Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 6/3/13, reviews, photos, setlists

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Eric Gruneisen
Alice Cooper on stage at Red Rocks last night. Slide show: Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson at Red Rocks

ALICE COOPER / MARILYN MANSON @ RED ROCKS | 6/3/13
The moment everyone was waiting for and had to guess was coming came at the very end of the show, when Alice Cooper came back on stage for his encore. As the familiar strains of "I'm Eighteen" drew cheers from the crowd, Alice took the first verse of the song, and then Marilyn Manson came up on stage and sang the second verse before the two shared the choruses of one of Cooper's most iconic songs. One of the most memorable moments of the show, it wasn't so much a torch passing as a sign of mutual respect.

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- Slide show: Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson at Red Rocks
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Eric Gruneisen. Slide show: Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson at Red Rocks

Alice Cooper closed the night out, and watching him perform, you had to ask yourself: Is Alice Cooper really 65? You sure wouldn't know it by the way he looked or by the raw enthusiasm and charisma he displayed at this show. Not only did he seem to be in a good mood, but he clearly fed off of and gave back the positive energy the crowd sent his way.

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Eric Gruneisen. Slide show: Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson at Red Rocks

But it didn't hurt that Cooper's band was top-notch, including lead guitarist Orianthi Panagaris, who, of course, played with Michael Jackson before he died. The staging, from the lights to fog, was reminiscent of a '70s or '80s rock club. It was like Cooper and company had taken that sort of visual style and translated it for a bigger show, giving the subtle sense of being at a much more intimate performance than Red Rocks. That feeling is also one that seemed obvious from Marilyn Manson's set earlier in the evening.

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Eric Gruneisen. Slide show: Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson at Red Rocks

In high spirits, Cooper didn't engage in too much between-song banter. Instead, he and the band treated us to seventeen of the finest songs of his career. Kicking things off with the opening cut from Billion Dollar Babies, "Hello Hooray," Cooper appeared amid a sheet of fireworks sparks raining down from the top of the stage.

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Eric Gruneisen. Slide show: Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson at Red Rocks

After virtually every song, Cooper left the stage and came back in a different outfit, from the coat he wore for the first two songs and then shed in time for a thrilling take of "Billion Dollar Babies," to the gold or silver jacket he wore toward the end of the set, to the large top hat he donned during "Go to Hell," during which he also wielded a lion tamer's whip.

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Eric Gruneisen. Slide show: Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson at Red Rocks

At the end of "Feed My Frankenstein," Cooper was perched on a device that simulated him being electrocuted. After sparks sprouted out of the corners and the light over him flickered and went out, Cooper disappeared, and a huge Frankenstein monster came from behind the device and prowled the stage until the song was over.

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Eric Gruneisen. Slide show: Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson at Red Rocks

Cooper returned to the stage in a straitjacket type of outfit, with a woman playing a demonic nurse harassing him as he sang one of his best songs, "Ballad of Dwight Fry." Toward the end, he escaped the jacket and waged a battle with a couple of asylum workers, during which he tried to strangle the nurse, only to be subdued and then beheaded with a guillotine. Naturally, one of the executioners took Alice's "severed head" and prowled about the stage with it as the song went on. The song then segued directly into "I Love the Dead." Perfect.

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Eric Gruneisen. Slide show: Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson at Red Rocks

The set ended with a rousing rendition of "School's Out," which had the audience singing along. It's hard to believe that a song a lot of us have heard our whole lives could still seem so compelling and fresh. The fact that it did is a testament to both the chemistry of the band and Cooper's undeniable natural charisma and irrepressible energy, which drove the whole show.

Continue on for a review of Marilyn Manson's set, plus setlists and a Critic's Notebook.

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Red Rocks Amphitheatre

18300 W. Alameda Parkway, Morrison, CO

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