Album review: Alice Cooper, Dirty Diamonds (2005)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, AUG. 18, 2005 By Steve Newton The shrink-wrap sticker on Dirty Diamonds claims “this is the classic sound of Alice Cooper!”, but that’s what they said about the ’70s shock-rock pioneer’s previous CD, 2003’s pointless The Eyes of Alice Cooper. The classic sound of Cooper is what he was … Continue reading Album review: Alice Cooper, Dirty Diamonds (2005)

That time Alice Cooper told me that he would blow “clone bands” like Ratt and Mötley Crüe off the stage

me ‘n the coop. @shotbykevin By Steve Newton When I was a teenager in the early ’70s, Alice Cooper was god. I couldn’t get enough of his nasty image and the killer guitar-rock on albums Love It to Death, Killer, School’s Out, Billion Dollar Babies, and Muscle of Love. I lost interest somewhat after he … Continue reading That time Alice Cooper told me that he would blow “clone bands” like Ratt and Mötley Crüe off the stage

Alice Cooper’s 20 best songs, from wicked to freakin’ awesome

By Steve Newton The Coop ruled in the early seventies. 20. “Big Apple Dreamin’ (Hippo)” (Muscle of Love, 1973) 19. “Unfinished Sweet” (Billion Dollar Babies, 1973) 18. “My Stars” (School’s Out, 1972) 17. “Elected” (Billion Dollar Babies, 1973) 16. “You Drive Me Nervous” (Killer, 1971) 15. “Hard Hearted Alice” (Muscle of Love, 1973) 14. “Alma … Continue reading Alice Cooper’s 20 best songs, from wicked to freakin’ awesome

Alice Cooper on horror, censorship, and battling the PMRC with Raise Your Fist and Yell

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, DEC. 18, 1987 By Steve Newton I bought Alice Cooper’s Killer album last month. That’s right, I’m 30 years old, and I went out and laid down $8.99 for the record with “Dead Babies” on it. Now some people might think: “How immature. Doesn’t the guy have any taste?” … Continue reading Alice Cooper on horror, censorship, and battling the PMRC with Raise Your Fist and Yell

Album reviews: Alice Cooper, Dragontown (2001)

  ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, NOV. 15, 2001 By Steve Newton Alice Cooper used to be the king. In the early ’70s he released four successive LPs—Love It to Death, Killer, School’s Out, and Billion Dollar Babies—that continue to rank among the top 100 guitar-rock records of all time. Back then Cooper and … Continue reading Album reviews: Alice Cooper, Dragontown (2001)

The Life and Crimes of Alice Cooper includes the filler not found on Killer

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, DEC. 9, 1999 By Steve Newton There are a couple of ways to enjoy the best music of legendary shock-rocker Alice Cooper, and one of them is to purchase this four-disc retrospective of his work. The other is to just go out and buy his four early-’70s albums, Love … Continue reading The Life and Crimes of Alice Cooper includes the filler not found on Killer

Album review: Alice Cooper, A Fistful of Alice (1997)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, AUG. 21, 1997 By Steve Newton Strolling around the Mexican resort town of Cabo San Lucas last year, I stumbled across a bar called the Cabo Wabo Cantina, which had a sign in the parking lot proclaiming “Reserved for Sammy Hagar”. Realizing that this must be the watering hole … Continue reading Album review: Alice Cooper, A Fistful of Alice (1997)

Album review: Alice Cooper, Hey Stoopid (1991)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, NOV. 28, 1991 By Steve Newton “Hey, hey, hey, hey…hey stoopid!” Why do I keep singing that line to myself when people are within hearing distance? Shouldn’t a 30-something guy like myself have grown out of such juvenile practices? No friggin’ way. Alice Cooper is still my hero, even … Continue reading Album review: Alice Cooper, Hey Stoopid (1991)

Alice Cooper fan offers eye-witness account of the Coop’s famous rib-busting wipeout in Vancouver

By Steve Newton Yesterday I posted my first-ever interview with shock-rock king Alice Cooper, which I’d conducted 30 years ago, after Cooper had released his Constrictor album. During our conversation the Coop mentioned the infamous onstage wipeout that occured during the opening song on his Welcome to My Nightmare Tour at Vancouver’s Pacific Coliseum on June 23, … Continue reading Alice Cooper fan offers eye-witness account of the Coop’s famous rib-busting wipeout in Vancouver

