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Alice Cooper - Live at Montreaux DVD Review


by Zane Ewton

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The Live at Montreaux series continues to highlights artists as diverse as Johnny Cash, Miles Davis and Deep Purple. This time Alice Cooper gets polished for the Swiss treatment.

On his Dirty Diamonds tour Alice showcases his killer band and songs that cover his entire career. An Alice Cooper live show was notorious for his shocking antics years ago. Cooper has long been out-shocked by his followers who, unfortunately, never shared his sense of humor or could bring out some classic rock and roll songs. Those big rock songs are the main reason for the show anyway.

Cooper plays the shocks more for their campiness, leading up to the prerequisite guillotine scene and Alice's reemergence in the white, blood-stained suit.

Simply put, this is a fun rock show that is built on Cooper's timeless image and some enduring rock songs. "I'm Eighteen" shares space with newer Cooper tracks that are just as satisfying.

Always surrounded by world class musicians, Cooper drafted ex-KISS drummer Eric Singer to round out his band this time around. Singer is nothing short of powerful and pounds the band into a majestically thundering rock band.

While the music is tight and fist-pumping, the special effects are sublimely b-movie. The show from top to bottom is a perfectly ridiculous but equally rocking good time. Alice Cooper should be commended for aging gracefully when he could be bitterly releasing crappy albums and touring county fairs.

Instead, he consistently releases good to great albums and keeps his macabre freak show on the road year round.


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