Rock USA fires away at 5th year in Oshkosh

Now in its fifth year, Rock USA, the sister festival to the long-running Country USA music festival in Oshkosh, WI, pressed on into 2015 with Alice Cooper and Queensryche beginning a chilly and wet week of classic rock with other headliners Judas Priest, Avenged Sevenfold, and Def Leppard.

Emerging on stage following a waterfall of sparks, a face painted Cooper twirled his cane adding to the carnival-like antics that have fused with his performances for years. As in previous performances, Alice Cooper samples his extensive discography and brings his band together centerstage in a well-composed act. Leading with “Hello Hooray” and “Mr. Nice Guy” shortly after, Cooper sampled some quick hits before venturing back into very familiar setlist selections.

Cooper can hold his own, but crowds are often picky at Rock USA, and it sure wasn’t the response you’d get at other energy stirring bands of the same era – this partially due to the continued lack of a GA pit in front of the stage – something rumored to be coming in 2016, only five years past due.

The day’s earlier acts featured Queensryche, Warrant, Vixen, and Wayland, starting at 3pm with less than stellar performances for the first day of the festival and widely spaced out with near hour and a half change over times featuring performances by Deafening Dead Air.

Alice Cooper Setlist: Hello Hooray – House of Fire – Mr. Nice Guy – Under My Whell – Bit Your Face Off – Billion Dollar Babies – Lost in America – Hey Stoopid – Dirty Diamonds – Nightmare – Go To Hell – Wicked Young Man – Frankenstein – Ballad of Dwight Fry – Killer/I Love The Dead – I’m Eighteen – Poison – School’s Out – That’s

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