1972 (A) – School’s Out (January – June)

1972: January thru June

Photo of Glen found in, Akron-native, Chrissie Hynde’s book: “Reckless: My Life as a Pretender”


  1972 – School’s Out – Nearing the TOP

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Jan 1, 1972 – Ottawa, Canada Civic Center.  (w/ Dixie Rump Roast)Attendance was 12,300.  Location: 1015 Bank Street. The Ottawa Civic Center is part of Landsdowne Park. Today the Civic Center is now called TD Place Arena or Centre.

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Jan ?, 1972 -Alexandria, VA, Alexandria Roller Rink (w/ Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, that, at the time, included ‘Steve Hunter’). Building was built in 1948. This venue saw bands like Janis Joplin, Doors, Jeff Beck. Closed in the 80’s, and demolished. SEE: March 12, 1972

Roller Rink

Detroit Wheels- Steve Hunter (far left)

Jan 8, 1972– Atlanta, Georgia. Municipal Auditorium (w/ Dr John [who cancelled], Hydra, and White Witch)

Band in Atlanta


Jan 11, 1972 – The Orpheum Theater, Boston (w/ White Witch) Located at: 1 Hamilton Place, Boston, MA 02108. “It began as the Music Hall in 1852 and served as the original home of the New England Conservatory, this grand old lady appears a bit dated, but despite its tattered appearance all seats are normally filled for shows.”

Inside the Orpheum

Jan 12, 1972 – Palace Theater Waterbury, CT
Picture from the 70’s. Opening were the Elves – a Ronnie James Dio band

Jan 13, 1972 – Centre Sportif, Universite de Montréal (`Rock-A-Bye` TV footage shot) This is a multi-purpose complex sport centre located on the campus of the Université de Montréal in Montreal, Canada. Film footage was used in the DVD that was included in the Super Duper Alice Cooper DVD package.

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Poster – Montreal

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Band in Montreal

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Jan 14, 1972 – Loew’s State Theater – Providence, RI

Providence, R.I.

Jan 15, 1972 – Philadelphia Spectrum (w/ the Chambers Brothers, Commander

Chambers Brothers


Jan 21, 1972 – Evansville, IN  – Roberts Municipal Stadium – Alice Cooper canceled due to illness

Jan 28, 72 – Roanoke, VA – ?VENUE? Band was staying at the Holiday Inn according to a Rolling Stone article. Rolling Stone says it occurred before New Jersey show.

Jan 29, 1972 – Passaic, NJ – Capitol Theater (w/NRBQ) – Throughout the 1970s and into the mid-1980s, the 3,200 seat theater was a popular stop on nearly every major rock artist’s tour. The venue was known for its in house video system which resulted in a number of, good quality, black and white video bootlegs. After it closed, the building fell into disrepair and it was demolished in April 1991. A shopping center known as Capitol Plaza occupies the site now.

Jan 30, 1972 – Baltimore, MD Civic Center (w/ Momma,  Redbone) Built in the 1960s, now called the Baltimore Arena.

  Feb 3,  1972 – Berkeley Community Theatre (w/ Howling Wolf) The theater was dedicated on June 5, 1950 after sitting only partially completed for almost nine years, due to delays caused by World War II. Students attending Berkeley High during the war years often called it the “Bird Cage” since the exposed metal framework was a roost for many seagulls waiting for students to finish their lunches. Owned by Berkley School District today.


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Berkley Community Theater

1972-02-03 [Show Flyer]

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Out-take of the photo shoot for the Killer album

Early 1972 – Edgewater Park near Cleveland Ohio. Located at: 6500 Cleveland Memorial Shoreway, Cleveland, OH 44102. On the shores of Lake Erie – it is only a short distance from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. There is an indoor structure in this park which may have been the site of this concert.???


RnR HOF just to the right in above photo

Feb 4, 1972 – Hollywood Palladium. LA. (w. Howlin’ Wolf). On day of show, the band get their gold “Killer” award at Warner Bros offices.

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Howlin’ Wolf

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Glen at the Palladium

Feb 12, 1972 – PNE Garden Auditorium. 100 N. Renfrew St, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Today known for the circuses held there.  72febPNE72febpne (2)



Feb 14, 1972 – Philadelphia, PA Spectrum Stadium (the band’s biggest crowd to date, 18,000)


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Feb 16, 1972 – Tucson Community Center – Tucson, AZ. (w/Red Bone) Band was banned from center after the show. Reason – ‘potential for causing trouble’. They did return to Tucson in 1973, but at a different venue. A bootleg of the Feb 16 show exists.

