1971 – BIG TIME
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Jan 1, 1971 – The Sherwood Forest, Davison, MI (w/ Universe, Smack Dab)
Sherwood Forest was known for its large outdoor summer concerts in the early 70’s. They did have some smaller indoor concerts during the colder months. Located in Davison, Mi…near Flint Mi. on M-15 and Richfield Road.
Above – Abandoned
remains of one of the lodges that served as a venue for cold weather concerts….often called “Wild Wednesdays”.
Jan 2, 1971 – Birmingham, Mi Palladium (w/ Werks, Salvage)
Jan 15, 1971 – Dania, FL – Pirates World (w/ MC5, Brownsville Station)
Jan 15, 1971 – “Turn On With Barry Richards’” show performance recorded (apparently live) in Washington, DC. Transmitted the following day. (DATE IS IN QUESTION)
Jan 16. 1971 – The footage known as `Detroit Tubeworks` filmed for TV. Filmed at WXON Studios (Channel 20), north of Detroit.
Jan 23, 1971– Alice Cooper performs at the Detroit Autorama in January of 1971.
Jan 29, 1971 – Fillmore North, St. Lawrence Market, Toronto (w/ SRC) St. Lawrence Market is a large produce market/shopping area in Toronto. Where exactly the concert took place – I have not determined. This is a photo of one of the large structures at this site:
Jan 31, 1971 – ‘JBs’ in Kent, OH (w/ Glass Harp, Biggy Rat) Located on 224 N. Water Street in Kent.
Feb 2, 1971 – Toledo ‘State Theatre’. (w/Frut) Location: Collingwood and Delaware Ave, Toledo, Ohio. Built in 1927. Band would play here again in 1971.
Feb 12, 1971 – at the ‘Rock 3’, St. Catherines, Ontario. 53 Ontario Street. (w/Titanic)
Feb 14, 1971– The Sherwood Forest, Davison, MI (w/ The Whiz Kids, Ice Nine) See Jan 1, ‘71
Feb 18, 1971 – “Eighteen” mentioned as being number one in Cleveland.
Feb (21?), 1971– ‘Love It To Death’ released
Me Alice: “February the band returned to Pontiac Farm. Shep and Joey had opened up an office on West Thirteenth Street, Greenwich Village, NY where they sat on the phones promoting the record. Things start happening and `18` starts getting airplay. The band head back into the studio to record the rest of the album with Bob Ezrin. Charlie Carnel and Mike Allen built first, `The Cage Of Fire`(which Alice claims WAS used a couple of times, MB says once), and then The Electric Chair.”
’18’ gets a lot of air time on Windsor radio station – CKLW. Music director at CKLW, Rosalie Trombley, picked up on the song because her son liked it. Canadian radio stations were required to play a certain percentage of their songs that had Canadian connections. Bob Ezrin was from Canada so playing ’18’ also provided CKLW a way to easily fulfill their ‘Canadian’ obligation. CKLW broadcast to a very large area in the midwest, so they provided a big push for the song and band.
Feb, 1971– Brampton, Ontario, Canada (w/ Nucleus)
Feb 19, 1971– Oelman Auditorium, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio (two shows). Oelman Hall is now the Center of the Universities Chemistry Department.
Feb 26, 1971– Electric Playground, Columbus, OH. 16 E. Elm Street. Site is now a parking lot.
Feb 27, 1971 – Brampton, Ontario, Canada (w/ Nucleus) at Brampton Centennial SS.
Feb 28, 1971 – Polish Veterans Hall, Oshawa, Canada (w/ Fear). (Sikorski) Polish Veteran’s Hall is still operating.
Early ’71 – Tour dates included the Melody Art Theater in Inkster, Michigan. Address was: 28765 Michigan Avenue, Inkster, M (10 miles west of Detroit). This theater was famous in the area for its XXX movies and nearby “message” businesses. Supposedly, the Alice Cooper band played there for several Sunday midnight shows. This place did have concerts for local bands (SRC, Woolies) between June of 71 and June of 72….but ACG is not listed at the motorcitymusicarchives as being one of the bands that played those shows.
