Released: 2006, Eagle Vision
Reviewer: Celtic Bob
The master of shock rock releases his July 2005 performance at the Montreaux Jazz Festival, to let the public know he is still here making some of the best music on the go. This is the most solid line up he has worked with since the original Alice Cooper Band back in the 70's. The energy and performance are exceptionally prominant, and it goes to clearly show that he is the master, and without a doubt was the man who started it all. His presence on stage is very professional and well excecuted. From the different props and characters he plays, to the additional "actors" that frequent the stage (including his beautiful daughter Calico), this is "the ultimate" rock n roll show.
All the classic hits are here, as well as a couple of songs that you might not expect him to perform. The acoustic "I Never Cry" is different to say the least. Seeing Alice sit on an upside down garbage can is not what you'd expect. Ryan and Damon are sitting as well strumming on a couple of acoustics which sounds amazing. He has made the new songs of DIRTY DIAMONDS blend in perfectly alongside the classics. He is finally releasing new material that has the sound of old. The material off of this disc, and its predecessor THE EYES OF ALICE COOPER, bring the days of old back to the forefront.
The amazing dual guitar attack of Ryan and Damon cannot be rivaled. They have an excellant stage presence and seem to have a great working chemistry between them. On the song "Be My Lover" Ryan'sguitar tone is perfect, and you will not hear a better guitar sound in your life. Behind the kit is drummer extrodinaire Eric Singer. His playing is flawless and extremely energetic. The short solo that he does is simply amazing and is more mind blowing in POISON. Not to be outdone by everyone else, bassist Chuck Garric just nails it on bass and keeps the steady groove and rythmn going throughout the whole show. With the whole band, he looks like he is having the time of his life with this bunch of guys.
A visually stunning DVD that captures Alice and band in top form. One of the best live rock concerts out on the market today.