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Shock rocker Alice Cooper returns to Coliseum

Bela Fleck slated for Clyde, ex-Crue singer in Pierceton, Hyryder at Piere's

Alice Cooper will be at the Coliseum for the first time in nearly 26 years on May 2.

Nick Braun

Whatzup Features Writer

Published January 18, 2023

It seems fitting that shock rock icon Alice Cooper would announce his upcoming Too Close for Comfort Tour on Friday the 13th. Cooper choose that day to announce a new U.S. tour that will kick off April 29 in Youngstown, Ohio, and run through May 18 in Biloxi, Mississippi. 

In between, the tour makes a stop in Fort Wayne on Tuesday, May 2, for a show at Memorial Coliseum. 

This will be Cooper’s fifth visit to the Coliseum since 1972, and his first since Nov. 5, 1987. 

Clearly, he’s been back in town playing at Embassy Theatre and Foellinger Theatre over the years. If you recall, Cooper guitarist Nita Strauss left the band last year to serve in Demi Lovato’s backing group, leaving former guitarist Kane Roberts to return for the show at Wabash’s Eagles Theatre.

In other news, the soon to be 75-year-old Cooper is set to release new coffee table book celebrating his life and career titled Alice Cooper at 75, out Jan. 31. 

Tickets for the show go on sale Friday, Jan. 20, at 10 a.m. at and the Coliseum box office. 

Béla Fleck & The Flecktones set for The Clyde

After a four-year hiatus, bluegrass maestro Béla Fleck announced he and his beloved band, The Flecktones, will reunite for a small run of shows, including The Clyde on June 10. 

The group initially were planning to reunite in 2020, but the pandemic ruined those plans. Since then, Fleck has released the Grammy-winning LP My Bluegrass Heart, which features some fine musicians including Billy Strings, Sam Bush, Chris Thile, Sierra Hull, and Molly Tuttle

The Flecktones are as top-notch as they come, blurring the lines between bluegrass, jazz, and classical. 

Definitely a show you won’t want to miss. 

Reserved seats starting at $49.50 are available at, over the phone at (800) 514-3849, or in person at The Clyde box office and Sweetwater Sound. 

Ex-Crüe frontman coming to Pierceton bar

Former Mötley Crüe, Dead Daisies, and The Scream frontman John Corabi is on the road doing an acoustic tour and promoting his book Horseshoes and Hand Grenades. Luckily for us, Corabi will perform at Bar 13 in Pierceton on Thursday, Feb. 9, at 8 p.m. 

For those of you that have been to the venue, you know firsthand how intimate of a setting this show will be. I have also heard that Corabi will have his book for sale that evening, so be sure and bring a few extra bucks with you. 

There are limited $30 tickets available, so make sure to stop by Bar 13 and pick up yours today. 

Pay tribute to Grateful Dead at Piere’s

Piere’s have announced that Hyryder will perform Friday, March 3, at 8 p.m. 

According to their website, Hyryder is the Midwest’s preeminent Grateful Dead tribute band, formed in Indianapolis in 2008. They have performed across the Midwest and beyond including multiple-night runs, giving fans an intimately different experience each time they take the stage. They were recently added to the Skull & Roses Festival in Ventura, California, in April. 

Hyryder is the real deal and strive to create an authentic Dead experience, paying close attention to detail while crafting their own unique take on the material focusing on extended improvisational jamming. 

Sound like your thing? If so, $15 tickets for this all-ages show are available at, all Wooden Nickel locations, and Neat Neat Neat Records. 

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