July `72 School`s Out Album released
July 7-9th '72 Posters exist advertising Alice Cooper playing the FIFTY HOUR'S SESSION event in Braunschweig, Germany although it seems fairly certain they couldn`t have been there.
July 11th '72 Pittsburgh, PA Three Rivers Stadium (w/ Humble Pie, Uriah Heep,Groundhog, John Key of Steppenwolf) Rescheduled from June 23rd due to flooding caused by Hurricane Agnes. [Ticket] - According to the Pittsburg Post Gazette after Humble Pie played "thousands of teens in the crowd of 35-40,000 swarmed onto the field. It took more than an hour for guards to clear the field and quell the crowd a bit". The band eventually went on at 11.10pm.
July 12th `72 Wichita, KS Field House (or Cessna Stadium ) (w/ Dr. Hook and The Medicine Show, Fluorescent Leech (Flo) and Eddie) - Handbills say Cessna Stadium but also say "indoors in case of rain" so that could have been the case. [Venue advert say Cessna Stadium in Hutchinson News 2nd July]
July 13th `72 Oklahoma City, OK Fairgrounds Arena
July 14th `72 Odessa, TX Hector County Auditorium (w/ Jo Jo Gunn, Captain Beyond) [Confirmed on Poster for El Paso Show]
July 15th `72 El Paso, TX County Coliseum (w/ Jo Jo Gunn, Captain Beyond) (poster in El Paso Herald Post July 15, 1972)(Flyer)[Review in El Paso Prospector 27th July]
July 16th '72 Phoenix, Manzanita Speedway (w/ Canned Heat, Captain Beyond) (Poster)
Casa Grande Dispatch 21st June 1972:
"The Maricopa County Board of Supervisers has refused to issue a permit for a rock music concert scheduled for July 16th. The concert was to have been held at Manzanita Speedway and deature the group Alice Cooper. The board took the action after being told the race track's facilities were inadequate to handle an estimated crowd of 7,000. Sheriff's officials also warned 75 extra deputies would be needed to enforce the law at the concert."
Despite this news article it appears the show DID happen, and there was a freak rainstorm that damaged the bands equipment. (Salt Lake Tribune July 18, 1972) [Alos Yuma Daily Sun 9th July has whole story]
July 17th `72 Salt Lake City, UT State Fair Grandstand, Fairground Speedway [Ticket] - Canceled according to article in Salt Lake Tribune July 14th and Posponed according to July 18th article after attempts to restage had failed. However the story didn`t end there. After the failed AC show the local council decided (Salt Lake Tribune July 19, 1972) that there would be no more shows at the venue at all, preventing AC from rescheduling so the promotors announced a show at the Bonneville Raceway Park in Salt Lake City on the 20th honoring all the original tickets.
(July 18th '72 Boise, Idaho, Firebird Raceway (w/ Captain Beyond) (Listed on Capt Beyond listing))
(July 19th `72 Phoenix, AZ Grant Stadium (?) )
July 20th '72 Bonneville Raceway Park, Salt Lake City, UT - Replacement show for the canceled July 17th show [Salt Lake Tribune 21st July has review]
July 21st 1972 Las Vegas, NV Stadium (originally 15th July 1972)
July 22nd `72 San Diego, CA Sports Arena (poss w/ Capt Beyond, could have been at theSan Diego Concourse)
July 23rd `72 Hollywood, CA Hollywood Bowl (w/ Capt. Beyond and JoJo Gunne)
The famous `Live at the Hollywood Bowl`/`We`re All Crazier The You Are` bootleg recorded. Wolfman Jack introduces the band from a camel.
One of the most well-known Alice Cooper concert stories is the Hollywood Bowl show '72 where hundreds of the paper panties were dropped on the audience from a helicopter. Supposedly the helicopter pilot that they hired to do that was fined for flying too low.
Everything was a decadent waste of money. That was one of the purposes. I, what was the most decadent waste of money? I would say maybe the most decadent waste of money was the dropping of the panties - 18,000 pair of panties from an airplane on all the people who came to see him at the Hollywood Bowl. It ended up costing about $100,000 to do the panty drop, because it was illegal to do it, and the pilot went to jail for a couple of months, and we had to support his family, and pay for his career. And here they are, ladies and gentlemen, the paper panties.
