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Special Forces Timeline

TIMELINE 14 - Special Forces

1981

May 20th '81 Calico Cooper born. Interestingly even before Calico was born the press were reporting that Alice and Sheryl had chosen her name, Calico, assuming the baby was a girl.

June 2nd '81 Date scheduled for the release of 'Special Forces', originally reported as titled 'Skeletons In The Closet'. It isn't actually released for another three months, well after the tour is underway.

June 11th '81 Alice records his parts in the 'Portrait Of A Legend" TV biography in Los Angeles at the Alive Enterprises offices. (ref. original contract)

'Special Forces' Tour 1981

The first shows included just two new songs from the album (Opener 'Who Do You Think We Are' and cover song 'Seven And Seven Is') plus 'Generation Landslide' which was re-recorded for 'Special Forces'. 'Seven and Seven Is' was dropped after the first couple of weeks to return later in the tour.

June 20th `81 Concord, CA, Concord Pavilion (w/ Y&T) [Ticket]

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Alice at Concord Pavilion

June 21st `81 Sacramento, CA, Memorial Auditorium (Ticket exists)

June 29th '81 Los Angeles, CA Greek Theater (w/ Phil Seymour) [Ticket] [Show review in Orange County Register July 2nd] - Actor Albert Finney is backstage to meet Alice.

June 30th `81 Los Angeles, CA Greek Theater (w/ Phil Seymour) [Ticket]

July 1st `81 Who Do You Think We Are single released? - It doesn`t appear in the Billboard chart.

July 1st `81 Phoenix. AZ, Compton Terrace at Legend City (w/ Phil Seymour) [Ticket][Eye Witness - Multiple listings in Arizona Republic] - Legend City was an amusement park on the border between Phoenix and Tempe, AZ. - Review in the Arizona Republic 2nd July.

 July 4th `81 Marquette, MI, Lakeview Arena

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 July 5th `81 Alpena, MI, Thunder Bay Outdoor Theater (w/ The Rockets)[Ticket]

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July 8th `81 Saginaw, MI, Wendler Arena (w/ Joe Perry Project, Spider) [Ticket]

July 10th `81 Detroit, M,I Joe Louis Arena (w/ Joe Perry Project, Spider) [Ticket]

July 11th `81 Detroit, MI, Joe Louis Arena (w/ Joe Perry Project, Spider) [Ticket] 26,490 attend over the two nights [Billboard Cashbox chart]

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July 12th `81 Lansing, MI, Lansing Civic Center (w/ Joe Perry Project, Spider) 4,981 in Attendence. [Billboard Box Office chart confirms]

July 14th `81 Grand Rapids, MI, Welsh Auditorium (Civic Center)(w/ Spider) [Ticket] 2,891 attend [Billboard Box Office chart confirms]

July 17th `81 Iowa City, IA, Five Seasons Center (w/ Head East, Spider) (Poster) [Ticket][Show review in Cedar Rapids Gazette 18th July][Press mention]

July 18th `81 Merrillville, IN, Holiday Star Theatre [Ticket][Local listings]

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July 19th `81 Pittsburgh, PE, Stanley Theater (w/ Spider) [Show preview in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette July 17th] 3,150 attend [Billboard Cashbox chart].

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July 21st `81 Cleveland, OH Front Row Theater (w/ Spider)[Local listings][Show preview in Cleveland Plain Dealer July 17th]
July 22nd `81 Cleveland, OH Front Row Theater (w/ Spider)

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July 24th `81 Miami, FL, Sunrise Theater (w/ Spider) [Ticket] 4,086 in Attendance [Billboard box office chart]

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July 25th `81 Tampa, FL, University of South Florida Sun Dome (w/ Spider) [Ticket] 6,356 in Attendance [Billboard Box Office chart] 1st concert at venue which had just been build. [Show review in St Petersburg Times July 27th] - Alice appears on 'Nightflight'

July 26th `81 New Orleans, LA, The Warehouse (w/ Spider) [Ticket] [Local listing] For the encore Alice comes out in a yellow T-Shirt recalling being a Grand Marshall of the New Orleans Mardi Gras in 1976.- Alice appears on "Blue Jean Network'.

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July 28th `81 Biloxi, MS, Mississippi Coast Coliseum (Court Ballroom?)(w/ Spider, The Gold)

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July 29th `81 Alexandria, LA, Rapides Parish Coliseum. - Often shorted to Rapides Coliseum.

