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A Fistful Of Alice Timeline

TIMELINE 23 - A Fistful Of Alice

1997

Jan 3rd or 4th '97 Alice recounts a story of seeing Michael Jackson at the Aloha Bowl in Hawaii. These dates seem to be the only time Jackson has played the venue.

Jan 21st `97 Alice is at the AirTouch Cellular Pro/Celebrity Shoot-out, part of the Phoenix Open

Jan 22nd `97 Alice takes part in Xerox Silver Pro-Am, part of the Phoenix Open

Jan 23rd `97 Alice at Skylar Neil Memorial Golf Tournament at the Malibu Country club

Jan 27th `97 Alice presents on the American Music Awards with Pat Boone

Jan 31st - Feb 1st `97 Alice appears at Frank Sinatra Celebrity Golf Tournament at Westin Mission Hills Resort in Rancho Mirage, CA

Feb 9th-10th `97 Alice appears at the AirTouch Celebrity Golf Classic at Ancala Country Clun in Scottsdale, AZ

Feb 11th `97 Alice appears on 'Good Morning Arizona'

Feb 18th `97 Alice takes part in his first on-line chat on AOL

Feb 20th-23rd `97 The First Annual Alice Cooper Celebrity-AM tournament and Celebrity Shoot-out at Arizona Biltmore Golf Course

Arizona Republic:
Alice Cooper announced a golf tournament on Friday that might make others green with envy. Against the backdrop of the Arizona Biltmore Golf Course, Cooper talked about the First Annual Alice Cooper Celebrity Golf Tournament at the Biltmore. 'I would like this to be the pro-celebrity-amateur tour,' said Cooper. 'And I don't see any reason why it shouldn't be.' The four-day event takes place Feb. 20-23 and matches amateurs with celebrities such as Leslie Nielsen, Andre Agassi, the Baldwin Brothers, Lou Gossett Jr., Mac Davis and many others who have been invited to the event. 'I have total respect for people putting together tournaments now,' Cooper said. 'I'll never call up again the day before an event and say I can't make it.' ... The tournament includes a soiree at Planet Hollywood, a Gala Awards Banquet at the Biltmore and a televised celebrity shoot-out. All proceeds go to benefit the Solid Rock Foundation, formed two years ago to build a teen activity center. 'We want to build a safe place for teens to go,' said Cooper, who is expecting $200,000 from the tourney, which should go to build a 20,000-square-foot facility complete with a concert hall, basketball court, gym and coffeehouse. 'We looked for what was needed for kids, and this is what we discovered was needed.' "

March 9th '97 Alice was in Toronto as the Celebrity interview at the Toronto Metro Convention Centre during the annual Canadian Music Week conference.

Mar 25th-26th `97 Alice is at the Nabisco Dinah Shore golf tournament at Mission Hills Country Club in Mirage, California

April 2nd `97 Arizona Republic reports "'Rock musician Alice Cooper, former Suns player Tom Van Arsdale and 15 other Valley businessmen have become members of the ownership group for the Arizona Sandsharks of the Continental Indoor Soccer League"

April 16-17th `97 Alice films Commercial with Pat Boone for Sony Cell Phone at Culver City, CA

May 5th `97 Alice is at Glen Dornoch Golf Links in Little River (North Myrtle Beach) for the first Blues Brothers Smokin' Tees Celebrity Golf Classic.

May 17th-18th `97 Alice attends the Annual Jim Mcmahon Celebrity Golf tournament in Phoenix. The event kicks off on 15th with a bash at Planet Hollywood, Which Alice attends

May 19th `97 Alice at 3rd Annual Hard Rock Café Celebrity/Charity Golf Tournament at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, California

May/June `97 Alice appears at the VH-1 Awards

June 8th `97 Alice is in La Romana, Dominican Republic for the Jeep Cherokee wildlife Challenge held at the Casa de Campo resort

June 16th `97 London, England (London Tower Records in Piccadilly Circus Alice signed autographs from 5:30-6:30pm).

June 19th `97 German TV appearance

European Tour

June 20th `97 Hamburg, Germany, Gaswerk

June 21th `97 Weert, Holland (Bospop-Festival)

June 22th `97 Berlin, Germany, Tempodrom

June 23th `97 Prague, Chez.

June 24th `97 Warsaw, Poland Colosseum

Insane Clown Posse`s 'The Great Milenko' released featuring Alice on the first track.

