Burton Cummings 1977
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UMMINGS

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Summer of 1977 … Vance was playing with The Jim Kale Show and had just moved into his first house.  Burton was on the road with a full slate of dates through to the fall, promoting his second solo album, My Own Way to Rock.  His drummer, Jim Gordon, left the band in the middle of the tour. 

Burton's road manager couriered a tape to Vance, and three days later, the remainder of the backup band arrived in Winnipeg for a rehearsal.  The following day - July 22, 1977 - Vance was on stage with Burton in Edmonton AB.
  • Burton Cummings - vocals, piano
  • Michael Rheault - keyboards, percussion, vocals
  • Danny Weis - guitar, vocals
  • Ian Gardiner - bass
  • Vance Masters - drums, percussion, vocals
Burton opened several dates that summer on Alice Cooper's "King of the Silver Screen" tour in both Canada and the USA.  Alice's stage set was designed as a giant TV, with a slit screen allowing Cooper and his dancers to jump into and out of it in choreographed sequences during songs.

There was usually an "intermission" of about 45 minutes between Burton's set and Alice's show.
Alice's band for this tour:
  • Alice Cooper - vocals
  • Steve Hunter - guitar
  • Dick Wagner - guitar
  • Prakash John - bass
  • Pentti "Whitey" Glan - drums
  • Fred Mandel - keyboards
Vance spent quite a bit of time with Whitey on the Alice dates.

In the early 1980s, Vance's wife (Bev) worked at a club in Winnipeg called Broadways.  By then, Danny Weis (Burton's guitar player) and Prakash John (Alice's bass player) were in a group called The Lincolns, based out of Toronto.  Vance reconnected with both Danny and Prakash when The Lincolns played Broadways February 8-13, 1982.



The links under Memorabilia show some photos Vance took with an SX70 along with the pocket litter that hitched a ride home in Vance's luggage and drum cases from different cities on the tour ... key tags, reviews, ads, stage passes, programs, etc.  Even some fake "money" from Alice Cooper's set.


DATE
TOUR INFO
MEMORABILIA
July 22, 1977
Edmonton, Alberta
Venue: Edmonton Coliseum
Accommodations: Edmonton Inn
AIRLINE BOARDING PASSES, STAGE PASS,  & HOTEL ITEMS



July 28, 1977
Madison, Wisconsin
Venue: Dane County Coliseum, 7:30 pm
Accommodations: Holiday Inn
NEWSPAPER PROMO, STAGE PASS, & DAILY SCHEDULE



July 29, 1977
Omaha, Nebraska
Venue: Civic Auditorium Arena, 8:00 pm
Accommodations: Holiday Inn

CONCERT REVIEW (Omaha World Herald, July 30, 1977)
AIRLINE BOARDING PASS, AIRLINE LIQUOR MENU, &
DAILY SCHEDULE




July 30, 1977
Kansas City, Missouri
Venue:  Kemper Arena, 8:00 pm
Accommodations: Holiday Inn
HOTEL POSTCARD, STAGE PASS & DAILY SCHEDULE



July 31, 1977
Wichita, Kansas
Venue: Henry Levitt Arena at Wichita State University
Accommodations: Holiday Inn
DAILY SCHEDULE & ALICE COOPER ENTOURAGE ROOM NUMBERS



August 2, 1977
Rockville, Maryland
Accommodations: Holiday Inn
HOTEL SCHEDULE AUGUST 1 - 15, AIRLINE BOARDING PASS & TRINKET



August 4, 1977
Scranton, Pennsylvania
Accommodations: Holiday Inn
HOTEL KEY TAG & "MONEY" FROM ALICE COOPER SHOW



August 6, 1977
New York, New York
Venue: Dr. Pepper Music Festival in Central Park, 6:30 pm
Accommodations: St. Moritz on the Park

OFFICIAL CONCERT PROGRAM PAGE
STAGE PASS, HOTEL ROOM ASSIGNMENT, & SOAP WRAPPER



August 7, 1977
Louisville, Kentucky
Venue: Freedom Hall
Accommodations: Stouffers Louisville Inn

CONCERT REVIEW (Courier Journal Louisville, August 8, 1977)

