TIMELINE 12 From The Inside
Oct 3rd `78 How You Gonna See Me Now single released. [Date based on Billboard information]
(Oct '78 Press reports appear that Alice and Bernie Taupin are at the Savoy in London to do press duties. While there they have dinner with John Lennon and Yoko Ono at Elton Johns. restaurant 'Friends'. Lennon however wasn`t in London at that time so seems unlikely.)
Oct 16th `78 Alice and Bernie Taupin begin a short promo tour by travelling from Los Angeles to Kansas City, MO
Oct 17th '78 Alice And Bernie doing promotion in St Louis, MO
Oct 18th `78 Alice And Bernie travel from St Louis to Detroit, MI
Oct 19th '78 Alice and Bernie go from Detroit to Miami Beech, FL (a few more promo stops follow this date)
Oct 21st '78 Alice's appearance on 'The Muppet Show' begins to air (local variations through the next two weeks). [Date from local TV listings]
Oct 21st '78 'How You Gonna See Me Now' enters the Billboard chart at #75.
Oct 28th '78 'How You Gonna See Me Now' is at #58 in the Billboard Chart.
Oct 31st '78 Alice and Bernie Taupin appear on 'Screams In The Night' on radio WHBQ in Memphis, TN
Nov 4th '78 'How You Gonna See Me Now' is at #42 in the Billboard Chart.
Nov 9th '78 Alice attends "A Night With The Champ" dinner at Ceasars Palace, Las Vegas in honour of boxer Joe Louis who had been confinded to a wheel chair a year earlier. There he mixed with a impressive array of celebrities including Mohammad Ali, Telly Savalas, Milton Berle, Robert Redford, Dean Martin, Gene Kelly, Ryan O'Neil and John Voight amongst many others. [Frank Sinatra also expected to be there but was he? He is mentioned before the event but not after.]
Nov 10th '78 Alice is listed as a guest on 'Midnight Special' with hosts Hall and Oats but they just shows he video to 'How You Gonna See Me Now'.
Nov 11th '78 Alice is listed as appearing on the 'Hollywood Diamond Jubilee' TV Special, commenting on Holllywood movie history.
Nov 11th '78 'How You Gonna See Me Now' is at #35 in the Billboard Chart.
Nov 18th '78 'How You Gonna See Me Now' is at #30 in the Billboard Chart.
Nov 25th '78 'How You Gonna See Me Now' is at #26 in the Billboard Chart.
Nov 28th `78 From The Inside album released [Date based on Billboard information.]
Nov 30th `78 Alice is at WHBQ Memphis studios with Bernie Taupin for a live interview.
Dec 2nd '78 'How You Gonna See Me Now' is at #22 in the Billboard Chart.
Dec 9th '78 'How You Gonna See Me Now' is at #20 in the Billboard Chart.
Dec 16th '78 'From The Inside' enters the Billboard Chart at #126 on the Billboard chart. 'How You Gonna See Me Now' is at #16 after 9 weeks.
Dec 23rd '78 'From The Inside' is at #98 on the Billboard chart. 'How You Gonna See Me Now' is at #12.
Jan 6th '79 'From The Inside' is at #86 in the Billboard. 'How You Gonna See Me Now' is still at #12.
Jan 13th '79 'From The Inside' is at #76 in the Billboard. 'How You Gonna See Me Now' is still at #12!
Jan 20th '79 'From The Inside' is at #66 in the Billboard chart after 6 weeks. 'How You Gonna See Me Now' is still at #25.
Jan 27th '79 'From The Inside' is at #60 in the Billboard chart after 6 weeks. 'How You Gonna See Me Now' is still at #49.
Jan 30th '79 Alice and Bernie Taupin guest on 'Soundstage' with Bruce Roberts Roberts plays the unreleased 'Locked Up Lullaby' (written for 'From The Inside') as well as Alice and Roberts singing 'Millie and Billie' with just piano accompliment. [Date Ontario Journal from TV listings]
Feb 3rd '79 'From The Inside' album is at #112 after 8 weeks on the Billboard album chart. 'How You Gonna See me Now' is down to #97.
Feb 6th `79 Midnight Special recorded - During the filming Alice is hit by a chain swinging from one of the dancers, temporarily halting filming while his nose is patched up.
Feb 9th `79 First Midnight Special Transmission featuring Alice performing six songs from the new album.
1979 'Madhouse Rocks' Tour
Feb 11th `79 Grand Forks, ND, University of North Dakota Field House (w/ The Baby's)
Cream May `79: On the first date, in Grand Forks, North Dakota, Alice's limousine broke down on the way to the hall, ravaged by a -45 degrees chill factor. So Alice, his wife and Shep hopped out, stuck out their thumbs and hitched a ride to the show.
Feb 13th `79 Omaha, NE, Civic Auditorium (w/ The Baby's] [Ticket]
Feb 16th-17th `79 Detroit, MI Cobo Hall [Ticket]
Midnight Special repeat transmission
(February 17th `79 Neal Smith Flying Tigers at Barnaby's, Bridgeport, CT)
Feb 18th `79 Evansville, IN, Roberts Municipal Stadium
Midnight Special repeat transmission.
Feb 19th `79 Kansas City, MO Kemper Arena (w/ The Baby's) [Ticket]
Feb 21st `79 Cleveland, OH Richfield Coliseum (w/ The Baby's) (Ticket)
Feb 23rd `79 Minneapolis/Bloomington, MN, Metro Centre [Ticket] - The advert in the Minneapolis Star offended some locals due to the tiny naked devils in the artwork [the normal straight-jacket tour artwork]... seriously! When asked about it Alice replies "I suppose I should have a meeting and decide what kind of diapers a devil would wear. Really, it's just a harmless drawing. I call my tour 'Madhouse Rocks' but I'm beginning to wonder where the insanity really lies."
