Alice Cooper, Halestorm Kick Off 2019 Summer Tour

Alice Cooper [© Matt Bishop Photo]

(TRR) – Last night at the PPL Center in Allentown, PA, shock rock icon Alice Cooper and GRAMMY-Award winning rockers Halestorm kicked off their 2019 summer tour with special guests Motionless In White. The three acts proved to be a solid bill, with a diverse group of fans coming together to rock out with two Pennsylvania rock heavyweights and a living legend. The venue, having hosted Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson’s Twins of Evil tour exactly one week prior, held up for another heavy music show.

Motionless In White [© Matt Bishop Photo]

Metal outfit Motionless In White kicked off the show (and the tour) with “Disguise” – the title track from their latest studio release. The album dropped last month via Roadrunner Records. It cracked the Top 50 on the Billboard Top 200, peaking at No. 27.

The band were a bit outside of their comfort zone on this tour, but they knew it. And it was ok. A few songs into their set, frontman Chris Motionless thanked the crowd for listening to them, and attempting to experience something they may not be too familiar with. But, depsite knowing their different, Motionless also let fans know that at the same time they didn’t really care, as they proceeded to play “Loud (Fuck It)”

“‘Cause, fuck it,” Motionless stated.

Although they were the opening act, the band managed to steamroll through an 11-song setlist that included six tracks from their 2017 outing Graveyard Shift.

Halestorm [© Matt Bishop Photo]

Fellow Pennsylvania natives Halestorm took the stage next, opening with “Killing Ourselves To Live” from their last studio LP Vicious (Atlantic Records, 2018). The ripped right into “Love Bites (So Do I)” which garnered the band a GRAMMY Award for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance in 2013. There was no question that the band were looking to set the tone early, and they did.

Halestorm would perform three other tracks from their latest album – “Black Vultures,” “Do Not Disturb,” and the GRAMMY-Nominated “Uncomfortable.” They sprinkled in other hits such has “Freak Like Me” and the ultra-heavy hit single “I Get Off. The set also featured a drum solo from Arejay Hale.

Halestorm [© Matt Bishop Photo]

They wrapped up their time on stage with “I Miss The Misery” from their sophomore outing.

While their musical performance was right on the money, Halestorm’s set also featured stellar production. The band have done well for themselves, with excellent album sales and a GRAMMY Award to boot. Its clear they have invested in their stage show, which is a huge treat for fans (and photographers) and will certainly prove to be worth it for the group in the long run.

Alice Cooper [© Matt Bishop Photo]

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