1972 :  July – December

Early July – SCHOOL’S OUT album releaseda-so1




Photo by David Cluett


1972 July

July 11, 1972 – Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. [w/Humble Pie/Uriah Heep]. Three Rivers Stadium was opened in 1970, closed in 2000 and demolished in 2001, by implosion. Former home of MLB Pittsburgh Pirates and NFL Pittsburgh Steelers.

This show was rescheduled from June 23….due to rain and flooding.

Ad from radio station in Pittsburgh

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Three Rivers Stadium






Uriah Heep

Humble Pie – 1974


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Glen, and Michael’s behind, on stage during School’s out tour. During Gutter Cats, I’d presume.

July 12, 1972Cessna  Stadium, Wichita, Kansas
[with Dr, Hook, Flo & Eddie]. Part of Wichita State University. Built in 1969 – renovated in 1996.

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  July 13, 1972Fairgrounds Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma [w/ Dr. Hook]

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Oklahoma City July 13. Courtesy of John Podger

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Dr. Hook

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Hanging. Dennis, Alice, Glen, Neal in front

July 14, 1972Ector County Coliseum, Odessa, Texas. A multi-purpose stadium, built in 1954. Still used – most often for rodeos, business conferences, and musical events.

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GB. Odessa, Texas. Photo by Carl Dunn

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July 15, 1972County Coliseum, El Paso, Texas
[w/ Jo Jo Gunn, Captain Beyond]

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County Coliseum

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July 16, 1972Manzanita Speedway, Phoenix, Arizona
[w/ Canned Heat, Captain Beyond]

Originally a dog racing track, the Manzanita Speedway was a dirt track racing facility located in the suburban southwestern part of Phoenix, AZ, beginning in 1951. The facility had a 1/3 mile and 1/2 mile tracks. The final race was held their in 2009.

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Janice Buxton-Davison recalls this show:

The family’s of the band members sat in the enclosed press-box. Glen’s mom and dad and Janice were protected from the big dust storm that swept though the area (a haboob). Janice thinks the storm hit before the band came on, so there was a delay. After the show (and drinking up the free booze) Janice and her parents went to an after-party at the Del Webb townhouse on Central Ave, where the band was staying. Glen was engaged to Denise at the time, so Glen decided to carve Denise and his initials into a coffee table in the townhouse.


Glen and girlfriend Denise at Buxton house in 1972

Glen and his mom – GB probably getting ready to go back on the road. 1972

An Arizona ‘haboob’

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July 17, 1972Fairground Speedway, Salt Lake City, Utah

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  July 18, 1972Firebird Raceway, Emmet, Idaho

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July 19, 1972 Gtant Stadium, Phoenix, AZ

Screenshot_4Where ever the band was on July 19, 1972 – it was not at Grant Stadium in Phoenix. First off, there is, and seems never was, a Grant Stadium in or near Phoenix. Secondly, the Buxton family recalls no concert like this during July. The Manzinita Raceway show yes….but no others.

July 21, 1972 – Las Vegas, NV Stadium. Show likely never took place. Permit problems?

A current view of what was, in 72 called Las Vegas Stadium. Now Sam Boyd Stadium.

72 july 19 arizona repAn article in the Arizona Republic (above) suggested the band was going to perform there. It seems permits were never obtained and the band eventually cancelled the show. Or visa versa?

The stadium was completed in 1971 at a cost of $3.5 million. It was originally known as Las Vegas Stadium. The name was changed to the Las Vegas Silver Bowl in 1978 and then Sam Boyd Silver Bowl in 1984 and finally in April 1994 to Sam Boyd Stadium. At the time of this show – it would have sat 15,000 people. Home of UNLV football.

Glen and Alice on ‘School’s Out tour

July 22, 1972Sports Arena, San Diego, California
[w/ Jo Jo Gunne, Captain Beyond]

The Valley View Casino Center previously San Diego Sports Arena is an indoor arena, located on Sports Arena Blvd, in Point Loma, San Diego, California, off of Interstate 8.

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Jo Jo Gunn band from LA


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July 23, 1972Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, California
[w/ Jo Jo Gunne, Captain Beyond] Band stayed at Hyatt Hotel (Riot House) after the show.

