For the last few years, Orianthi has been on two world tours with legendary hard rocker, Alice Cooper. Instead of playing sold-out arenas across the globe, Orianthi showcased some of her unique solo material to Webster Hall’s Marlin Room for a special show.
Openers included local acts Call Security and Brand of Julez. Call Security had an excellent stage presence – capturing the attention of a crowd of heavy metal fans to a more Mumford and Sons pop-type sound. Brand of Julez was much more accustomed to this type of crowd, playing nothing but pure, head banging hard rock for their set’s entirety.
When Orianthi took the stage, Alice Cooper band members Chuck Garric and Glen Sobel accompanied her. Instead of her typical “Gore-ianthi” stage get-up, she was donned in a feather fedora and an embroidered tunic as she came out screaming for her title track “Heaven in this Hell”. With a smaller band behind her, it became clear that her new music showcased her impeccable guitar playing as opposed to the Glam Nation tour when she was promoting her first album, Believe – which had a more mainstream pop direction and a full band behind her. However, that didn’t stop her from playing some of her best rock n’ roll tracks from that album – “Think Like a Man”, “What’s It Gonna Be” and “Bad News”.
The rock n roll didn’t stop for the whole night, especially when she went into “A Song for Steve” – a mind-blowing instrumental she wrote for virtuoso Steve Vai when she was sixteen years old. She closed with “Sex-e Bizzare”, and had a surprise in store for her encore.
When she graced the stage once again, she performed her breakthrough single, “According to You”. Though it is her most well-known song, nothing got the crowd moving like her surprise guest. To close out the night, the King of Shock-Rock himself, Alice Cooper joined his band mates onstage for a cover of Jimi Hendrix’s “Foxy Lady”. The room erupted, and front row fans bowed against the stage screaming “We’re not worthy!” a-la “Wayne’s World”.
Following the show, Orianthi met with fans and signed copies of her new album, Heaven in this Hell – out now on Robo Records.