1970 – Detroit/Midwest
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January 2-3, 1970 – Eastown Theater, Detroit, MI (w/ The Flamin’ Groovies, SRC)
*As best as I can determine, Alice Cooper played at least seven weekend gigs (14 shows) at the Eastown.
January 16-17, 1970 – Pasadena Rose Palace: (Lee Michaels, Eric Burdon & War, Missiah) 835 South Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, CA. This is where the floats for Pasadena’s famous Rose Parade are constructed and stored.
Jan 30-31, 1970 – Eastown Theater, Detroit, MI (w/ The Stooges, The Früt )
Pictured above is the Eastown in its better days….probably the 30-40s. Balcony – as seen from the stage You can see the projection booth at the back. The building spent most of its life as a movie theater.
Feb 20-21, 1970 – The Birmingham Palladium, 136 Brownell (now Peabody Street) in Birmingham, MI (w/ Chip Stevens Blues Band, Richmond). Band played here several times.
March 1970 – Easy Action released.
March 7, 1970 – Stage Five – 2451 N. Kidzie Chicago, IL. (w/Joe Kelly)
Spring 1970 -Aquinas High School, Southgate, MI ($3 entry charge) Witnesses have stated other bands were on the bill, including Bob Segar, Ted Nugent, The Frost, Mitch Ryder, Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, The Who, Beatles, Fat Bob the Singing Plumber, the Four Tops, Elvis, Loretta Lynn and Justin Bieber). Although the building still stands, the school closed in 2001…due to dwindling enrollment. Over the years the number of people, claiming attendance at this 1970 show, has grown and grown…. too a point where 9 out of every 10 people, born in the SW Michigan area, claim to have been there.
March 13, 1970 – Windsor, ONT, Walkerville Collegiate (w/ Rock Monopoly) – Advert states “No Chickens Please?”
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Spring/Summer ’70 – Show in Mount Holly, Holly, MI – Local dance organized by Johnny Irons of radio station WTAC.
The picture below has longed been labeled as taken at the Mt. Holly Ski Lodge (Michigan). The appearance of the stage matches other photos taken there in the 70’s. However, I can find no date of a show here, by Alice Cooper, in the spring, fall, winter or summer of 1970. What confuses things even more – there is a bootleg CD that was created from a 1971 show by the band, recorded at this venue. I cannot find any evidence of a show in Mt. Holly in 1971 either…but I guess there was at least one show there.
Mar 28, 1970 – Clifton, OH Ludlow’s Garage (w/ Ten Years After). Cincinnati city council member Jim Tarbell was proprietor of the garage from the late 1960s until its closing in 1971. Although no longer a concert venue, the garage still stands and currently houses a restaurant, yoga studio and hardware store. (May have played on May 27th as well)
Above, Ludlow Garage as it appears today. Notice that “D” is missing in Ludlow…….Dennis Dunaway??????
April 5, 1970- Grandmother’s. East Lansing, MI, (later called the “Silver Dollar Saloon”)
April 10, 1970 – Chesterfield, MO. The Rainy Daze. Located at 14100 Olive Boulevard. (w/Rush)
???April 17, 1970 – The Grand Circus Theater (w/Stooges and Jam Band) 1526 Broadway Street, Detroit, MI. Concertdatabase list this show….but no info can be found.
April 17, 1970 – Rondeau Pavilion, Rondeau Park, Ontario
April 19, 1970 – Minneapolis Labor Temple. (w/Rod Stewart and Small Faces).
April 27, 1970 – Cow Palace, San Francisco, CA (w/Chairman of the Board, Eric Burden & War, Haydn) Actually in Daly City, CA The site of rodeos, basketball, hockey, and wrestling events…the Cow Palace also has seen some big name musically events, including the Beatles, Elvis, and The Who. It was during the Who show here, that Keith Moon passed out on stage and was replaced by a fan. Built in 1941 the Cow Palace is still going strong.
May 2, 1970 – San Bernardino, CA Swing Auditorium (w/ Ike and Tina Turner, Eric Burdon and War)
The Swing….became a rock mecca in the mid and late 60’s. Destroyed by a small plane crashing into it in 1981.
