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Brutally Live (DVD)
Released: 2000, Eagle Vision
In October people start to get geared up for Halloween, the Heavy Metal holy day. One performer who epitomizes Halloween like no other is Alice Cooper. To celebrate the month of Halloween I decided to go back and review four of his live concerts; one from the 70's, (The Strange Case Of Alice Cooper) one from the 80's, (The Nightmare Returns) one from the 90's (Alice Cooper Trashes The World) and one from 00's. (Brutally Live). Feel free to enjoy all the reviews in this feature.
This is technically Alice Cooper’s first DVD. Prime Cuts was re-issued on the DVD format but this was the first full DVD release to my knowledge.
Recorded in England in 2000 this was a glimpse at the Brutal Planet tour. This was Alice Cooper’s first album and larger tour since THE LAST TEMPTATION in 1994, the longest period of inactivity in his long and infamous career. The DVD itself is decent, no booklet but there is a one-page info sheet and my 2003 reissue version comes with a single Live CD of most, but not all of the concert. What a pain! THE DVD has a few special features such as alternate camera angles you can choose from and the video for ‘Gimme’.
There was a big improvement in video technology since his last recorded show which was full decade prior with ALICE COOPER THRASHES THE WORLD. One perhaps of the disadvantages was that with all the crystal clear close-up’s, Alice is starting to show his age. With his ‘comeback’ years he looked refreshed and vital but the additional decade shows us that he is no longer a young man. He was well into his 50’s when this was filmed. On the plus side, the show and visuals are superb. Lots of great shots, good editing, lots of angles, looking at the crowd, the band, the stage set and Alice himself. For this tour Alice really made a splash with a huge set-up and production. All the stunts are there, the execution, the Frankenstein, plus all the assorted characters. The opening is genuinely frightening as it sets the stage for the Brutal Planet concept with a monologue and warning from ‘The Controller’. There are many little highlights, one being Eric Singer’s drum solo with his drumsticks on fire. The set-list is great a nice mix of his entire career and a generous seven cuts from the new album. The show ends with ringmaster cooper poppoing glitter filled baloons with his swords while sporting a shirt that says ‘Britney Wants me’ with ‘Dead’ on the back while various American presidents (well guys in masks anyway/ cavort around handing him money. It ends with Alice waving a double-sided flag, one the stars ‘n’ stripes and one the Union Jack. Brilliant!
BRUTAL PLANET is one of my favourite Alice cooper albums of all time and accordingly the resulting concert tour and spectacular stage show make this one of my favourite Alice Cooper DVD’s as well.
1. Brutal Planet
3. Go to Hell
4. Blow Me a Kiss
5. I'm Eighteen
6. Pick Up the Bones
7. Feed My Frankenstein
8. Wicked Young Man
9. Dead Babies/Ballad of Dwight Fry/ I Love the Dead
10. No More Mr, Nice Guy
11. It's Hot Tonight/Caught in a Dream
12. It's the Little Things
14. Take it Like a Woman/Only Women Bleed
15. You Drive De Nervous/Under My Wheels
16. School's Out
17. Billion Dollar Babies/Elected
Alice Cooper - Vocals
Pete Freezin' - Guitar
Ryan Roxie - Guitar
Greg Smith - Bass
Teddy 'Andreadis - Keyboards
Eric Singer - Drums
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