Alice Cooper live at the SOEC

Alice Cooper performs in October 2016 at the South Okanagan Events Centre. He’s scheduled to be back in April 2020.

The father of shock-rock is returning to Penticton this spring.

Alice Cooper has booked a show Sunday, April 19, at the South Okanagan Events Centre with guest Lita Ford as part of his Ol’ Black Eyes is Back Tour.

Cooper, who last performed here in 2016, pioneered a grandly theatrical brand of hard rock that was designed to shock. Drawing equally from horror movies, vaudeville, and garage rock, the group created a stage show that featured electric chairs, guillotines, fake blood and boa constrictors.

He continues to tour regularly, performing shows worldwide with the dark and horror-themed theatrics that he’s best known for.

With a schedule that includes six months each year on the road, Cooper brings his own brand of rock psycho-drama to fans both old and new, enjoying it as much as the audience does.

Known as the architect of shock-rock, Cooper (in both the original Alice Cooper band and as a solo artist) has rattled the cages and undermined the authority of generations of guardians of the status quo, continuing to surprise fans and exude danger at every turn, like a great horror movie.

Cooper has been touring consistently, year in and year out, averaging over 90 concerts annually, both within the U.S. and internationally, with his band that features the three-guitar attack of Ryan Roxie, Nita Strauss, and Tommy Henriksen, plus the rhythm section of drummer Glen Sobel and longtime bassist Chuck Garric.

The tour kicks off April 1 in Peterborough, Ont., and wraps up April 22 in Portland, Ore.

Tickets start at $45 and go on sale this Friday, Oct. 18, at 10 a.m. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Valley First Box Office at the SOEC, online at www.valleyfirsttix.com or by phone at 1-877-763-2849.