1969 - TIMELINE Part 2: Pretties For You
June 25th 1969 'Pretties For You' released. This is the date claimed by AliceCooper.com and is probably approximately correct.
"Alice Cooper, Straight Record's five-member, all-male group are set to begin a cross-country tour starting June 3rd and continuing until the beginning of July."
(Record World, 31st May 1969)
(June 3rd 1969 Salt Lake City, Utah)
June 6-7th 1969 New York, NY Felt Forum (w/ The Platters, The McCoys, Ten Wheel Drive)(Tour itinerary, advert)(Me Alice)
June 11th 1969 New York, NY Steve Paul's Scene (w/ The McCoys) (advert)(Me Alice)
June 12th 1969 New York, NY Steve Paul's Scene (w/ Slim Harpo and House)(advert, Billboard June 28th 1969) - Dennis Dunaway mentions them playing 6 nights at the Scene but adverts state "two nights only"
The band move to the Hotel Edgar, around the corner from The Allison, Where Glens' Suitcase is stolen!
June 13th-14th 1969 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory (Tour itinerary)(advert)(Me Alice) Sources suggest the MC5 opened 13th and Sweet Stavin' Chain opened the 14th, but another advert ['Frank Zappa Debuts Bizarre World of Alice Cooper.'] lists Edison Electric opening both shows.
The Band move to the Chelsea Hotel for 4 days.(Me Alice)
(June 15-17th 1969 New York, NY Steve Paul's Scene (three nights)(Me Alice) - An advert exists that says Chicago Transit Authoritywere at this venue 16th-18th June, Another add in Village Voice only mentions The McCoys play 18th-22nd with no mention of Alice Cooper OR Chicago). )
June 20th 1969 Buffalo, NY, Buffalo University, The Millard Fillmore Room (Tour itinerary)(Me Alice)
June 21st 1969 Toronto Pop Festival, Varsity Stadium, Toronto, Can.(Tour itinerary and programme) [Billboard advert 24th May 1969 doesn't mention the band but does mention Al Kooper and photos exist of him at the festival]
June 26th-28th 1969 Boston Tea Party, Moston, MA (w/ Chicago Transit Authority)
(June 27,28,29th 1969 Denver Pop Festival, Mile High Stadium, Denver, CO (Tour itinerary) - Posters, adverts and reviews don't mention the band. Another source suggests they were announced but never played.)
July 1st 1969 Central Theatre, Passaic, N.J (w/ Hampton Grease band) - 2 shows - 7pm and 10pm.
July 3rd (and 4th?)1969 Reeds Ranch, Colorado Springs, CO (w/ Grateful Dead, Holden Caulfield and Deven Michaels. Zephyr) [Flyer exists which confuses things a little as it could suggest the Dead played on the 3rd and Alice Cooper on the 3rd and 4th. An eye witness confirms they were there on the 3rd but doesn't mention them playing o the same bill as the Dead. "Alice Cooper was a new band that was sharing the 'barn' that weekend. And a Denver band, called "Zephyr" opened for the Grateful Dead." A local eyewitness who visited the venue often described the place as "an inside rodeo barn"]
July 4th 1969 New York, NY Roosevelt Raceway, New York Pop Festival (Tour itinerary)(Chicago Daily News May 22nd mentions this w/ Mothers however no Zappa timeline mentions this show, and Led Zeppelin resources claim the festival was canceled.) There was another festival called "New York Pop Festival" a few weeks later on July 17th on Randalls Island, NY and video exists of Hendrix playing there.
July 4th-5th 1969 Saugatuck Pop Festival, Potawatoomi Beach, Michigan. AC second on bill to Arthur Brown. (w/ Crazy World Of Arthur Brown, Brownsville Station, WMP, Stooges, Rotary Connection, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, MC5, SRC). According to Super Duper Alice Cooper Shep got them the gig for $2000 and Alice Cooper went on after the Stooges (probably because NO ONE wanted to follow the Stooges in 1969) and were then beaten up by bikers ending up in hospital. Typically Alice Cooper are yet again not listed on the two posters for the event.
