GLEN – AFTER ALICE COOPER
March of 1980 – Glen appears with Shrapnel in New York
From Rolling Stone:
When a young New York punk band called Shrapnel returned to it’s old high school in Red Bank, New Jersey, recently to play a gig for old time’s sake, it brought along a very special guest – Glen Buxton, guitarist extrordinaire with the original Alice Cooper band.
We played in the cafeteria,” chuckles Buxton, who met Shrapnel about eighteen months ago while hanging out in the New York punk circuit. “I mean, it really took me back, boy, right back to Cortez High where Alice, Dennis Dunaway [the Cooper band’s bassist] and me started out. I know exactly what the trip is.”
Unfortunately, the school officials apparently didn’t. By the time Buxton came on-stage to sit in on Shrapnel’s version of “School’s Out,” it was eleven p.m. – curfew time. “They flipped the lights on,” says Buxton. “It was like, ‘Study hall is open again.’ Anyway, I started ‘School’s Out,’ and they went over and started pullin’ plugs. First they pulled the PA, figured that would do it. But the kids were on their feet, and the whole audience started singing the words, man. Isn’t that cool? I couldn’t believe it. After the gig we all went over to the lead-guitar player’s house, and his mother put out salami and stuff.”
Buxton had semi-retired from music after the Cooper band folded. “My health went,” he says. “I was drinkin’ a lot. I was in the hospital on the critical list for a couple of weeks – my pancreas. You can imagine how much I was drinkin’. I mean, I taught Alice how to drink. But I’m outta that head now.”
Now he’s writing songs with his wife (sic), Susan, and casually planning a comeback, inspired by the energy of the local punk scene. “I’m thirty-two years old,” he notes. “School’s been out along time for me.” (credit for above to SickthingsUK.com)
Alice and Glen
Glen Buxton, Michael Bruce, Neal Smith, along with Richie Scarlett came together on October 10, 1997 to perform two shows. Referred to as BSBS (Glen called it Bullshit on Bullshit) they first performed on the Stevens and Prewett morning radio show (called Live at Billy Blues) and then on Sunday, October 12th, at a small club in Houston, Texas called Area 51. John Glenn helped out on keyboards. Dennis Dunaway unfortunately was ill and could not make it, so Richie took over on bass.
On the radio show, the band played: ‘I’m Eighteen’, ‘Schools Out’, ‘Under My Wheels’, ‘Billion Dollar Babies’, the intro from ‘Hello Hurray’ and ‘Muscle of Love’
Area 51 set list:
- Hello Hurray (intro only)
- Caught in a Dream
- I’m Eighteen (With the “American Pie” ending)
- Under My Wheels
- Be My Lover
- No More Mr Nice Guy
- Muscle of Love (With a Neal Smith drum solo)
- Billion Dollar Babies
- Titanic Overture
- Schools Out
- Hard Hearted Alice
- Train Kept A Rollin`
Micheal and Glen, at separate times, jammed briefly after the show.
A week later – October 19 – Glen passed away, making these shows his last public appearances.
A VHS was made available of the show entitled ‘Rock Legends’ – it is long out of print. Clips can be found on Youtube……..courtesy of Jeff Jatras.
Photos and Video from Glen’s Final Shows
From Akron to Phoenix to Hollywood. From Earwig to Spider to Cooper……GB, The Blonder Bomber
Glen’s Crazy-Ass brother-in-law starts a Facebook page called “Glen Buxton’s Shiny New Dime”
The page is known for creating controversy, or stirring it up – even if there isn’t any!
*The name “Shiny Dime” comes from what Glen would promise his little sister Janice if she would keep her mouth shut about something. As in, “If you don’t tell mom I have these cigarettes, I’ll give you a “shiny new dime!”
Glen’s ”story” appears as prominent part of Dennis Dunaway’s book “Snakes, Guillotines, and Electric Chairs!”
The HBO series ‘Vinyl’, Episode 3. Alice Cooper band is discussed. “Glen” has a cameo.