The Nightmare Returns

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The Nightmare Returns
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Video by
Alice Cooper
Released1987 VHS Betamax
Aug 1, 2006 DVD
Recorded1986
Genre Hard rock, Heavy metal, Shock rock
Label Geffen Records
Alice Cooper chronology
The Strange Case of Alice Cooper
(1979)
The Nightmare Returns
(1987)
Video Trash
(1989)

The Nightmare Returns is a live concert video of Alice Cooper.

Alice Cooper American rock singer, songwriter and musician

Alice Cooper is an American singer, songwriter, and actor whose career spans over 50 years. With his distinctive raspy voice and a stage show that features guillotines, electric chairs, fake blood, deadly snakes, baby dolls, and dueling swords, Cooper is considered by music journalists and peers alike to be "The Godfather of Shock Rock". He has drawn equally from horror films, vaudeville, and garage rock to pioneer a macabre and theatrical brand of rock designed to shock people.

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The concert was filmed live in Detroit, Michigan, USA on Halloween 1986 at the start of his "The Nightmare Returns" World Tour, in support of his album Constrictor .

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This video was originally released in 1987 on VHS and Betamax, and was finally released on DVD in 2006.

VHS Consumer-level analog video tape recording and cassette form factor standard

VHS is a standard for consumer-level analog video recording on tape cassettes. Developed by Victor Company of Japan (JVC) in the early 1970s, it was released in Japan on September 9, 1976 and in the United States on August 23, 1977.

Betamax Consumer-level analog video tape recording and cassette form factor standard

Betamax is a consumer-level analog-recording and cassette format of magnetic tape for video. It was developed by Sony and was released in Japan on May 10, 1975. The first Betamax device introduced in the United States was the LV-1901 console, which included a 19-inch (48 cm) color monitor, and appeared in stores in early November 1975. The cassettes contain 0.50-inch-wide (12.7 mm) videotape in a design similar to that of the earlier, professional 0.75-inch-wide (19 mm), U-matic format. Betamax is obsolete, having lost the videotape format war to VHS. Despite this, Betamax recorders would not be discontinued until 2002, while new Betamax cassettes were available until March 2016, when Sony stopped making and selling them.

DVD Optical disc

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The music video for "Teenage Frankenstein" consists of footage from this concert.

Teenage Frankenstein Alice Cooper song

"Teenage Frankenstein" is the second single by American rock musician Alice Cooper from his 1986 album Constrictor. Though the single failed to chart, it helped to make Constrictor Cooper's highest charting album since 1980's Flush the Fashion.

Track listing

  1. "Welcome to My Nightmare"
  2. "Billion Dollar Babies"
  3. "No More Mr. Nice Guy"
  4. "Be My Lover"
  5. "18 (Little Flower of Ulysses)"
  6. "The World Needs Guts"
  7. "Give It Up"
  8. "Cold Ethyl"
  9. "Only Women Bleed"
  10. "Go to Hell"
  11. "The Ballad of Dwight Fry"
  12. "Teenage Frankenstein"
  13. "Sick Things"
  14. "I Love The Dead"
  15. "School's Out"
  16. "Elected"
  17. "Under My Wheels"

Bonus music videos

  1. "Teenage Frankenstein"
  2. "Freedom"

Personnel

Kane Roberts is an American heavy metal guitarist best known for his tenure in Alice Cooper's band from 1985 to 1988. Additionally, he has performed as a solo act, and his cover of the unreleased Bon Jovi song "Does Anybody Really Fall In Love Anymore" cracked the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100. He also played a memorable cameo role as a forklift driver in Wes Craven's Shocker.

Kip Winger American musician

Charles Frederick Kip Winger is an American rock musician, a member of the rock band Winger, and a solo artist. He initially gained notability as a member of Alice Cooper's band, contributing bass and vocals to his Constrictor and Raise Your Fist and Yell albums.

Ken K Mary is an American musician, who has worked as a drummer, producer, engineer, singer, record executive and writer on over thirty-five albums that combined have sold over five million copies worldwide. He has worked in genres from heavy rock to choral music. Mary is best known for his work with notable acts such as Accept, Fifth Angel, Chastain, TKO, Impellitteri, House of Lords, Bonfire and Alice Cooper, and is currently the drummer of Flotsam and Jetsam.

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