As support for Motley Crue’s “The Final Tour” (with special guest Alice Cooper), The Raskins, a five-piece band fronted by twin brothers Logan and Roger Raskin, played a memorable set for the crowd at Irvine. The New York City-based group plays melodic hard rock with a radio friendliness, providing a fitting prelude for the Alice Cooper and Motley Crue performances.

As the opener on Motley Crue’s Final Tour, Alice Cooper and his band performed a set of greatest hits to an enthusiastic Southern California crowd. The three-guitar attack of Nita Strauss (who recently replaced Orianthi Panagaris), Ryan Roxie and Tommy Henriksen is sterling. With a lavish stage production (boa constrictor, Dwight Fry straight-jacket, creepy-looking dolls, etc.), and a killer sound, Alice Cooper gave Irvine a show that arguably upstaged the headlining act.

In 2008 Irvine headlined the local stage at X-Fest 9.5 with Buckcherry, Saving Abel, Decypher Down and Arial Down. Later, Irvine was nominated for best NC Alternative Rock band by JNFE (Just Not Famous Enough) as well as best breakthrough artist. Also in December of 2008 the band was voted number 1 on the local rock station 99.5 “the X” WXNR locals with the single “Tight Rope”.