Alice Cooper has been cast in Jesus Christ Superstar Live!, NBC’s forthcoming adaptation of the Andrew Lloyd Webber - Tim Rice rock opera set to air on Easter Sunday, April 1. The Hall of Fame singer-songwriter will take on the role of the flamboyant King Herod, NBC announced on Friday Dec., 8th.
Host Greg (who sounds like Mr. Rogers) interviews Dennis Dunaway on his book,
Alice Cooper days, the break up, touring and "Paranormal"
Below is my take of the interview so for those who don't want any spoilers
don't go any further if you haven't listened to the podcast.
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Between the interview they play some Alice Cooper songs.
Greg sort of hints was it management (Shep Gordon) who suggested the break up
which Dennis replies it was many of things or straws that broke the camel's back.
Dennis also mentions during the Billion Dollar Babies time Alice was being
separated from the group and they really didn't have any chance to just
do a sit down and talk. Dennis sort of hesitates when Greg implies that Shep wanted
to keep the band together. During this time there were people surrounding Alice
who seem to keep the band away as Dennis responds to these people as chaperons
it sounded to me like he said "Shep"erons.
Another interesting part of the interview is the making of "Paranormal"
or prior to it as being a full original Alice Cooper Group reunion album.
Later changed to a number of songs. What I also asked myself was
why the 2nd CD that was included in the "Paranormal" release was just
part of a live performance w/ the current backing band. I would of thought
why not include the Houston, TX reunion show in which Dennis brought up
saying they were going to use it but changed it to what's on it now.
too me again it seems like they don't want to promote the original band on that 2nd disc.
Of course like Dennis says Alice is such a pleasant person no one
would even bring up the reason for the break up and Alice never mentions it.
I sort of believe they (the original band members) won't bring it up to Alice
since it's like scaring away a little animal. You don't want to make noise
or wave your arms that it may run away. The original group plays
w/ Alice from time to time which is better than not at all.
Suggested this will be baby steps in recording a whole album
but I honestly think it would not happen since Alice is still
"It has been announced that (Alice's) Cooperstown Restaurant in Phoenix has closed after 20 years in business in downtown Phoenix. This venue saw the very first REUNION of the surviving four members of the band during the Glen Buxton Memorial Weekend. 2000"
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Finally they released The Nightmare TV Special that should of been
released about 6 years ago. It would of gone well w/ the release of
Alice's new album Welcome 2 My Nightmare but better late than never I guess.
I still have the original VHS version that came out in 1983. I believe I ordered it from
some magazine at that time.
So the DVD version isn't sharper than the VHS version in fact some
parts seem to be a bit grainy and color isn't sharp but from what I heard it was
taken from the original tape. As for the show itself still campy and enjoyed the songs
even a few alternative lyrics to "Devil's Food", "Awakening" and a few other songs I notice
Alice changed maybe 1 or 2 words. Of course Vincent Price was a perfect fit to give
Alice a tour of his own nightmare and you see a young Sheryl Goddard later
to become Sheryl Cooper.
The second part includes Welcome To My Nightmare movie which I have seen
at the Drive-In back in '75 or '76. I later purchased the VHS version of this concert
from a 1988KERRANG! Ad. I remember this was the first time I had to go
and exchange U.S. currency to U.K. I must of watched that VHS tape a hundred times.
Later on Rhino put out this show on DVD in '99.
So we come to 2017 version which has one major flaw.
No "Department of Youth" they list it on the back cover and booklet. Also on the
DVD menu but when you click on it you get the end of the song as Alice is bowing
to the crowd and leads into introducing the band. Right before that "School's Out"
was being played then it jumps to Alice bowing to the audience.
Other than that I notice a lot of quick edits as it jumps to the next song.
The solo battle of guitarists Dick Wagner and Steve Hunter are amazing but near the end
it doesn't fade out it jumps into the Vincent Price intro of "The Black Widow".
Pretty rough editing I would say through out.
Again no clean up on the film and it seems to be dark at times.
I personally think the VHS version I ordered from KERRANG! back in '88
was much better.
No interviews, comments or bonus footage.
You do get a booklet of 6 pages of credits some pics
w/ some small copy that was hard to read plus over some of
the color background didn't help at all. Poor graphics.
Just a step above a bootleg version.
Update on the missing "Department of Youth"song: from a reliable source it was stated that the two programs put together are too much for the normal duel layer DVD so they cut a track to fit it on one disc.
Personally I would of been happy w/ just The Nightmare than a half assed production.