July 31st `81 Mexico City, Mexico Sports Palace Auditorium. canceled

Aug 1st `81 Mexico City, Mexico Sports Palace Auditorium. Canceled

August 4th `81 Jackson, MI Jackson Sports Arena (w/ Spider) [Local listing]
August 5th `81 Jackson, MI Jackson Sports Arena (w/ Spider) [Local listing]

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August 6th `81 Chicago, IL, Uptown Theater (w/ Spider) - A short mention in Chicago Metro News August 1st lists Alice playing the Uptown Theater in Chicago for three nights between August 5th and 7th.

August 8th `81 Kansas City, MO, Uptown Theater - Yes, there was an Uptown Theater in both Chicago and Kansas City and Alice played them back to back.

August 9th `81 Albany, NY, Palace Theater [Ticket]

August 13th `81 N. Tonawanda, NY (Buffalo) Melody Fair (w/ Spider) [Ticket] [Eye witness]

August 14th `81 New York, NY, The Savoy [Review in New York Times August 17th]
August 15th `81 New York, NY, The Savoy
August 16th `81 New York, NY, The Savoy [Ticket] [Billboard confirms 3 shows]

August 18th `81 Poughkeepsie, NY, Mid-Hudson Civic Center [Ticket] [Local listings]

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August 19th `81 Fitchburg, MA, Wallace Civic Center (w/ Spider and/or Atlantics) [Ticket][Eye witness]

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August 20th `81 Providence, RI, Ocean State Performing Arts Centre (w/ Joan Jet & The Blackhearts) [Ticket] 3,200 Attend [Billboard Box Office chart confirms]

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August 21st `81 Portland, ME, Cumberland County Civic Center [Ticket] [Photos exist] 5,486 attended [Billboard Box Office Chart confirms.

August 22nd `81 South Yarmouth, MA, Cape Cod Coliseum (w/ Joan Jett & The Blackhearts)[Eye Witnesses] - Original Blackhearts guitarist Eric Ambel's last show with Jett according to his Hall Of Fame speech.

August 24th `81 Aberdeen, NJ, Fountain Casino [Ticket] - Listings in Ashbury Park Press

August 25th `81 Owings Mill, MD, Painter's Mill Music Fair [Eye Witness][Local listing]

August 26th `81 Cherry Hill, NJ, Emerald City
August 27th `81 Cherry Hill, NJ, Emerald City [Ticket] [Local listings] (w/ Squeeze??)
August 28th `81 Cherry Hill, NJ, Emerald City - Advert exists for three nights at Cherry Hill, NJ Emerald City and eye witness and Billboard also mentions. In fact Billboard mention the shows because the venue went bankrupt shortly after the shows and they report Alice, amongst other creditors, wasn`t paid. Also listing in Doylestown intelligencer August 20th.

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August 29th `81 Stage West, Hartford, CT - Ticket apparently says August 29th but eyewitness claims date was changed to 28th, however that would clash with the previous show. Recording exists which is always dated 28th.

August 30th `81 Staten Island, NY, St. George's Theater

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Sept 1st '81 'Special Forces' is released with a minimum of publicity. [Date according to Billboard data]

Sept 10th '82 Shep Gordon is nominated in the 'Manager of the Year' catagory at the Billboard International Talent Forum.

Sept 14th '81 Alice apparently sees/meets Adam and the Ants at Greek Theatre, Los Angeles (according to Ants fan site)

Sept 19th '81 'Special Forces' enters the Billboard charts at #149.

Sept 23rd `81 Nashville, TN Tennessee State Fairgrounds (w/ The Numbers) - Replaced Willie Nelson on the bill when Nelson pulled out due to illness. [Ticket] [Hutchinson News August 25th]. Billboard reports that the promotors spread rumours that the Rolling Stones would be playing, going as far as booking hotel rooms in their names. Despite denials to the press ticket sales soured by 4000 the day before the show. - Review in The Tennessean 24th September.

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Sept 26th '81 'Special Forces' Rises to #137 in the Billboard chart.

Sept 30th '81 Crisler Arena, Ann Arbor, MI [Ticket]

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Sept `81 'Rock and Roll: The 1st 25 Years' recorded

October 1st '81 Youngstown, OH, The Agora (aka State Theater) [Ticket]

October 3rd '81 'Special Forces' is up to #125 in the Billboard chart.

