A Jefferson Parish woman says a concert by famed shock rocker Alice Cooper last year got a little too shocking when a band member’s flying drumstick left her with “serious injuries.”
Karen Marino filed suit against drummer Glen Sobel, Alice Cooper’s band and his talent agency last month, seeking financial damages for an incident at the Saenger Theater that she says left her with injuries to her head, face and right eye.
Alice Cooper, born as Vincent Damon Furnier, continues to tour the country at age 69 to perform classic rock staples like “School’s Out” and “No More Mr. Nice Guy.” Last August his band played at the Saenger on their “Spend the Night” tour.
Marino says the band was playing the final song of the night, “Elected,” when she walked to the front of theater to take pictures.
“Suddenly and without warning,” as the song reached its finale, Sobel flung a drumstick into the air that landed on Marino’s face near her right eye, according to the lawsuit.
Marino says she suffered “serious injuries” that have required her to undergo continuing medical treatment, although the injuries are not spelled out in the lawsuit.
Far from a thrilling gesture of showmanship, Marino says that Sobel's “hurling a drumstick into a crowd of patrons without warning” was an act of “negligence.” If he threw the drumstick anywhere, it should have been away from the band’s fans, Marino charges.
Sobel is a widely recorded drummer who has toured with Alice Cooper's band since 2011.
Through her attorneys Arthur and Jeanne Andry Landry, Marino is also seeking to hold Alice Cooper’s company Trash Tours and his agents at Pinnacle Entertainment responsible. The civil lawsuit asks for unspecified damages from all the defendants.
The Saenger Theatre is not listed as a defendant in the lawsuit.
The suit was originally filed in Orleans Parish Civil District Court on Aug. 2. It was transferred to federal court on Friday.
Sobel and representatives for Cooper did not immediately respond to requests for comment Friday.