June 26th `97 Weiner Neustadt, Austria

June 27th `97 Budapest, Hungary, Pecsa (Recorded for Hungarian TV)

June 29th `97 Dessel, Belgium, Graspop Festival

June 30th `97 Paris, France; Le Bataclan

July 1st `97 Paris, France; Le Bataclan

July 2nd `97 Alice appears at the London Rock Circus to leave his hand prints in cement, and records appearance on "The Jack Docherty Show"

July 3nd `97 Wolverhampton, England; Civic Hall (w/ Tampasm)

July 4rd `97 Glasgow, Scotland; Barrowlands (w/ Tampasm)

July 5th `97 Newcastle, England; City Hall (w/ Tampasm)

July 6th `97 Manchester, England; Apollo (w/ Tampasm)

July 8th `97 London, England; Astoria (w/ Tampasm) [Ticket]

July 9th `97 London, England; Astoria (w/ Tampasm) (At one of the Astoria shows Comedian Jerry Sadowitz meets Alice) [Ticket]

July 10th `97 Southampton Guildhall (w/ Tampasm)

July 11th '97 'A Fistful Of Alice' shown on VH-1 UK

July 12th `97 Pyrenees, Spain Dr Music Festival (Broadcast on Spanish TV)

July 15th `97 Rome, Italy

July 17th `97 Zurich, Switzerland, Volkshaus

July 18th `97 Munich, Germany, Coliseum

July 19th `97 Balingen, Germany, Antenna Open Air Festival

July 20th `97 St.Goarshausen, Germany, Loreley Festival

July 29th `97 'A Fistful Of Alice' released in US

July 30th `97 El Cajon, San Diego, CA Sycuan Casino (warm up show w/ Warrent, Loverboy)

First Rock And Roll Carnival Show.

July 31th `97 Alice performs '18' on 'The Tonight Show'

Aug 1st `97 Pershing Field, Fort Carson, CO (Marlboro Music Festival (w/ Joe Walsh, Eddie Money)

Set list for this show only was a shorter set

Aug 2nd `97 Chicago, IL (Tinley Park); New World Music Theatre (w/ Slaughter, Warrent and Dokken)

Aug 3rd `97 Minneapolis, MN (St. Paul); Roy Wilkins Auditorium (Glen Buxton in attendence) (w/ Slaughter, Warrant and Dokken)

Aug 5th `97 Detroit, MI (Clarkston); Pine Knob Music Theatre (w/ Slaughter, Warrant and Dokken)

Aug 6th `97 Cincinnati, OH; Riverbend Music Center (w/ Slaughter, Warrant and Dokken) [Ticket]

Aug 8th `97 Milwaukee, WI; Eagles Ballroom (w/ Slaughter, Warrant and Dokken)

Aug 9th `97 Oakland City, IN; Oakwood Theatre (w/ Slaughter, Warrant and Dokken)

Aug 10th `97 Columbus, OH Buckeye Lake Music Center (Torrential rain and crowd problems, apparently last show ever at the venue) (w/ Slaughter, Warrant and Dokken) [Ticket]

Aug 12th `97 Washington DC (Columbia, MD); Merriweather Post (w/ Slaughter, Warrant and Dokken)

'A Fistful Of Alice' shown on VH-1 (US)

Aug 13th `97 Wantagh, NY (Long Island); Jones Beach Amph. (Joe Greenburg in attendance) (Signing Session at Tower records in Manhatten during the day)(w/ Slaughter, Warrant and Dokken)

Aug 14th `97 Holmdel, NJ; P.N.C. Bank Arts Center (w/ Slaughter, Warrant and Dokken)

Alice appearance aired on 'The Ru Paul Show'

Aug 15th `97 Darien, NY (Near Buffalo) Performing Arts Center (w/ Slaughter, Warrant and Dokken)

Aug 16th `97 Cleveland OH, Nautica Stage (Alice performs during torrential rain and lightning storm)(w/ Slaughter, Warrant and Dokken) [Ticket]

Aug 18th `97 Pittsburgh PA, I.C. Light Amphitheatre (w/ Slaughter, Warrant and Dokken) [Ticket]

Aug 20th `97 La Crosse, WI La Crosse Center (w/ Slaughter, Warrant and Dokken) [Ticket]

Aug 22nd `97 Dallas, TX Dallas Music Complex (w/ Slaughter, Warrant and Dokken)

Aug 23rd `97 San Antonio, TX Retama Polo Grounds (w/ Slaughter, Warrant and Dokken) [Ticket]

Aug 24th `97 Houston, TX The Woodlands (w/ Slaughter, Warrant and Dokken)

Aug 26th `97 Phoenix, AZ; Mesa Ampitheatre (w/ Slaughter, Warrant and Dokken)

Aug 27th `97 Las Vegas, NV; Aladdin Theater (w/ Slaughter, Warrant and Dokken)

Aug 29th `97 San Francisco, CA (Mountain View); Shoreline Amphitheater (w/ Slaughter, Warrant and Dokken)

Aug 31th `97 Universal City, CA; Universal Amphitheater (w/ Slaughter, Warrant and Dokken) [Ticket]

Australia 'Rock And Roll Carnival' Tour

Sept 5th `97 Perth, Australia; Entertainment Center

Department Of Youth added to show for Australian dates
Alice had problems with the snake in Australia because of the long quarantine laws. He eventually used a local snake.