October 5th `81 Akron, Ohio, Agora Theater
October 6th `81
Akron, Ohio, Agora Theater (w/ Charlie Weiner/Wienerland Orchestra) - Originally scheduled to be October 5th AND 6th, but 5th was canceled with all tickets being valid for the 6th. [Information from various Cleveland Plain Dealers][Preview in Cleveland Plain Dealer October 6th]

October ?? `81 Bangor, MA, Civic Center - Also date mentioned in Bangor in November. - Recording exists that is now often dated 8th but was originally undated.

October 9th `81 Albany, NY Palace Theatre (eyewitness) [Ticket]
October 9th '81 'Tomorrow' with Tom Snyder filmed in NY and aired on NBC

October 10th `81 Passaic, NJ Capitol Theatre (w/ The Electrics) [Ticket] 3,162 attend [Billboard Box Office chart confirms] - Full show filmed and exists. There's akso a small booklet issued by the venue featuring Alice.

October 10th '81 'Special Forces' is still at #125 in the Billboard chart.

October 13th `81 East Islip, NY, 2001 Club (advert apparently exists)

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October 15th '81 Erie, PA, Erie County Fieldhouse [Ticket]

October 17th `81 Atlanta, GA, The Agora Ballroom (w/ The Restraints who were reportedly booed off stage) [Ticket]
October 17th '81 'Special Forces' drops to #143 in the Billboard chart. It's dropped out of the chart the following week.

October 23rd '81 Phoenix, AZ, Arizona State Fair - Review in Arizonia Republic October 24th.

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October 25th `81 Dallas, TX Wintergarden (w/ Blackhorse) [Show review in Dallas Morning Post October 26th]

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October 27th '81 San Antonio, TX, Cardi's [Ticket] [Billboard mention confims show]

October 28th, `81 Houston, TX, Cardi's (could be mistaken for previous show but there were Cardi's clubs in San Antonio, Houston and Dallas.)

October 30th '81 Tulsa, OK, Brady Theatre (Billed as a Halloween Party) [Ticket] [Eye witness]The Brady Theater was known as the "Old Lady of Brady" as seen on ticket.

October 31st, '81 Norman, OK, Lloyd Noble Center (support was a local magician) [Ticket][Eye witnesses]

Date unknown - Joplin, MO, Memorial Hall [Eye witness] - There are reports [Seattle Daily Times November 22nd] of bible bashers picketing this show but no trace of a date.

Nov 7th `81 Sheboygan, WI, The Armory [Ticket] - Publicists letter suggests original date was November 21st but changed.

Nov 9th '81 Alice is a guest on the 'Charlie Rose Show'.

Nov 23rd '81 Sudbury, Ontario, Sudbury Arena [Ticket]

Nov 24th `81 Toronto, Ontario, Maple Leaf Gardens (w/ Goddo) [Ticket] 10,754 Attend [Billboad Box Office chart confirms]

Nov 25th '81 Kitchener, Ontario, Memorial Auditorium [Ticket] 3,394 Attend [Billboad Box Office chart confirms]

Nov 26th '81 London, Ontario, London Gardens [Ticket]. 5,407 attend [Billboard Box Office confirms]

Nov 28th `81 Presque Isle, Maine, Northern Maine Forum (w/ Bill Chinook ) (Eye witnesses)

Nov 29th '81 Bangor, Maine, (according to publicist’s letter). See October ??? for another Bangor date. Unlikely both are correct.

Nov 30th `81 Worcester, MA, E.M. Loew's Theater

Dec. 4th '81 (early Friday) Filming for the Paris TV special at a car scrapyard in Paris

Dec. 7th `81 (3.30 pm to 8am the next moring) Filming at a butchery in Paris for the Paris TV special.. TV transmission scheduled for the evening JANUARY 14th (must be 1982)

'Alice In Paris' (or '16 Tracks' as the record company named it) was recorded in December-January 1981-82 during his European tour. Some songs are recorded live in studio. Others in different places in Paris. 'Goes to Hell' got censored in France because of filmshots outside Notre Dame. They recorded 'Generation Landslide '81' at The Building of George Pompidou.

European Tour 1982

Alice's first visit to Europe since 1975 was a huge success with most shows selling out in advance. Dispite being refered to as a 'European Tour' there were in fact only shows in France and the UK after a Spanish show was canceled. During the tour on one of the Frence dates Alice accidentally stabbed himself through the leg with a sword.

