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DVD: “Super Duper Alice Cooper”

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Alice Cooper Super Duper

Review by Tim Livingston

“Super Duper Alice Cooper”
127 Minutes
Bonus Material:
Deleted Scenes
Rare Footage
Metal Evolution
Interview Scenes

“Super Duper Alice Cooper,” the theatrically released documentary now out on DVD, tells the tale of Vincent Furnier and his transformation into Alice Cooper, one of the biggest rock stars in the world.

Using archival footage, tons of vintage photos and commentary by the likes of Alice Cooper Group bassist Dennis Dunaway, manager Shep Gordon, super-groupie Pamela Des Barres, contemporaries Iggy Pop, Wayne Kramer, Elton John and Alice himself, the movie goes from Vince’s beginning, born in Detroit, but raised on Phoenix, AZ a preachers son, to the band’s start as Beatles wannabes the Earwigs, the name changes; the Spiders, the Nazz and eventually – with help of a a ouiji board – the Alice Cooper Group, a sinister, long-haired rock and roll band that changed the face of theatrics in rock music.

The film moves quickly from the early days to the band’s escape to LA, where – with the help of the notorious GTOs girl group and their introduction to Frank Zappa – they began threatening hippies on the Sunset Strip, to their move to Detroit were the group of oddly dressed misfits found a spiritual home and honed their act into the most visual and shocking of the time, to the making of their first hit the iconic anthem, “Eighteen.”



LIVE: Bettye LaVette @ Club Helsinki, 1/11/14

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Bettye LaVette

Review and photograph by Tim Livingston

Stunning, beguiling, sexy, raw, emotional, gritty, smooth, transforming, independent, uplifting. original, gracious, dignified, powerful, stirring, heartfelt, down-to-earth, upbeat, soulful, bluesy, uncompromising, full of youthful exuberance, wise and witty…

Just a few of the words that come to mind while experiencing the terrific Bettye LaVette in concert recently at Club Helsinki in Hudson. You may have heard her story – under-appreciated during the early days of ’60s soul, but having a major resurgence in the second half of her life/career, due in part to some smart musical choices, an epic Kennedy Honors performance honoring the Who and singing at President Obama’s inauguration.


BEST OF 2013: Tim Livingston’s Favorite Shows of the Year

Friday, January 10th, 2014
Tommy Stinson and Melissa Auf der Maur

Tommy Stinson and Melissa Auf der Maur @ Club Helsinki, January 27 2013

Story and photographs by Tim Livingston
Additional photograph by Kirsten Ferguson

Here’s a list of a dozen concerts that I attended last year and had a lot of fun at:

1. “Home Bass: 4 Strings, 4 Hearts for Habitat” @ Club Helsinki, Hudson, January 27. Featuring Tommy Stinson, Melissa Auf der Maur, Meshell Ndegeocello and Melora Creager.


LIVE: Simi Stone @ Club Helsinki, 12/7/13

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013


Photographs and blurb by Tim Livingston

Singer Simi Stone returned to Club Helsinki and set the cold winter night ablaze with a fiery and passionate set of her original soul-pop. Backed by a crack band, including the rock steady combo of drummer Zack Alford and bassist Sara Lee, along with the always incredible Gail Ann Dorsey, (tonight playing the part of guitar player), Simi captivated the full-house with two hours of sweet soul music.


Parade of Shoes: Todd Nelson

Thursday, September 19th, 2013
TN3's Todd Nelson on Hamilton Street in Albany, 2011 (Photo by Tim Livingston)

TN3′s Todd Nelson on Hamilton Street in Albany, 2011 (Photo by Tim Livingston)

Guitarist Todd Nelson at HereFest, 2011

LIVE: Open Mic Night @ Club Helsinki, 6/4/13

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Cirque Éloize @ Club Helsinki

Review by Tim Livingston
Photographs by Susan Moore

The weekly open mic night at Club Helsinki in Hudson is rapidly becoming a “happening.” Co-hosted by organist Cameron Melville (aka Bo Hammond) and multi-instrumentalist/performance artist Ryder Cooley, any given Tuesday night can be filled with surprises, with renowned artists such as Tommy Stinson and Meshell Ndegeocello showing up to work out new material, along with a host of talent from the Hudson Valley and beyond sharing their songs, poems, wit and wisdom. This past Tuesday was
no exception as the good folks of Proctors in Schenectady brought along members of Montreal’s Cirque Éloize to preview the upcoming August run of their show, “Cirkopolis.”


LIVE: Great White Caps @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, 5/30/13

Monday, June 3rd, 2013
The Great White Caps

Great White Caps (photo by Tim Livingston)

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Tim Livingston and Ruby

Kowabunga, dude!

The sweltering heat marked the undeniable start of another summer – even if it was still only May. And Great White Caps rode the heat wave into town for a Thursday night show at the Hollow in Albany.

Imagine a cross between Los Straitjackets and the Neanderthals – but without the Mexican wrestling masks or the Flintstones’ faux furs. Instead, the four-piece Great White Caps were decked out in more traditional beachwear – cut-offs and such – as they took to the stage to pump out a night of what they like to call “beach rock,” a sizzling summertime hybrid of old-school surf ‘n’ garage rock.


LIVE: Alejandro Escovedo & the Sensitive Boys @ Club Helsinki, 4/7/13

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Alejandro Escovedo & the Sensitive Boys @ Club Helsinki, 4/7/13 (photo by Tim Livingston)

Review by Bokonon
Photographs by Tim Livingston

Slim like a knife, looking sharp, vest buttoned, guitar in hand. Alejandro Escovedo says Texas, but he speaks New York. He looks Austin, but he wears L.A. At Club Helsinki, on an April evening, Escovedo, 62, but not a day over 45, takes on a new role — Duke Ellington from Saltillo. The Duke wrote music for the ages, but he penned charts for his particular band of the day. Escovedo, too, lets his players sign his work. David Pulkingham is gone, so is Billy White. Where Joe Eddie Hines once blazed across the spectrum, where John Dee Graham used to riff almighty, now Ricky Ray Jackson takes the chair — literally on pedal steel and figuratively on six-string.

In Hudson, songs from Big Station (“San Antonio Rain,” “Bottom of the World”) take on a new shimmer. Songs from Gravity (“Paradise”) remember leaner, younger days and sing again. And “Castanets” just fucking rocks, don’t argue, it’s the truth.


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