Alice Cooper talks heavy metal, sleazy horror, and getting back in the game with Constrictor

kevin statham photo ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, NOV. 7, 1986 By Steve Newton Alice Cooper’s early ’70s rock anthems captured my imagination as a teenager, and have stayed with me ever since. Not only was his image so horrifically new and different, what with the ghoulish makeup, wild costumes, and weird props–but his songs … Continue reading Alice Cooper talks heavy metal, sleazy horror, and getting back in the game with Constrictor

Michael Bruce’s deletion from Super Duper Alice Cooper is a bloody travesty

By Steve Newton Finally got around to watching the 2014 documentary Super Duper Alice Cooper for the first time the other night, and it was awesome: except for the part where they refused to even mention the name “Michael Bruce”. For the uninitiated, Bruce was the rhythm guitarist for the Alice Cooper Band during its first … Continue reading Michael Bruce’s deletion from Super Duper Alice Cooper is a bloody travesty

Alice Cooper’s youthful band breathes fire into the shock-rock’s king’s classics in Vancouver

@shotbykevin ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JAN. 26, 1990 By Steve Newton If Alice Cooper‘s concert at the Coliseum last Thursday (January 18) were a horror movie–and in a way it nearly was–it might have been called the The Return of Alice, Part 10: The New Blood. On his latest tour, the king of … Continue reading Alice Cooper’s youthful band breathes fire into the shock-rock’s king’s classics in Vancouver

Alice Cooper tours with Trash, talks songwriting, horror, and ’70s rock

me and the Coop. I’ve still got that ’80s leather jacket if anybody wants to buy it. the arms come off so it turns into a funky vest. kevin statham photo By Steve Newton Twenty-five years ago today–on January 18, 1990–Alice Cooper played Vancouver’s Pacific Coliseum, touring behind his 18th studio album, Trash. It featured guest appearances … Continue reading Alice Cooper tours with Trash, talks songwriting, horror, and ’70s rock

Alice Cooper’s sheer awesomeness steals Motley Crue’s thunder in Vancouver

By Steve Newton Mötley Crüe performed its final show in Vancouver last night (November 21). Or so the story goes. Before embarking on its current tour the L.A. sleaze-rock kings got some lawyers to write up a contract wherein they declared that they would never go on the road again after this. That allowed them to charge … Continue reading Alice Cooper’s sheer awesomeness steals Motley Crue’s thunder in Vancouver

Alice Cooper proves himself the undisputed King of Nasty Rock in Vancouver

@shotbykevin ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, SEPT. 16, 1999 By Steve Newton In a recent interview with the Straight, Alice Cooper claimed that the set list for his current tour “includes all of the hits”, but time constraints rarely allow a performer—especially one who’s been around for nearly 30 years—to live up to that … Continue reading Alice Cooper proves himself the undisputed King of Nasty Rock in Vancouver

Alice Cooper on KISS, Marilyn Manson, Johnny Rotten, and the Peter Pan syndrome

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, SEPT. 9, 1999 By Steve Newton Last month, a feature-length movie about four rabid KISS fans, Detroit Rock City, was released across North America. It was basically a Gene Simmons–bankrolled homage to his own band, which took glam metal to the extreme in the ’70s and won over legions … Continue reading Alice Cooper on KISS, Marilyn Manson, Johnny Rotten, and the Peter Pan syndrome

Guitar legend Rick Derringer has soloed for everyone from Alice Cooper to Air Supply

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JULY 22, 1999 By Steve Newton When most people hear the name Rick Derringer, they probably think of his ’70s hit “Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo”, which typified the randy guitar-boogie of the free-love era. Others may remember him for “Hang On Sloopy”, the 1965 sing-along number Derringer did … Continue reading Guitar legend Rick Derringer has soloed for everyone from Alice Cooper to Air Supply

Dave Grohl’s “Holy Shits” kick ass with Van Halen and Alice Cooper covers

Any hardcore ’70s-rock fans in attendance at the Firefly Festival in Dover, Delaware, last night got a special treat when the Foo Fighters went back in time to raunch out a bit. “Lemme tell ya something,” said Dave Grohl near the end of his band’s headlining set, “we’re gonna do somethin’ we have never done … Continue reading Dave Grohl’s “Holy Shits” kick ass with Van Halen and Alice Cooper covers