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Photo by Lew Elliot. Tucson Feb 16, 82

This was the description for the above photo seen in the Tucson paper the next day: “Cool Ghoul- Alice Cooper was swinging in more ways than one at the Tucson Community Center on February 16, 1972. His band became so outraged when he beheaded a doll and kicked it into the audience that Alice was “executed at the gallows.”


Part of the crowd that night in Tucson. Photo by Lew Elliot.

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A story about the Tuscon show from Dennis:

Dr. Dreary’s Magnificent Time Machine is set to February 16, 1972. We brought our parents with us on a turbulent flight from Phoenix to Tucson, Arizona. The show was sold out and went well. We were glad. We were intent on making a splash, after all it was our home turf. I especially wanted my mom and dad to like it. They had never seen me play a live show before. But now, here we were in the backstage area while Bill Graham was yelling about not paying us and our managers were yelling right back at him. The cuss words made it very awkward. When the commotion had moved out of the room, I said to my parents, welcome to the world of rock. I asked them how they liked the show. Mom said they were really looking forward to seeing us, but on the first note, everybody in front of them stood up on top of their chairs for the whole show and they didn’t see a thing. I asked how they liked the music? Mom said it was LOUD!


Feb 19, 1972 – Denver, CO Coliseum (w/ Cheech and Chong) Address: 4600 Humboldt Street Denver, CO. Opened in 1951 and in use today.

Feb 20, 1972 – San Diego, California, Convention Hall(w/ Badfinger, Pure Prairie League) Badfinger site lists this as 27th. At this time the Convention Center was often referred to as the Community Concourse. The venue the band played in, in 1972, has totally been re-made. The SD Convention Hall today is best known for the yearly Comic-Con Convention each summer

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Feb 26. 1972 – Winnipeg, Canada. The Winnipeg Arena – This was an indoor arena located in the Polo Park district of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The arena was the city’s premier ice hockey venue from 1955 to 2004 and is best remembered as the home of the first Winnipeg Jets franchise. The arena closed after the completion of the MTS Centre in November 2004 and was later demolished. A retail and commercial complex occupies the site today.


FEB 27, 1972 – Civic Center, St. Paul, MN. (w/Edgar Winter and Redbone.)

From Mike Freiseis collection

End of Feb, 72 – The band receive gold discs for sales of Killer
from: Rolling Stone March 2, 1972
“Hollywood Notes: Alice Cooper wound up a triumphant national tour with a gold record presentation at Warner Bros. in Burbank. The whole group, including pet boa Cochina, gathered in the office of Executive VP Joe Smith for the official photo session, only to learn that the gold plaques for Killer hadn’t arrived from the plant. So if you ever run across a picture of the presentation, look real hard and you’ll see what they grabbed as the last minute, from a pile of gold plates in an adjoining room: Jimi Hendrix’s Rainbow Bridge . . “


Band receiving gold record plaques in Burbank – late February. Note that Neal has his snake. (Plaques were fakes – real ones were not ready in time)

Mar 3,  1972 – Harrington Auditorium at the Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA. (w/Blue Oyster Cult)

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Blue Oyster Cult (With Joe and Albert Bouchard). They had just released their first, self-titled album.

According to ‘Classic Rock Revisited’ and the Blue Oyster Cult gig archive, the Worcester show was the first of a string of shows where BOC opened for the AC band.

(Eric Bloom): “We were signed to a booking agency called ABC. Alice Cooper was their biggest act. Alice Cooper was on a tour and Redbone was opening… there was some sort of problem between their management or between Alice Cooper the band and their band or something… it’s still a foggy story. Anyway, our first album wasn’t even out yet. Our agent came to us and said, “If you do one show with Alice Cooper and they like you, I’ll get you the remainder of the tour.”

It was at Worchester, Massachusetts and we went over. Alice Cooper was happy. We were happy, and we got 15 shows with Alice!”