Feb 25th `79 Cedar Falls, IA UNI-dome (part of the university of Iowa)(w/ Eddie Money) [Ticket]
Feb 26th `79 Green Bay, WI Brown Veterans Memorial Coliseum (w/ The Baby's) [Ticket]
Feb 27th `79 Indianapolis, IN, Market Square Arena (The Baby's) [Ticket] - 25 arrested for a variety of offences.
March 3rd `79 Louisville, KY Freedom Hall at Kentucky Fair And Exposition Center (w/ The Baby`s)(18,000 attendance) [Ticket] (more info courtesy of Hunter Goatley) - Review in the Courier Journal 4th March.
March 5th `79 Kalamazoo, MI Wings Stadium (w/ The Baby's) [Ticket]
March 6th `79 Milwaukee, WI, Mecca Arena (w/ The Baby's) [Ticket]
March 28th `79 Rapid City, SD, Rushmore Plaza Civic Center - Billboard lists this show as 13th in their box office chart on 14th April so it certainly happened (we weren`t sure in the past). 8,408 attended bringing in $61,722.
March 29th `79 Denver, CO, McNichols Sports Arena (w/ The Baby's) [Ticket] - #7 in the weekly Billboard box office chart with 9,472 people paying $85,315.
April 1st `79 Los Angeles, CA Forum (w/ The Babys) - #1 in the weekly Billboard box office chart with 18,176 people paying $147,061.
April 2nd `79 Los Angeles, CA Forum (w/ Babys) - (tentative - looking unlikely)
April 4th `79 Vancouver, BC Pacific Coliseum (w/ The Babys)
April 5th `79 Portland, OR, Portland Memorial Coliseum [w/ The Baby's) [Preview in the Oregonian March 30th]
(April 6-7th `79 Neal Smith Flying Tigers Wolcott, CT Nightowl Club Cafe)
(April 6th-7th `79 Seattle, WA University Of Washington - tentative - Seems very unlikely there would be two more shows in Seattle when they played Seattle Coliseum on the 3rd and there were reports of slow ticket sales for that show!)
April 8th `79 Las Vegas, NV, The Aladdin (w/ The Baby`s) [Ticket] (Tentative itinerary lists Las Vegas show at the Aladdin on April 7th)
April 10th `79 Tucson, AZ, Tucson Community Center Arena [Ticket]
April 11th `79 El Paso, TX, El Paso County Coliseum [Photo in El Paso Prospector April 20th confirms date]
(April 12th and 14th `79 `79 Neal Smith Flying Tigers Norwick, CT Saturday`s Cafe)
April 16th '79 San Antonio, TX, Convention Centre Arena (w/ The Baby's, Legs Diamond) [Ticket]
(April 20th `79 Neal Smith Flying Tigers Brookfield, CT Stage 3)
April 20th '79 The Cindy Lang lawsuit resurfaces in the press again after her lawyer Marvin Mitchelson wins a similar case between actor Lee Marvin and his former girlfriend. Although he wins a relatively small amount compared to what they were asking it encourages him to move forward with two other cases including Alice's and a case involving actor Nick Nolte.
(April 27-28th `79 Neal Smith Flying Tigers Milford, CT The Apple)
May '79 Alice guests on 'The Soupy Sales Show' getting a pie in the face.
May '79 After a break in Hawaii Alice apparently cancels 11 shows making up a third leg of the 'Madhouse Rocks' tour including three nights at the New York Palladium. He says he's been writing material for the next album and thinks it's so strong he wants to get into the studio straight away to record. The Baby's were booked to open the shows and supposedly weren`t to happy when the dates were pulled.
May 17th-19th `79 New York, NY, Palladium (w/ The Baby's) - CANCELED
July 27th `79 The Indian art store in Scottsdale, Arizona owned by Alice is hit by a fire bomb thrown through a rear window by an unknown vandal on July 27th. Over $200,000 worth of native American artifacts are destroyed, as are some of Cooper's gold records, stored at the rear of the emporium.
Aug 3rd `79 Marvel Premier #50 released. Marvel had originally been offered 'Welcome To My Nightmare' but Stan Lee didn't like the idea but the 'From The Inside' concept was used, dropping the alcohol aspect.
Aug 10th '79 Showtime network in the US air 'The Strange Case Of Alice Cooper' movie.
Sept '79 Alice and Bernie Taupin are rumoured to be producing a rock opera based on the life of Jack the Ripper.
Oct 1st '79 Nationally known 'agony aunt' Ann Landers makes some disparaging remarks about Alice in her daily column, which is syndicated all across the United States. In an unusual move Alice actally writes in to reply directly a few weeks later. The whole thing blown up in the press but in fact if you look at the original column it shows that the bad comments were actually written in a reader's letter which Landers was replying to. All Landers actually says is that parents should be aware of what their children are listening to and, if they don`t approve, write to local radio stations to complain. Of course she goes a little further in her reply to Alice's letter.
Oct `79 Filming `Roadie` - Billboard reports shooting starts on October 20th in Austin, TX
Oct 31st '79 Gossip columns report Alice spent Halloween in Los Angeles in the offices of Cindy Lang's lawyer Marvin Mitchleson giving a deposition.
1980 - 'Flush The Fashion' is released.