Sept 6th `97 Adelaide, Australia; Entertainment Center (w/ Stand) [Ticket]

Sept 8th `97 Melbourne, Australia; Entertainment Center (w/ Horsehead)

Sept 10th `97. Brisbane, Australia; Festival Hall

Sept 11th `97 Sydney, Australia; Entertainment Center

Oct 10th `97 Glen Buxton, Neal Smith, Michael Bruce and Richie Scarlet come together to rehearse for the Area 51 show

Oct 11th `97 Glen Buxton, Neal Smith, Michael Bruce and Richie perform 6 songs with interviews at Billy Blues Club, Houston, TX which was transmitted on KLOS-Houston

Oct 12th `97 Glen Buxton, Neal Smith, Michael Bruce and Richie Scarlet perform at Area 51 in Houston, TX. This is Glen`s last ever performance. Earlier in the day they had appeared on the Stevens and Prewett Morning Radio Show

Oct 16th `97 Alice receives the 'Eyegore' award for "outstanding contribution to the world of fantasy and horror and pioneering work melding Rock and Roll with horror" at the Beetlejuice Theater at Universal Studios, Hollywood.

Oct 19th `97 Glen Buxton passes away in Clarion, Iowa

The Official Press release:

Glen Buxton, 49, one of the founding members and the lead guitarist of the original Alice Cooper group, died of complications from pneumonia on Sunday, October 19, 1997 at at a hospital in Clarion, Iowa.

Buxton was the co-writer of such rock n' roll classics as "School's Out," "I'm Eighteen," and "Elected," and played lead guitar on seven albums by the Alice Cooper group including the chart-topping "Billion Dollar Babies."

Alice Cooper said, "I grew up with Glen, started the band with him, and he was one of my best friends. I think I laughed more with him than anyone else. He was an under-rated and influential guitarist, a genuine rock n' roll rebel. Wherever he is now, I'm sure that there's a guitar, a cigarette, and a switchblade nearby."

Oct 20th `97 Alice sees The Rolling Stones at the Globe, Boston. He went backstage but didn`t meet the band.

Oct 21-24th `97 Alice does a signing sessions at 'Spooky World' in Berlin, Mass. before returning to Phoenix. He tries to find a way to get to Glen`s funeral but it proves impossible.

Oct 24th `97 Glen is laid to rest at Evergreen Cemetery, Clarion, Iowa

Oct 27th `97 Alice Appears at VH-1`s Fairway to Heaven at Las Vegas Country Club. He wins.


At the end of the year, Alice performed three Christmas/New Year shows featuring a similar set as the US tour. These were:

Dec 29th `97 Merrillville, IN Star Plaza Theatre (w. Enuff Z'nuff)

In Merrillville, a member of the audience pulled the Ethyl dummy into the crowd and it lost it`s wig. This lead to the bizarre site of Alice singing to a bald Ethyl

Dec 30th `97 Grand Rapids, MI Orbit Room [Ticket]

Dec 31st `97 Detroit, MI State Theater

As a special treat In Detroit, he sang 'Jailhouse Rock' at 12 midnight in the encore while wearing dark sunglasses and a silver jacket with the collar turned up over a University of Michigan Jersey.  Clones and Desperado were also added to the setlist.
Brian Nelson ( August 1998): During a rehearsal, Alice started doing a little Elvis dancing in between songs. Derek Sherinian started playing Jailhouse Rock and the rest is history.
Jailhouse Rock was retained when the next tour began in 1998

1998

Jan 14th-18th `98 Alice is at the Bob Hope Golf Classic in Palm Springs

Feb 4th `98 Alice`s 50th birthday. He goes to see Star Wars!

Mar 4th `98 Phoenix, Arizona - Alice sings Jailhouse Rock and No More Mr. Nice Guy with the Beat Angels at an AMC movie theater as part of a Steven Seagal premiére party (for 'The Patriot'?)