Footage from the show was shot to be used on Top Of The Pops as a change from the performance that had been using for weeks.
Elton John was in the audience
The band stayed at the Continental Hyatt House the night after the show.
July 27th `72 Minneapolis, MN Armory (w/ Capt. Beyond)
July 28th `72 Chicago, IL International Amphitheatre (2 shows, same night or not?)(w/ Wishbone Ash and/or Capt. Beyond)
July 31st `72 Detroit, MI Cobo Hall
Summer `72 Detroit Rouge Park (Free Concert)
Aug 4th '72 Dillion Stadium, Hartford CN (w/ J. Geils Band, Dr John) [Ticket] OR 25th August but this looks unlikely.
"...I can recall from this concert was that the band did not come out for an encore and that the band did NOT play 'School's Out'. My friend and I thought it may have been because it was a long concert and it was curfew. We both thought it odd that they didn't play it as it was getting mega airplay at the time. So is it possible that 'School's Out' was gonna be their encore and after Alice got hit with something they decided not to come back?"
(Ray Rivers, December 2007)
Aug 5th `72 Akron, OH Akron Rubber Bowl (30,000 w/ J. Geils Band, Dr John) - Eyewitness say they repeated the Helicopter stunt (dropping panties) here. [Ticket] [Elyria Chronicle Telegram August 1, 1972 article and advert, then review on 8th]
"Alice Cooper was great. He had all the original members and the stage act was more than I expected. The hanging, the snake, ripping up huge Alice posters and throwing them into the crowd, throwing handfuls of dollar bills into the crowd and the musical performance just kicked ass all the way. The highlight was during the School's Out encore when a helicopter flew overhead, started slowly circling the perimeter of the stadium and then strangely these white things started flowing out of the copter and floating down to the crowd.
My pal Mike was lucky enough to catch one and they turned out to be faux 'lace' panties with A.C. 'embroidered' on them.
(Eyewitness Doc Lehman, Januray 2008)
Aug 6th '72 Cincinatti, OH Cincinatti Gardens (w/ Canned Heat, Dr John) (Ticket Exists) [Article in Cincinatti Journal News 3rd August 1972]
Aug 7th '72 Louisville, KY, Convention Center [Ticket]
Aug 9th 1972 Shreveport, LA, State Fairground Coliseum (w/ Stepenwolf?][Listing in Louisiana Hammond Daily Star 10th July]
Aug 10th `72 Passaic, NJ Capitol Theatre (Garden State Summer Music Fair w/ J. Geils, Ursa Major)(evidence exists)
(Aug 10th `72 Jersey City, NJ Roosevelt Stadium (w/ J. Geils Band, Ursa Major)
(above two shows conflict)
August 12th '72 Fort Wayne, IN, Memorial Coliseum (w/ Ursa Major) - Review in Elmhurst Advance Newspaper
Sun Aug 13th `72 Nashville, Tennessee Fairground Speedway/State Fairgrounds, (Special Guest Star Goose Creek Symphony / extra added attraction Ursa Major) [Ticket]
Aug 14th '72 Hampton, VA, Roads Coliseum [Ticket]
Aug 15th '72 Charleston WV, Civic Center (w/ Ursa Major, Looking Glass) - Ticket exists for 20th and claimed to be an Alice show although scan of ticket doesn`t mention Alice. [Ticket] [6th August Charleston Gazette Mail has cover featuring with date of 20th and venue however advert in same paper but has date as 15th - August 12th issue confirms 15th. To confuse more there is an advert showing Aug 20th in the 9th July West Virginia Post Herald!]
Aug 18th '72 Peachtree Festival, North Carolina Motor Speedway, Rockingham, NC (w/ 3 Dog Night, James Gang, Bloodrock, Black Oak Arkansas, Fleetwood Mac, Tower of Power, Savoy Brown, Dillards, Goose Creek Symphony, Rory Gallagher) The Faces cancel and Alice Cooper replace them) [Danville Register article 18th August]
Aug (22nd?) `72 Alice attends the New York Premier of Monty Pythons "...And Now For Something Completely Different"
Aug 25th `72 (or 4th) Hartford Connecticut, Dillion Stadium (w/ J Geils Band) Fake Posters for this show are widely in circulation but is claimed to be correct although this is looking unlikely now.