May 8, 1970 – The Birmingham Palladium, Birmingham, MI (w/ Weaselfox, Mighty Quick). See Feb 21, 1970
May 9, 1970 -Hollywood Palladium -6215 Sunset, Hollywood, CA. (w/Eric Burden and War, Fever Tree) The Palladium is still there – but has seen better days. Opened in 1940.
May 15-16, 1970 – New Old Fillmore, San Francisco, CA (w/ Stooges, Flamin` Groovies, Commander Cody, Purple Earthquake)
May 22, 1970 – The Birmingham Palladium, Birmingham, MI (w/ All The Lonely People, Chip Stevens Blues Band) See Feb 21, 1970
May 24, 1970 – Piper Rock Festival, Nelson Ledges Racetrack – Garrettsville, Ohio (w/ Rascals, Canned Heat, Cold Blood, Byrds, Smith, Glass Harp, Marble Cake) Location is the city of Garretsville – SW of Cleveland…about an hour drive from Akron, where it was originally scheduled. The racetrack still exists. No idea where, on the racecourse, the show took place. Alice Cooper opened show. Not sure if the concert took place on the racetrack or on a nearby farm.
Alice Cooper was a last minute addition to the show.
May 30-31 and June 1, 1970 – Festival of Earth and Man from Thunderbird Beach, Baton Rouge, La. (w/ Youngbloods, John Lee Hooker, Chuck Berry, Bob Seger System, MC5 Brownsville Station, Buckinghams, Ides Of March, Mason Proffit, It’s A Beautiful Day & Ted Nugent and The Amboy Dukes.) [Show took place on a beach, apparently. The beach/park seems to have been replaced by land development. Actual location was 20 miles NW of Baton Rouge]
June 5-7, 1970 – Toronto, Canada, Electric Circus (Poster Exists for three shows) at 99 Queen Street East in Toronto, Ontario.
Wikipedia: Electric Circus, aka EC, was a Canadian live dance music television program aired on MuchMusic and Citytv. It aired from September 16, 1988 until December 12, 2003. The name originated from the nightclub that once existed at Citytv’s first studio at 99 Queen Street East in Toronto.
June 13, 1970 – Cincinnati, OH Crosley Field (Midsummer Rock Festival) (w/ the Stooges, Mountain, Grand Funk Railroad, Alice Cooper, Traffic, Mighty Quick, Bob Seger, Mott The Hoople, Ten Years After, Bloodrock, Savage Grace, Brownsville Station, Zephyr, Damnation Of Adam Blessing, John Drake’s Shakedown)
Highlights of this festival were later broadcast on Cincinnati WLWT-TV under the name “Midsummer Rock”. Alice’s broadcast segment showed them playing “Lay Down and Die, Goodbye” & “Black Juju.” During Black Juju, while Alice is crouched at the front of the stage doing the “bodies need rest”/hypnotist bit with the pocket watch, someone in the crown hurls some sort of white cake and smacks him right in the mouth
June 21, 1970 – The Depot, Minneapolis, MN – two shows
June 24, 1970 – *Sherwood Forest*, Davison, MI (w/ Bob Seger, Ted Nugent, MC-5 , Rationals, Brownsville Station, Alice Cooper, Frijid Pink, Teegarden & Van Winkle, Dream Delight) Billed as: “Wild Wednesday – 12 groups in 12 hours – Twin Concert Stages” [outside show]
June 27, 1970 – Detroit State Fairgrounds, Detroit, MI (w/ Savage Grace, The Werks)
Part of the Mid-Summer Rock Fests that occurred that summer, in and around Detroit. The band probably played in this building. (Unless they sent them over to the building where they judged livestock at the State Fairs.) This was NOT a performance for the State Fair that was held here every year around Labor Day. Solo Alice would often come back to the MI State Fair in following years.
June 28, 1970 – Aquinas High School(????). Last minute replacement. Many big name groups (or future big name groups played at one or more of the many shows put on at this school. It is likely that Alice Cooper played there once or twice during their stay in Detroit.