Jan 14th `82 Paris Special aired in France

January 26th `82 Cannes, France, MIDEM Festival [Tour Itinerary] - Alice plays in a massive marquee specially installed. MIDEM is an international music industry event with conferences and business presentations and panels. One site lists the venue as 'Orange Magic Mirror' which could have been the name given to the marquee.

January 27th `82 Lyon, France, Palais d'Hiver [Ticket][French Tour Advert][Tour Itinerary]

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January 28th `82 Grenoble, France, Alpexpo, Grenoble [French Tour Advert][Tour Itinerary]

January 29th `82 Montpellier, France, Palais des Sports [Ticket][Ticket][French Tour Advert][Tour Itinerary]

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January 30th `82 Toulouse, France, Halle Aux Grains [Ticket][French Tour Advert] [Tour Itinerary]

February 1st `82 Barcelona, Spain, Palacio Municipal Desportes Montjuich [Tour Itinerary] - CANCELED

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February 2nd `82 Marseilles, France, Foire De Marseille [French Tour Advert] [Tour Itinerary]

February 4th `82 Lille, France, Palais des Sports Saint Sauveur [Ticket][French Tour Advert] [Tour Itinerary]

February 5th `82 Dijon, France. Palace des Sports [French Tour Advert] [Tour Itinerary]

February 6th `82 Paris, France. Pavilion Baltard (ticket) (Not L'Hippodrom) [French Tour Advert] [Tour Itinerary] - The poster below suggests there were two performances at the same venue on this date.

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February 8th `82 Caen, France. Palais Des Sports [French Tour Advert] [Tour Itinerary]

February 9th `82 Metz, France. Parc des expositions Grigy [Tour Itinerary] [Ticket][Ticket]

February 11th `82 Brighton, England. Brighton Center (w/ Big Country) [Ticket] [Tour Itinerary]

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Support on the first part of the UK tour was 'Big Country' but they were thrown off the tour after only a couple of shows to be replaced by 'Shaphire'.

February 12th `82 Birmingham, England Birmingham Odeon (w/ Big Country) [Ticket] [Tour Itinerary]

February 14th `82 London, England Hammersmith Odeon (w/ Shaphire) [Ticket] [Tour Itinerary]

February 15th `82 London, England Hammersmith Odeon (w/ Shaphire) [Ticket] [Tour Itinerary]

February 16th `82 London, England Hammersmith Odeon (w/ Shaphire) [Ticket] - Extra show added after the first two sold out.

February 17th `82 Manchester, England Apollo Theatre (w/ Shaphire) [Ticket] [Tour Itinerary] - Extra show added after the first show sold out.

February 18th `82 Manchester, England Apollo Theatre (w/ Shaphire) [Tour Itinerary]

February 19th `82 Glasgow, Scotland Apollo Theatre (w/ Shaphire) [Ticket] [Tour Itinerary] [Show review in Glasgow Herald February 22nd]

Part of this show was broadcast on Radio Clyde.

February 22nd `82 'Riverside' Interview for BBC2

February 27th `82 Strasbourg, France, Hall Rhenus [French Tour Advert]

Mar `82 News announced that Alice could be re-recording 'School`s Out' with Adam Ant. It never happened.

April `82 'Welcome To My Nightmare' Wembley live show finally released on home video in the UK 'Portrait of a Legend' show airs in US.

April '82 The Cindy Lang lawsuit is finally settled out of court, for substaintially less then she had sued for. Lang promptly married a member of her legal team, Mark Kaplin, and was never to be be heard of again.

April `82 For Britain Only released

This was a specially recorded (at Air Studios, London) Single released in the UK after the 'Special Forces' tour. Alice had been so pleased with the reaction he had received on the UK dates that he felt that a 'thank you' was required. The single also featured live tracks recorded on the tour in Glasgow.

There is NO Picture disc, despite what 'Record Collector' would have you believe. There was a picture sleeve 7" and a 12" version.

September 13th '82 Alice attends a celebrity screening of 'The Wall' in Westwood, Hollywood while religious fanatics in Indiana stage more record burnings claiming that records by Alice Cooper and Elton John (amongst others) "transmit satanic messages that creep into the subconcious minds of young rock fans" and that they were "unfit for a christian home".

October '82 Shep Gordon launches Alive Video, reported as the first "full line" video label based on the model of a independent record company.

October '82 'Zipper Catches Skin' is released.