March 6, 1971 – Virginia Rock Theater, Alexandria, Virginia – two shows. 601 First Street, Alexandria, VA. Theater closed in 1976 and demolished soon after.
March 17, 1971 – at Sherwood Forest, Davison Michigan
Benefit show presented by CREEM Magazine…picture below:
March 19, 1971 – Notre Dame University – Stepan Center, South Bend, Indiana
[Poor quality – incorrect sound]
March 20, 1971 – Cyrus Erie West (w/Rain). 38871 Center Ridge Road in North Ridgeville, Ohio (near Cleveland). This venue appeared to have been in a strip mall. Both the building and the strip mall are gone. One description for the March 1970 date states: “Alice Cooper, in black pantyhose and mascara, using a carbon dioxide tank to spray two pillows full of white feathers into audience.”
The Cyrus Erie club was originally called the Hullabaloo (I think there was about one half million clubs named that!) The name was changed in the late 60’s to support and push a local band called ‘Cyrus Erie’.
March 22, 1971– Greenmill Gardens, Findley, OH – Alice later heard to say it was “the worst place he ever played”. Built 1925, demolished 1978, it served as a roller rink for many years.
March 24, 1971 – Valleydale Ballroom. Columbus, Ohio. Sunbury Road. With Osiris and Westside.
March 26 or 27, 1971 – Memorial University of Newfoundland. St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada. In the Thompson Student Center. (Info from Janice Barto).
March 28, 1971 – Capitol Theater, Springfield, MA. 204 Massachusetts Ave.
“I went to this my 1st Alice Cooper concert, and my 1st concert featuring a national big-name band. There was an opening act, whose name I didn’t catch, but they were definitely a small local band. The Capitol was a very small, old converted movie theater with NO seats and a carpeted floor on the main level and a very small balcony. If i was to guess, i would say that the total capacity of the theatre was somewhere around 1200-1500 people. They only had concerts there from the Summer of 1970 to May of 1971. Sadly the theatre was razed about 30 years ago. A vivid memory of this show was Alice being led off stage by a woman in a nurse’s outfit (Cindy Smith) and coming back out in a straight jacket. I now know that the song was The Ballad Of Dwight Fry. “
(Ray Rivers, December 2007)
March 31,1971 – Stanley Theater, Pittsburgh,PA [Located at 719 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh] (w/ Spirit, Freeport) Built in 1928, this was a major venue in Pittsburgh during the swing and big band era. In 1964 the Beatles appeared here. In 1978 it became strictly a movie theater until 1987 when it was restored and became the Benedum Center.
April 1971 – Eighteen is a HIT! The band were now making close to $15,000 a night. Note: A teacher’s average salary in 1970 was under $10,000 a year.
April 1, 1971 – Atlanta, GA, Municipal Auditorium (W/ Ted Nugent And The Amboy Dukes, Brownsville Station) 30 Courtland Street SE
April 2, 1971 – Curtis Hixon Hall, Tampa, Florida (w/ Edger Winter.) Picture is from 1965. Building razed in 1993. 600 N. Ashley Drive Curtis Hixon Hall [below]
April 6, 1971– Montgomery, AL, Garrett Coliseum (w/ Brownsville Station). Built in 1951, this site is still going strong hosting everything from tractor pulls, indoor football, & music concerts.
April 16, 1971 – Detroit, Olympia Stadium (w/ Steppenwolf, Lighthouse) 5920 Grand River Avenue, Detroit. Olympia (The Old Red Barn) was perhaps the most famous sports venue in Detroit. The building saw Joe Louis defend his title there many times. Musical giants like Elvis, the Beatles, and Glen Buxton performed there. However its main notoriety was being the home of the Detroit Red Wings. The building was torn down in 1987. Witness said the band played after Lighthouse and before Steppenwolf.
