Rock-and-roll icon Alice Cooper is set to make a tour stop in Spartanburg.
Cooper will perform at the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium Sunday, May 14, as the eighth stop on his 11-show “Too Close For Comfort” tour.
Pre-sale tickets and VIP Packages will be available Tuesday, Jan. 17 (use code SICKTHINGS), according to the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium’s website. Tickets will go on sale to the general public Friday, Jan. 20 at 10 a.m.
Cooper released seven studio albums with his full backing band between 1969-73. Cooper subsequently released 21 albums between 1975 and 2021, when he issued his latest project, Detroit Stories.
Cooper, both with his eponymous band and as a solo artist, “pioneered a grandly theatrical brand of hard rock that was designed to shock,” his website reads. “Drawing equally from horror movies, vaudeville, and garage rock, the group created a stage show that featured electric chairs, guillotines, fake blood and boa constrictors.”
“We are having him in the main theater. And fans can select assigned seating at time of ticket purchase,” said Lindsay Drakulic, marketing director for Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium. “The lower level venue, The Hall, is where we can use a more club style set-up. The main theater has fixed seating and Alice Cooper will definitely be there because it has a much larger seeing capacity.”
Cooper’s biggest hits include the recognizable “No More Mr. Nice Guy,” “School’s Out,” the title track of the band’s fifth album in 1972, and “Poison,” which has over 324 million plays on Spotify. The latter two singles both peaked at No. 7 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Alice Cooper performed at the Peace Center in Greenville in 2019. He played played the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville March 2018.
Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium, which opened in 1951, has a seating capacity of 3,244.
The auditorium is no stranger to big-name acts. Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Taylor Swift, B.B. King and Willie Nelson are among the musicians who have played in Spartanburg.
Cooper is not the first big name to perform in Spartanburg in recent memory. Last summer, the Marshall Tucker Band, who have roots in Spartanburg, played a free show downtown that drew 5,500 attendees, according to city officials’ estimates.
The shock-rock legend will perform at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center on May 15 following his concert in Spartanburg.
Chalmers Rogland covers breaking news for the Spartanburg Herald-Journal. Reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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