Mar 4-5 1972 – Portland, MA, University of Maine Gymnasium. Memorial Gym, nicknamed “The Pit”, is a 1,340-seat multi-purpose arena in Orono, Maine. It is home to the University of Maine men’s and women’s basketball teams. Venue built in the 1930s.


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Dennis and Neal performing in Portland, Maine

Mar 11, 1972 – New York City, NY Academy of Music (w/ Paul Pena) Located at: 126 East 14th Street
New York, NY 10003. Later called The Palladium

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Not to be confused with Palladium Ballroom

The Palladium was a concert hall (and later a nightclub) in New York City.  Originally called the Academy of Music, it was built in 1927 across the street from the site of an earlier venue of the same name. Opened as a deluxe movie palace by movie mogul William Fox, the Academy operated as a cinema through the early 1960s.

Beginning in the 1960s, it was also utilized as a rock  venue, particularly following the 1971 closure of the Filmore East. It was rechristened the Palladium in 1985. The Palladium closed in 1997 and was demolished in 2001.

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Killer Tour 1972. Bob Alford photo.

March 12, 1972 – Alexandria, VA, Alexandria Roller Rink – two shows.

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March 13, 1972 – Staten Island – NY, Ritz Theater – Eye witness who booked the show says this was just after the release of Killer, “Johnny Podell gave us this gig as a thanks for the bookings in the past…..”Alice” was getting quite big here at this point and was selling out much bigger venues than ours.”

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March 18, 1972UK – Rainbow Theatre, Finsbury Park, London, England. CANCELLED


***March 30, 1972 – Phoenix, AZ [Date on Itinerary]***

Doubtful this occurred, even though it was listed on billboard. I am sure the Buxton family would have been there!


March 30, 1972 – Rolling Stone runs the “Golddiggers of 1984” story. (Article mentions they’re in the Connecticut mansion.)

Above article can be found here: Golddiggers


Band at the Galesi Estate in CT. Cindy Laing (Alice’s girlfriend) – front right)15941338_754223658060660_4998798022412655426_n(Photo above) – MB standing next to a statue at the Galesi Estate in CT. Notice that the statue is missing fingers. The story goes is that Glen shot the fingers off the statue with a pistol from his bedroom window. Something that pissed off Cindy and others. Glen could be an ass at times. The band had to pay for the damage.

Charlie Carnal

April 1, 1972 – Richmond, Virginia, Richmond Coliseum [Date on Itinerary]

April 2, 1972 – West Indian Isles Mar Y Sol Festival, Puerto Rico – Eye Witness believes Alice played April 2nd. (w/ ELP, BB King, Allman Bros., Black Sabbath, Rod Stewart and the Faces, Osibisa, Dr John, Fleetwood Mac, Roberta Flack, The J. Geils Band, Bloodrock, Dave Bedford, Savoy Brown, Poco)

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Puerto Rico L-R: Michael Bruce, Neal Smith, Reggie Vincent, Alice Cooper

Dennis and Glen on plane (to or from Puerto Rico?)

April 14, 1972 – Universityof Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia (w/ Blue Oyster Cult, Redbone)

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April 15, 1972 – Raleigh University, North Carolina (w/ Blue Oyster Cult and Byrds) – listed on BOC tour list

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April 16, 1972 – Charleston, SC.  Charleston County Hall.   Pictures  below by Hunter Desportes

April, 1972 – Most of School`s Out recorded. Billboard also reports the band is being sued by Herb Cohen and Straight records.

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Herb Cohen

April 21, 1972 – Buffalo, NY, Memorial Auditorium (w/ Blue Oyster Cult, Spirit).

Buffalo Memorial Auditorium (also known as The Aud) was an indoor arena in downtown Buffalo, NY. Largely a hockey arena, it also held a number an NCAA basketball games, as well as numerous entertainment events, such as concerts, the Ringling Brothers  circus and Disney on Ice. ‘The Aud’ opened on October 14, 1940 and was renovated in 1970 and 1990. It was closed in 1996 and remained vacant until its demolition in late 2008 and early 2009.


April 1972 – Academy Of Music, New York (Listing in Billboard) –  This date may be confused with the show listed for the same venue on March 11th. ????