Mar 5th-6th `98 Alice and Sheryl produce the Hopi Variety Show at Arcadia High School, Phoenix.

Mar 27th `98 Groundbreaking ceremony for Alice Coopers`town in Phoenix.

Mar 29th `98 Alice appears at the season opener Diamondbacks game in Phoenix singing the national anthem with Linda Ronstadt, Dave Mustaine, Rob Halford and others.

May 9th-10th `98 2nd Alice Cooper Celebrity/Am Golf Tournament at Grayhawk Golf Club, Scottsdale

May 22nd `98 London XFM Interview aired.

May 1998, Alice played more dates, still basically in support to the live album. The shows started in London, preceded by a couple of days rehearsal at the Astoria. The first date was set to be Sunday the 24th of May. Unfortunately, Ryan Roxie had to pull out of the tour and so this date was canceled so as to give returning guitarist Pete Freezin more time to get ready. Tracks rehearsed but not normally performed included 'Clones', 'Lullaby', 'He`s Back' (performed in Sweden in place of 'Public Animal No. 9') and 'Some Folks'.

The Show was basically the same as the previous years US Rock And Roll Carnival show, but it had the additional tracks 'Steven' and 'Jailhouse Rock' (with Alice doing his best Elvis impressions in a silver jacket and shades!).

At the end of the later shows on the tour, when introducing the band, Alice started introducing himself as Ginger Spice of all-girl pop act The Spice Girls.

They also had a new snake for the European dates, Lady Macbeth, supplied by Scots Sickthing Bill Crowe. She was a 10` female Boa Constrictor, 8 years old, captive bred in Scotland and weighed in at 25 lbs. The name was kept for the US tour snake as well. This same snake was re-used on the `Bare Bones` UK shows in 2003.

May 25th `98 London, Astoria (w/ Backyard Babies, Glitterbox) (Bob Ezrin and Tim Rice in attendance at Astoria shows) [Ticket]

May 26th `98 London, Astoria (w/ Backyard Babies, Glitterbox) - In the morning Alice goes to Camden Market [Ticket]

May 28th `98 Leipzig, Haus Auensee (w/ Skew Siskin)

May 29th `98 Dusseldorf, Stahlwerk (w/ Skew Siskin)

May 30th `98 Hannover, Music Hall (w/ Skew Siskin)

June 1st `98 Lichtenfels, Stadthalle (w/ Skew Siskin)

June 2nd `98 Munich, Coliseum (w/ Skew Siskin)

June 3rd `98 Kleinostheim(Frankfurt), Maingauhalle (w/ Skew Siskin)

June 4th `98 Hamburg, G1 Club (w/ Skew Siskin)


From Metal Edge Magazine's old web site:

VAN HALEN canceled a concert in Hamburg, Germany on June 3 after drummer ALEX VAN HALEN was struck by a piece of falling ceiling plaster during soundcheck. This was the fifth of 16 dates on a European tour that may or may not continue, depending on the extent of Alex's injuries.
ALICE COOPER was scheduled to play the same Hamburg hall, Docks, the following night but the show was wisely moved to another venue.

June 5th `98 Skieve, Denmark Beach Party Festival

June 6th `98 Norje Havsband, Sweden Rock Festival (Formerly Karlshamm)

June 7th `98 Copenhagen, Denmark, 5 Øren Festival (w/Big Fat Snake and Joe Cocker. Van Halen were supposed to play but pulled out)

June 19th `98 Kelseyville CA, Konocti Harbor

The line-up of the band was now Ryan, Reb, Todd, Eric Singer ( Jimmy on first three shows) and Paul Taylor.

June 20th `98 Kelseyville CA, Konocti Harbor

June 22nd `98 Del Mar Ca, Del Mar Fair

July 17th `98 Cadott WI, Chippewa Valley Festival

According to Derek Sherinian (12th July e-mail), "The line-up will be Reb, Pete, Todd, Eric and himself". Thus reuniting three 'Trash' tour musicians. Jimmy joins Megadeth.

