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Constrictor Timeline

TIMELINE 17 Constrictor-The Nightmare Returns

Note: From here on it seems that tours use more and more general advertising (multiple dates in one advert) in the specialist music press, rather then individual show adverts in local papers. Music fans didn`t generaly look to newspapers to know what shows were happening any more. However shows are now much easier to trace anyway. There was far less chopping and changing of dates after a tour was announced and things seem to run more smoothly, which means tour listings and adverts are more likely to be correct then was the case in the 70s (see the endless Billboard mistakes for examples!).

1986

Jan/Feb `86 Recording for Constrictor in NY

(Hit Parader interview mentions he also has a home in Chicago - he was there for part of `85 and apparently left when he discovered how cold Chicago winters were. He called their apartment `The Room`)

Summer `86 Final recordings for Constrictor in LA

July `86 He`s Back video filmed on the set of Friday the 13th and Alice did press Interviews during the shoot..

July 28th `86 He`s Back single released

Sept 22nd `86 Constrictor released

20th - 26th Sept `86 Alice visits UK for promo stuff

Just before the tour, Alice paid a flying visit to the UK for a few promo duties and also put in an appearance backstage at Motorhead`s Hammersmith Odeon, London show on 22nd Sept which resulted in Lemmy giving him an on-stage name check (which in turn resulted in me hanging out at the backstage door for hours only for Lemmy to inform me that Alice left 'hours ago!!'). Apart from saying 'Hi' to Lemmy, Alice was also there to check out and meet support band Zodiac Mindwarp and teh Love Reaction who were scheduled to support on the forthcoming UK dates. In the end, Zodiac was ill and didn`t do the tour (Dr. and the Medics did 2 shows and Alien Sex Fiend did the rest of the tour).

Alice also appeared on BBC breakfast TV for a live interview (22nd?) and 'Rock Around The Clock'(on the 20th).

26th Sept `86 Howard Stern interview aired

The Nightmare Returns North American Tour 1986 (1st Leg)

20th Oct `86 Santa Barbara, CA, Arlington Theater (first show since 1982) (w/ Guns n' Roses according to Renfield and backed up by a 2017 GnR book and in Slash's, Duff's and Steven Adlers respective biographies.)

Randy Piper (ex-Wasp) was hired for the' Nightmare Returns' tour. He was fired for not being able to play his instrument during the first rehearsals.
(Renfield, August 1996)
A well known magician named Franz Harary did some of the Special Effects stuff between `86 and `91, most notably the Teenage Frankenstein routine.
In a pre-tour interview Alice mentions that Donnie Kisselbach (Turtles/Rick Derranger) was meant to play the tour but he was actually replaced by Kip Winger.

Oct 24th `86 San Bernadino, CA National Orange Showgrounds (w/ Guns`n`Roses?) [Ticket][Local Listing][Show Preview in San Bernardino County Sun October 18th. Show review on October 26th] San Bernadino County Sun mentions the show in unrelated article.

Oct 28th `86 Lansing, MI, Civic Center (w/ Vinnie Vincent's Invasion)[Ticket][Local listings][Show Review in Lancing State Journal October 29th and Detroit Free Press October 30th]

Oct 29th `86 Saginaw, MI, Wendler Arena (w/ Vinnie Vincent's Invasion)

Oct 30th `86 Detroit, MI, Joe Louis Arena (w/ Vinnie Vincent Invasion) [Ticket]

Oct 31st `86 Detroit, MI Joe Louis Arena (w/ Vinnie Vincent Invasion) [Ticket] Detroit Press originally refer to Alice playing Joe Louis Arena on the 30th but Cobo Hall on the 31st (in the same listing) but later it changes to both being at Joe Louis. The two venues are next door to each other.

Scheduled to be the first official 'Nightmare Returns' show (the previous shows assumably being considered warm ups to get rid of any glitches before the TV broadcast). Reputably sold out in three hours and another show on the previous night had to be added.
Filmed for `The Nightmare Returns` video and transmitted on MTV. Missing from the video release are a final cameo section at the end of the TV broadcast of a cleaner looking through a garbage can, to be revealed as Alice advertising 'Constrictor'.