April 17, 1971 – Civic Opera House, Chicago, IL (w/ Stooges, Jam Band) – Apparently there was a giant cross onstage. The Civic Opera House is located at 20 North Wacker Drive, Chicago. Built in 1921, it is used exclusively for operatic endeavors today.
???April 21, 1971 – The Park, New Baltimore, Ohio
with SRC, Ormandy, Reginal True Rabbitt, Abu-Tala
This show is mentioned on a couple of sites. However, since the same lineup played on August 21 of this year….I am wondering if one of these two dates is a mistake. No tickets or poster found mentioning April 21 date.
April 24, 1971 – Taft Theater, Cincinnati, OH (w/ Mike Quattro’s Jam Band) 317 East Fifth Street. Built in 1928, Recently renovated into an all purpose venue. [Taft Theater today]
April 30, 1971– St. Louis Arena at ‘the Annex’ – 5700 Oakland Avenue. The Annex sat next to the larger St. Louis Arena. Destroyed in 1999. Apartment and hotel sites on the old site today. (w/ Amboy Dukes, Brownsville Station, Mike Quatro Jam Band)
May 1, 1971 – Struthers Field House, OH (w/Brownsville Station, Velvet Underground and Biggy Rat) Location: 111 Euclid Street, Struthers, Ohio. In the early 70’s, The Fieldhouse was one of the largest indoor rock concert venues in the Youngstown, Ohio area. James Brown, The Velvet Underground, The Guess Who and Alice Cooper performed there. Built in 1950. Still standing.
May 3, 1971 – Carnegie Hall, New York City (w/ Jackie Lomax) Show changed to 6th May at the Town Hall
May 6, 1971 – New York, NY Town Hall (w/ Holy Modal Rounders) (feathers clog up air conditioning?) The Town Hall is a performance space, located at 123 West 43rd Street, between Sixth Avenue and Broadway, in New York City. It opened on January 12, 1921, and seats approximately 1,500 people.
A review of this show mentions Alice having a snake on stage. If so it may have been Kachina, the bands first snake, which was owned and cared for by Neal Smith and Skip Ladd.
May 7, 1971 ManatoMN.
May 8, 1971 Crookston, MN.
May 9, 1971 Rapid City, SD
May 12, 1971 – Virginia Beach Center, Virginia Beach, Virginia
May 13, 1971 – Virginia Beach, The Dome (Press clipping exists dated 23rd May 1971 could suggest this was 23rd not 13th but that would clash with another show). “The Dome” (renamed the Alan B. Shepard Civic Center) was torn down in 1994 and….turned into a parking lot!
May 14, 1971 – Indianapolis,IN Bush Stadium. Opened 1931 – closed 2001. Former sports stadium.
May 15, 1971 – Grand Rapids, MI, Kentwood Roller Rink. Location: 14-52nd St. SE. The Roller Rink is still there – as of 2015. Eyewitness states: “Love It To Death LP…no extras re: stage objects. Snake. Silver suits. Alice hammering on the stage to the intro.”
May 16, 1971-Columbus, OH Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium
May 17, 1971– Lafayette, IN Jefferson High School [1801 South 18th Street, Indianapolis]. Axl Rose is an alumnus of this school, as is pro wrestler Dick the Bruiser. The current school buildings were opened in 1970 and are still being used.
May 18, 1971 – Chippewa Lake Park, Chippewa Lake, Ohio. Appreciation Day
May 19, 1971 – Baltimore, MD- Painter’s Mill (actually in Ownings Mill, MD). ? No listing of a concert for Alice Cooper. Alice/solo did play here in 1981. Perhaps a date error?
May 21, 1971 – Saginaw, MI Saginaw Auditorium. 235 S. Washington Avenue.(w/The Third Power) Saginaw Auditorium opened in 1908 and was raised in 1972. Only the back part of the auditorium remains, as apartments. The remainder is a parking lot.
