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REVIEW: Top value from Alice and pals; ALICE COOPER/MOTORHEAD/JOAN JETT NEC Arena.


THREE great acts for the price of one - that was the value for money package on offer at the NEC.

Headliner Alice Cooper was given a run for his money by the mighty Motorhead on Saturday, while former Runaway Joan Jett staked her claim for a tour of her own.

Vince "Alice Cooper" Furnier continues to present his horror comic theatre show which features a disturbing mid-section of dead babies, mental illness and execution, bookended by his pop rock hits.

He opened the 80-minute set with No More Mr Nice Guy, Under My Wheels and I'm 18, and closed with School's Out, Poison and Elected.

Judging by the number of Motorhead T-shirts being worn by audience members, and the reaction to the band's 70 minutes on stage, the powerhouse trio of Lemmy, Phil Campbell and Mikkey Dee, could have taken the headline spot.

The NEC is just about big enough to cope with the noise generated by the band whose motto is Everything Louder Than Everything Else.

And fears that they were mellowing in their old age by including an acoustic section and a cover of Thin Lizzy's Rosalie were put aside as they concluded their set with Ace Of Spades and Overkill.

Show opener Joan Jett and the Blackhearts won over the crowd with Cherry Bomb, I Love Rock & Roll and I Hate Myself For Loving You but she must be one of the few artists still covering Gary Glitter songs.

Do You Wanna Touch Me? is a stomping song but now has all the wrong connotations. Verdict: *****
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Date:Nov 12, 2007
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