Nov 1st `86 Toledo, OH, Sports Arena (w/ Vinnie Vincent Invasion)[Ticket][Preview in Freemont News-Messenger October 30th]

Nov 2nd `86 Kalamazoo, MI, Wings Stadium (w/ Vinnie Vincent Invasion)[Local Listings]

(Nov 3th `86 Dayton, OH, Hara Arena (w/ Vinnie Vincent's Invasion) - according to schedule but tickets say 7th)

Nov 4th `86 Fort Wayne, IN, Allen County Memorial Auditorium (w/ Vinnie Vincent's Invasion)[Local Listing]

Nov 6th `86 Columbus, OH, Veterans' Memorial Coliseum (w/ Vinnie Vincent's Invasion)[Ticket][Local listings]

Tour 1986

Nov 7th `86 Dayton, OH, Hara Arena (w/ Vinnie Vincent's Invasion)[Ticket][Ticket][Local Listing] OR Erie, PA Civic Center according to schedule.

Nov 8th `86 Cleveland, OH, Cleveland Music Hall (w/ Vinnie Vincent Invasion)[Ticket][Sold Out][Local Listing]

Nov 11th `86 Pittsburgh, PA, Syria Mosque (w/ Vinnie Vincent's Invasion][Ticket][Sold Out][Local Listing][Review in Pittsburgh Post Gazette November 12th]

Uk Tour 1986

Nov 12th `86 Wilkes Barre, PA, Kingston Armory (w/ Vinnie Vincent's Invasion)[Ticket] - Camden, NJ, Courier-Post has listing for "Tower Theater" on Nov 12th. Philedelphia Daily News agrees it's the 12th at "the Tower". However other sources confirm the Tower Theater is on the 14th.

Nov 13th `86 Fairfax, VA, George Washington Univ. Patriot Center (w/ Vinnie Vincent's Invasion)[Ticket]

Nov 14th `86 Upper Darby (Philadelphia), PA, Tower Theatre (w/ Vinnie Vincent's Invasion)[Local Listings] Sold Out. Second show added for December 12th.[Review in Camden,NJ Courier-Post November 18th.]

Nov 15th `86 Albany, NY, Palace Theatre (w/ Vinnie Vincent's Invasion)[Ticket][Local Listing]

Nov 16th `86 Rochester, NY, Auditorium Theater (w/ Vinnie Vincent's Invasion)[Show preview in Rochester Democrat and Chronicle November 14th]

Nov 19th `86 Worcester, MA, Centrum (w/ Vinnie Vincent's Invasion)[Ticket][Local listings][Show Preview in Hartford Corrant November 13th.][Show reviews in Boston Herald and Boston Globe.]

Uk Tour 1986

The Nightmare Returns UK Tour 1986

Nov 20th `86 Alice flies to the UK

Nov 21st `86 Alice is in Newcastle to appear on `The Tube` and meets up with Iggy Pop

Nov 22nd `86 Interview on BBC Radio 1 with Andy Kershaw

Uk Tour 1986

Nov 23rd `86 London, England, Wembley Arena (w/ Dr And The Medics) [Ticket]

Aftershow party held in a Chelsea nightclub - actor John Hurt, Shiobhan Fahey then of Bananarama, Pete Wylie, Steve Nieve (of The Attractions), Chris and Nik Fiend (Alien Sex Fiend), Rat Scabies (The Damned), Ray Mayhew (Sigue Sigue Sputnik and (possibly) Zodiac Mindwarp attend.

Nov 24th `86 Signing session at Virgin Megastore in London.

Nov 25th `86 Edinburgh, Scotland Edinburgh Playhouse (w/ Dr And The Medics) Also Entertainment USA interview taped.