May 23, 1971 – Philadelphia, PA Spectrum (w/ John Mayall, Mott The Hoople)
????May 28, 1971 Oklahoma City
May 29, 1971 – Fort Worth, TX Will Rogers Coliseum (w/ John Mayall, Brownsville Station) 3401 W. Lancaster Avenue. Coliseum is still in operation as a multifunctional venue.
May 30, 1971– San Antonio, TX, Temple University Joe Freeman Coliseum (w/John Mayall and Brownsville Station)
May 31. 1971 – Houston, TX, Sam Houston Coliseum (w/ John Mayall, Brownsville Station)
June 4, 1971– Eastown Theater, Detroit, MI (w/ The Flamin’ Groovies, Wild Man Fischer, Glass Harp)
June 5, 1971 – Eastown Theater, Detroit, MI (w/ The Flamin’ Groovies, Wild Man Fischer)
June 11-12, 1971 – New York, NY Fillmore East (The Final Concerts poster) (w/ Bloodrock,Glass Harp)
Bill Graham was never a big fan of the Alice Cooper band…thus his reluctance of putting them as headliners. According to then manager Joe Greenberg: Bill Graham’s exact words were: “Over my dead body will Alice Cooper play the Filmore! The only bands I hate as much as Alice Cooper are Iggy and the Stooges and the Illusion!!” (Expletives deleted)
It seems Bill Graham gave Bloodrock not only top billing – but failed to put the bands name on the marque when announcing coming shows. It has been said that Graham was never a fan of the Alice Cooper band.
June 13, 1971 – Alexandria (or Falls Church), VA, Alexandria Roller Rink
June 14, 1971 – South Amboy, NJ – The Scene
June, 1971– Canton, OH, Memorial Aud.
June 18, 1971 – Toledo, OH Toledo Sports Arena (w/ Amboy Dukes, Brownsville Station)
June 15th (or 19th), 1971 – Teen Scene ’71 Festival, Birmingham, AL Fairgrounds (w/ Ted Nugent, Mountain and others) Confusion about when this concert took place. Tickets differ on when Alice Cooper played.
June 19, 1971 – Central Catholic High School. Allentown, PA. (w/Wax). No confirmation that band played other than newspaper build up in the area. Rockne Hall saw other rock performances at that time, so chances are good the band did play there. High school is still there and “in business”.
June 21, 1971 – Oak Lawn, IL Inwood Skating Rink (Dex Card’s Wild Goose). Building now serves as a social club/church. Dax Card (radio dj) established several teen club’s in the south Chicago suburbs…several of them called ‘The Wild Goose’. When (deejay) Dex Card started his Wild Goose circuit-basically, he’d ask a club owner, “Hey, can I call your club the Wild Goose on Saturday?”-and local bands started playing all of his places. It was referred to as the Dax Card circuit. Photos by RC McWilliams
June 23, 1971 – Starwood Club, Schererville, Indiana, called the “Dex Cards Wild Goose Rock and Roll Club”
June 26, 1971 – Toronto, Beggar’s Banquet Festival, Borough Of York Stadium (w/ Steppenwolf, Bread, BloodRock, Beach Boys, Lighthouse, Chilliwack, Old Rationals)
June 29, 1971 – Cyrus Erie West – North Ridgeville – Cleveland, OH (w/Jessup)
June 30 to July 6, 1971 – International Youth Expo, The Kingsbridge Armory In The Bronx, New York, NY – Advert exists listing Alice Cooper playing ONE night between these dates but doesn’t specify which one. Built in 1917, the Kingsbridge Armory, also known as the Eighth Regiment Armory, is located on West Kingsbridge Road in the New York City borough of The Bronx.The armory covers about 5 acres of ground. Currently it is awaiting a major overhaul by the city if NY, and sees very little use. It is possibly the largest armory in the world. The band may have played on July 5th.
