Alice Cooper Rocks Brisbane Bar with Surprise Midnight Gig After Eatons Hill and Gold Coast Shows

American rock icon Alice Cooper, 76, performed before a stunned audience at a secret midnight gig at Alice Bar in Brisbane, after performances in Eatons Hill and the Gold Coast, capping off his headlining act at the Pandemonium Rocks festival in spectacular fashion.

After captivating audiences at the Pandemonium Rocks festival on the 4th of May 2024– alongside legendary acts like Blondie, Cooper and his band, affectionately known as the Goon Squad – treated a lucky crowd to a spontaneous set at the intimate Brisbane bar. 

The American rocker, who has been touring Australia since early April with shows in Melbourne, Sydney, the Gold Coast, and Brisbane’s Eatons Hill, took to Instagram to re-share a clip from the night, performing his 1994 hit “Lost In America.”

The surprise gig came amidst challenges faced by the Pandemonium Rocks festival. Earlier this month, six acts, including international headliners Placebo, Deep Purple, and US band Dead Kennedys, were scrapped from the lineup. 

The festival’s multi-stage layout was also condensed into one stage, and several dates were relocated. In response, general admission tickets were slashed from around $285 to $190, whilst VIP tickets were reduced from $830 to $650.

Pandemonium Rocks’ decision not to offer full refunds to ticketholders sparked outrage among fans. Instead, attendees were offered one complimentary GA ticket per full-priced ticket purchased, a partial refund of $70, or an “exclusive Pandemonium hoodie valued at $100.” Fans took to social media to voice their disapproval over the lack of a full refund option.

Last month, the festival faced cancellation fears after a string of Australian festivals were axed. However, organisers reassured fans that the festival would proceed with “some changes,” before officially confirming the lineup alterations.

Published 7-May-2024

Pandemonium Tour Rocks On Despite Line-Up Shake-Up and Venue Changes, Moves Brisbane Show to Eatons Hill

The much-anticipated Pandemonium Tour will proceed with notable changes to its line-up and venue, including a significant move of its Brisbane show to Eatons Hill, dispelling widespread cancellation rumours and presenting a reshaped musical showcase.

Australia’s rock music enthusiasts can breathe a sigh of relief as the Pandemonium Tour, set to commence in Melbourne on the 20th of April 2024, has been confirmed to go ahead with alterations previously announced. Amidst unverified media reports suggesting the event’s cancellation, the tour’s organisers, alongside headliners Alice Cooper and Blondie, have clarified that the festival is set to rock the nation with a revised artist roster and venue adjustments.

Line-Up and Venue Changes

The festival will feature Alice Cooper, Blondie, The Psychedelic Furs, Wheatus, Wolfmother, Palaye Royale, and Cosmic Psychos, despite the withdrawal of Deep Purple, Placebo, and several other acts. Notably, the Gold Coast event has been relocated to Broadwater Parklands, and the Sunshine Coast’s concert is now slated for Brisbane at Eatons Hill Hotel, reflecting the organisers’ adaptability in the face of logistical challenges.

In light of the alterations, festival-goers have been presented with three compensation options: a complimentary additional ticket, a partial refund, or a Pandemonium hoodie, with ticket prices adjusted to $190 for all shows except Brisbane, now priced at $165 plus fees. 

While some attendees have expressed frustration over the changes, others remain excited, highlighting the polarised sentiment surrounding the restructuring of the event.

Pandemonium Tour
Photo Credit: Pandemonium Rocks/Facebook

Tour Dates and Details

The tour’s itinerary includes performances in Melbourne, Newcastle, Sydney, Gold Coast, and Brisbane. Despite Blondie’s absence from the Brisbane lineup, the organisers promise a thrilling experience for rock music fans across these cities. Blondie will also join Alice Cooper, the Psychedelic Furs, and Wolfmother in a consolidated show on the 23rd of April in Newcastle.

Pandemonium Tour
Photo Credit: Pandemonium Rocks/Facebook

Table: Top 10 Acts Still Performing

1Alice Cooper
2Blondie (excluding Brisbane)
3The Psychedelic Furs
6Palaye Royale
7Cosmic Psychos
8Other Acts
9To Be Announced
10To Be Announced

Economic Impact and Industry Perspective

The Pandemonium Tour’s continuation amidst the current economic climate and a spate of festival cancellations underscores the resilience of Australia’s live music industry. Organisers cite the importance of sustaining the live music ecosystem, from venue operators to roadies, as a key driver behind their decision to proceed with the event, albeit in a modified format.

Published 11-April-2024