It’s a marriage made ... well, somewhere a little bit south of heaven, let’s say.
Alice Cooper pretty much single-handedly created shock-rock at the end of the 1960s and early ’70s. By taking a page from the Iggy Pop playbook, blending in a bit of a high camp/horror film hybrid, and assembling a set list of hard-rock songs with strong pop hooks, a garage rock underbelly and some sweet twin-guitar harmonies, Cooper emerged as a major influence on ’70s rock. His influence on another major ’70s success story, KISS, can’t be overestimated. ¶ Cooper’s influence on Marilyn Manson, who would emerge 20 years after “Alice” had made onstage faux-executions de rigueur, is equally obvious and vast. Manson brought goth, thrash, techno, glam rock and some sinister blending of all of the above to the table. He made Cooper appear timid by comparison, but Cooper got there first, and thus, his Godfather status remains uncontested. ¶ Putting the twin kings of shock rock together is a stroke of genius. The Cooper/Manson bill will be taking over the Outer Harbor Concert Series (325 Fuhrmann Blvd.) at 7 p.m. Friday. Gates open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 advance, $30 day of show (Ticketmaster, Town Ballroom and After Dark box office). – Jeff Miers