June 30, 1970 – The Rainy Daze. Chesterfield, MO. (w/ Terry Knight and PAX)
July 4, 1970 – Midsummer Night Rock Fest, Michigan State Fairground (w/ Rotary Connection, SRC, Black Murder, Fugi, Wesselfox, Street Noise, Milestone, Magic Circus)
July 12, 1970 – The Factorie Ballroom, Detroit, MI (w/ Loki, The Meat Light Show, The Sunstorm Lightshow) Address: 2815 Dixie Highway, Waterford, MI
July 17, 1970 – Middle Earth, Indianapolis, IN (w/ Rig) – (3422 N. Illinois Street)
Below is ‘The Middle Earth’ (The Ritz Theater) today. Has been vacant for many years. Built in 1927 as a movie theater [The Ritz], the seats were removed in 1970 to change it to a rock concert venue called the Middle Earth. By 1972, it had closed but had played host to Richie Havens, Frank Zappa as well as Alice Cooper. The seats were put back in and movies returned….but the place was closed by 1977. It has sat empty and abandoned since then.
(NO) July 18, 1970 -Salt Lake City, UT – Terrace Ballroom (w/ Love, Fever Tree) – Handbills exist showing Alice playing with Fever Tree, however posters exist with Alice Cooper listed but with Blue Cheer playing instead. However to add to the confusion apparently Blue Cheer canceled as well to be replaced by ‘Blue Mountain Eagle’. It is possible that Blue Cheer did appear on July 18 along with Love and Blue Mountain Eagle….but NO Alice Cooper
July 23, 1970 – Chicago Underground, 5751 E. 13 Mile Road Warren, MI(w/ The Assemblage) – Chicago Underground bootleg recorded here. A large apartment complex now sits on the site. Venue only existed from 1970-71. Was earlier called The Chatterbox.
July 24, 1970 – The Newcoast Festival in W. Nottingham, Chester County, PA on July 24-26, 1970. (w/ Stooges, Zephyr featuring Tommy Bolin, Cactus, Bloodrock, Amboy Dukes featuring Ted Nugent, Bob Seger System and others)
July 25, 1970 – The International Room, General Motors Institute, Flint, MI(w/ The Rationals, Brownsville Station) (below) The GM Institute has been located in Flint, Mi for many decades…it is now part of Kettering College. The large stage was used as a practice spot for a lot of Detroit area bands.
(Hey, I’m from Detroit – and these guys were big!)
*Aug 7 or 8, 1970 – MosportRaceway, north of Toronto, Ontario Strawberry Fields Festival.. Featuring, Mountain, Sly & the Family Stone, Cactus, Jethro Tull, Ten Years After, Procol Harum, , Delaney and Bonnie, the Youngbloods, Grand Funk Railroad, Melanie, Crowbar, and Jose Feliciano). Led Zeppelin was scheduled, but did not show.
The Strawberry Fields festival was initially to have taken place near Moncton, New Brunswick. The event was to run each day from low to high tide on a sandy beach where the tide goes out 1.5 miles. The event was re-scheduled at the last minute to Mosport Raceway, north of Toronto. Nine hundred miles from the original site. Thousands of Americans were denied entry into Canada for the Festival on the grounds that they “failed to produce adequate monies to support themselves.” Ten thousand Americans did make it. Info on Event
*August 4-9, 1970 – “Harmonyville”. The Electric Factory in Philadelphia Pa. was arranging a festival, originally slated to be called ‘Harmonyville’, which was to be located on the Delaware River in Northern New Jersey, opposite Bushkill, Pa. It appears it did not happen. Several large cardboard posters have been found for this event….but Alice Cooper is not listed among the many bands.
*Aug 9, 1970 – Jackson, MI – Goose Lake Int. Music Festival (w/ Jethro Tull, John Sebastian, Savage Grace, SRC, Flock, James Gang, Stooges, Ten Years After, Suite Charity, Detroit, Bob Seger System, Frost, Mountain, Rod Stewart and The Faces). Goose Lake Festival is considered Michigan’s Woodstock
There is still a question IF the Cooper band actually played this concert. You can find “witnesses” that say they did and others that say the opposite. AC had played the Ontario Strawberry Fields Festival on the 7th or 8th of August, so it was possible that they could have played the next day at Goose Lake.