Nov 26th `86 Edinburgh, Scotland Edinburgh Playhouse (w/ Dr And The Medics)

Nov 28th `86 Manchester, England Apollo Theater(w/ Alien Sex Fiend) [Ticket]

Nov 29th `86 Manchester, England Apollo Theater (w/ Alien Sex Fiend) [Ticket]

Nov 30th `86 Manchester, England Apollo Theater (w/ Alien Sex Fiend)

Dec 1st `86 Newcastle, England City Hall (w/ Alien Sex Fiend) [Ticket]

Dec 3rd `86 Birmingham, England Odeon (w/ Alien Sex Fiend) [Ticket]

Dec 4th `86 Birmingham, England Odeon (w/ Alien Sex Fiend) [Ticket]

Dec 5th `86 Birmingham, England Odeon (w/ Alien Sex Fiend) [Ticket]

Andy Michael gets to throw out a balloon at the end of the show.

The Nightmare Returns North American Tour 1986-1987 (2nd Leg)

Dec 12th `86 Philadelphia (Upper Darby), PA, Tower Theater (w/ Vinnie Vincent Invasion)[Ticket][Mention in local papers][Sold Out]

Dec 13th `86 Cleveland, OH, Public Hall (w/ Vinnie Vincent Invasion)[Ticket][Local listing]

Uk Tour 1986

Dec 14th `86 Utica, NY, Memorial Auditorium (w/ Vinnie Vincent Invasion)[Ticket]

Dec 15th `86 Syracuse, NY, Landmark Theater (w/ Vinnie Vincent Invasion)

Dec 18th `86 Baltimore, MD, Baltimore Arena (w/ Vinnie Vincent Invasion)(Ticket) [Local listing][Preview/Interview in Balitimore Sun December 14th, Review December 19th]

Dec 19th `86 Hampton, VA, Hampton Coliseum (w/ Vinnie Vincent Invasion)[Local Listing] - TV Ad exists. [Show Preview in Newport Daily Press 19th Decembera nd review on December 21st.]

Dec 20th `86 Fayetteville, NC, Cumberland County Memorial Arena [Ticket](w/ Vinnie Vincent Invasion)

Dec 21st `86 Charlotte, NC, Coliseum (w/ Vinnie Vincent Invasion)[Ticket][Local listing]

Dec 22nd `86 Charleston, SC, Gaillard Municipal Auditorium (w/ Vinnie Vincent Invasion) [Ticket]

Dec 23rd '86 Asheville, NC (w/ Vinnie Vincent Invasion) - No venue listed anywhere. There does seem to have been shows at the 'Asheville Civic Center' which is big enough.

Dec 26th `86 Atlanta, GA, Civic Center (w/ Vinnie Vincent Invasion) [Ticket][Local Listing]

Dec 27th `86 Tampa, FL, U.S.F. Sun Dome (w/ Vinnie Vincent Invasion)[Ticket][Local Listing]

Dec 28th `86 West Palm Beach, FL, Auditorium (w/ Vinnie Vincent Invasion)[Ticket][Local Listing][Preview Interview in Palm Beach Post December 26th. Reviews in South Florida Sun Sentinal and Palm Beach Post December 30th]

Dec 29th `86 Daytona, FL, Ocean Center (w/ Vinnie Vincent Invasion)[Ticket][Local Listing] - Local residence campaign and request local council ban the show.

Dec 31st `86 Miami, FL, James L. Knight (International) Center (w/ Vinnie Vincent Invasion)[Ticket][Local Listings]

1987

Jan 2nd `87 Nashville, TN, Municipal Auditorium (w/ Vinnie Vincent Invasion)[Local listing][Preview in The Tennessean December 28th]

Uk Tour 1986

Jan 3rd `87 Memphis, TN, Convention Center, Auditorium North Hall (w/ Vinnie Vincent Invasion)[Ticket]

Jan 4th `87 Louisville, KY, Louisville Gardens (w/ Vinnie Vincent Invasion)[Show preview in Louisville Courier Journal Jan 2nd. Review on January 5th.]