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Vinyl recording

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Hollywood Bowl – 1970. Note wading pools in front

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Night view from 1971


Glen and Alice at Hollywood Bowl After-Party

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Glen – Hollywood Bowl sound check

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Hollywood Bowl Photo by Henry Diltz

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Photo by Henry Diltz

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From B$B song book. Taken at Hollywood Bowl

1972-07-23 [Show Advert]

July 27, 1972Armory, Minneapolis, Minnesota
[w/ Captain Beyond]

The Minneapolis Armory is located in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States. The armory was built for the Minnesota National rd in 1935-36 and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985. The National Guard ceased using it in 1980. It now is used for sporting, political, and musical events.

School’s Out promo

July 28, 1972 – Amphitheater, Chicago, Illinois
Alice performs twice in one day.  [w/ Wishbone Ash]

The International Amphitheater was an indoor arena, located in Chicago, between 1934 and 1999. It was located on the west side of Halsted Street, at 42nd Street, on the city’s south side, adjacent to the Union Stock Yards.


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Chicago show review

July 30-31, 1972 –  Cobo Arena, Detroit, Michigan
[w/ Ursa Major on the 30th and Black Oak Arkansas on the 31st]

Cobo Hall and Cobo Arena, is a convention center situated along Jefferson and Washington avenues in downtown . Built in 1960, it was named for Albert E. Cobo, mayor of Detroit from 1950 to 1957.

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On stage at Cobo – Alice and Glen

Cobo Hall Detroit 1972. Thanks Ron Domilici
Cobo Hall ’72. Photos by Charlie Auringer

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Summer `72 Detroit Rouge Park (Free Concert) Late July or Early August.

During the very late 60’s and early 70’s, the City of Detroit would put on free concerts in various locations. One of these locations was Rouge Park in western Detroit. Most of the bands were local, and fairly unknown, outside Detroit. Every so often, a “name act” would show up and do a few songs….sometimes un-announced before hand. The area in the photos below was one of the most often used spots for these free events. Just north of Joy Road off Lasher Road – which was just a dirt road. During the winter, the city would flood this area for ice skating. This POSSIBLE venue is interesting to me, because it was no more than a mile from my parent’s house where I grew up. I went to several concerts here…but I don’t recall Alice Cooper being at any of them. Since I did not go to all of them….it is a possibility that the band performed at a show.

There was no seating, you just sat on the grass in front of a ‘not so large’ stage. (Thus the phrase, “it’s a grasser”, which was a common saying in the Detroit area for any gathering  that was not indoors.) Early on, these Rouge Park shows were fun…but they soon became a gathering spot for local biker “groups” and things started to get a little hairy at some shows.

Aerial view of area where free concerts were held. (Brown area to left of the road.)

View looking at area of concerts. Cement foundation was where a small snack bar was located – hot chocolate when ice was there.
GB and Alice – traveling blues

                                1972 August

August ??, 1972 – Scope, Norfolk, Virginia

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Scope Arena in Norfolk.

August 4, 1972Dillion Stadium, Hartford, Connecticut. [w/ J. Geils Band and Dr. John] Dillon Stadium was built in 1935 and is still being used.

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August 5, 1972Rubber Bowl, Akron, Ohio
[w/ J. Geils Band, Dr. John]

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Rubber Bowl circa 1972 – Akron, Ohio

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Article from Akron Beacon Journal.


August 6, 1972Cincinnati Gardens, Cincinnati, Ohio. The Cincinnati Gardens is an indoor sports and entertainment arena located in Cincinnati, Ohio, that opened in 1949.

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GB, Neal, Alice sign autographs in Cincy


Click on the link below to watch about 5 minutes of 8mm footage, supposedly shot at the Cincinnati Gardens during this show.


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August 7, 1972Convention Center, Louisville, Kentucky
[w/ Wishbone Ash, Ursa Major] Built in 1905, this venue is still going today hosting basketball and pro wrestling. It has gone by the names Jefferson Armory and Louisville Convention Center and more recently, Louisville Gardens

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Wishbone Ash

Louisville Convention Center – now Louisville Gardens.


???August 9, 1972 – Possible show in Shreveport, Louisiana. The Coliseum at State Fair Grounds

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From the Hammond (LA) Daily Star

August 10, 1972 – Roosevelt Stadium, Jersey City, New Jersey
with J. Geils Band

Roosevelt Stadium was a baseball park at Droyer’s Point in Jersey City, New Jersey.. It opened in April 1937 and hosted high-minor league baseball baseball. It was demolished in 1985.