The majority of historians of this concert feel that the AC band did not appear….but no reason has been stated.
Goose Lake Park was built on 390 acres of land, with a budget of $1 million, and was billed as the “world’s first permanent festival site”. It was projected that 60,000 fans would attend the first festival.
The stage was built on a large, revolving turntable with two performance spaces so that the previous band could disassemble its gear and the next band set up while the current band was performing. At the end of each performance, the stage would rotate 180 degrees, and the next act would begin performing almost immediately. The backstage area had a tent where 20 to 30 groupies described as “sizzlers” were available for the performers.
Those who attended were provided free campsites, free parking and free firewood. There were restrooms and showers every 500 feet, medical staff, motorcycle and dune buggy trails, a lake with a beach, and also the “longest slide in the world”. To keep gate crashers out, the site was surrounded by a high chain-link fence topped by barbed wire.
The admission price for the three-day event was $15.00 and entry tokens in the style of poker chips were sold to avoid the counterfeiting of paper tickets.
Sadly the area around Goose Lake is home of coal and even gold mining that has destroyed much of the area’s beauty and polluted many lakes and streams.
(NO SHOW)Aug 10, 1970 – Terrace Ballroom, Salt Lake City, Utah, (w/ Amboy Dukes and Brownsville Station). Article below explains that the band was not there – Brownsville Station and the Amboy Dukes performed (sort of) A mess. From Salt Lake City Tribune on August 14, 1970. Click to enlarge.
August 12, 1970 – Central States Rock Festival, Fairgrounds, Rapid City, South Dakota
Aug 14-15, 1970 – Eastown Theater, Detroit, MI (w/ Johnny Winter, Tin House) Eastown is at Harper Ave and Van Dyke in Detroit, MI
Aug 16, 1970 – Me Alice infers that Easy Action is out. Shep at Nimbus 9 in Toronto. Leo Fenn has taken over as acting Manager while Shep and Joey try and find new ways to make money. Leo sends a copy of the album to a young assistant at Nimbus 9 called… Bob Ezrin. He hates it. Fenn continues to hassle Ezrin to see the band live, which he finally does in Max`s Kansas City in NY.
Aug 25, 1970 – Washington, DC, L’Enfant Square, Medicine Ball Caravan show. (w/ Sageworth And Drums, Hot Tuna, Stoneground)
Due to their appearance on the ‘Soundtrack’ album to the film ‘Medicine Ball Caravan’ it has been long assumed Alice Cooper was part of the whole tour but this wasn’t the case. In fact ‘Stoneground’ were the only band to actually travel with the Caravan and play every show. The Caravan was put together specifically for the purpose of making a film about it, and the hippy movement, in the wake of the huge success of the ‘Woodstock’ film. It was basically a group of around 150 hippies and scene leading lights travelling across America and setting up concerts as they went. Warner Brothers bankrolled the project and the bands were simply flown in for each show, different artists each time. Alice Cooper only played this one show, and the track on the resulting album isn’t in fact live, but a studio cut with added audience.
***In 1972 John Grissim published a book entitled “We Have Come For Your Daughters: What Went Down On The Medicine Ball Caravan” which told the whole story (from his viewpoint) of the Caravan. It features one early photo of Alice backstage at the Washington show and a couple of pages describing the bands participation with the Washington show. (Part of this book – that concerns the AC band – can be found in the ‘Stories’ section of this site.)
Aug 29, 1970 – Island Park, LI (Near Long Beach), Action House (w/ Hog)
Aug 30, 1970 – Festival in West Virginia, – canceled (w/ Manitoba Hugger, Fuse (Cheap Trick), The Tayles, Amboy Dukes (Ted Nugent), SRC, Bob Seger, MC-5, Siegel-Schwall, Stooges (Iggy Pop), 3rd Power, Brownsville Station, Alice Cooper, Tongue and Django)
Aug 30, 1970 – Sound Storm II, Big Country Ranch Resort West Finley, PA ??????