Dennis Dunaway also recalls the show in his biography, although he doesn't mention being beat up by the bikers. He recalls the bikers attacking the stage making it unsafe, and causing the band to abandon the show and hastily leaving the festival grounds as the stage collapsed.He suggests they went on after Arthur Brown, not the Stooges.
[Benton Harbour News 3rd July has preview]
"We were too intense for L.A., so we said, the first place we play where we get a standing ovation, we're going to stay there. We played the Saugatuck Pop Festival with Iggy and the MC5, and I said, "This is our audience right here! Where L.A. didn't get it, Detroit totally got it."
(Alice Cooper, Detroit News 2008)
July 9th 1969 Dubuque, Iowa, Dubuque Senior High Gymnasium (with Vanilla Fudge. Bob Segar System) - News Report: Only 1072 tickets sold for 3,500 seater venue. Promotor lost money. [Des Moines Register July 20th 1969]
"We were playing in Iowa, and Alice Cooper was opening for us. This is an aside, but it was a total pain in the ass, because as part of their show, they had a chicken feather fight at the end of the set. It took 45 minutes to clean the feathers off all our stuff. It was terrible."
(Tom Weschler, Bob Seger Manager from "Travelin' Man: On The Road and Behind The Scenes With Bob Seger")
Somewhere around here, The band land in Detroit on Jefferson Street/Franklin Avenue (still with Carnel and Allen in tow). Me Alice states July '68 but that's a year too early. This is confirmed when a couple of paragraphs later he mentions he was 21. Around August Alice meets Cindy Lang.
July 11th-12 1969 Kinetic Playground (Electric Theater) Chicago, IL (w/ Spirit, Pentangle) - Small mention in Chicago Tribune July 10th confirming dates and bill and stating "two complete concerts per evening will run until 3am", so looks like four performanes in all.
July 13th 1969 Minneapolis, MN, Tyrone Guthrie Theatre (w/ Zappa and the Mothers) [Waterloo Daily Courier 13th July has an answer to a readers letter which highlights that the band are already upsetting the mainstream]
July 19th 1969 JD's, Phoenix, AZ (w/ Arthur Brown, Alice Cooper, Pulse) Listing in AZ Republic July 19th 1969 saying the show is "tonight". Ken Buxton took photos which exist.
July 25th 1969 Seattle, WA First Seattle Pops Festival, Gold Creek Park, Woodinville, Washington (through 7/27/69) (with The Flying Burrito Brothers, Ten Years After, Led Zeppelin, The Byrds, The Youngbloods, Tim Buckley, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Spirit, Vanilla Fudge, Ike and Tina Turner, Santana, The Doors, Lee Michaels, The Guess Who, Chicago, Albert Collins, Floating Bridge, Rockin' Fu, Crome Syrcus and more.) - Alice Cooper not on at least one poster but eye witnesses confirms they played on the Friday and there is at least one photo of the band at the show.
July 26th 1969 Eugene, OR Eugene Pop Festival [Fame Expo 1969]; Hayward Field, University of Oregon (with the Doors, Youngbloods, Byrds, Them, Peter, River, Truth, Bumps, Tyme, ZU, and Grant Blueboys) - Alice Cooper recieved £350 for their performance, as did The Rockin' Fu. The Doors received $12.500, The Byrds and The Youngbloods £2,000 each. [Preview Article]
"On the afternoon of July 26th, 1969, the Alice Cooper group played the Eugene Pop Festival at the University of Oregon with the Doors, the Youngbloods, the Byrds, Them and others. Nearby Creswell was where I spent my childhood, and where my grandparents still had the farm where I had spent the summer of ’64 working to get the money to buy my first bass. So my Grandma came to the show, and afterwards the band followed her back to the farm for a delicious home cooked meal. Then my Grandpa loaded the outrageous looking Alice Cooper group into the back of his pickup and took us around to meet his neighbors. They all asked if we were from the “Hippy Farm,” which we soon found out was a nearby commune owned by Ken Kesey who wrote One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. So after we bid my grandparents farewell, the band went to visit Kesey. But it looked like the few people stirring were recovering from a wild night. One guy sat by a smoldering camp fire with a mic plugged into an amp attached to an orange extension cord that snaked all the way back to the house. Loudly through the microphone, he explained that the bus that the two other hippies were painting psychedelic patterns on was about to be driven across the country to upstate New York for a big music festival. He loudly said it would be the biggest festival of them all. "
(Dennis Dunaway, Alternative Control, 2012)
July 27th 1969 Eugene, OR, Eugene Armory (w/ Steve Miller Band, Searching Soul Blues Band)
Alice Cooper on stage, reputably at Eugene Armory.