Uk Tour 1986

Jan 6th `87 Charleston, WV, Municipal Auditorium (w/ Vinnie Vincent Invasion) [Ticket]

(Jan 8th '87 St.Louis, MO, Kiel Auditorium (w/ Vinnie Vincent Invasion) - More likely February 8th unless that is an added show. There are no listings for a January 8th show)

Jan 9th `87 Lafayette, LA, Cajundome (w/ Vinnie Vincent Invasion) [Ticket] We had New Orleans, LA, Dome but ticket and local listings says "Lafayette Cajundome"

Jan 10th `87 Mobile, AL, Municipal Auditorium (w/ Vinnie Vincent Invasion)

Jan 11th `87 New Orleans, LA, UNO Lakefront Arena (w/ Vinnie Vincent Invasion)

Jan 14th `87 San Antonio, TX, Majestic Theatre at the Performing Arts Center (w/ Vinnie Vincent Invasion)

Jan 16th `87 Houston, TX, Houston Music Hall (w/ Vinnie Vincent Invasion) [Ticket][Photo's exist]

Jan 17th `87 Dallas, TX, State Fair Coliseum (w/ Vinnie Vincent Invasion)[Ticket]

Jan 18th `87 Corpus Christi, TX, Memorial Coliseum (w/ Vinnie Vincent Invasion)

Jan 22nd `87 Spokane, WA, Opera House

Jan 23rd `87 Portland, OR, Civic Auditorium ]Local listing]

Jan 24th `87 Seattle, WA, Seattle Center Arena [Ticket]

Jan 27th `87 Oakland, CA, Kaiser Convention Center (w/ Megadeth)[Ticket] - First show with Megadeth opening. At some point during this leg of the tour Alice, worried about the bands drugs habits, summoned the Megadeth guys to his bus to warn them about their excessive drug use, telling them what had happened to him and to "be careful". Megadeth later covered 'No More Mr Nice Guy' for the 'Shocker' soundtrack album, and album which Alice also performed on. In later years both lives in Phoenix, AZ and Dave Mustaine would reference Alice in relation to his eventual clean up and religious conversion.

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Jan 28th `87 Bakersfield, CA, Civic Auditorium (w/ Megadeth)[Ticket]

(Jan 29th `87 Las Vegas, NV, Thomas And Mack Center (w/ Megadeth)(Tickets exists for both 30th AND 29th))

Jan 30th `87 Las Vegas, NV, Thomas And Mack Center (w/ Megadeth)(Tickets apparently exists for both 30th AND 29th) [Ticket] [Ticket]

Jan 31st `87 Phoenix, AZ, Veterans Memorial Coliseum (w/ Megadeth) [Ticket][Local listings][Review in Arizona Republic February 2nd]

Uk Tour 1986

Feb 1st `87 San Diego, CA, Sports Arena (w/ Megadeth) [Ticket][Local listings]

Feb 4th `87 Tulsa, OK, Brady Theater (w/ Megadeth)[Ticket]

Feb 5th '87 Norman, OK, Lloyd Noble Arena (w/ Megadeth) OR Kemper Arena, Kansas City, MO [Ticket]

Feb 6th `87 Des Moines, IA, Veteran's Auditorium (w/ Megadeth)[Ticket][Local announcement and listings. Tickets on sale Jan 1st][Review in Des Moines Register Feb 7th]

Feb 7th `87 St. Paul, MN, Roy Wilkins Auditorium (w/ Megadeth)[Ticket]

Feb 8th '87 St Louis, MO, Kiel Auditorium (w/ Megadeth) [Ticket][Local listings] - The St Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the show will be monitored by the St Louis Vice Squad and the Humane Society of Missouri. Hopefully they bought their own tickets! Apparently a group calling themselves 'Project 7' had been writting 100s of letters to the venue trying to get the show stopped, as well as speaking at local school's and civic meetings about the "dangers of heavy metal rock groups." The manager of the auditorium said that the projects campaign appeared to have boosted ticket sales and he expected a sell out! - [Review in St Louis Post-Dispatch February 10th]

Feb 10th `87 Milwaukee, WI, Mecca Auditorium (w/ Megadeth) (w/ Megadeth) [Ticket][Local listings]

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Feb 11th '87 Carbondale, IL, SIU Arena (w/ Megadeth)(eye witness) [Ticket][Local listing][Show Preview in Carbondale Southern Illinoisan Feb 6th.]

