by Ian Chainey

Alice Cooper

After Rocks Off's inaugural film festival last year, the rock n' roll film fest is returning to NYC for a second year from May 15 through May 17 at the Kraine Theatre in the East Village. So far, this year's schedule includes screenings of the Stones Throw documentary Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton (tickets) and the acclaimed "doc opera" Super Duper Alice Cooper (tickets), which tracks the rise of the shocking rocker/DJ/golf enthusiast throughout his career.

Super Duper Alice Cooper candidly recounts both the virtues and vices of stardom through the mascaraed eyes of Alice Cooper portrayer Vincent Damon Furnier, who would rise to prominence thanks to a theatrical and over-the-top stage show in an era of theatrical and over-the-top stage shows. The documentary provides greater context for the Detroit native's exploits, making it clearer exactly how and why Cooper was regarded as an innovator by the generation of rockers and metallers that continued his nightmare. The film also includes a deep look into Cooper's struggles with addiction while unpacking the various legends which endeared and vilified the group in equal measure. But, most of all, it explores what happens when the character begins to overtake the player.

The documentary was helmed by directors Sam Dunn, Reginald Harkema, and Scot McFadyen, all of whom have found a niche with documentaries focusing on metal and hard rock. Their previous filmography includes Rush: Behind the Lighted Stage, Iron Maiden: Flight 666, and Metal: A Headbanger's Journey. Super Duper Alice Cooper, though, might be their biggest venture thus far, slated to play on 250 domestic screens with loads of international engagements on the docket, as well. And now you can catch the flick by heading down to the Rocks Off film festival. If that doesn't do it, perhaps this Rocks Off tease will: "Did we mention we bought a freakin' popcorn machine?"

Want more Alice, just in the flesh? He'll be hitting the road soon on the Mötley Crüe farewell tour which hits NYC and the surrounding area on 8/29 at Jones Beach, 8/30 at PNC Bank Arts Center, and 10/28 at MSG (tickets).

All the dates, along with the Super Duper Alice Cooper trailer, and an example of a late '70s Alice Cooper concert appear below...


Mötley Crüe - The Final Tour
All Dates with Alice Cooper and All Bad Things

07/02/14 Grand Rapids, MIVan Andel Arena
07/04/14 Milwaukee, WI, United StatesSummerfest - Grounds Stage
07/05/14 Noblesville, INKlipsch Music Centre
07/06/14 Cincinnati, OH, USARiverbend Music Center
07/08/14 Columbus, OHSchottenstein Center
07/09/14 Maryland Heights, MOVerizon Wireless Amphitheatre
07/11/14 Des Moins, IAWells Fargo Arena
07/12/14 Wichita, KSIntrust Bank Arena
07/13/14 Tulsa, OKBOK Center
07/15/14 Cedar Park, TXCedar Park Center
07/16/14 Dallas, TXGexa Energy Pavilion
07/18/14 Albuquerque, NM, USAIsleta Amphitheater
07/19/14 Phoenix, AZAk-Chin Pavilion
07/21/14 Los Angeles, CAHollywood Bowl
07/22/14 Irvine, CA, USAVerizon Wireless Amphitheater
07/23/14 Mountain View, CA, USAShoreline Amphitheatre
07/25/14 Reno, NV, USAReno Events Center
07/26/14 Ridgefield, WASleep Country Amphitheater
07/27/14 Auburn, WAWhite River Amphitheatre
07/29/14 Wheatland, CASleep Train Amphitheatre
07/30/14 Chula Vista, CASleep Train Amphitheatre
08/01/14 Salt Lake City, UT, USAUSANA Amphitheatre
08/02/14 Denver, COPepsi Center
08/03/14 Kansas City, MOSprint Center
08/05/14 Sturgis, SDSturgis Buffalo Chip
08/06/14 Sioux City, IATyson Events Center
08/08/14 Tinley Park, ILFirst Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
08/09/14 Clarkston, MIDTE Energy Music Theatre
08/10/14 Toronto, ON, CanadaMolson Amphitheatre
08/12/14 Cuyahoga Falls, OHBlossom Music Center
08/13/14 Burgettstown, PAFirst Niagara Pavilion
08/15/14 Pelham, AL, usaOak Mountain Amphitheatre
08/16/14 Alpharetta, GAVerizon Wireless Encore Park
08/17/14 Tampa, FLMIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
08/19/14 Charlotte, NCPNC Music Pavilion
08/20/14 Virginia Beach, VAFarm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
08/22/14 Bristow, VAJiffy Lube Live
08/23/14 Camden, NJSusquehanna Bank Center
08/24/14 Mansfield, MAComcast Center VIP
08/26/14 Saratoga Springs, NY, USASaratoga Perf. Arts Center
08/27/14 Allentown, PAGreat Allentown Fair
08/29/14 Wantagh, NY, USANikon at Jones Beach Theater
08/30/14 Holmdel, NJ, USAPNC Bank Arts Center
08/31/14 Darien Center, NYDarien Lake Performing Arts Center
10/10/14 Oklahoma City, OKChesapeake Arena
10/11/14 The Woodlands, TXCynthia W. Mitchell Pavilion
10/12/14 Bossier City, LACenturyLink Center
10/14/14 Louisville, KYKFC Yum! Center
10/15/14 Nashville, TN, USABridgestone Arena
10/19/14 Jacksonville, FLVeterans Memorial Arena
10/21/14 Greenville, SCBon Secours Arena
10/22/14 Greensboro, NCGreensboro Coliseum
10/25/14 Atlantic City, NJBorgata Events Center
10/26/14 Montville, CTMohegan Sun Arena
10/28/14 New York, NYMadison Square Garden
10/29/14 Syracuse, NYOncenter War Memorial
11/05/14 Biloxi, MSMississippi Coast Col.
11/06/14 Southaven, MSLanders Center
11/08/14 Detroit, MIJoe Louis Arena
11/09/14 Moline, ILiWireless Center
11/11/14 Green Bay, WI, USAResch Center
11/12/14 Madison, WIAlliant Energy Center
11/13/14 Omaha, NECenturyLink Center
11/15/14 St Paul, MNXcel Energy Center
11/16/14 Fargo, NDFargoDome
11/18/14 Edmonton, AB, CanadaRexall Place
11/19/14 Calgary, AB, CanadaScotiabank Saddledome
11/21/14 Vanvouver, BC, CanadaRogers Arena
11/22/14 Spokane, WASpokane Arena

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