July 29th -30th 1969 Portland, OR Masonic Temple (w/ Steve Miller, Total Eclipse)
Aug 1st 1969 Eugene, OR, Eugene Armory (w/ Steve Miller with Searching Soul Blues Band) - An extra show?
Aug 1st1969 A contract, dated 29th October 1969, refers to a recording agreement on this date.
Aug 2nd 1969 'Pretties For You' appears on the Billboard chart at #194! According to some TV listings (Daily Intelligencer 2nd August for example) Alice Cooper appear on a show called the 'Hy Lit Show' from WKBS-TV in Philidelphia along with 'The Mirettes', a soul group.
Aug 3rd 1969 Mt. Clemens, MI Sportsman's Park (Mt. Clemens Pop Festival)(w/ Country Joe & The Fish, MC-5, John Mayall, Muddy Waters, T~Bone Walker, Cat Mother & The All Night Newsboys, The McCoys, The Stooges, The Up, Rush, The Früt of the Loom, The Red, White & Blues Band, Savage Grace, Ted Lucas, The Pleasure Seekers, Mainline, Charlie Latimer, Frijid Pink, Owen Love, The Attack) - eyewitness suggests Alice was too drunk to perform.
Aug 8th1969 Eastown Theater, Detroit, MI (w/ Savage Grace, All The Lonely People) - Listing in Detroit Free Press
Aug 9th 1969 Eastown Theater, Detroit, MI (w/ Savage Grace, All The Lonely People) - Listing in Detroit Free Press
Aug 13th 1969 London Ontario, Wonderland Gardens - Wonderland Pop Festival (w/ Frank Zappa and The Mothers Of Invention, The Funky Parliaments, Terry and The Pyrates, The Solid State)
Aug 14th 1969 London Ontario, Wonderland Gardens - Wonderland Pop Festival (w/ Cat Mother &The All Night News Boys, The Nice, Rage Rock Show Of The Yeoman, The Stone Soul Children)
Review in the London Free Press, 15th Aug 1969. The headline reads "Wonderland 'rocked' by pop festival".
Alice Cooper gets the biggest mention in the review:
"Alice Cooper stomped on a metal satchel, speared the big bass drum, threw microphones and stands on the stage, drummed out all the violent motions of war, and died.
"It was a groovy scene. And it happened in London.
"Alice Cooper--it's the name of a light-popping, five-man rock group from Arizona--was one of six groups on stage Thursday at Wonderland, wrapping up London's first pop festival."
Alice Cooper reputably at the Wonderland Pop Festival
Aug 21st 1969 Eugene, OR Eugene Armory(w/ The Truth-Poster)
Aug 22nd - 24th 1969 Vancouver Pop Festival, Paradise Valley Resort, Squamish, BC (w/ Chicago Transit Authority, Grateful Dead, The Byrds, Guess Who, Canned Heat, the Rascals, Poco, Chambers Brothers, Grass Roots, Sony Terry and Brownie McGhee and others) - Review in the Squamish Times, August 27th names Alice Cooper as the best band.
Aug 14th- Sept 1st 1969 (One or more days. Obviously they didn't play the whole period as they played other shows.) Toronto Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), Galaxi Youth Pavillion - presumably this would be close to the known Vancouver date. The Advert says "from the Coke Cola stage four times daily during the CNN" and lists lots of bands. Nash The Slash in attendence. [Billboard 23rd Aug mentions the appearance] The 'Galaxii' was a part of the CNE which highlighted the future and featured psychedelic light shows along with the bands (including The Guess Who, Lighthouse, 5 Man Electrical Band, Nucleus, Motherlode, The SRC, Brutus, The Life and others) and billed as "The ultimate psychedelic experience. Way out entertainment".