Aug `72 Slick Black Limousine recorded at the Mansion. The vocals were done later in London.
`72 Three Rivers Stadium
Sept 2nd `72 Toronto, Ontario Varsity Arena (24,000 - largest gross in stadium's history $134,912). [Ticket] (w/ Crowbar)
Sept 4th `72 Montreal Forum (18,000 - $90,370.)
Possibly around here, Alice is rumoured to have appeared on-stage at a David Cassidy show.
Sept 6th `72 Elected released
Sept 6th `72 Quebec Forum
September '72 Alice was meant to appear on the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon on US TV around the Labor Day Weekend in September according to a press release
Sept 26th '72 'Elected' single released in the UK
October 28th '72 Bangor, ME Review mentions this was a week before the Springfield show. [Ticket]
October 29th '72 Springfield, MA, Civic Center (w/ Wet Willie, Edgar Winter Group) [Ticket] Review exists and eye witness
Holidays: Alice and Cindy Laing go to Venezuela, Dennis and Cindy Smith go to the Caribbean, Michael Bruce goes to Phoenix, Neal tries to break the bank in Las Vegas and Glen goes home to Akron
Nov 2nd '72 ( or possibly Sept 21st `72 but much more likely Nov 2nd ) Hempstead, NY Hofstra University
Filmed for first ABC In Concert
ABC kicked off its first In Concert, pre-empting the Dick Cavett Show, on November 24, 1972, featuring performances taped a few weeks earlier at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. On the bill was the Senior General of Rock, Bo Diddley, acoustic duo Seals and Croft, R&B man Curtis Mayfield and for the opening act, shock rocker Alice Cooper.
Rock fans in Cincinnati, however, didn't get to see beyond the first few minutes of Alice's violent theatrics. Lawrence H. Rogers II was so mortified by what he saw that he ordered the ABC affiliate he owned, WKRC-TV Channel 12, to yank the show off the air immediately. Channel 12's decision to protect its viewers was responded to within minutes with a phoned-in bomb threat and several car loads of youths picketing the station. Some 4,000 letters of protest, many profane, poured in over the next few days, the biggest mail load that station officials could remember.
Station manager Ro Grignon told TV Guide that he wasn't opposed to rock concerts. "In fact, we think they're going to be a smashing success. We simply found Alice Cooper a little tense."
Meanwhile, the ABC affiliate in Kingsport, Tennessee complained to the network about the performance but ran it nonetheless. WPVI-TV Channel 6 in Philadelphia ran the show on tape delay at 1:30 a.m. Channel 12 in Cincinnati later televised an edited version of the show, sans Alice, to give viewers a chance to enjoy the other, less offensive acts that were on the show. The next In Concert show was sent to affiliate managers via closed-circuit for approval before broadcast
Nov 4th `72 Band arrive in London
Start Nov `72 - The band spent a week at Morgan Studios in London, where they re-recorded some older tracks and laid down demos of the songs they had written during the tour. So called `Superstar jam` takes place with Harry Nilsson, Marc Bolan and others but the results of the drunken session are unlistenable. `Billion Dollar Babies` photoshoot takes place at David Baileys` London studios.
300 kids at the airport break through police barriers and turn over the bands limo`s.
This was the only UK show on the tour however a Wembley show is mentioned on some old documents but never happened.
Nov 12th `72 Alice leaves London from Gatwick Airport to fly to France
Nov 13th `72 Paris, France Olympia Theatre (2 shows, 7.30 and 10.30) (w/ Flo And Eddie)
Me, Alice: A member of the audience jumped on stage with a burning guitar and threw it at Glen, Shep rushed on stage and flattened the guy, holding him down until the police arrived.
The band stayed at the George V hotel for 4 nights at $4,000 a night.
After show party held at `New Jimmies`
First show was broadcast by RTL Luxemburg, Second show was recorded for the Jukebox TV Special
The band leave France the following day (14th)
Nov 14th-15th `72 Munchen, Germany Circus Krone (w/ Flo And Eddie) [Ticket]
Nov 16th `72 Band arrives in Holland (w/ Flo And Eddie)
During the 1972 European School's out tour, instead of a press conference in Holland, Alice organized the "Alice Cooper ping pong tournament" There are several pictures of Alice off stage in Holland wearing a white T-shirt with black letters saying "Alice Cooper ping pong tournament".
