Alice Cooper – Live At Montreux 2005
(Eagle Vision – 2006)


Shock Rock in perfection from the King of it all, Alice Cooper - at one of the most famous festivals in Europe. It’s the Dirty Diamonds Tour and it’s in full swing on this stage with the band and its dancers/actors – well it always is at one of Vincent’s gigs ain't it.

It felt weird to watch this show as it was the exact same thing that I saw at the City Hall, Sheffield in May – the only difference really being that at Montreux Ryan Roxie was on guitar as opposed to Keri Kelli ( when I witnessed it).

Highlights of the show include the opening blaster that is ‘Department of Youth’ that goes straight into the classic ‘No More Mr. Nice Guy’; newer songs like ‘Woman of Mass Distraction’ and ‘Dirty Diamonds’ where the crowd get thrown some by the man himself; the humourous ‘Lost In America’ where Alice wears the America Flagged leather waistcoat & ‘Go to Hell’ with Calico Cooper (Alice's daughter), dressed in black bondage bikini spinning her whip about

The Eric Singer drum solo gives Alice time for a breather which he no doubt needs and blows everybody away in the process – see those hands whipping all over the place. It’s also a real pleaser when the old dark classic ‘Killer’ is resurrected that links into the guillotine scene that features an executioner who reminds me of Ronnie James Dio – sorry Ronnie. Now how can I not mention ‘Under My Wheels’ – the last song and easily one of the best.

The legendary Montreux Festival has seen some incredible concerts and this was one of them.


By Glenn Milligan