Alice Cooper was undoubtedly one of the major rock artists of the 1970s and 80s. However, what is less well known is that originally the man now known as “Alice” was called Vince and he was the lead singer of a band called “Alice Cooper.” The band consisted of lead singer Vince Furnier, Glen Buxton (lead guitar), Michael Bruce (rhythm guitar, keyboards, main songwriter), Dennis Dunaway (bass guitar), and Neal Smith (drums). Furnier legally changed his name to Alice Cooper and has had a solo career under that name since the band became inactive in 1975. The Alice Cooper Group played their final show on April 8, 1974 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Bruce, Dunaway and Smith would go on to form the short-lived band Billion Dollar Babies, producing one album titled “Battle Axe” in 1977. While occasionally performing with one another and Glen Buxton, they would not reunite with Alice until October 23, 1999, at the second Glen Buxton Memorial Weekend for a show at CoopersTown in Phoenix (Buxton having died in 1997). This is a recording of the Billion Dollar Babies first ever live show on July 6, 1977 in Flint, Michigan, and what a show it was!
I Miss You
Rock n Roll Radio
Love is Rather Blind
Rock Me Slowly
Alice Cooper Medley: No More Mr Nice Guy/Neal Smith solo/Elected/Eighteen/School's Out
Battle Axe Suite: Ego Mania
Nights in Cracked Leather/Sudden Death/Winner
Billion Dollar Babies
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Alice is still touring to this very day and still putting out good albums, stuff like The Last Temptation from 1994, Brutal Planet from 2000 etc. in my opinion are as good as anything he has ever done, but you are right his work with the original band and his early solo career was huge. By the way, the Battle Axe album by the other original members of the Alice Cooper Group was actually a good listen, but there was some kind of distribution problem and an issue with the record itself, it would not play or skip and that pretty much ended any chance the other members had outside of Alice, who was doing well on his own. Some of the other members in recent years have put out some projects (I particularly like Dennis Dunaway's Bones From the Yard album) and they played on some of Alice's W2MN album and the new one, Paranormal and have done a miniset with Alice this past tour on a few shows (a 5 song set during Alice's regular show) and have sounded good.