Feb 12th `87 Chicago, IL, UIC Pavilion (w/ Megadeth) [Ticket][Review in Chicago Tribune February 13th]

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Feb 13th `87 Detroit, MI, Joe Louis Arena (w/ Megadeth)[Ticket][Local Listing][Local listing][Show Preview in Detroit Free Press Feb 13th]

Feb 14th `87 Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Five Seasons Center (w/ Megadeth)[Ticket][Local Listing][Show Preview in Iowa City Press-Citizen 16th February]

Feb 16th `87 Pittsburgh, PA, Syria Mosque (w/ Megadeth)[Local Listing]

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Feb 17th '87 Hershey, PA, Hersheypark Arena (w/ Megadeth) [Ticket][Local listings mentions Megadeth Support]

(Feb 18th `87 Some report a show w/ Guns`n`Roses at the State Fair or at State Fair Coliseum at Fair Park (possibly in Chicago?) but this seems unlikely as Megadeth are the support at this point and Guns don`t play with Alice again until the end of the year. There's no Guns'n Roses show listed for this date anywhere.)

Feb 19th '87 Providence, RI, Providence Civic Center [Ticket][Local listing]

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Feb 20th `87 Poughkeepsie, NY, Mid-Hudson Civic Center (w/ Megadeth)[Ticket] - Probably last show with Megadeth opening. They played their own show in New York City on 21st. The Poughkeepsie Journal (March 13th) reports that after the show Alice and Kane stayed in the area all weekend to record demos for a forthcoming movie at Teamwork Studios. This is obviously not true as they were in Canada the following night! However a photo proves they were there at some point.

Feb 21st `87 Frederickton, Canada, Aitken Centre (w/ Sword) [TV News Report]

Feb 23rd `87 Halifax, Canada, Metro Center (w/ Sword)[Ticket] - Unruly crowd and arrests .

Feb 25th 1987 Signing session at A & A in Toronto

Feb 26th `87 Toronto, Ontario, Maple Leaf Gardens (w/ Sword)[Ticket][Ticket][TV Advert][Review in Toronto Star exists as do photos]

Feb 27th '87 Sudbury, Ontario, Sudbury Arena (w/ Sword) (mentioned in interview as being between Toronto and Montreal. Confirmed on official Sword site)

Feb 28th `87 Montreal, Quebec, Verdun Auditorium (w/ Sword) [Ticket]

Mar 2nd '87 Ottawa, Canada, Civic Center Arena (w/ Sword) (Itinerary) [Ticket]

Mar 4th `87 Hamilton, Ontario, (Victor J) Copps Coliseum (w/ Sword)(Itinerary) [Ticket]

Mar 5th `87 La Porte, IN, Civic Auditorium (w/ Tesla) - CANCELLED -Itinerary has this crossed off. Adverts exist and local listings, but on the listing in the Vadette-Messegner on the day of the show it's marked cancelled.

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Mar 6th `87 Cincinnati, OH, Cincinnati Gardens [Ticket] (Itinerary) (w/ Tesla)[Local listings] - Transmitted on the Superstars Concert radio series.

Mar 7th '87 Peoria, IL, Civic Center Theater (Itinerary) (w/ Tesla)[Ticket][Local listings]

Mar 9th '87 Green Bay, WI, Brown County Arena (Itinerary) (w/ Tesla)[Local Listing][Preview in the Appleton Post-Crescent March 9th and review in Green Bay Post-Gazette 10th March]

Mar 11th `87 Sioux City, IA, Sioux City Municipal Auditorium (w/ Tesla)[Newspaper mention][Show preview in Souix City Journal March 3rd and a review on March 12th.]

