wait to welcome him back to Saint Paul.”
Cooper’s performance is part of the Ordway Concert Series, which celebrates the artistry of a diverse range of musicians and comedians on the Ordway’s stages. Historically known for presenting musicals, contemporary dance, operas and recitals, the Ordway is introducing more eclectic programming and attracting new audiences to its world-class venue.
“Seeing artists such as Alice Cooper, Ringo Starr and Randy Bachman at the Ordway will be significantly different than seeing them somewhere else,” added Grant. “These shows will be presented in our intimate, comfortable setting and the content will be focused on storytelling and nostalgia.”
Tickets for A Paranormal Evening with Alice Cooper start at $58 and are available for purchase online at ordway.org, by phone at 651-224-4222, or in person at the Ordway ticket office.
ABOUT THE ORDWAY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
For more than 30 years, the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts has been telling stories through theatre and other live performances that celebrate the human experience. Audiences have been transported to far-off locations, met iconic characters, and embarked on exhilarating adventures. The Ordway, recognized as one of the U.S.’s leading not-for-profit performing arts centers, presents and produces a wide variety of performances throughout the year that encompass the finest in Broadway musicals, concerts, dance, and vocal artists. In addition, each year the Ordway presents its Flint Hills Family Festival and serves more than 62,000 children through its education programs. The performing arts center houses a 1,900-seat Music Theater, a 1,100-seat Concert Hall, two large rehearsal halls, and magnificent lobbies. The Ordway is a proud member of the Arts Partnership, a collaboration comprising the Minnesota Opera, Ordway, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and Schubert Club.