Originally Published: August 1997
Author: Martin Aston
A Fistful Of Alice
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Recorded at Sammy Hagar's Cabo Wabo Cantina club in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, A Fistful of Alice is a live Greatest Hits evenly split between the original Alice Cooper group hits (lean, mean, dirty-assed) and solo Alice (cartoon-pompy in comparison). The songs are essentially in their original guise: School's Out, Under My Wheels and Eighteen thus make a thrilling, swaggery intro, and dishing out the long-lost Desperado and Teenage Lament (the latter never before played live) is proof that Cooper's canon is melodic as well as garage-raunchy. Cooper's current back-up - fronted by guitarist Ryan Roxie and Reb Beach - recalls the streamlined flash of the Steve Hunter/Dick Wagner line-up that he borrowed off Lou Reed, with guest slots from Hagar, Rob Zombie (White Zombie) and, on three tracks, "My favourite guitarist" Slash.