July 18th `98 Appleton, WI The Checkered Flag

July 19th `98 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall

July 21st `98 Kalamazoo, MI The State Theatre

July 22nd `98 Chicago IL, Metro

July 23rd `98 Medina MN, Ballroom (w/ Coup de Grace)

July 24th `98 Sioux City, IA Chautauqua Park Rivercade

July 31st `98 High River, Alberta, LaBatt Blue Rock Fest

Aug 1st `98 Minnedosa, Manitoba Classic Rock Picnic (w/ Filthy Lucre, Queen City Kids, Nick Gilder, David Wilcox, Randy Bachman)

Aug 6th `98 Myrtle Beach SC, House of Blues

Aug 7th-9th `98 First Glen Buxton Memorial Weekend in Clarion, Iowa

Aug 7th `98 Atlanta GA, House of Blues

Aug 8th `98 Orlando FL, House of Blues (w/ The Kill)

Aug 9th `98 Clearwarter FL Ruth Eckerd Hall (w/ Rhodeside) [Ticket]

Aug 18th `98 Hollywood, CA House of Blues [Ticket]

Aug 19th `98 Hollywood, CA House of Blues

From muzic.com...
The star of the show at Alice Cooper's three-night sold-out run at L.A.'s House Of Blues wasn't the band, or the audience -- which was made up of such luminaries as John Lydon, Brian May, Rob Zombie, Lemmy [Most nights], Paul Stanley, and Ace Frehley. Nope, it was Cooper's boa constructor. It seemed the poor pet couldn't, how you say, "hold it" any longer during the maestro's set, and peed all over the stage. The band seemed determined to ignore the incident, except there was so much snake urine that they kept sloshing and sliding around, so they had to stop the show while three members of the road crew did a fast clean-up. According to Cooper's management, this is the first time that any of the snakes ever stole the show in this particular manner . . .

Aug 20th `98 Hollywood, CA House of Blues

Aug 21st `98 Hollywood, CA House of Blues (Canceled before tickest went on sale)

Also in attendance over the LA four nights were Bob Ezrin, Steve Hunter and Fred Mandel.

Aug 28th `98 Kitchener, Ontario Lulu's Nightclub (w/ Carpet Frogs, Vibrolux)

Winston Watson (originally from Gentlemen After Dark) played with Alice from September. He replaced Eric Singer who moved on to Brian May`s band.

Aug 29th `98 Detroit MI, Michigan State Fair

Kewadin Casino AdvertAug 30th `98 Sault Ste Marie MI, Kewadin Casino

Aug 31st `98 Sault Ste Marie MI, Kewadin Casino

Sept 1st `98 Toledo Ohio, Stranahan Theatre

Sept 2nd `98 Cleveland OH, Nautica (w/ Kidd Wicked)

Sept 4th `98 Atlantic City NJ, Trump Marina Casino

Sept 5th `98 Atlantic City NJ, Trump Marina Casino

Sept 6th `98 Uncasville CT, Mohegan Sun Casino (Neal and Dennis in attendence)

Sept 25th-26th `98 Alice signing at Haunted Hydro Dark Attraction Park and stays at Rendezvous Lodge on the Thornwood Golf Course, Fremont, Ohio

Oct 3rd `98 Houston TX, Six Flags Astroworld

Oct 4th `98 New Orleans LA, House of Blues

Oct 5th `98 New Orleans LA, House of Blues

Oct 19th `98 Alice appears at Las Vegas Country Club for VH-1`s Fairway To Heaven. He wins Again!

Oct 21st `98 Six Palms publishing sues Kiss for copyright infringement due to the song 'Dreaming' on Kiss' Psycho Circus being a touch too close to '18'.

Oct 24th `98 Phoenix, AZ Arizona State Fair

Nov 9th-10th `98 Alice attends Celebrity Golf Tournament at Greyhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona

Dec 18th `98 Private VIP opening of Cooperstown, Phoenix. Alice jams with local musicians

Dec 19th `98 Phoenix Alice Cooperstown opens to public. Alice jams with Michael and Neal.

Dec 23rd `98 Alice acts as a celebrity waiter at Don Ho`s Restaurant in Hawaii. The establishment is co-owned by Shep Gordon who is also there.

Dec 28th `98 Robinsonville, Mississippi (Memphis area) Sam's Town Casino

The Last few dates of the year were the now traditional New Year Shows. The Line-up was: Pete Freezin` And Stef Burns on Guitar, Eric Singer on Drums, Lindsay Vannoy on Keyboards and Todd Jensen on Bass. A reputable(and undisclosable, don`t ask, but he ought to know) source suggests the band discovered Vannoy "...couldn't even play the keyboards like during the second show of the tour." He claimed that Lindsey's tech was the one who played "behind the scenes."

Dec 30th `98 Jacksonville, Florida Florida Theatre

The Jacksonville show last night was the same as previous shows. Right before Only Women Bleed, 3 or 4 women went up and threw roses on the stage. He used them as props during the Black Eyes segment
(Sickthing Brian Robson, 31st December 1998)

Dec 31st `98 Pompano Beach, Florida Theatre