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A Fistful Of Alice


Released in 1997, this is a live album, Alice's first since 1977, recorded at Sammy Hagar's club Cabo Wabo in Cabo, San Lucas, Mexico on Sunday June 2, 1996. The first Alice Cooper Cooper recording to feature Ryan Roxie, the album also features guest appearances by Slash, Rob Zombie, and Hagar himself.
When released, Alice explained the decision to release a live recording after so many years was an attempt to update the fans on how he now sounded live.
The album also featured one new studio recording, 'Is Anyone Home'.

June(Europe)/July(US) 1997

 


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Musicians

  • Reb Beach - Guitar, Vocals
  • Ryan Roxie - Guitar
  • Paul Taylor - Keyboards, Guitar
  • Todd Jensen - Bass, Vocals
  • Jimmy DeGrasso - Drums
  • Slash - Guitar on 'Lost In America', 'Only Women Bleed' and 'Elected'
  • Rob Zombie - Vocals on 'Feed My Frankenstein' and 'Elected'
  • Sammy Hagar - Guitar on 'School's Out'
  • Dan Wexler - Guitar on 'Is Anyone Home?'
  • Steve Farris - Guitar on 'Is Anyone Home?'
  • Matt Laug - Drums on 'Is Anyone Home?'
  • Merrit Morrison - Bass on 'Is Anyone Home?'
  • String Section on 'Is Anyone Home?' - Bennett Salvey, Peter Kent, Mario DeLeon, Darrin McCann and Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick

Sleeve Notes

Produced and Engineered by Thom Panunzio

Recorded at the Cabo Wabo Cantina, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico on Sunday June 2, 1996

'Is Anyone Home?' recorded at A&M studios and Phase Four recording in Tempe, AZ.

'Is Anyone Home?' Produced by Alice Cooper.

Album Cover by Hugh Syme and Dimo Safari

Live shots by Alex Solca and Matt Sherlock

The Album

'A Fistful Of Alice' was released on Guardian Records on the 16th June 1997 in the UK. However Alice was never actually signed directly to Guardian (a division of EMI), they simply licensed the album from Hollywood Records when Hollywood decided not to release it. There are promo copies of the CD around on the Guardian label though.

This live album was recorded on 2nd June 1996 at the Cabo Wabo Club in Mexico which is owed by Sammy Hagar (who`s a friend of Shep Gordon). Alice came up with the title. The working title which was announced in some places was 'Viva Alice'.

'How You Gonna see Me Now' was rehearsed for the Cabo show but didn`t make the final setlist.

Joey Ramone, Joe Satriani and Steve Vai originally agreed to appear in addition to the three guests actually on the CD, but in the end didn't make it to the show.

On the album sleeve it says: Alice for Patron: Patron (with anacute accent on the o) is Mexican/Spanish for 'the boss' and the recording was done in Mexico (and it looks like the pix were too).Plus I think I've read somewhere that the Mexicans refer to their President as El Patron.
(Sickthings, June 1997)

For those to whom Spanish forms an impenetrable barrier, the 'radio announcer' intro to 'Is Anyone Home' goes like this:

"Buenas noches, amigos! Este es Loco Zorro en Radio Cabo Guabo* y ahora, aqui esta algo de Alice Cooper ~se nuevo cancion: Is Anyone Home?"

Which translates to:

"...Good evening, friends! This is Crazy Fox at Radio Cabo Wabo and now, here's something from Alice Cooper, his new song: "Is Anyone Home?"

(*note: there are few 'W's in Spanish).

Known Releases

Country

Format

Number

Date

Chart

Label

Notes

USA

CD

7243 8 33080 2 6

29/6/97

Guardian

With bonus track Billion Dollar Babies

USA

CD

CDPRO 11815

29/6/97

Guardian

2CD Promo edition, the second CD containing just 'Is Anyone Home'

USA

CD

33080 2 6

29/6/97

Guardian

Promo edition - Purple CD

USA

CD

PRCD 62016-2

29/6/97

Hollywood

Promo 13 tracks
Is this the only real evidence Alice was ever signed to Hollywood?

USA

Tape

Guardian

USA LP FRM 33080 2013   Friday Music 180gm vinyl Gate Fold Sleeve

UK

CD

CTMCD 331

16/6/97

Guardian

With Bonus track Under My Wheels

UK

Tape

Guardian

UK

CD

CDPP 006

6/97

EMI/Guardian

Promo in Slimeline case and generic red front cover
European Track list

UK

CD

EMI 3349932

05

 

EMI

Reissue under the title 'Live At Cabo Wabo' with new sleeve and no bonus tracks.

UK

CD

SI 902466

05

 

Disky

Another version of 'A Fistful Of Alice' without the bonus tracks

Germany

CD

ANGE 8330812

16/10/97

EMI

Germany

Tape

16/10/97

EMI

Canada

CD

EMI 33080 2B
and
CDP533090

3/10/97

EMI

Japan

CD

TOCP 50269

8/10/97

EMI

With Bonus Tracks Billion Dollar Babies/Under My Wheels/Bed Of Nails/Clones/No More Mr Nice Guy

Japan

CD

TOCP 50269

8/10/97

EMI

Promo

Australia

CD

859657-2
and/or
7242 8 33081 2 5

18/8/97

EMI

The Tour - 'A Fistful Of Alice' aka 'School's Out For Summer 1997' Tour

In Europe, the tour was billed as the 'School's Out For Summer '97' tour. The European leg was basically the same as the previous summers' US tour with 'Halo Of Flies' added to the set. The US tour became the 'Rock and Roll Carnival' Tour and was a different show which included some different songs and totally different staging which included clowns and illusions.

European Setlist:

  • Under My Wheels
  • Billion Dollar Babies
  • I'm Eighteen
  • Desperado (This one's about Jim Morisson...)
  • Be My Lover
  • Lost In America
  • No More Mr Nice Guy
  • Only Women Bleed ("This one is not for the guys, I'm sorry for you..".)
  • Halo Of Flies ("see if you recognize this../If you remember this you shouldn't be here".)
  • Poison
  • Nothing's Free (dressed as the Showman)
  • Cleansed By Fire
  • Go To Hell
  • Feed My Frankenstein
  • Gutter Cat vs the Jets / Street Fight
  • Steven instr. (Alice is caught by doctors (inc. Renfield), put in the straightjacket, and put on some crude make-up during this one)
  • Ballad of Dwight Fry
  • School's out
  • Encore : Elected (with the presidents).

The order of the songs changed around during the tour. Full setlists can be found here.

The Show

The 'Schools Out' tour featured a set made up to look like an ally with trash cans and a backdrop painting of a fence with graffitti on it. The show was light on theatrics generally although there were a couple of set pieces in the second half. 'Cleansed By Fire' and 'Nothings Free' featured Alice as the showman from 'The Last Tempation' , 'Gutter Cats' had the streetfight with the band playing Alice's gang and stage hands playing the bad guys. Alice has a knife fight with one of the bad guys, evenually pulling off a wig to reveal a girl who stabs him. He`s then strapped into the straight jacket for 'Ballad Of Dwight Fry' and a rough version of the classic makeup is applied by doctors (he hasn`t used the make-up before this point).
Obviously Alice escapes from the jacket and into School's out in the normal fashion (balloons etc). 'Elected' featured guys in US president masks arriving onstage with lots of fake dollar bills. They start arguing and fighting amongst themselves before letting off confetti bombs at the close of the show.