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A Grateful Dead concert inside Roosevelt Stadium -1973

Roosevelt Stadium in its youth -1938

Stadium a year before its demolition in 1985

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Advertisement in 1972

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August 12, 1972 –  Fort Wayne, Indiana /Memorial Coliseum [w/Ursa Major] (eyewitness).


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FW Memorial Coliseum…now called the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. Built in 1952

August 13, 1972 – Nashville, Tennessee Fairground Speedway/State Fairgrounds, [Special Guest Star Goose Creek Symphony / extra added attraction Ursa Major]

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August 14, 1972 – Hampton, VA,

The Hampton Coliseum is a multi-use cultural, entertainment and sports arena in Hampton, Virginia. Construction on the arena began on May 24, 1968, and the venue opened in 1970 as the first large multi-purpose arena in the Hampton Roads region and the state of Virginia, opening a year prior to the Norfolk Scope in Norfolk, Virginia.

Night view in 2009

August 15, 1972 – Civic Center, Charleston, West Virginia
[w/ Ursa Major, Looking Glass] The Charleston Civic Center is a municipal complex located in the downtown area of Charleston, WV. Originally completed in 1959. Now is a part of a Holiday Inn center.

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Looking Glass…had the hit song ”Brandy”

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Charleston Civic Center
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Review of Charleston show

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August 17-18, 1972  – North Carolina Speedway, Rockingham, North Carolina Peach Tree Celebration. The Faces cancelled, Alice Cooper was their replacement. [W/ Three Dog Night and more]  The Rockingham Speedway was opened in 1965 and became one of the most famous NASCAR raceways in America. Today it receives very little use.

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Alice Cooper replaced the Faces

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August 23…..School’s Out reaches #1

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1972 September

Sept 2, 1972Varsity Stadium, Toronto, Ontario

Toronto show

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Toronto. September 2, 1972. Photo by Boris Spremo

September 4, 1972 – Montreal Forum, Montreal, Quebec
SOLD OUT. 18,000 in attendance. [w/ Wang Dang Doodle Orchestra, and Dr. John.]

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The Montreal Forum (French: Le Forum de Montréal) was an indoor arena located facing Cabot Square in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Called “the most storied building in hockey history” by Sporting News, it was the home of the National Hockey League’s Montreal Canadiens from 1926 to 1996. The Forum was built by the Canadian Arena Company in 159 days. Located at the northeast corner of Atwater and Ste-Catherines West. Opened in 1924, it closed in 1996 and was demolished in 1998.

September 6, 1972  –  Quebec Forum????? No info found

                                    1972 October

October 28, 1972 – Municipal Auditorium, Bangor, Maine

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Municipal Auditorium. Built in 1955


October 29, 1972 – Civic Center, Springfield, Massachusetts
[w/ Wet Willie and Edgar Winter Group]


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Bob Gruen photo (’72)

Holidays: Alice and Cindy Laing go to Venezuela, Dennis and Cindy Smith go to the Caribbean, Michael Bruce goes to Phoenix, Neal tries to break the bank in Las Vegas and Glen goes home to Akron

                                 1972 November

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Not sure what theaters were missed. This was from a New Jersey paper dated October 20, 1972


Nov 2, 1972 – Hofstra University, Long Island, New York

Photo by Harry Goodwin

Photo by David Gahr

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(Thanks Steven Crayn)
Hofstra University



News Report:
ABC kicked off its first In Concert, pre-empting the Dick Cavett Show, on November 24, 1972, featuring performances taped a few weeks earlier at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. On the bill was the Senior General of Rock, Bo Diddley, acoustic duo Seals and Croft, R&B man Curtis Mayfield and for the opening act, shock rocker Alice Cooper.
Rock fans in Cincinnati, however, didn’t get to see beyond the first few minutes of Alice’s violent theatrics. Lawrence H. Rogers II was so mortified by what he saw that he ordered the ABC affiliate he owned, WKRC-TV Channel 12, to yank the show off the air immediately. Channel 12’s decision to protect its viewers was responded to within minutes with a phoned-in bomb threat and several car loads of youths picketing the station. Some 4,000 letters of protest, many profane, poured in over the next few days, the biggest mail load that station officials could remember.
Station manager Ro Grignon told TV Guide that he wasn’t opposed to rock concerts. “In fact, we think they’re going to be a smashing success. We simply found Alice Cooper a little tense.”
Meanwhile, the ABC affiliate in Kingsport, Tennessee complained to the network about the performance but ran it nonetheless. WPVI-TV Channel 6 in Philadelphia ran the show on tape delay at 1:30 a.m. Channel 12 in Cincinnati later televised an edited version of the show, sans Alice, to give viewers a chance to enjoy the other, less offensive acts that were on the show. The next In Concert show was sent to affiliate managers via closed-circuit for approval before broadcast

