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by Dreary
Mon Aug 08, 2022 9:00 pm
Forum: Dr. Dreary's Secret Dungeon
Topic: Show with black Sabbath 1971
Replies: 3
Views: 294

Re: Show with black Sabbath 1971

Si lists this show in his History section. Even though, I remember the show happened, I don't recall any details about that particular night. At that point, Black Sabbath were considered to be an established British Invasion band while most promoters saw us as being too controversial to headline a s...
by Dreary
Mon Jul 11, 2022 3:12 pm
Forum: Dr. Dreary's Secret Dungeon
Topic: Bob Ezrin, Before and After
Replies: 23
Views: 2819

Re: Bob Ezrin, Before and After

To get back to the original theme of this conversation, I have just one of a billion insights to Bob Ezrin's brilliance. When I was in Nashville recording "Fireball" with Tommy Henriksen (guitar), Tommy Denander (guitar), Larry Mullen Jr. (Drums), Alice (Vocals), and Bob Ezrin (Hammond Organ). I wan...
by Dreary
Sun Jul 10, 2022 6:22 pm
Forum: Dr. Dreary's Secret Dungeon
Topic: Bob Ezrin, Before and After
Replies: 23
Views: 2819

Re: Bob Ezrin, Before and After

In the late 60's, when Vince was uncertain about his stage persona, I suggested he morph into a different character for each song. This gave him imaginary shields to work with. Fields of Regret called for a darker, more commanding character, which was the most popular with crowds. So I urged the ban...
by Dreary
Sun Jul 10, 2022 5:05 am
Forum: Dr. Dreary's Secret Dungeon
Topic: Bob Ezrin, Before and After
Replies: 23
Views: 2819

Re: Bob Ezrin, Before and After

So you think it was fair that Vince continued with the songs, the show, and the image the band created?
And suddenly the name and all of the profits generated by all that we invented belonged to him one hundred percent?
by Dreary
Sun Jul 10, 2022 12:25 am
Forum: Dr. Dreary's Secret Dungeon
Topic: Bob Ezrin, Before and After
Replies: 23
Views: 2819

Re: Bob Ezrin, Before and After

Pretties For You credited all songs by Alice Cooper. Each of the five band members get 20% of the royalties for each and every one of those songs because, as we had all agreed, Alice Cooper was the name of our group.
by Dreary
Thu Jul 07, 2022 3:30 pm
Forum: Dr. Dreary's Secret Dungeon
Topic: Bob Ezrin, Before and After
Replies: 23
Views: 2819

Re: Bob Ezrin, Before and After

I never said I no longer wanted to work with Bob. I didn't think Michael's request for him to listen to our new song in it's entirety before making changes was a valid reason to walk out. It was a bit tense but it was far from a heated conversation. And so I was sure that Bob would quickly realize t...
by Dreary
Sun Jul 03, 2022 3:39 pm
Forum: Dr. Dreary's Secret Dungeon
Topic: Totally Random Question
Replies: 9
Views: 734

Re: Totally Random Question

Our situations were mostly verbal rudeness and occasionally threats. A few times there was shoving and altercations. There were the pickup chases out of town (Easy Rider). But most of the dangerous stuff came from a few crowd members when we were on stage. I wrote about some of those incidents in my...
by Dreary
Sun Jul 03, 2022 5:06 am
Forum: Dr. Dreary's Secret Dungeon
Topic: Pushing the envelope
Replies: 1
Views: 274

Re: Pushing the envelope

By "pushing the limits" it sounds like you're referring to tempo and aggressive playing. Whether we were rehearsing, performing live, or just talking about what we were going to do next, we were a highly energetic group. That energy came from all of us. But it was up to Neal and I to hold the tempos...
by Dreary
Sat Jul 02, 2022 12:27 am
Forum: Dr. Dreary's Secret Dungeon
Topic: Totally Random Question
Replies: 9
Views: 734

Re: Totally Random Question

I don't remember where I saw Easy Rider. Most likely in L.A. I didn't get the chance to meet any of those actors.
The film did depict threatening situations similar to what Alice Cooper ran into.
by Dreary
Fri Jul 01, 2022 3:19 pm
Forum: Dr. Dreary's Secret Dungeon
Topic: Totally Random Question
Replies: 9
Views: 734

Re: Totally Random Question

I don't recall seeing the film at that time but I would venture to say that Alice did because he's always been the first to see films as soon as they're released. Vince and I used to go to outdoor Drive-In Movies together in the Phoenix days. We saw films based on Edgar Allen Poe like House of Usher...
by Dreary
Thu Jun 23, 2022 5:37 pm
Forum: Dr. Dreary's Secret Dungeon
Topic: Toronto Rock 'n' Roll Revival
Replies: 2
Views: 573

