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The Rolling Stone article that accompanied the above picture, was written during the European tour of 1972 by a Timothy Ferris. The article DID NOT mention any other member of the band, besides Alice. Only Shep Gordon and ”the snake” are given a mention.
Feb 25, 1973 – Billion Dollar Babies album released.
Feb 26 – Alice poses for the Dali hologram- presumably in NY. Sadly, Dennis Dunaway, a fellow Dali devotee and avid fan of surrealist art, is not invited to meet Dali.
Feb 27 – Capitol Theater, Port Chester, New York (Dress rehearsal). Reportedly there was no audience
March 1 – Memorial Auditorium, Kitchener, Ontario
March 2 – London Arena, London, Ontario
March 3 – Civic Centre, Ottawa, Ontario
March 4 – Hamilton, Ontario MacMaster University (Show cancelled due to doors being too small to get equipment in?)
March 5 – War Memorial, Rochester, New York
March 6 – The Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
March 9 – The Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
March10 – Civic Center, Roanoke, Virginia (w/ Earth, Wind, and Fire)
March 11 – William & Mary College Hall, Williamsburg, Virginia
March 15 – Civic Auditorium, Knoxville, Tennessee CANCELLED
March 16 – Cumberland City Memorial Auditorium, Fayetteville, North Carolina
March 17 – Clemson University, Clemons, South Carolina
March 20 – Coliseum, Jackson, Mississippi
March 21 – Auburn, Alabama CANCELLED
March 22 – Savannah, Georgia CANCELLED
March 23 – Omni, Atlanta, Georgia
March 26 – Boston Gardens, Boston, Massachusetts
[After show party at the Bal-o-rue Roller Rink with Shitton playing.]
March 27 – Sports Arena, Hershey, Pennsylvania
On this day – “No More Mr. Nice Guy” single is released
March 28 -Civic Center – Baltimore, Maryland
March 30 -Convention Center – Indianapolis, Indiana
April 1 – Cincinnati Gardens, Cincinnati, Ohio
April 2 – Convention Center, Louisville, Kentucky
April 5– Cobo Arena, Detroit, Michigan
Band party after Cobo Hall gig. Band was presented with awards for platinum album (BDB). Thanks to Ron Domilici and Steven Crayn
April 6 – Civic Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
April 7 – Memorial Coliseum/also called Convention Center, Fort Wayne, Indiana
April 9 – Amphitheater, Chicago, Illinois
April 10 – Amphitheater, Chicago, Illinois
Circus Magazine: Oct, 1974. – Neal Smith Interview: One night, in the middle of the first number, “Hello Hurray,” at the Chicago Amphitheater, when Neal felt the penetration of a sharp object into his white satin covered back as he hammered out the strong beats of the opening number, he realized that whoever had tossed the projectile at him had done it intentionally. “I called over Goose, one of my guys from Detroit who sets up my drums, and I said, ‘Check my back.’ He did and noticed it was bleeding. Finally, he looked down on the ground and saw a dart!”
April 12 – Pershing Auditorium, Lincoln, Nebraska
April 14 – Mid-South Coliseum, Memphis, Tennessee
April 20 – 21 – Pirates World, Dania, Florida
“We were on stage at Pirate’s World in Miami (sic), Florida. After 4 days off, somehow my bass neck didn’t feel as familiar and so the show somehow felt fresher. Some jerk tossed a one foot baby Boa Constrictor onto Michael’s side of the stage. I ran over and guarded it till the song was over then I caught it and handed it to Andy Mills. After the show, the jerk wanted it back but Cindy and I decided he didn’t deserve a pet and so we named it Angel and kept it.”
[Dennis Dunaway, April 2012]
April 25 – Municipal Auditorium, Mobile, Alabama
April 26 – Municipal Auditorium, New Orleans, Louisiana
Cream Magazine reports that after a meeting at the hotel, the band and Shep decide that once the tour is over, everyone will take a year off.
April 27 – Hirsch Memorial Coliseum, Shreveport, Louisiana
April 28 – Memorial Auditorium, Dallas, Texas
April 29 – Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston, Texas
Live footage filmed here for ”Good To See You Again, Alice Cooper”.