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November, 1972 Hofstra University. Photo by Lynn Goldsmith
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                                     EUROPEAN TOUR

Nov 4, 1972 – Band arrive in London

Early Nov 1972 – The band spent a week at Morgan Studios in London, where they re-recorded some older tracks and laid down demos of the songs they had written during the tour. So called `Superstar jam` takes place with Harry Nilsson, Marc Bolan and others but the results of the drunken session are ”unlistenable”. `Billion Dollar Babies` photo shoot takes place at David Baileys` London studios.

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L-R: Donovan, Glen (w/Donovan’s guitar), Alice, and Bob Ezrin at Morgan Studio in England.


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David Baily photo

Another photo of Glen with Donovan’s guitar..

300 kids at the airport break through police barriers and turn over the bands limo`s.

London 1972 Harry Goodwin photo

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Neal, Glen, and Bob Ezrin. November ’72. Morgan Studios.

Morgan Studios (Thank you Scott Grant)

November 10, 1972 – Green’s Playhouse, Glasgow, Scotland
With Flo & Eddie

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Band in Glasgow

Green’s Playhouse was an entertainment complex comprising a cinema, ballroom, tea rooms, and other facilities. The Playhouse was at 126 Renfield Street, Glasgow, Scotland, Opened in 1927, the Playhouse operated until the 1970s, closing in 1973. The building continued in use as The Apollo, after being sold, until final closure in 1985, with subsequent demolition in 1987.

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Greens Playhouse

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Glen wiping off cake that was thrown at him during his Birthday Party in Glasgow. Nov 10

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Nov 12:  Band leaves London from Gatwick Airport to fly to France

Nov 13: France, Olympia Theatre. w/Flo and Eddie. Founded in 1888, by Joseph Oller, the creator of the Moulin Rouge, today easily recognizable by its giant red glowing letters announcing its name. It opened in 1889 as the “Montagnes Russes” but was renamed the Olympia in 1893.

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Paris ’72 DD and Glen. Thank You, Herve Thomas!







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Herve Thomas photo. GB on stage in Paris
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After party. Photo by Bertrand-Rindoff-Retroff. The lady sitting on Alice’s lap is Régine Zylberberg – French singer and nightclub owner. (Courtesy of Steven Crayn)


Paris 1972 Documentary

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Above – Publicity shots from France

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Nov 14-15?, 1972–  Germany – Circus Krone, Munchen [w/ Flo & Eddie] Circus Krone, based in Munich, is one of the largest circus in Europe and one of the few in Western Europe to also occupy a building. Built in 1919 and bombed heavily during WWII. 

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Fairly recent photo of Krone Circus Building

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W. Germany. Photo shot by uhps-cam.


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Close up of band photo in the “naked” Alice poster above


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Europe – ’72 Copyright Anders Mossberg

November 16, 1972 – Holland– Band arrives in Holland (w/ Flo And Eddie)

Glen and Neal (Europe). Cropped from poster.

November 17, 1972 – De Doelen, Rottendam, Holland. De Doelen is a concert venue and convention centre in Rotterdam, Netherlands. It was originally built in 1934 but then destroyed in 1940 during the German bombardment of Rotterdam in May 1940 at the outset of World War II. It was rebuilt in 1966, originally with one hall to which two more were added in the 1990s.

Possibly a photo from Rotterdam


Nov 18, 1972 –  Holland – Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. ‘Concergebouw’ tranlates to ‘concert building’. Built in 1886. Still in use today.

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2011 photo

Large organ at Concergebouw

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Nov 19, 1972 – Germany – Ernst Merck Halle, Hamburg. Ernst-Merck-Halle was an indoor arena located in Hamburg, Germany, which could hold up to 5,600 people.


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Alice and Glen on stage in Europe
Glen at a party in Germany

Nov 20, 1972Denmark– KB Hallen, Copenhagen. K.B. Hallen was a multi-purpose venue in Copenhagen. It was opened in 1938. A fire damaged the roof and the interior of the grand hall severely in 2011. It is still being discussed if it will be possible to restore it to its former glory.