April 22, 1972 – New York,  Long Island Arena (also commonly known as the Commack Arena) Fleetwood Mac also appeared.   This was a 4,000-seat indoor arena in Commack, NY – from 1959 until 1996

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Commack Arena or Long Island Arena



April 23, 1972 – Rochester Community War Memorial (a question remains if this WAS the actual venue) in Rochester, New York (w/ Blue Oyster Cult).

The Blue Cross Arena (originally Rochester Community War Memorial and commonly the War Memorial) is a multi-purpose indoor arena, located in Rochester, NY. The arena opened on October 18, 1955, as the Rochester Community War Memorial, it was renovated in the mid-1990s and reopened as The Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial, on September 18, 1998.   72 april rochester

April 26, 1972 – School`s Out/Gutter Cat released(US)


April 28th ’72 – New Haven, CT, New Haven Arena (w/ Blue Oyster Cult)


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     April 29, 1972  – Plattsburgh State College (Hartman Theater) Plattsburgh, NY

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Next 3 pictures taken by Kevin Rowe at Plattsburgh College Show

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Notice Glen’s black eye

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Maybe Glen getting a little work done on that eye? LOL



Glen and Alice….1972


April 30, 1972 – Boston, MA, Boston Music Hall (w/ Blue Oyster Cult )

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Glen and two young admirers.

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Tour list

May 3, 1972 – Raleigh, NC, University Of North Carolina (w/ Blue Oyster Cult, ). This is a questionable performance.

May 5, 1972 – San Antonio, TX –  Convention Center Arena – (w/ Canned Heat, Bang ) HemisFair Arena was an indoor arena in San Antonio.  It was also known as the Convention Center Arena. It opened in 1968 and was demolished in 1995. It was part of an area called Hemisphere Park.

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May 6, 1972 – Dallas Texas, Memorial Auditorium  (w/ Blue Oyster Cult, Bang)   Possibly Canned Heat replaced BOC.


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May 7, 1972 – Houston, TX – Sam Houston Coliseum/ Hofheinz Pavilion (w/ Blue Oyster Cult and Bang). Hofheinz Pavilion is an 8,479-seat multi-purpose arena on the University of Houston campus in Houston, Texas. Opened in 1969.

Members of Blue Oyster Cult: Eric Bloom – lead vocals, guitar.  Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser – lead guitar, vocals. Allen Lanier – keyboards, rhythm guitar, backing vocals. Joe Bouchard – bass, backing vocals. Albert Bouchard –  drums, percussion, backing vocals.


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Glen and Charlie Carnal in fron of Gb’s parents’ home

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???May 9, 1972 – Swannanoa, North Carolina, Warren Wilson College. APPEARS NOT TO HAVE HAPPENED,  per Asheville, NC Library and Warren Wilson College Archives.

    ??? May 10th 1972 –  Township Auditorium in Columbia, South Carolina. 1703 TAYLOR ST. IF this show occurred, the date is in question. May have been confused with the April 16 show in Charleston SC, due to the photographer, Hunter Desportes, being unsure of the date and location of some band pictures.

May 12, 1972 – Knoxville, TN. Civic Coliseum. (w/ Free and Todd Rundgren)

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May 13, 1972 – Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, NC.


May 14, 1972 – Greenville, SC, – Greenville Memorial Auditorium – (w/ Todd Rundgren and Hello People).The Greenville Memorial Auditorium was a 7,500-seat multi-purpose arena. It hosted local sporting events and concerts until the 1990’s. Imploded in 1997. Like the Greensboro Coliseum above, it was known mainly for hosting professional wrestling.

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Todd Rundgren -1972

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Greenville Auditorium

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Article from Greenville paper announcing upcoming Alice Cooper concert. CLICK to ENLARGE


May 19, 1972 – Mid South Coliseum, Memphis, TN (w/ Blue Oyster Cult, Chambers Brothers). The Mid-South Coliseum, also known as “The Entertainment Capital of the Mid-South”, was a multi-purpose arena, that seated 10,085 people, in Memphis, TN. It was built in 1963 and closed in 2006. Yet another pro wrestling venue. Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler wrestled the late comedian Andy Kaufman several times here.