July 1, 1971 – Passaic, New Jersey, Central Theater (w/ The Hampton Grease Band) Location: 19 Central Avenue, Passaic, NJ. Opened in 1940, torn down in 1972. A McDonald’s now sits on the site.
July 4, 1971– Asbury Park, NJ, The Sunshine Inn – This is where the legendary “Stone Pony” black and white footage was actually recorded. (w/James Gang) 904 Kingsley Street
July 6, 1971 – Roostertail Super Club, Detroit, MI (After show party at The Grande)
The bootleg `Paracidal Slumbers’ was recorded in 1971 at the Roostertail Supper Club in Detroit and this is the date suggested, by Billboard.
July 9-10, 1971– Paramount Northwest, Seattle, WA (w/ Ze Whiz Kidz, Doily Brothers) 901 Pine St. Seattle. Opened in 1928 as a vaudeville-type theater. Also, at one time or another, it was called the Seattle Theater, or just The Paramount. By 1970, the theater/movie business had taken a down turn and the rights to the building were acquired by a company who would change its name to ‘Paramount Northwest’, use it for rock concerts. Pink Floyd, Kiss, the Guess Who and other bands played here from 1971 to 1976. By 1976, the theaters interior had been all but destroyed and the city government took control of the building, eventually redoing the interior to that of earlier times. The theater is still used as a music venue.
Above photo of GB is from July of 1971. Thank you Monica Lauer
July 11, 1971 – Long Beach, CA Long Beach Auditorium/Convention Hall (w/ Black Oak Arkansas, Savage Grace)
A 15 year old Randy Rhoads, (along with original Quiet Riot bassist) Kelly Garni and older brother Kelle were in attendance at this show, and he pinpoints this concert as a pivotal moment in Randy’s decision to be a professional musician. Ironically enough, Tommy Aldridge was the drummer for Black Oak Arkansas, who would end up playing with Randy in Ozzy’s band a decade later.
Kelle Rhoads: “Another story that I think is important was me taking my brother to his first large scale concert. This has been written about, and it’s no secret, but I can’t tell you the impact this had on my brother. I told him, “we’re gonna go see Alice Cooper in Long Beach.” So him and Kelly Garni and me, Kelly Garni’s mom had to drive us, we were just kids. And we went down and we saw Alice Cooper touring for the Love It To Death show, and Black Oak Arkansas opened up for them. That band had a young teenage Tommy Aldridge as the drummer. Randy was blown away. Years later when he worked in the same band with him, Randy had told him about seeing him at that show.
Anyway, after Alice Cooper was done, my brother just turned white, and he was just staring at the stage, the concert was long over. And I think what happened that day was a light went off, and he got the idea that he could do this too. That was where I pinpoint him going, “I can actually make this my living. I can really do this. This is what I want to do. This is all I have to do.” And I think that July 11,1971 was when that happened for him.“
(from ‘Stripped: The Unlikely Rise of the Hollywood Rock Underground’ – Thom Hazaert 2009)
*Other stories referencing Randy Rhoads center on his admiration for the guitar work of Glen Buxton. Of course, by the time this story was ‘developed’, the spin was shifted to Rhoads’ admiration for ‘Alice Cooper’.
Bastille Day Party
For more photos by Monica Lauer of ”The Coming Out Party”
July , 1971– According to Me, Alice, the band receive their first royalty checks of $8,000 each.
July 13, 1971 – Oklahoma City, OK Fairgrounds Arena
July 16, 1971 – Brothers Club, Aberdeen, WA (a show in Boise, Idaho was cancelled). ? No information found about this venue.
July, 1971 – Findlay, Ohio Greenmill Gardens (Michael Bruce absent as he was in hospital in Detroit with bad ulcers) This was the bands second visit to Greenmill Gardens. See March 22, 1971
July 19, 1971 – Ottawa Civic Centre (w/ Black Sabbath, Yes ) Location: 1015 Bank Street. The Ottawa Civic Centre is part of Landsdowne Park. Today the Civic Centre is now called TD Place Arena…a combination hockey arena and outdoor sports field.
