During the seventies there are far fewer recordings in existence then in later years. That added to the fact that there seemed (from available evidence) to be few changes in the set lists, means that it serves no purpose to list every show from every tour individually.

So here are the lists from the 'Love It To Death' tour to the 'From The Inside/Madhouse Rocks' Tour with known changes noted. Shows from before 1970 are very scarce and it is likely that the set changed around frequently, making documenting the early years accurately impossible. Dennis has stated that the 'Pretties for You' shows normally started with 'No Longer Umpire'.

'Love It To Death' 1970

Known recordings seem to suggest this was the basic set, although it's very likely there were changes as recordings of this period are very limited. It does seen likely that no pre-'Love It To Death' song was played after the album was released, except 'Return Of The Spiders' which survived as an encore until 'Killer was released.

Setlist:

  1. Sun Arise
  2. Caught In A Dream - I'm Eighteen
  3. Is It My Body - My Very Own - Is it My Body Reprise
  4. Second Coming - Ballad of Dwight Fry
  5. Black Juju
  6. Return of The Spiders

Notes:

  • 'My Very Own' is a title that has been given to the piece of music played after 'Is It My Body' by bootleggers. It's also referred to as 'Down To The Graveyard' and was never officially released at the time. In fact from various comments over the years it now appears that this music was simply part of 'Is It My Body', but was actually cut for the shorter studio version. If correct it really shouldn't have it's own name at all (and would be why none of the band have ever referred to it alone).
  • At the Rainbow show in London (7th Nov 1971) 'Halo Of Flies' was included after 'Is It My Body - My Very Own' so possibly it was included in other shows around that time.

'Killer' Tour 1972

The first part of the 'Killer' tour up to around March 1972:

  1. Intro - Be My Lover
  2. You Drive Me Nervous
  3. Yeah, Yeah, Yeah
  4. I'm Eighteen
  5. Halo Of Flies
  6. Is It My Body - My Very Own - Is It My Body reprise
  7. Dead Babies
  8. Killer
  9. Long Way To Go (with long instrumental 'School's Out' middle-section)
  10. Under My Wheels

The second part of the 'Killer' tour:

  1. Intro - Be My Lover
  2. You Drive Me Nervous
  3. Yeah, Yeah, Yeah
  4. I'm Eighteen
  5. Halo Of Flies
  6. Dead Babies
  7. Killer
  8. Long Way To Go
  9. School's Out (Long jammed version but with lyrics)
  10. Is It My Body - My Very Own - Is It My Body reprise
  11. Under My Wheels

Notes:

  • The last part of 'Killer' (starting with the 'tormented cries' bit) was prerecorded, so not performed live.
  • The show 'Intro' was basically just a long build up to the first song. They used the same idea on the next tour.
  • 'Killer' and the gallows was followed by taped thunder and lightning effects
  • Minor changes to above set list could have occur on occasions where stage time was limited, like festivals, or opening slots.

The 'School's Out' Tour 1972

Set list for the North American-leg:

  • Intro - Public Animal #9
  • Caught In A Dream
  • Under My Wheels
  • Be My Lover
  • I'm Eighteen
  • Is It My Body - My Very Own - Is It My Body reprise
  • Halo Of Flies
  • Gutter Cat vs. The Jets - Street Fight (tape)
  • Killer
  • Long Way To Go
  • School's Out.

Notes:

  • The 'School's Out' tour was very similar to the 'Killer' tour and included the gallows, with the various tapes played in the same places.
  • For the European leg of the 'School's Out' tour 'Elected' replaced 'Long Way To Go'. Starting with the Dutch gigs on 17th and 18th November 1972 'Elected' was played *after* 'School's Out' as an encore. It remained there for the rest of the tour.
  • 'Street Fight' was played on a tape loop, allowing the band to take park in the theatrics.
  • Minor changes to above set list could have occurred on occasions where playing time was limited, although this would by now be happening less and less as the band were now headliners in their own right.
  • At the 26th November 1972 show in Zufingen, Switzerland opening act Flo And Eddie joined the band for an extra encore of 'Happy Together', the Turtles' (which featured Flo and Eddie) hit single.

The 'Billion Dollar Babies' Tour 1973

The standard set list was as follows:

  • Hello Hurray
  • Billion Dollar Babies
  • Elected - I'm Eighteen
  • Raped And Freezin' - No More Mr. Nice Guy
  • My Stars
  • Unfinished Sweet
  • (Night on Bald Mountain Tape)
  • Sick Things
  • Dead Babies
  • I Love The Dead
  • (Night on Bald Mountain Tape)
  • School's Out
  • Under My Wheels
  • (God bless America Tape)

Notes:

  • The last part of 'I Love The Dead', after the beheading, was a prerecorded tape, again to allow the band to take part in theatrics.
  • The opening show of the tour on March 5th March 1973 at the War Memorial, Rochester, NY had the following different set list: Hello Hurray (excerpt) / Billion Dollar Babies / Elected / I'm Eighteen / No More Mr. Nice Guy / Hello hurray (full song) / My Stars / Raped and Freezin' (full song) / Unfinished Sweet / (Night on Bald Mountain Tape) / Sick Things / Dead Babies / I Love The Dead / (Night on Bald Mountain Tape) / School's Out / Under My Wheels / (God Bless America Tape)
    It may be assumed this set list goes for the previous 4 warm-up shows as well, although no recordings exist.
  • At the last show of the tour on June 7th 1973 in Providence, RI, Flo And Eddie (the support band) joined the band for an extra encore run through of the Beatles' 'Hard Day's Night'.