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May 20,  1972 – Fayetteville, North Carolina , at the Memorial Auditorium (w/Blue oyster Cult and the Chambers Brothers). Auditorium is now called Progress Energy Hall


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May 21, 1972 – Birmingham, AL – Municipal Auditorium – (w/ Blue Oyster Cult) Also called Boutwell Auditorium is a city-owned 5,000-seat multi-purpose arena located at 1930 8th Ave North, facing Linn Park. The total capacity (today) of the hall, utilizing floor seating, is 6,000.       72may2172boutwell aud


May 22, 1972 – Mobile, Alabama at the Memorial Auditorium. w/ BOC and Chambers Brothers). Opened in 1964 and still going strong.

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May 23, 1972 – Tifton, GA  -The New Woods – or Abraham Baldwin College (w/ Blue Oyster Cult)

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May 24, 1972–  Jacksonville, FL, Coliseum

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May 24, 1972 – Sylva-Webster High School. Sponsored by Western Carolina University. It appears that some people (4000) were expecting Alice Cooper to perform on this date with Black Oak Arkansas. Hard to know if the band was really booked here or if it was someone’s imagination. 72 may 24 ashville citizen-time

????May 25, 1972 – Pensacola, FL??????

May 26, 1972 – Tampa. Florida – Curtis Hixon Hall- (w/ Dr John, The Night Tripper, Todd Rundgren). Curtis Hixon Hall, located at 600 Ashley Drive, was an indoor sports arena, concert venue, and special events center which was located along the Hillsborough River in downtown Tampa, FL. It was built in 1964, opened in 1965, and torn down in 1993.

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Curtis-Nixon Hall 1965

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May 27, 1972 – Jai Alai or Sportatorium, Miami (w/ Dr. John, Todd Rundgren and Eric Quincy Tate Band) (Poster exists advertising “This Will Be The Final Performance, Ever, of Killer.”, it wasn’t) – There were TWO AC performances at the venue on the same day.

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Was NOT the final performance on the Killer Tour as poster above stated.

May 28, 1972 – Orlando, FL. Tangerine Bowl. (May 28 show rained out – show made up the next day)

Juneband is starting to insert more ‘School’s Out songs into act. (The Alice Cooper Show)


June 16, 1972 – Zembo Mosque, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania [with Brownsville Station, Mutt Lee]. The Zembo Shrine Building, also known as the Zembo Mosque, in Harrisburg, PA is significant architecturally as a Moorish Revival architecture. It was built in 1930.

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JUNE 20. 1972 – Flint, MI   IMA Auditorium. Appearance of Cannon (and a drunk Mickey Dolenz?)

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June 21, 1972 – Holland Civic Center, Holland, Michigan
[with Mike Quatro Jam Band]. The Holland Civic Center is a 2,700-seat multi-purpose arena located in Holland, Michigan. It hosts local sporting events and concerts.

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June 23, 1972 – Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania [CANCELLED] See rain check below
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June 25, 1972Nazareth Speedway, Pennsylvania [Muscular Dystrophy Benefit Concert with The Beach Boys, Steppenwolf, Bread, Blood Rock, Lighthouse, Chilliwack]. Nazareth Speedway was an auto racing facility in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, which operated from 1910 to 2004.



Thank you Ron Haholy

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June 26, 1972 – Civic Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
[with Humble Pie] Civic Arena, now called the Mellon Arena, (nicknamed The Igloo) is an arena located in Pittsburgh, PA. The Civic Arena primarily serves as the home to the Pittsburgh Penguins, the city’s National Hockey League (NHL) franchise, from 1967 to 201o, when its name was changed.


Photo from 2007

June 27, 1972 -The band arrive in London

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Glen and Alice on a plane flight. Air sickness or bottle sickness on Alice’s face?

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June 27, 1972. Neal, Alice, Glen

June 28, 1972 – The band record School`s Out for Top Of The Pops. It would be broadcasted on July 13.

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Top of the Pops – UK Photo by Ron Howard

School’s Out TOTP

June 29, 1972 – Truck Stalls in Piccadilly and there is a  bandparty in Chessington Zoo. Joe Greenberg idea for picture on truck.

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Joe Greenberg, co-manager



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June 29, 1972. London. Stacia from the band Hawkwind.

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June 30, 1972 – The UK Wembley, London Empire Pool (Last Killer Show w/ Roxy Music opening)

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Possible shot from the Wembley show

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Empire Pools, Wembley

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Tour book

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Glen – London. June 1972
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Glen, London, in late June. Picture was used in a Japanese magazine

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