July 21, 1971– Philadelphia Spectrum (w/ Black Sabbath, Humble Pie). Built in 1966. Now called the Wachovia Spectrum. The band will play here again in 1973.
July 22–23, 1971 – Peoria, IL,’The Barn’ (w/ Brownsville Station) Jay Goldberg got into the business in the late 1960s, deciding to sell concert tickets out of a record store he owned. But there were not that many concerts to sell tickets for, so he and business partner Bill Love in the early 1970s started bringing artists to The Barn, an old horse stable on Galena Road. Over the years Goldberg has attracted everyone from Jethro Tull to the Allman Brothers to Alice Cooper to venues around town. ‘The Barn’ no longer exists.
July 28, 1971– Gaelic Park. The Bronx (W/ Black Sabbath, Black Oak Arkansas) Since 1926 the grounds has been used as the venue for Gaelic sports in New York, and since its purchase by Manhattan College in 1991 it has hosted numerous American college athletic events. Building and sports field renovated in 2007.
July `71 – Schererville, Indiana – Starwood Club (Two Nights – see above 23rd June) ??????
August ’71 Show on Boston Common, Boston, MA as part of the “Sunset Series”
August 8, 1971 – Cincinnati Gardens, Cincinnati, Ohio (w/ Black Sabbath and Edgar Winter’s White Trash (who replaced originally scheduled Humble Pie) Location: 2250 Seymour Avenue. Beatles performed here in ’64 and later the Rolling Stones, Elvis and the Jackson 5 were there. A multisport arena, most often used now as an ice hockey venue and for indoor football. Built in 1949.
Aug `71– Killer recorded.
August 20, 1971 – Indiana Beach (Lake Shafer) Monticello, Indiana.
Aug 21, 1971 – The Park, N. Baltimore, OH (w/ SRC, Reginal True Rabbitt, Ormandy, Abu-Tala) – Reported that Michael Bruce missed this show.
(Picture at right – not AC band on stage)
August 21, 1971 – Boston, MA, Part of the “Sunset Series on the Common”. Photo exists. Band played during daylight. Not sure of date. Band may have also played a softball game earlier in the day.
Aug 22, 1971 – Lake Milton Festival, Lucas County Recreation Center, Maumee, Ohio. w/ Brownsville Station -Bob Seger, Teegarden & VanWinkle, Chuck Berry, LAW, Catfish Hodge, Ted Nugent/Amboy Dukes) 1800 Key St. Maumee, OH
Aug 23, 19’71 – Barberton, Ohio, Barberton Speedway Rock Concert (w/ Catfish, Marblecake, Glass Harp, Eli Raddish, Purple Image, 15-60-75, Witch Hazel, Mantissa, Mint )
Aug 28, 1971– Wildwood, NJ, Wildwood Convention Center
Sept 7, 1971 – Recording at RCA Studios, Chicago. According to contract, songs worked on were Desperado, Halo Of Flies and Under My Wheels
Sept 9, 1971– Oklahoma City (mentioned in Zig Zag article)
Sept, 1971-Tampa, FL Fairgrounds
Sept 12, 1971– Hollywood, FL Sportatoreum (w/ MC-5 & others)
The Hollywood Sportatorium was an indoor arena in Pembroke Pines, Fl, located at 17171 Pines Blvd (originally 16661 West Hollywood Boulevard). Built in 1969 Demolished in 1993. During its 18 years of operation, it was the only venue of its kind in heavily populated South Florida. Homes and a shopping center sit on the former site.
[Sept 13-14 Berkeley Theater, California. In support of Led Zeppelin. Did not occur]
Sept 16, 1971 – University of Waterloo. Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. (W/ Commander Cody and Lost Planet Airmen). Venue: Physical Education Centre
Sept 17, 1971 – Brian Timmis Stadium, Hamilton, Ontario. Sports Center built in the 1960s. Still being used – mostly for outdoor soccer/football.