The 'Billion Dollar Babies Holiday Tour' (Muscle Of Love) 1973/Brazil 1974

The standard set list was as follows:

  • Hello Hurray
  • Billion Dollar Babies
  • Elected - I'm Eighteen
  • Big Apple Dreaming (Hippo)
  • Muscle Of Love
  • Head Hearted Alice
  • My Stars
  • Unfinished Sweet
  • (Night on Bald Mountain Tape)
  • Sick Things
  • Dead Babies
  • I Love The Dead
  • (Night on Bald Mountain Tape)
  • School's Out
  • Working Up A Sweat
  • (Christmas song outro tape)

Notes:

  • The Christmas song outro tape could vary and included 'Deck the Halls'
  • Toronto December 14th had 'Hard Hearted Alice' played AFTER 'My Stars'. Possibly they just played them in the wrong order.
  • The South American shows in 1974 featured the same show, but obviously without the Christmas song outro.
  • The December 13th show at Toledo, OH, Sports Arena lasted less then 10 minutes. due to the riot, so the set was only 'Hello Hooray' and 'Billion Dollar Babies'.

Welcome To My Nightmare Tour 1975/1977

To the best of our knowledge the exact same set list was used at every 1975 show:

  1. Welcome To My Nightmare
  2. Years Ago (partial vocal)
  3. No More Mr. Nice Guy
  4. Years Ago (partial vocal)
  5. Billion Dollar Babies (see note)
  6. Years Ago (instrumental)
  7. I'm Eighteen
  8. Years Ago (vocal) - Instrumental intro - Some Folks
  9. Cold Ethyl
  10. Only Women Bleed
  11. Devils Food (w/ backing vocals only)
  12. Band Instrumental/Guitar Jam
  13. The Black Widow
  14. Steven
  15. Welcome To My Nightmare Reprise
  16. (Graveyard Scene on video)
  17. Escape
  18. Escape (Instrumental reprise to start encore - School's Out
  19. Department Of Youth

Notes:

  • On The Australian 'Welcome To My Nightmare' tour in 1977 'I Never Cry' was added to all set lists in the form: 'Years Ago' (partial vocal) - 'I Never Cry' - 'Billion Dollar Babies'.

The 'King Of The Silver Screen' Tour 1977 - 'School's Out For Summer' Tour 1978

Set list:

  1. Intro - Under My Wheels
  2. Billion Dollar Babies
  3. I'm Eighteen
  4. (Alice talking to the crowd)*
  5. Sick Things - Is It My Body
  6. Devils Food (background vocals only) - The Black Widow
  7. You And Me
  8. Only Women Bleed
  9. (Fake Commercials-I)
  10. Unfinished Sweet - Escape
  11. I Love The Dead - Go To Hell - Wish You Were Here (instrumental)
  12. I Never Cry
  13. (Fake Commercials-II)
  14. It's Hot Tonight - (Maurice Escargot introduction) - Lace And Whiskey
  15. King Of The Silver Screen (no AC vocals)
  16. School's Out (extended to include band introductions)

Notes:

  • The commercials were prerecorded spoof commercials.
  • The "AC Talking to the crowd" bit was only included in the set list of the 1977 tour, not on the 1978 tour.
  • The July 7th 1978 show in Miami, FL show didn't feature 'Billion Dollar Babies' performed, but it was a standard part of the set list

The 'From The Inside/Madhouse Rocks' Tour 1979

The standard set list went as follows:

  1. (Vincent Price Introduction)
  2. Intro - From The Inside
  3. Serious
  4. Nurse Rozetta
  5. The Quiet Room - I Never Cry
  6. (Vincent Price voice-I)
  7. Devils Food (instrumental excerpt) - Welcome To My Nightmare - Billion Dollar Babies
  8. Only Women Bleed - No more Mr. Nice Guy
  9. I'm Eighteen
  10. The Black Widow (band instrumental)
  11. Wish I Were Born In Beverly Hills
  12. Dead Babies
  13. Ballad of Dwight Fry
  14. All Strapped Up
  15. It's Hot Tonight (instrumental excerpt) - Go To Hell - Wish You Were Here (instrumental)
  16. (Vincent Price voice-II)
  17. How You Gonna See Me Now
  18. Inmates (We're All Crazy)
  19. School's Out (very extended version to include band introductions)

Notes:

  • The Vincent Price Voice overs were obviously on tape, and were recorded especially for the show.
  • 'All Strapped Up' is a non-album track written specifically for the show. It is rumoured to have been demoed, but no recording of it has ever been released. It was featured during a section of the show involving the 'magic screen' with Alice and the dancers running in and out of the screen throwing a fake bomb around. Sadly this was missing form the official show film 'The Strange Case Of Alice Cooper' as it "didn't translate to the movie screen"'. 'Dead Babies' is also missing from the film for no obvious reason.
  • 'School's Out' is played in extended form featuring solos from all the band who got the chance to mess around and show off for a couple of minutes each. Alice didn't leave the stage for this, but often berated or made fun of them while they played. At at least one show in Milwaukee on March 6th the band launched into Village Peoples' 'Y.M.C.A' (possibly on tape?) for a minute or two with hysterical results as Alice accuses them of mutiny! It's not clear how often this was done and it was certainly gone by the next known tour recording on March 31st
  • Guitarist Davey Johnstone's solo often featured the riff of 'Saturday Nights Alright For Fighting.'