Aug/Sept 1970 – Band arrives at Pontiac Farm, Detroit, MI. [The book, ‘Me, Alice’ infers they were there for 18 months.]
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September 2-5, 1970 – Ungano’s, New York, NY (Advertized in Village Voice) 210 West 70th Street NYC
Sept 5-7, 1970 – Central Texas Music Festival, Highway 95 between Elgin and Bastrop, TX (w/ MC-5, Amboy Dukes, Stooges, Ike & Tina Turner, James Cotton, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chambers Brothers, Alice Cooper, Freddie King, Eric Burdon & War and many more…). THE SHOW WAS CANCELLED DUE TO FEARS OF ”PROBLEMS” DEVELOPING AND PRESSURE FROM LOCALS.
Sept 8, 1970 – New York, NY – Max’s Kansas City (AC reportedly arrested for saying “tits”)
Max’s Kansas City – first time Bob Ezrin sees the band perform? These could/are likely to be the same show. Ezrin later joins the band at the Pontiac Ranch to work on songs for the next album. Recently, a bakery occupied the lower level of Max’s
Sept 9, 1970 – Long Island, NY, Action House
Sept 18, 1970 – Rainy Daze, Chesterfield, Missouri. [14100 Olive Street]
The Alice Cooper group entered through the front doors of the venue, walking through the audience before climbing on stage.
Sept 19, 1970 – New Orleans, LA, The Warehouse (w/ The Stooges, MC 5) (Advert exists, Show happened, but without the Stooges who are listing a show in Canada the following day)
The Warehouse, located at 1820 Tchoupitoulas Street, was the main venue for rock music, in New Orleans, in the 1970s. It opened on January 30, 1970, with The Flock, Fleetwood Mac, and The Grateful Dead. The Allman Brothers Band were regulars.
Rock history was made at The Warehouse. The Grateful Dead’s arrest on opening weekend for drug possession would be immortalized in their song “Truckin”. On Feb. 1, there was a “Bread for the Dead” concert to raise money for legal fees. Fleetwood Mac and the Grateful Dead performed, and concluded with an almost 40-minute jam together on “Turn on Your Lovelight.” [Jim Morrison’s last concert, with The Doors, was also at the Warehouse on Dec 12, 1970.]
Sept 27, 1970– String Factory, Richmond, Virginia w/Matrix and Titfield Thunderbolt
October 4, 1970 – Birmingham Palladium in Birmingham, Mi. (w/Catfish and Shakey Jake)
October 9-10, 1970 – Eastown Theater, Detroit, MI (w/ Cradle, Mutzie, Chicken Shack)
Oct 16 1970 – Grand Rapids, MI, Grand Valley Armory (w/ Mike Quatro, Jam Band, The Ones) (Poster exists)
Oct 17, 1970 – Memorial Gym, Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois (w/ S. R. C., Chase, Frijid Pink)
Oct 31, 1970 – Ypsilanti, MI, Bowen Field House, Eastern Michigan Univ. ( w/ SRC, Brownsville Station, Jam Band, Mutzi, Insanity’s Horse) – *Interesting: another source says they never showed up!
November 1, 1970 – The Früt (sic) Palace, Mt Clemens, MI 23580 Hall Road, Mt. Clemens. “The Früt” (originally Früt of the Loom) was a local Detroit-area band who rented out two large geodesic dome buildings and had other local bands play there. They also had shows at a place called the Früt Cellar in downtown Mt. Clemens. (234 Gratiot Ave) The Früt Cellar was the ballroom of the Colonial Hotel which dated back to the beginning of the 20th century. Originally the structure was a sanitarium. Although the dates are unknown the Alice Cooper band is said to have played this venue as well, per book: Detroit Rock City.
[Cautionary note for Früt Palace show: While copies of performance contracts, for 1970, exist for the bands the MC5, Stooges, Funkadelics, and Mitch Ryder, there is not one for the ACG. Re: RnR Hall of Fame library and Archives.]
Nov. 6-7, 1970 – Dewey’s in Madison, WI
Nov 11, 1970 – Eighteen/Is It My Body released without there being an album to promote as yet.
