On November 05, 2002, Alice Cooper gave the concert in Moscow / Sport Palace Luzhniki (capacity – 8 000). The rocker arrived in Russia as part of a world tour in support of the DragonTown album. This was the second visit of the artist organized by the JSA Promoter team. The event went well despite some difficult circumstances of that time.
The opening act was performed by the interesting rock band – L.A. Guns. And then Alice Cooper introduced the powerful rock show – Descent into Dragon Town. Audience who came that day appreciated the real, uncompromising rock and roll that sounded on the stage. According to music critics, it was a solid mix of comedy, nightmare and rock and roll.
Unfortunately, this evening the hall was not completely filled with public due to the tragic events that happened not long before in Moscow on the musical musical Nord-Ost in the Theater Center on Dubrovka. The terrorist attack – the taking of spectators hostage – the bad actions of the security forces – there were many dead in the final. Therefore, no one expected a full house, many people were scared, somebody returned tickets already previously purchased, believing that the concert would be canceled. The situation was difficult – at the initiative of the JSA, Alice Cooper sent the message for fans before his arrival:
“You can’t stop rock ‘n roll. And, you can’t stop Alice Cooper. I’m really looking forward to coming back to Moscow. The last time we did a show there it was one of my favorite cities on the whole tour. I have every confidence in the Moscow people and the Moscow security that there will be no problems. We will be there with our entire show! See you soon!”
Buying tickets resumed again only when Alice Cooper and his group had already arrived at Sheremetyevo Airport.
To support the optimism of the public, big Press Conference was held on the same day in the editorial office of the Moskovsky Komsomolets newspaper. Thanks to Dmitry Shavyrin for cooperation in this matter and also other media for info helping.
Alexander Strizhak, managing director JSA and promoter this concert, expressed deep condolences to the families of those who died as a result of the terrorist attack in Moscow, and said that Alice Cooper’s concert in Moscow is not canceled.
“The tragedy that we all experienced is still too fresh, it’s not easy to talk about future events. And yet, despondency is a great sin. We must continue to live.”
Alice Cooper had open walk around Red Square next morning and good shopping at GUM for public promotion that he is here.
JSA gratitude to the Moscow Government and Police Department for their understanding, interaction and good work. And, of course, JSA team thanked all those for whom all this was done – the audience – for their faith and trust. And special thanks to Alice Cooper and his team for their courage and partnership in this case.
Newspaper MK.RU / 11/06/2002: Alice Cooper: I’m like Dali, only more modern.
Internet news portal Dni.Ru / 10.11.2002: Uncompromising rock and roll in the Luzhniki!
InterMedia News Agency / 16.10.2002: Alice Cooper will immerses Moscow in the Dragon Town
Newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda / 02.11.2002: I am Alice Cooper, this explains a lot
Rock music news portal ZVUKI.RU: The second concert of Alice Cooper in Russia
The Internet portal Russian AMERICA (based on materials from Dni.Ru) / 11/06/2002: The truth about Cooper – the king of horror
News Internet Portal UTRO.RU / 08.16.2002
– The Witcher always flies twice?
– Reflections of the witcher in the Moscow “Luzha” (wordplay – Luzha is short word by Luzhniki and on russian sound like – puddle)
Below you can see some more photos of Alice Cooper – just the man without mask of the “King of Horror” on the world rock scene. Photos from the JSA archive / were taken during his second visit to Moscow.
Version in Russian:
ЭЛИС КУПЕР – ГОРОД ДРАКОНА В МОСКВЕ
АТАКА ТЕРРОРА НЕ ОСТАНОВИЛА РОКЕРА
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