Copenhagen, Denmark. Photo by Bolle Gregmar


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Nov 20, 1972. By Jorgen Angel.


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KB Hallen, Copenhagen. Currently unused.

Dennis and Glen in Europe – 1972. Possibly Sweden show.

Copenhagen Sex Show – photos from Jorgen Angel


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Jorgen Angel describes the photo ”opportunity” at the Live Club in Copenhagen

“In November 1972 I arrived at the hotel where Alice Cooper was staying to take some photos. Alice invited me to join him and the band plus the support act, Flo & Eddie, on a night on the town. It turned out that they had booked a private show at one of the many live show clubs in the red light district of Copenhagen.
It was a small, sleazy joint. Half the room was taken up by the stage – a king size mattress. The sound system was an old, red portable gramophone that you would have found in a teenager’s room years earlier. At one point when the heat was on the “stage” the pickup got stuck in the groove.
The rock artists very much enjoyed the performances by the mattress artists. The latter involved the former in the show from time to time. Alice was trying to hide from my camera. First by hiding his head behind a curtain. Realizing he would miss the work of art, he then tried to hide behind a beer bottle.

Alice, Marc Volman, Glen. Jorgen Angel photo
The GB profile (w/Marc Volman)



Nov 21, 1972Sweden – Olympen. Built in Lund, Sweden in 1971. It served as a concert venue until 2009, when it was remodeled into a gym.

Picture of stage at Olympen

Was told that this photo was taken on the European tour. (Not verified)

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Sweden. Photo provided by John Podger

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Sweden. Ashley Pandel on the left. Credit to Wolfgang Heidleman?

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November 21, 1972. Photo from Anders Mossberg. AC, Marc Volman, MB, with Glen in back.

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Glen and Neal in Lund, Sweden 1972

Street fight on stage – Sweden. 

Nov 23, 1972Germany – Deutschlandhalle, Berlin. Built in 1935 and dedicated by Adolph Hitler, it was built for the 1936 Olympic Games. Partially destroyed during World War II bombings, it was rebuilt and used for a variety of sporting events. The building was granted landmark status in 1995, but on December 3, 2011, the building was demolished.

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Deutschlandhalle (recent view)

Interior – 1930’s. I wonder….who drew the biggest crowds? 🙂

  Nov 24, 1972Germany – Gruga Halle, Essen. Grugahalle is an indoor sports arena, located in Essen, Germany. Opened in 1958.

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1970’s photo

A very ”revealing” photo????



Nov 25, 1972Germany – Festhalle, Frankfurt. Opened in 1908. Renovated in 1980. Forty foot high dome.

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Recent exterior photo

The band on the ‘Beat Club’ show in Germany Nov 25, 1972

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At the “Beat Club”


Nov 26, 1972Switzerland – Mehrzweckhalle, Zufingen

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Glen, Neal, and Alice in Zurich (stuffed swan)

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                                                      BAND ENDS EUROPEAN TOUR

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A photo that appeared in Teen Magazine in November of 1972. (Thank you Marie Brill) This is NOT the Starship

While in Europe each band member had photographs taken posing with a stuffed animal. Glen’s ‘partner’ was a bird.


Nov 24, 72 — ABC In Concert first aired.  

In Concert 1972

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The band went to the Canary Islands in late November for some relaxation. This photo was taken by Cindy Smith Dunaway.
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A photo by Cindy Smith Dunaway of GB hamming it up on the Canary Island vacation

                                                   December 1972

Early Dec, 72 Glen is in London and receives medical treatment in London doctor-clip-art-6

Dec 72 Back in Phoenix Glen checks into the Maryvale hospital seriously ill. His pancreas is ruined from alcohol. He`s warned never to drink again.

Dec 72 Shep confronts Alice about his alcohol intake. Alice goes to Jamaica for a couple of weeks to rest.

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1972 A scree grab from the ‘Supermench movie, showing Alice, GB, and Shep Gordon (L to R)

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Photo by Richard Avedon


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Summer 1972. Photo of front door of Gelesi Estate (Cooper Mansion) in Connecticut. Photo by Janice Buxton-Davison

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Band in front of front door of Gelesi Estate. ’72


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from Elected video.


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Photo by John Levicke (1972)


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