Alice Cooper has signed on as the opening act for Motley Crue and Def Leppard's upcoming string of U.S. stadium shows. The August dates will hit Syracuse, New York; Columbus, Ohio; Fargo, North Dakota; Omaha, Nebraska; Tulsa, Oklahoma; and El Paso, Texas.
Crue and Leppard are paring off in 2023 for a 28-date South American and European trek dubbed the “World Tour.” The new tour, which kicks off in February and wraps in July, will hit Mexico, Columbia, Peru, Chile, Brazil, England, Germany, Hungary, Czech Republic, Poland, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Belgium, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, and Ireland.
Although undoubtedly one of rock's most enduring legends, Alice Cooper admits he doesn't know how he would compete in today's music marketplace as a new original artist: “I think if I started a band today, I don't know, I wouldn't know how to compete with the bands today. If I were Alice Cooper starting today, I think you probably have to kill somebody and then get acquitted so people know that you're a killer, at least, so you have some validity, whereas when I played Alice before, all I had to do was play that killer. Now I think, you know, on a lot of rap records, a lot of even the metal things, you have to kill something or kill somebody or be implicated in a killing or something in order to have validity. That's scary.”
UPDATED: Motley Crue, Def Leppard and Alice Cooper North American tour dates (subject to change):
February 10, 11 – Atlantic City, NJ – Rock Live at Etess Arena (Motley Crue and Def Leppard only)
August 5 – Syracuse, NY – JMA Wireless Dome
August 8 – Columbus, OH – Ohio Stadium
August 11 – Fargo, ND – Fargodome
August 13 – Omaha, NE – Charles Schwab Field Omaha
August 16 – Tulsa, OK – H.A. Chapman Stadium
August 18 – El Paso, TX – Sun Bowl Stadium