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.
July 12, 1972 – Cessna Stadium, Wichita, Kansas
[with Dr, Hook, Flo & Eddie]. Part of Wichita State University. Built in 1969 – renovated in 1996.
July 13, 1972 – Fairgrounds Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma [w/ Dr. Hook]
July 14, 1972 – Ector County Coliseum, Odessa, Texas. A multi-purpose stadium, built in 1954. Still used – most often for rodeos, business conferences, and musical events.
July 15, 1972 – County Coliseum, El Paso, Texas
[w/ Jo Jo Gunn, 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.
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.
Arizona Republic articles on concert at Manzanita Speedway. Click to enlarge.
July 17, 1972 – Fairground Speedway, Salt Lake City, Utah
July 18, 1972 – Firebird Raceway, Emmet, Idaho
July 19, 1972 – Grant Stadium, Phoenix, Arizona???
Where 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?
An 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.
July 22, 1972 – Sports 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.
July 23, 1972 – Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, California
[w/ Jo Jo Gunne, Captain Beyond] Band stayed at Hyatt Hotel (Riot House) after the show.
July 27, 1972 – Armory, 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.
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.
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.
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.
August ??, 1972 – Scope, Norfolk, Virginia
August 4, 1972 – Dillion Stadium, Hartford, Connecticut. [w/ J. Geils Band and Dr. John] Dillon Stadium was built in 1935 and is still being used.
August 5, 1972 – Rubber Bowl, Akron, Ohio [w/ J. Geils Band, Dr. John]
August 6, 1972 – Cincinnati Gardens, Cincinnati, Ohio. The Cincinnati Gardens is an indoor sports and entertainment arena located in Cincinnati, Ohio, that opened in 1949.
Click on the link below to watch about 5 minutes of 8mm footage, supposedly shot at the Cincinnati Gardens during this show.
August 7, 1972 – Convention 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
???August 9, 1972 – Possible show in Shreveport, Louisiana. The Coliseum at State Fair Grounds
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.