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Mar 12th '87 Witchita, KS, Kansas Coliseum - Britt Brown Arena (w/ Tesla) [Ticket]

Mar 13th '87 Omaha, NE, Civic Auditorium (Arena) (Itinerary) (w/ Tesla) [Ticket][Local Listing][Radio Advert]

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Mar 14th `87 La Crosse, WI, La Crosse Center (Itinerary) (w/ Tesla) [Ticket]

Mar 15th '87 Bismarck, ND, Civic Center (Itinerary) (w/ Tesla)[Show preview in Bismark Chronicle March 6th and 13th and review front page March 10th]]

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Mar 17th '87 Denver, CO, McNichols Arena (Itinerary) (w/ Tesla)[Ticket]

Mar 19th '87 Salt Lake City, UT, Salt Palace (w/ Tesla)[Ticket](Itinerary) (more info courtesy of Hunter Goatley)

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Mar 21st `87 Long Beach, CA Long Beach Arena/Convention Center (Itinerary) (w/ Tesla)[Ticket] - LA Times 31st January says tickets go onsale Feb 1st and Megadeth support as does the advert below. [Preview in LA Times MArch 21st]

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Mar 22nd '87 Tucson, AZ, Tuscon Community Center Exhibition Hall (w/ Tesla) [Ticket] [Local listing][Preview in Arizona Daily Star March 20th, review on March 24th.]

Mar 24nd '87 El Paso, NM, Civic Center South Hall (w/ Tesla) [Ticket]

Mar 25th '87 Albuquerque, NM, Exhibit Hall at State Fairgrounds, Manuel Lujan Complex (w/ Tesla)[Ticket] [Show preview in Albuquerque Journal; March 20th]

Mar 28th `87 Winnipeg Canada, Winnipeg Arena (Sword)

Mar 29th `87 Alice appears at Westlemania III at the Pontiac, MI Superdome and appears in the ring partnering Jake 'The Snake' Roberts.

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Mar 30th '87 Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, Regina Agridome (w/ Sword)

Mar 31st `87 Calgary, Alberta, Olympic Saddledome (w/ Sword) [Ticket][Ticket]

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April 1st '87 Edmonton Alberta, Northlands Coliseum (w/ Sword) [Ticket][Ticket]

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April 6th '87 Alice takes a day trip to Sweden where he did a press conference in full stage gear at at the 'Daily News' Cafe before heading to The Netherlands

April 20th '87 Alice arrives In Italy

June `87 recordings for Raise Your Fist and Yell are completed (Kerrang and Metal Hammer reports).

June 23rd `87 Alice interviewed on 'The Tube' and talks about Reading Festival

Summer `87 Prince Of Darkness filmed.

Aug 22nd '87 Alice arrives in London on route to Sweden

Aug 23rd '87(apprx) Alice is in Sweden on promo trip

Aug 26th `87 - Alice attends a party at the Limelight in London. Also there, two of the girls from Bananarama, Lizzie Borden (?) and one of Frankie Goes To Hollywood. Alice is also rumoured to be making an appearance at the Lizzy Borden show at the Marquee on Aug 28th but it doesn`t happen.

Aug 27th `87 Alice tapes his appearance on Night Network which is transmitted the following night.

Aug 30th `87 Reading, England Reading Festival (w/ The Stranglers, Zodiac Mindwarp and the Love Reaction, The Boishoi, FM, The Enid, Lizzy Borden, Gypsy Queen, Vow Wow, Virginia Wolf, Kooga, Chariot) [Ticket]

The last 'Nightmare Returns' show was the 25th Anniversary of the Reading Festival and on a radio documentary at the time, the organisers said that they'd really wanted someone really special to close that years show.
Alice appears in the press tent and hands out promo tapes of the new 'Raise Your Fist' Album. Rehearsals for the show were held in Borehamwood.
Alice also appears on Night Network

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August 31st '87 Alice leaves London

Sept 9th `87 Milan Italy Palatrussardi (canceled) (Poster below)
Sept 21st `87 Grugahalle, Essen (canceled)(Poster Exists) [Ticket]
Sept 23rd `87 Osnabruck, West Germany, Stadhalle (canceled)[Ticket]
Sept 29th `87 Stadionsporthalle, Hannover, Germany (Canceled)(Tickets were actually sold for this show)

Part of a scheduled European tour for Raise Your Fist but was canceled and rearranged for the following year.

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Sept 21st `87 Kane Roberts first solo album released featuring the Alice co-written 'Full Pull'