Circus Magazine Oct, 1973: Neal Smith Interview:
When the band’s Lear Jet swooped down into the Houston airport for a concert appearance that night, Alice, Michael, Neal, Glen and Dennis were hustled into a waiting Brinks armored truck for the ride to the hotel. Suddenly, the quintet was astonished to hear the thundering of horses hooves and the whooping of what sounded like a band of cowboys. Almost immediately, the door of the truck was yanked open, and a tall lean Texan with a ten gallon hat and smoking six-gun poked his bronze face into the dark truck. “You guys the Billion Dollar Babies?’ he drawled. “No, not us, somebody else,” mumbled the frightened captives. The cowboys pulled the five quaking long-hairs from the truck, forced them to put their hands up against the side of the truck, and proceeded to strip them of their jewelry, money, and expensive clothing. One cowboy held a gun to the truck driver’s head. Another shot the second driver and he fell with a thud to the ground. Suddenly, a blast of familiar music materialized from thin air and a white horse came galloping towards the small band of superstars. The Lone Ranger, garbed grandly in white, sat perched astride the beautiful stallion. “He must have had twenty shots in one gun,” recalls Neal, “because he shot all the cowboys. Everyone was sprawled on the ground immediately the band realized the entire event had been a specially staged act for their enjoyment— and that everything was being filmed by the Hollywood film crew – flown out to capture them on celluloid. Eight cameras were pointed at them from various hiding spots.
Bootleg tapes circulating, marked Corpus Christi 30th April `73 are in fact this Houston show.
May 1 – Fairgrounds Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
May 3 – Will Rodgers Coliseum, Fort Worth, Texas
May 5 – Tucson Community Center Arena, Tucson, Arizona
May 10 – Los Angeles Forum, Los Angeles, California
May 11 – Los Angles Forum, Los Angeles, California
May 12– Swing Auditorium, San Bernardino, California
May 13 – Sports Arena, San Diego, California
May 15– Civic Center, Amarillo, Texas
May 18 – Denver Coliseum, Denver, Colorado
May 19 – Salt Lake Palace, Salt Lake City, Utah
May 20 – Las Vegas, Nevada (Perhaps Cancelled?)
May 23 – Butte, MT, Butte Civic Center. (Someone’s Imagination)
May 30 – Metro Sports Arena, Minneapolis, Minnesota
May 31 – Milwaukee Arena, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
June 1 – Sports Arena, Toledo, Ohio CANCELLED
June 2 – Boston Gardens, Boston, Massachusetts CANCELLED
June 3 – Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York
June 5 – Nassau Coliseum, Long Island, New York
June 7 – Civic Center, Providence, Rhode Island (Flo/Eddie)
[Joey Greenberg and Charlie Carnel leave the organization at the end of the tour]
Alice (only) arrived in Japan on October 19 to announce the simultaneous worldwide release of his forthcoming LP “Muscle Of Love”. He was greeted by an airport reception of close to 5,000 fans who tore at his hair and clothes, before one particularly loyal fan presented Alice with a nine-foot boa constrictor named “Moische, Moische” which means “Hello, Hello”.
Two hundred journalists gathered at the Akasaka Prince Hotel the next day for the largest press conference ever held for an entertaining personality in Tokyo. During the conference Alice received as a present several Geisha girls who attended him for the entirety of his five-day stay in Japan. The Geishas performed such tasks as peeling grapes and feeding them on toothpicks to the Muscleman of Love and entertaining him with little stories and dances which are supposed to make the listener mellow and ready for an evening’s pleasure.
Alice Cooper is no longer a band in most people’s mind, the emphasis has shifted totally to the front man.
Billion Dollar Babies Holiday Tour (MOL)
December 8, 1973 – Municipal Auditorium, Nashville, Tennessee. (w/Stories)
Dec 11, 1973 – Dane County Memorial Coliseum, Madison, Wisconsin. With ZZ Top. Today it is a part of a multi-venue complex featuring three unique and versatile venues including Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Exhibition Hall, and Willow Island.
Dec 12, 1973 – Crisler Areana, Ann Arbor, Mi. (w/ZZ Top). Built in 1967, this has been the home of the University of Michigan Men and Womens basketball since that time. Named for famous UM football coach “Fritz” Crisler.
Dec 13 – Toledo Sports Arena, Toledo, Ohio — Firecracker incident
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.