Re: Toronto Rock 'n' Roll Revival

The promoter for the Rock and Roll Revival found himself in over his head so our managers Joe Greenberg and Shep Gordon offered to take over organizing the festival providing Alice Cooper is included in the show. In the spirit of fitting an avant garde act onto the bill, we were to back up Gene Vinc...
by Dreary
Mon Jun 13, 2022 5:34 pm
Forum: Dr. Dreary's Secret Dungeon
Topic: Becky Weaver and Generation Landslide
Replies: 2
Views: 427

Re: Becky Weaver and Generation Landslide

I didn't know Becky Weaver. To me, she seems fictitious, however, upon hearing Glen and Alice mention her, I was in on the joke. Becky Weaver became the symbol for people that didn't get what we were doing. The word lame might be a bit too harsh so let's say she was naive and had zero chance of ever...
by Dreary
Sat May 28, 2022 6:34 pm
Forum: Dr. Dreary's Secret Dungeon
Topic: The makeup question
Replies: 5
Views: 670

Re: The makeup question

For the original Alice Cooper, everything was continually evolving. Each stage show, including clothing, props, and even type of execution, were styled to make each tour unique unto itself. This all happened at a fast pace. Yes, I spotted the giant poster with the clown with the spidery eye makeup a...
by Dreary
Thu May 26, 2022 3:25 pm
Forum: Dr. Dreary's Secret Dungeon
Topic: “Elected” Promo Film
Replies: 9
Views: 964

Re: “Elected” Promo Film

We knew Stacy Keach when he was a young actor. He and his film partner treated us to private screenings of two of their films. One was a beautiful roam through Morocco, which was heavy on colorful visual transitions and, as I recall, didn't have a plot or even any people in it. I think they were sho...
by Dreary
Tue May 17, 2022 5:04 pm
Forum: Dr. Dreary's Secret Dungeon
Topic: Fingers vs. Picks
Replies: 7
Views: 1045

Re: Fingers vs. Picks

You’re right, D&C. I apologize. Dennis, even though you’re a stinky poo-poo, we all still love you. No offense taken. It's a curse to suggest looking for those Herco picks. I suspect that the existing ones out there might be brittle from age, anyway. I've tried before, and think I'll try again, to ...
by Dreary
Tue May 17, 2022 3:21 pm
Forum: Dr. Dreary's Secret Dungeon
Topic: The Track Team
Replies: 2
Views: 581

Re: The Track Team

In the 60's desert town of Phoenix, Arizona, you just never saw anyone out jogging unless they were on a school team. It was generally considered to be something that only weirdos would do. Cortez High School had a great long distance coach, Emmett Smith, who also taught English and Journalism. Coac...
by Dreary
Sat Apr 16, 2022 4:45 pm
Forum: Dr. Dreary's Secret Dungeon
Topic: Final Gig in Rio, April 6, 1974
Replies: 4
Views: 998

Re: Final Gig in Rio, April 6, 1974

I checked Cindy's diary. She wrote that we had just returned from Brazil where we played 5 shows - 3 in Sao Paulo and 2 in Rio. She said it was hot and crazy and that we drew over 100,000 fans in Sao Paulo. Even that doesn't jog my memory. I still only recall the big show in Sao Paulo and the exclus...
by Dreary
Fri Apr 08, 2022 4:42 pm
Forum: Dr. Dreary's Secret Dungeon
Topic: Fingers vs. Picks
Replies: 7
Views: 1045

Re: Fingers vs. Picks

Yes, that Herco pick you posted the link for is the one I used. I used to have tons of them, but now they're scarce and I'd love to find more.
by Dreary
Fri Apr 08, 2022 3:02 am
Forum: Dr. Dreary's Secret Dungeon
Topic: Fingers vs. Picks
Replies: 7
Views: 1045

Re: Fingers vs. Picks

There's no question that flesh against a bass string gets a solid, round, full-bodied sound which has served multitudes of great bassists for most any style of music, including rock. Most of the bass players that I admire play with their fingers, but that doesn't mean that I want to sound like them....
by Dreary
Wed Apr 06, 2022 4:12 pm
Forum: Dr. Dreary's Secret Dungeon
Topic: Onstage Good, Bad, and Ugly.
Replies: 5
Views: 1009

Re: Onstage Good, Bad, and Ugly.

Yep. I felt everything in your comment, Dennis. You write very conversationally. Love it! How about a good moment that wasn't in the book? It doesn't have to be a milestone, just something fun... Thanks! Very little of what I've written here in the Secret Diaries Forum is in my book. Rather than as...