Sept 19, 1971 – Richmond, VA, The Gym At Virginia Commonwealth University (w/ Goose Lake Symphony)
Sept 20, 1971 – Scranton Armory, Scranton, Pennsylvania [Date on Itinerary]
Built in 1900! Still in use today as a National Guard Center.
Sept 21, 1971– Convention Hall, Grove City, Pennsylvania [Date on Itinerary]
Sept 22, 1971 – Peoria, IL The Barn (w/ Mike Quattro’s Jam Band) Second show at this venue – this year?
Sept 24-25, 1971 – Winterland, San Fanscisco (w/ Cold Blood, Glass Harp)
Sept 28, 1971– Under My Wheels/Desperado released
A rather poor and incorrect write up found in the Akron Beacon Journal’s September 28, 1971 newspaper.
Oct 16, 1971 – Lebanon Valley College. (w/Big City Music Band) May have been part of the colleges’ Homecoming week.
Oct 17, 1971 – Toledo Ohio. State Theater. This Sunday date is questionable.
Oct 19, 1971 – Irving, TX Danny Veno Auditorium. Supposedly there was a bootleg recording made of this show.
Oct 21, 1971– Alice Cooper band arrives in London
Oct 25, 1971 – Copenhagen, Denmark Tivoli (w/ Tea). Tivoli Gardens (or simply Tivoli) is a famous amusement park Copenhagen, Denmark. The park opened on 15 August 1843 and is the second oldest amusement park in the world.
A Bremen show is mentioned, but it could be referring to the Beat Club TV show which had Breman connections.
`Beat Club` TV appearance filmed and broadcast featuring `18`
Oct 26, 1971– Alice Cooper leaves Denmark for Germany and records the performance on German show ‘Beat Club’
Oct 27, 1971 – Frankfurt, Germany Jahrhunderhalle (w/ Procol Harem, Heads Hands and Feet). Jahrhunderthalle is a convention center located in Frankfurt, Germany. The hall, which was designed by architect Friedrich Wilhelm Kraemer, opened in 1963.
Skip Ladd Story
“In 1971 I carried Alice off stage on my shoulder. Shep Gordon had me dress up in a Warner Brothers gorilla outfit and said you can play it one of two ways. Either play a casual nonchalant gorilla, or a mean swinging side to side gorilla. I played the latter. German kids would say “Look behind You! Look behind You!” In English and German. Alice was throwing posters out into the audience. I’m sweating up a storm under the stage lights that were flown in from England for the gig. Alice and I get into a pushing match and I just picked him up and carried him to the wings of the stage for Alice to give the final direction to end the song. The lights went out and the crowd called him back out for two more encores. The next day Neal was talking to the press at the Continental Hyatt House and they were wondering who the Gorilla was.” (Skip Ladd, May 2000)
Oct 28, 1971– Alice Cooper arrives in Holland
Oct 29, 1971 – Amsterdam, Holland Concertgebouw (w/ B.P. Mense ). A concert hall in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The Dutch term “concertgebouw” literally translates into English as “concert building”. Built in 1888.
Nov 2, 1971 – Paris, France Pierre Cardin Theatre
Originally scheduled to be the Olympia but venue management wouldn`t allow them in, Omar Sharif, Bianca Jagger and Alain Delon in the audience) – French communist agitators smashed their way into the Cardin Theatre causing disruption.
Ron Volz (roadie) – “By the second song the place was so packed that the audience was forced against the stage and the people outside that were locked out drove a car through a giant window in the lobby downstairs. Crazy Gig!!”
Nov 4, 1971 – Birmingham, England Mayfair Suite(Original venue was The Kinetic Circus) – First UK appearance
Nov 5, 1971– Records ‘The Old Grey Whistle Test’ TV Show
Nov 7, 1971 – London, England Rainbow Theatre (w/ Arthur Brown, Roger Ruskin Spear) (Bowie in audience) – 1st show to feature a snake (Neal’s snake Kachina as seen on the cover of ‘Killer’).