That summer, there was an indoor gig called the 'Youth Pavilion'. On a hot afternoon about 3 pm, performing on a three-foot high portable stage, Alice Cooper made his Canadian debut. The group was one of many unheralded bands to play the venue. No make-up, no props, just this grungy band from Detroit who were not only noisy but great fun to watch, especially Alice. He snarled around the stage, while the guitars screeched through fuzz-boxes. I was among a lucky crowd of 50 or so 'youths' who were witness to greatness in the making and didn't know it.
(Nash The Slash)
Aug 26th 1969 The Carrawee Ballroom, Flat Rock, MI (W/The Excells) - Listing in Detroit Free Press
Aug 30th 1969 The Silverbell, Clarkston, MI (w/ The Sunday Funnies) Flyer below plus eye witness. (Note: "Silverbell" and "Hideout" appear to be different venues.)
Aug 30th 1969 Salem, OR, State Fair (w/ the Box Tops, Twice Together) (Ad exists)
Sept 6th 1969 Billboard reports that the band have begun legal proceedings against Straight Records to terminate their contract. They claim Straight has violated their contract after Zappa failed to produce 'Pretties For You' and also failed to promote the bands career.
Sept 13th 1969 Toronto, Ontario Canada Varsity Stadium "Rock N Roll Revival" (w/ Doors, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Gene Vincent, Bo Diddley, Little Richard, Junior Walker and the Allstars, Chicago Transit Authority, Doug Kershaw, Tony Joe White, Screaming Lord Sutch, Cat Mother & The Allnight Newsboys, Whiskey Howl, Nucleus, Milkwood, Plastic Ono Band (w/ John Lennon and Eric Clapton))
This is the legendary show featuring the chicken and available on endless "Freak Out" albums. The band also backed Gene Vincent after they did their own show.
The band were also filmed for the D A Pennebaker film "Sweet Toronto". The footage is an amazing look at the early Alice Cooper show.
Sept 14th 1969 Toledo, OH Raceway Park (w/ The Turtles, MC5, The Amboy Dukes, Alice Cooper, The Frost, SRC, The Pleasure Seekers, The Rationals, Savage Grace, Rush, The Früt, Life )
Dennis recalls (DD Book pg 146) that this show ended in a riot with the audience attacking the stage and band. Glen gets hit in the knee by a hammer and is stretchered off while the the others have to hide behind the amps.
Dennis follows this story with mention of playing a 'Love in' in San Francisco at the Speedway Meadow in Golden Gate Park (stating Glen was still recovering from his injured knee) but evidence suggests this show was March 16th 1969.
Sept 16th 1969 Buffalo, NY SUNY Buffalo? (Unknown show reviewed in The Spectrum (from University of Buffalo NY?)
Sept 1969 Washington, DC
Me Alice: We went to Washington DC for a concert and the Grateful Dead refused to let us use their sound system. Grace Slick insisted we be allowed to go on or she and Jefferson Airplane would refuse to play. Airplane sites list something with the Dead in Sept but in San Francisco and with no more info.
Fall 1969 - Alice Cooper's appearance in the movie 'Diary of a Mad Housewife' filmed. The footage, while annoyingly not showing the band for most of the scene, does give some insight into the early live shows.
Oct 4th 1969 Jaycee Clark County Fair, Rotunda, Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV (w/ A Group Named Smith) A contract signed by Vince Furnier exists. Two sets played. - Las Vegas Sun October 2nd 1969 also mentions "Mister Alice Cooper" playing. Me, Alice mentions this show and recalls the audience hated them. The Las Vegas Sun back on September 14th mentions this show, but has "Cat Mother and the All Night Newsboys" headlining with Alice Cooper as "special guest star"
Oct 10th 1969 Detroit, MI - Grande Riveria (with the Amboy Dukes, SRC) - Grand Opening of new venue that replaces the Grande Ballroom.