Nov 20, 1970 – Los Angeles, CA, Homecoming Dance, UCLA Ackerman Union Grand Ballroom (w/ Bones, Christopher Milk)
Nov 21, 1970 – Detroit, MI. U of D Memorial Building. University of Detroit campus. (w/Stooges and Jane Fonda)
Nov 25, 1970 – Salt Lake City, UT – Fairgrounds Coliseum (w/ Wishful Thinking) Tickets for a previous AC show were valid for this show by returning the unused ticket for an exchange. Addy: 155 N1000 W, Salt Lake City, Utah
Nov 27, 1970 – Chicago, IL, The Syndrome, 1400 S.Wabash Avenue, Chicago (w/MC5)
Structure was actually the last of the three “Coliseums” in Chicago. It was built in 1899 and saw service as a hockey arena (Chicago Black Hawks), basketball and political conventions.
During the late 1960s and early 1970s, The Coliseum saw duty as “The Syndrome”, a general-admission venue for rock music concerts. Many popular bands of the era played there, including The Grateful Dead, Cream, Grand Funk Railroad, Steppenwolf, Jethro Tull, Jimi Hendrix and The Doors. The venue was also hosting roller derbys and pro wrestling matches.
In 1971, the city shut the building down for fire violations, and the building fell into disuse, finally being demolished in 1982. Part of the Libby facade was given to the Chicago History Museum. The site is now occupied by the Soka Gakkai USA Culture Center. Coliseum Park, across the street at 14th Place and Wabash Ave., has a sign that commemorates this historic structure.
AC would return here on Dec 31 of this year.
Dec 7, 1970 -Rochester, NY. Monroe Community College. A show conflict here. There is also a show on the 7th in Virginia (see below). Found this ad in the Adverts in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (November 23, 1970). But no other info found.
Dec 7, 1970 – Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale, Virginia
Show took place in the campus cafeteria. (With ‘Titfield Thunderbolt’)
Dec 11, 1970 – The Loft, Lakeville, MI (w/ The Maxx) An earlier show here saw the arrest of 2 members of the MC5. Place was also called the Limberlost. The building still stands on private property.
Dec 25-26, 1970 – Eastown Theatre, Detroit (With Bob Ezrin playing Keyboards!!) (Love, The Früt)
Dec 27, 1970 – Toledo Sports Arena – Toledo, Ohio (w/Mutzie)
The Toledo Sports Arena was a 5,230-seat multi-purpose arena, at 1 Main Street, Toledo, Ohio. It was built in 1947 and razed in 2007. The band would return to this venue in 1971 and 1973.
Dec 28, 1970 – Chatham, Ontario ?
Dec 29, 1970 – St. Louis, MO ?
Dec 31, 1970 – Chicago IL, Chicago Coliseum (w/ The Byrds) (eye witness – “The Byrds played after them in the wee hours of the morning”) [Note the Nov 27 date above.]
Other shows possible in 1970:
1970 – Wheeling, IL – Wheeling High School
1970 – Windsor, Ontario – Walkerville High School
Winter 1970 – Pittsburg S.M.A.P. (Sunshine Music America Peace) – They were a last minute fill-in for Cold Blood, who canceled??????
Formerly The Electric Theater (which opened on March 29, 1969) Sunshine Music America Peace was a Pittsburgh, PA. venue built to stage underground acts and compete w/the likes of the Fillmore in San Francisco and the Electric Factory in Philadelphia. Alice Cooper played that venue in 1969. Also known as “S.M.A.P.,” 1970 concerts featured Mind Garage, Lighthouse, Bob Seager System and Amboy Dukes which featured Ted Nugent, Alice Cooper and others. The owner says the Cooper band played at either the Electric Theater or one of the S.M.A.P. events. Located at 6117 Broad Street in Pittsburgh, PA. Building is now a Youth Center.
Here is a amendment (addendum?) to the band’s Warner Bros contract, signed by all five band members in December of 1970. Kind of hard to read. Something Janice found in Glen’s desk. Notice that, legally, it was still Vince Furnier. The amendment calls for a slight correction in the length of the original contract.