Released: 2012, Four World Media
Living legend Alice Cooper has been at it for 45 years and is showing no signs of stopping anytime soon! Alice has recently completed his No More Mr. Nice Guy tour and released his first new album in years, WELCOME 2 MY NIGHTMARE. He is also opening a string of US dates for the mighty Iron Maiden this summer. The innovator of theatrical shock rock, at age 64 Alice is still one of the best live performers around. As evidence look no further than the live double album ALICE COOPER LIVE! NO MORE MR. NICE GUY, which features a full show from Alexandra Palace in London. This energetic hard rock show is an absolute blast, a must for Alice fans and a good introduction to what his shows are like.
I had the pleasure to see Alice on this tour so when I saw this disc at my local mart I snatched it up immediately! I always prefer a live album that is one performance rather than songs from multiple shows spliced together, it feels more like a real concert when listened to. The overall vibe is more of a straightforward rock and roll show than theatrical when compared to ALICE COOPER THEATER OF DEATH LIVE AT HAMMERSMITH 2009. There are more rare early cuts here and none of the songs are shortened to allow for theatrics, like they were on the Theater of Death tour. Things start perfectly with a creepy Vincent Price voiceover about black widows which leads into a great version of “The Black Widow”. In a surprise, Alice and co. go right into a brilliant rendition of “Brutal Planet”, a heavy track from 2000. Most of the big hits are here, “I’m Eighteen”, “Under My Wheels”, ”No More Mr. Nice Guy”, and more. Other highlights include a rocking version of the minor 1991 hit “Hey Stoopid”, old classic “Halo of Flies” with a killer jam, nugget of gold “Muscle of Love”, early 80s hit “Clones”, and the song most folks associate with Wayne’s World, “Feed My Frankenstein”. New song “I’ll Bite Your Face Off” starts off the second disc and I must say it is much better and heavier here than it is on WELCOME 2 MY NIGHTMARE. Album closes strongly with “Elected” and “Fire”.
I have a few minor gripes which cost the album half a star. The sound quality for a recently recorded live album is nowhere near loud enough. I have to turn it way up in my truck to really enjoy it and for some reason it is much quieter than ALICE COOPER THEATER OF DEATH LIVE AT HAMMERSMITH 2009. My other complaint is the packaging. The 2 discs are in a single jewel case with a slip cover. The slip cover was so tight I couldn’t get it off without ripping it apart. This has NEVER happened to me in over 21 years of buying CD’s and I am always very anal with taking care of this kind of stuff, so it really bugged me. Hope it isn’t like that with all copies.
If you dig Alice, pick this up. If you are a newcomer to Alice, this is a great place to start and let Alice get you under his wheels!