The Rainbow Theatre (originally Astoria Theatre) is a building in Finsbury Park, London, England. Built as a cinema in 1930, it later became well known as a music venue and is now a Pentecostal church.
Nov 9, 1971 – Band leaves London.
November 10 (maybe 11?), 1971 – Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa, Florida. (w/Duckbutter and local band, Rush)
Nov 27,`71 Killer released
*Me Alice: Approximately here, the band fly to New York and move into a 42 room Galesi Estate mansion in Greenwich Connecticut.
Above: Two exterior views of the Galesi Estate in Connecticut…and a photo of Glen’s bed.
Nov 27, 1971– Saginaw Auditorium (warm up show)(w/ Guardian Angel, Old Rationals)
Dec 1, 1971– New York, NY Academy of Music (w/ Dr John) – First show with Alice in the classic ‘clown’ make up. First Gallows appearance.
This venue, formerly a theater at E.14th Street near Irving Place, was called the Palladium after 1985. It was torn down in 2001.
Dec 3, 1971 – New Orleans, LA – Municipal Auditorium
Dec 4, 1971 – Orlando, FL, Kemp’s Coliseum
Dec 5, 1971 – Baton Rouge, LA Independence Hall/Hotel
Dec 6, 1971– Chicago, IL Auditorium Theatre (part of Roosevelt University) (w/ Dr John) OR – Dec 13-14th.???
Dec 8, 1971– Columbus, OH Ohio Theatre
Dec 10, 1971 – Indianapolis, IN (Fairgrounds) Coliseum (w/ Canned heat, Dr John, Pure Praire League, REO Speedwagon)
Dec 11, 1971 – Dayton, OH Hare Arena (w/ Cactus and Atomic Rooster)
Dec 12, 1971 – Toledo, OH Sports Arena(w. Bob Seger)
Dec 13-14, 1971 – Chicago ,IL Civic Auditorium (w/ Dr. John, Poco, Humble Pie)
Dec 16, 1971 – Kansas City, MO Cowtown Theatre (ad. says Cowtown Ballroom. Two shows.
Dec 17, 1971 – St. Louis, MO St. Louis Arena
Dec 19, 1971 – Detroit, MI Cobo Hall (w/ Dr John The Night Tripper, White Trash (Edgar Winter) – John Sinclair is said to have dropped in during AC’s Set
Dec 21, 1971 – Toledo, OH Sports Arena
Dec 25-26, 1971 – Miami, FL Pirates World. Pirates World was an 100-acre pirate-themed amusement park in Dania, Florida, that opened in 1967. Developed by Recreation Corporation of America, it was located on the north side of Sheridan Street, east of US 1. Closed in 1973….killed off by the opening of disney World in 1971. Site is now covered with condos.
Dec 27, 1971 – Pittsburgh, PA Civic Arena “Christmas Shower of Stars” (w/J. Geils, Bloodrock, Manassas). Supposedly there is a bootleg CD of this show.
Dec 28, 1971 – Baltimore, MD Lyric Theatre [?] OR Akron, OH, Civic Auditorium
Dec 29, 1971 – Cleveland, Ohio at the Cleveland Public Hall (w/ J Geils Band, Sha Na Na, Cactus)
[*Someone noticed that the above article declares that Vince had legally changed his name to ‘Alice Cooper’. This was three years before the actual legal name change occurred! Would love to know how, and from whom, the author of this article got that bit of false information?]
Dec 30, 1971 – Ottawa Civic Center (Postponed until Jan 1st – band stuck in Cleveland by storm) Glen might have visited his grandmother in Akron during the delay.
Dec 31, 1971 – Toronto, Canada, Ontario Maple Leaf Gardens, Winter Pop Festival (w/ Edgar Winter/White Trash, Dr John, Sundance, Chilliwack, Crowbar)