ALICE COOPER DOC ‘LIVE FROM THE ASTROTURF’ CAPTURES ORIGINAL BAND’S 2015 REUNION
By Daniel Kreps
Originally published by Rolling Stone
A Dallas record store’s efforts to reunite the original Alice Cooper Band after 40 years is the focus of the upcoming documentary/concert film Alice Cooper: Live From the Astroturf.
Cooper superfan and Good Records owner Chris Penn lobbied for Cooper and his former bandmates – Michael Bruce, Dennis Dunaway and Neal Smith alongside new guitarist Ryan Roxie (in the late Glen Buxton’s place) – to stage a (non-Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction) concert together for the first time since 1974, with the surprise reunion gig taking place in October 2015 at the Dallas record shop.
While a recording of the show was initially released as a Record Store Day exclusive in 2018, Penn and director Steven Gaddis realized they had enough footage from the performance to construct a full film from the event, which a record store full of lucky Cooper fans witnessed.
In addition to the in-store performance captured by eight cameras and mixed by Bob Ezrin, the documentary also features interviews with the members of the Alice Cooper Band and those who made the show possible.
Alice Cooper: Live From the Astroturf will premiere this April at the Phoenix Film Festival – Cooper and company formed the band in the Arizona city – before the film embarks on the film festival circuit. Check out the documentary’s site for more details and screening information.