If there’s someone who knows how to put on a show, it’s Alice Cooper. No references to Vincent here, as that name no longer exists.
This show was recorded in July 2000 at London’s Hammersmith Odeon (sorry, Apollo), and opens with a leather clad Alice kicking ass with the brutal Brutal Planet. A whip wielding performer adds to the stage effects, even if the sound is a tad grungy, but then it’s into the classic rock of ‘Go To Hell’.
It’s not long before a skeleton is used as a stage prop, the music mixing gothic metal with glam rock, and Alice’s movements mix that of a robot to executioner; the theatrics come off because of Alice’s conviction and the music’s brilliance. Feed My Frankenstein sees more use of Alice’s stage props and there’s a blistering guitar solo or three thrown in too.
‘No More Mr Nice Guy’:
There are classics new and old here, from ‘School’s Out’ and ‘Elected’ up to ‘Poison’, ‘No More Mr Nice Guy’ and beyond, and it’s well presented filmed too. This kind of rock is as much about presentation as the music itself and here it has both.
The DVD has the full show while the CD (audio only) is a couple of tracks short due to time constraints. But together, in this digipak, it’s a damn fine show and package.
One to prove that the now TV personality Cooper still has it. 8.2/10
‘Elected’ from Brutal Live