Rolling Stone – 31st January 1974
Alice Bombed in Toledo
Toledo – Pelted by fireworks and debris, Alice Cooper recently walked off their “Holiday Show” at the Toledo Sports Arena. According to Ashley Pandel, Cooper’s publicist, “Alice felt if they continued, there could be another Altamont.”
Guitarist Michael Bruce was reportedly cut on the face after fireworks thrown from the audience shattered an overhead light bar. He was taken to a nearby hospital, where a particle of metal was removed from an eye. He suffered no serious injuries.
Alice and the rest of the band left the arena shortly after their walk off. During a half-hour wait – while the audience lingered, waiting for resumption of the show – seven carloads of police were summoned to join 20 off-duty cops at the auditorium to control the near sell-out crowd of 8,000.
“Security at the concert was nonexistent,” charged James Randi, who plays the executioner in the band’s “I Love Dead Things” (sic) act. “There was only a two-foot barrier to separate the crowd from the stage.”
Trouble began to develop even before Cooper appeared. Fireworks, including Roman candles, were set off during Z.Z. Top’s opening set. Then, according to Mark Scheerer, newsman at WIOT-FM Toledo, “Alice got the first bars of ‘Hello Hooray’ out and got hit in the chest with either an egg or vegetables. He did a mock stagger and went on. Then people started throwing a variety of missiles at a fairly steady pace. Alice did the second number, ‘Billion Dollar Babies,’ and the lights went down. Alice told the people, ‘We came to play, and we don’t appreciate being targets.'”
A cherry bomb, as Scheerer described it – arena manger Gerald Francis said it was an M-80, equal in power to one-eighth of a stick of dynamite – went off, shattered the light, and Bruce was hit and led offstage. Alice then decided to cancel, Pandel said, “before someone got killed.”
The band – and most witnesses – were unable to explain the violence. Pandel said the crowd seemed more “bewildered” than angry at anything. A crush of people directly in front of the stage, he said, began pushing forward, shoving matches began “and then things were being thrown.” Scheerer said Toledo rock fans had no history of violence. “It was just a handful of malcontents. I think they just felt it was obligatory. You know, to match his violence.”
Pandel disagreed. “Alice is only trying to relieve tension in kids. When they leave an Alice Cooper show, they sure won’t get into violence. They’ve seen it already.”
Ironically enough, the night before in Ann Arbor, Dennis Dunaway said before the concert, “We get off more on a Detroit-type crowd – crowds that physically get into a concert.”
After an hour’s wait, the crowd was finally dispersed, according to police. No arrests or refunds were made.
Dec 14 – Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Ontario Canada
Dec 15 – Onondaga County War Memorial, Syracuse, New York
Dec 16 – The Scope, Norfolk, New York
Dec 27 – Montreal Forum, Montreal, Quebec Canada
Dec 29 – Utica Memorial Auditorium, Utica, New York
December 31 – Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, New York [Original band’s last show on U.S. soil]
Some MOL photos
March 30, 1974 – Anhembi Parque, Sao Paulo, Brazil — 150,000 attendance
Anhembi Parque in Sao Paulo, Brazil. With its 400,000 square meters of indoor space and 93,000 square meters of outdoor space, the center is one of the largest event grounds in Latin America. The center is home to 20 large annual fairs, each drawing in 50,000 visitors, and hosts the annual Carnival of São Paulo. It opened in 1970.
April 2, 1974 – Teatro, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Opened in 1911 and fully restored in time for its centennial, São Paulo’s Municipal Theater (Teatro Municipal) is one of the city’s top architectural treasures and cultural attractions.
April 5, 1974 – Canecao, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Opened in 1967. Recently closed as city decided if the building should be renovated or demolished.
April 6, 1974 – Maracanazinho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Maracanãzinho Gymnasium (Portuguese:Ginásio do Maracanãzinho), sometimes called just Maracanãzinho (“Little Maracanã” or “Mini Maracanã). Its formal name, Ginásio Gilberto Cardoso, honors a former president. The capacity of the arena is 12,600. It was opened in 1954. It stands next to the Maracanã Stadium
April 6, 1974 was the Final Show of Original Band
May 1974 – ”Good To See You Again, Alice Cooper” opens but is then re-edited and released again in the fall.
To read a short summary and an article about the break up of the band – please go to this page on the website.