Legendary rocker Alice Cooper recently spoke to Highway 81 Revisited (via Blabbermouth) about how he plans the setlist and the look for each tour.
"It's so funny because it's almost the hardest thing when you're trying to please all the fans is trying to do something that everyone wants," he said. "Of course we're going to do all the hits, but then I get e-mails going, 'How come you didn't do this? ' and, 'How come you didn't do that? ' Everybody has their own favorite songs for their deeper cuts.
"So we're going to do 28 songs. That's one of the hardest parts of doing a show: what songs are we gonna put in? Once you get them in there, the easy part for me is staging it."
He continued: "This show that you're going to see this time is totally different from the show that you saw last time. That's kind of the fun part for me, putting the new show together, and let's see what we're going to do this time to surprise the audience.
"I think one of the most important parts of this show is that the band is so good. The band is the best band I've ever had. The reviews every time are 'this band is unbelievable.' Orianthi on guitar, Ryan Roxie on guitar, Tommy Henriksen on guitar, Glen Sobel on drums, Chuck Garric on bass and me. And then, of course, extras. But this band gets great reviews every single night. It's easy for me when I get a band that just takes my songs and really rips 'em."
Asked what he wants people to say when they walk out of the venue, Alice said: "I think they come in with the pre-thinking of, 'Well, this a legendary, mythical character, ' and 'He must be 65, so this must be Alice walking through this and kinda doing his hits and talking to us.' They get just the opposite.
"We do all the hits, but it's the highest-energy show they're gonna see all year. And Alice is more of a villain now than he's ever been. He's more pronounced than he's ever been. Then they're wondering, 'How did I get confetti in my hair? Why do I have stage blood on me? Look, I caught a necklace, I caught a cane, I caught a riding crop.' Everyone goes home with souvenirs that get thrown from the stage to the audience. So it's a huge party. When they walk away, they go, 'That was the most fun show I've seen all year.'"