The "Alice Cooper Ping-Pong Tournament Amsterdam '72" was held on November 16 in the Dutch town of Oud-Loosdrecht (near Amsterdam), between 8pm and 10pm.
The exact location was Jachthaven (Yacht Basin) 'Van Dijk', 253 Oud Loosdrechtsedijk in Oud-Loosdrecht
Nov 17th `72 Rotterdam, Holland De Doelen (w/ Flo And Eddie)
Nov 18th `72 Amsterdam, Holland Concertgebouw (w/ Flo And Eddie) [Ticket]
Nov 19th `72 Hamburg, Germany Ernst Merkhalle (the band fly in on the day of the show) (w/ Flo And Eddie)[Ticket]
Nov 20th `72 Copenhagen, Denmark KB Hallen (the band fly in from Germany on the day of the show) (w/ Flo And Eddie)
Nov 21st `72 Lund, Sweden Olympen (the band fly in from Denmark on the day of the show) (w/ Flo And Eddie) [Ticket]
Nov 23rd `72 Essen, Germany Gruga Halle (w/ Flo And Eddie) [Ticket]
Nov 24th `72 Berlin, Germany Deutchlandhalle (w/ Flo And Eddie) - Also ABC In Concert first aired. [Ticket]
Nov 25th `72 Gesthalle, Frankfurt, Germany (w/ Flo And Eddie) [Ticket]
Nov 26th `72 Zufingen, Switzerland, Mehrzweckhalle (w/ Flo And Eddie) [Advert exists]
Nov 27th `72 Alice flies from Zurich Switzerland to Madrid, Spain before moving on to the Canary Islands. Rumours of new versions of '18' and 'School`s Out' recorded here.
Dec 2nd '72 Alice arrives back in London via Gatwick airport
Dec `72 Glen is still in London and receives medical treatment in London
Dec 11th `72 Alice flies home to the USA
In late 1972, the Sunday Express reported:
An unusual party has been given in Paris by the eccentric pop singer Alice Cooper. Mr Cooper had asked his 33 guests to come dressed as Raquel Welch. Says a spokesman for Mr Cooper, who has had two records in the Top Twenty recently: "There were masses of aristocrats and princesses. Bettina was there looking divine in a green wig. Jeanne Moreau, Omar Sharif and Charlie Watts of The Rolling Stones, were also there. Many of the guests wore wigs - green ones, pink ones and violet ones." A guest adds this account: "Omar was marvelous. He came as Raquel in the part of 'Myra Breckinbridge'. But he looked more like Groucho Marx. A lot of people came as Raquel in the part of 'Kansas City Bomber'. You've never seen so many well-built ladies on roller skates in your life. They caused chaos. "One person was conspicuous in her absence at the party. The real Raquel Welch. She was not invited."
Dec 12th `72 Alice arrives home in the USA and hand over tapes to Bob Ezrin to work on at the Record Plant, New York
Dec `72 Alexander's Department store in Manhattan is closed one evening so so Alice and his entourage could do their Xmas shopping. (Kerrang says 14th but they are still in London then)
Dec `72 Back in Phoenix Glen checks into the Maryville hospital seriously ill. His pancreas is ruined from alcohol. He`s warned never to drink again. Insiders report he was never the same again.
Dec `72 Shep confronts Alice about his alcohol intake. Alice goes to Jamaica for a couple of weeks to rest.
Dec. '72 Alice attends the premier of "The Poseidon Adventure" at National General theater in New York City's Times Square
Dec 31st `72 Alice attends a Bette Midler concert at the Philharmonic Hall in NYC's Lincoln Center.
Jan `73 Alice and Cindy move into Penthouse apartment in Manhattan.
Jan 3rd `73 Hello Hooray released
Feb 12th `73 Alice takes a flight from/to New York
Feb 17th `73 Slick Black Limousine included on N.M.E.
Feb 20th - 25th '73 Planned dates at The Palace, New York City. This was to be the "Alice At The Palace" event which never happened
Feb 25th `73 Billion Dollar Babies album released