Oct 11th 1969, Detroit, MI, Grande Riveria (w/ The Who, Alice Cooper, Sky (who eye witness says didn't play, replaced by Myron Le Fevre))
At the GBMW2 Neal Smith recounts a story about Keith Moon. The band we're supporting The Who at either The Eastown Theatre or the Grande Ballroom, Detroit. During 'Black Juju" Keith Moon was playing along perfectly behind a screen at the back of the stage. [Were they playing 'Black Juju' this early?]
Somewhere around here the band return to LA and moved into 2001 North Ivar in Hollywood.
Oct 29th 1969 The band sign new contract with Straight Records. Could this be a result of the legal action reproted a couple of months previously?
This contract states: "..Will serve to modify, supersede and add to the recording agreement dated august 1st 1969 and approved by the Los Angeles Superior court September 17th 1968."
The first contract must have been for one album with the option on more, which they picked up for a further two albums.
The MB book contract wasn't signed/completed by Cohen until the 17th.
What else can we get from this document. It's an extension for two more albums with the option of an extra year if they sell 150,000 of these two albums. These must be 'Easy Action' and 'Love It To Death'.
'Easy Action' has to be completed by Nov. 1969, just a month after this contract is signed.
And 'Love It To Death' has to be done by May 1st 1970.
'Easy Action' to be released by Feb 1st
They have an exclusive songwriters deal with Straight.
Straight promise to pay $6000 dollars a year to the band for their services in addition to royalties.
Oct/Nov 1969 Easy Action recorded?
Oct 31st 1969 Detroit. MI Olympia Stadium - Black Magic Rock And Roll. (Billed as Arthur Brown, Timothy Leary, Frost (with Dick Wagner), Ralph Adams, Mystic Peter Hurkos, Amboy Dukes, Bonzo Dog Band, The Stooges, Coven, Pink Floyd, Savage Grace, Kim Fowley, Sky, Teegarden And Vanwinkle, Satan (himself), SRC, Frut, Bob Segar, All The Lonely People, Pleasure Seekers) - Alice was listed on the posters but did NOT play (eyewitness - news report) Pink Floyd are also on the poster but appear to have been in England the following day going by their dates lists. There is also a mention of a riot at the show which caused the cancelation of the 'Day of Peace" festival at Olympia Stadium scheduled for November 11th.
Eye Witness Randy Foley kindly clarrifies who played the show:
"I attended this concert. Called the Black Arts Rock'n'Roll Festival, it was a fiasco, and a rip-off. Produced by shifty Mike Quatro, it touted Pink Floyd, Arthur Brown, the Bonzo Dog Band, and many of the Michigan bands, including Alice Cooper. I still have the original program and hand bill. And in the program, I wrote down the bands that played, in order. They were, in order from opener to closer: Plum Wine, Pluto, Ted Lucas, Frijid Pink, Früt, Teegarden and Van Winkle, The Stooges, Peter Hurkos, Sweetwater, SRC, Coven [set censored], Savage Grace [set aborted], The Frost [appeared, weren't permitted to play], The Amboy Dukes [appeared, weren't permitted to play].
As you can see, no Alice Cooper."
One reason for a possible no show was that they were actually playing at the Sherwood Forest Hall, in Davison, MI that night. The promotor recalls:
"The next Friday was Halloween. We decided to promote a relatively unknown group from Phoenix, AZ who had moved to Michigan and were working out of Detroit. They sounded pretty 'spooky' to me and had already established a significant word-of-mouth following after only a few appearances. The lead singer claimed to be a witch who was burned at the stake and had come back from the dead. He was the real-life son of a southern preacher. The singer's name was Alice. 'Halloween Night with Alice Cooper' drew a capacity crowd and was repeated at a triumphant New Year’s Eve performance that ushered in a new decade."
[Peter Cavanaugh, My City Mag]
It should be pointed out that his mention of a repeat performance on New Years Eve creates some doubt. The band were in Toronto that night as evidenced by tickets and posters as well as a mention in Me, Alice. There is a photo of Cavenagh with Alice but the photo is from a later date as shown by Alice's makeup being the style used from 1972 onwards.
