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After 30 albums and some of the most famous rock songs ever recorded, you’d think Alice Cooper’s demons would’ve been conquered by now—or maybe locked in a cage and fed undercooked meat. But the man who changed the course of rock music in the ‘70s with bloody guillotines, sparking electric chairs, slimy boa constrictors, and a little blood and eyeliner still has more to slay. Alice Cooper is master at re-inventing himself, shedding his skin like one of his snakes to become everything from a mascara’d grave robber to a leather-wrapped street hooligan, a film noir detective, insane asylum honor student, and nihilistic dada-ist. 2003’s Eyes of Alice Cooper saw another of these shape-shifts, grinding musical gears with back-to-basics garage rock. Wrapping his famous sneer/snarl around a fistful of power chords, Alice—lean and mean—pumped the adrenaline to toxic levels. With his 2005 New West Records release of Dirty Diamonds, Coop is back in even finer form, promising more thrills, chills and doctor bills.
“Dirty Diamonds sounds like Eyes of Alice Cooper with more polish on it,” says Alice. “On Eyes I wouldn’t allow the band to do overdubs. We did everything in the studio: write, record it and put it to bed. I don’t want a Queen album or a Def Leppard album that’s perfectly recorded. They’re terrific, you can’t knock those albums, but that’s not the sound I’m looking for. I’d much rather have the sound of an early Stones album.”