Woman Tries To Shut Down Alice Cooper's Minnesota Show; Cooper Responds

March 2, 2017

There was a time in American culture where rock n' roll was out to corrupt the youth and dismantle society. Thankfully that was decades ago, or so we thought. 

According to the Southern Minnesota News, North Mankato, MN resident Barb Church stood before the city council and petitioned against certain types of concerts being played at the Vetter Stone Amphitheater because she claims she and her neighbors are "virtually tortured almost every single weekend." Alice Cooper is among those acts.

Church believes that guidelines should be set on what kinds of acts should be permitted to perform at the Vetter Stone, and "Hairball-like concerts" as she puts it should be held at the Verizon Wireless Center. "Because we know that there can be acts down there that don't cause windows to rattle."

Church claimed that when hip-hop artist Nelly performed at the Vetter Stone in Fall 2016, her home reached a noise level of 110 decibles.

“Now in 2017, the first act that I’ve seen that is being publicized is Alice Cooper and I’m to tell you here that I think Alice Cooper is going to be very similar to Hairball and Nelly,” said Church. “Having now looked up the lyrics… I don’t think it’s wise for our community to have to listen to foul language. I don’t think we have to listen to things about suicide.”

Having heard about Church's complaint, Cooper responded in a Facebook post to counter her argument. "Sound doesn't travel that well over long distances, so 110db at her home, across the river... That doesn't sound like an accurate number unless the audience at Nelly's show had their spleens ruptured by the loudest show on record (encore!)."

"We carry decibel meters, and according to my audio guys 110db is a number you'd see inside the venue at the sound board, but the laws of physics dictate it would spread and dissipate over that distance. 110db at her house sounds like a stretch unless she happened to meter the concert sound while 1,000 cats were meowing in her home at exactly the same time..."

(source: Ultimate Classic Rock)