Me Alice: At the beginning of December Shep and Joey left for New York and stopped paying rent on 2001 Ivar. We all packed it in and went home to Phoenix.
Nov 1st 1969 The Grande Rivera, Detroit, MI (w/ The Amboy Dukes, SRC, Richmond) (Eye Witness)
"After a disappointing fiasco the night before at Olympia Stadium, my friends and I returned to Detroit from hometown Toledo where we actually got to see both Alice Cooper and the Amboy Dukes. The previous night Alice was advertised but failed to appear and the Dukes appeared but were not permitted to perform when the plug was pulled before they took the stage.
Opening was a local band, Richmond, who I would see several times, but remember nothing about.
SRC was second, virtually repeating the set we saw at Olympia the previous night, playing their usual brilliant psychedelic sludge climaxing with "In the Hall of the Mountain King"/"Bolero."
The Amboy Dukes played third, with big sound and Ted Nugent's bigger ego taking center stage. Over-the-edge madness with hot guitar solos.
Alice Cooper headlined, playing their crunchy chords, off-kilter guitar runs, and often obtuse vocals with even more often obtuse lyrics. Controlled insanity!
After the performance, my pals and I snuck backstage and met Alice Cooper and the boys in the band: rowdy, strange, and sort of drunk, but fun. "
Dec 29th 1969 The Chicago Pop Festival, Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL (w/ Howlin' Wolf, Coven, the Stooges, HotSetUp (?), Baby Huey, Mason Proffit, Rotary Connection, Bangor Flying Circus, Bob Seeger, MC 5, Pacific Gas and Electric, and Litter) -The Aragon Ballroom was the original name for the same venue as The Cheetah Club. It reverted to the name in June 1968.
Dec 31st 1969 Toronto Masonic Temple Auditorium (formerly The Rock Pile) New Years Eve (w/ Teegarden & Vanwinkle, Keith McKie, Moonshine)(Me Alice mention and ticket exists) "and from there to Detroit." [Ticket1] [Ticket 2]
Note: There is also the suggestion that the band played the Sherwood Forest Hall, in Davison, MI this night. The promotor recalls:
'Halloween Night with Alice Cooper' drew a capacity crowd and was repeated at a triumphant New Year’s Eve performance that ushered in a new decade."
[Peter Cavanaugh, My City Mag]
Jan 2nd 1970 Eastown Theater, Detroit, MI (w/ The Flamin' Groovies, SRC) - Listing in Detroit Free Press
Jan 3rd 1970 Eastown Theater, Detroit, MI (w/ The Flamin' Groovies, SRC) - Listing in Detroit Free Press
January 16th 1970 Pasadena Rose Palace: (Lee Michaels, Eric Burdon & War, Missiah) (from article in 'Easy Action' press kit)(ticket/poster exists)
January 17th 1970 Pasadena Rose Palace: (Lee Michaels, Eric Burdon & War. Missiah,) (from article in 'Easy Action' press kit)(poster exists)[Last band to play venue because of audience probems during and after the shows and the fact that too many tickets were sold. The story ran in local press for months but the Pasadena Star News 20th January has the main story and the the April 28th Issue has the results] [Ticket] [Review in the Houston Daily Cougar and LA Times 20th January which mentions they are still using the chickens)
Jan 30th-31st 1970 Eastown Theater, Detroit, MI (w/ The Stooges, The Früt ) - Listing in Detroit Free Press
Me Alice states the band spent February in Canada.
Feb 12th-13th 1970 Electric Factory, Philadelpia, PA (w/ Pig Iron, Friends Of Whitney, Sunday) Source??
20th Feb 1970 The Birmingham Paladium, Birmingham, MI (w/ Chip Stevens-Richmond,) (Flyer exists) - Listing in Detroit Free Press
21st Feb 1970 The Birmingham Paladium, Birmingham, MI (w/ Steve Booker Blues Train) (Flyer exists) - Listing in Detroit Free Press
March 1970 Easy Action released