Side note:  Ian got quite sick on stage during this show.  Temperature was sitting just a bit over 90°F (32.7°C) with high humidity when the show started.  14,000 in attendance.
AIRLINE BOARDING PASS, AIRLINE SOAP WRAPPER, & INVITATION TO THE TROUBADOUR



August 8, 9, 10, 1977
Detroit, Michigan
Venue: Cobo Arena
Accommodations: Michigan Inn

CONCERT REVIEW (The Michigan Daily, August 12, 1977)

Live audio recording of this date set to still photos can be heard at the bottom of this page under MUSIC LIBRARY.
AIRLINE BOARDING PASS, HOTEL KEY, & ALIVE ENTERPRISES INVITATION




August 13, 1977
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Venue: Myriad Convention Centre
Accommodations: Hilton Inn

HILTON INN BAND ROOM NUMBERS
AIRLINE TICKET & BOARDING PASSES



August 20, 1977
Vancouver, British Columbia
Venue: PNE at the Pacific Coliseum
Accommodations: Hyatt Regency Vancouver
CONCERT TICKETS (UNUSED), AIRLINE BOARDING PASSES, & HOTEL KEY TAG



August 25, 1977
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Venue: Milwaukee Arena, 7:30 pm
Accommodations: Holiday Inn

DAILY SCHEDULE & SHOW SCHEDULE



August 26, 1977
Terre Haute, Indiana
Venue: Hulman Center, Indiana State University
Accommodations: Sheraton Inn
The flight from Milwaukee to Terre Haute involved a stopover in Chicago to change to a private
12-seater plane for the final leg.
DAILY SCHEDULE, AIRLINE BOARDING PASS, HOTEL ROOM ASSIGNMENT, NEWSPAPER PROMO & PHOTO OF 12-SEATER



August 27, 1977
Chicago, Illinois
Venue: International Amphitheater
Accommodations: Holiday Inn
DAILY SCHEDULE & PHOTO OF CHICAGO SKYLINE



August 28, 1977
Cedar Falls, Iowa
Venue: UNI-Dome, University of Northern Iowa
Accommodations: Holiday Inn
This date was the last show with Alice Cooper.
The roadies from Alice's band got Burton alone backstage and doused him with 4 pails of water and a bucket of milk.
DAILY SCHEDULE, AIRLINE BOARDING PASS, NEWSPAPER PROMO, BACKSTAGE PHOTO & CROWD PHOTO



September 2, 1977
Toronto, Ontario
Venue: CNE Grandstand 8:30 pm
Accommodations: Hyatt Regency
Burton opened this concert by leaping onto the white
grand piano just as the lights came up for the first time. Randy's appearance was unscheduled and there was no rehearsal for any of his material.  Two members from
Alice Cooper's band (Prakash John and Whitey Glan) also took the stage to play for the latter part of the show

CONCERT REVIEW (The Globe and Mail, September 3, 1977)
DAILY SCHEDULE, BOARDING PASS, NEWSPAPER PROMO, STAGE PASS, 4 PHOTOS FROM OFFSTAGE LEFT & RIGHT



September 10, 1977
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Venue: Concert Hall 8:30 pm
Hometown

PRE-CONCERT ARTICLE(The Winnipeg Tribune, September 9, 1977)

CONCERT REVIEW(The Winnipeg Tribune, September 12, 1977)

PRE-CONCERT PROMO, EXTERIOR AND INTERIOR VIEWS OF THE WINNIPEG CONCERT HALL
Vance Masters & Michael Rheault - Detroit 1977
Vance Masters & Michael  Rheault
Cobo Arena, Detroit, Michigan
(Photo credit: David M. Perich)


Uchi Sugiyama - Chicago 1977
Uchi Sugiyama
One of Alice Cooper's Dancers
Chicago, Illinois
(Photo credit: Vance Masters)


Sheryl Goddard Cooper - Chicago 1977
Sheryl Goddard Cooper
Alice Cooper's wife, also a Cooper dancer, warming up before the show.
Chicago, Illinois
(Photo credit: Vance Masters)


Alice Cooper - Chicago 1977
Alice Cooper
Chicago, Illinois
(Photo credit: Vance Masters)


Alice Cooper & Steve Hunter - Terre Haute 1977
Alice Cooper & Steve Hunter
Terre Haute, Indiana
(Photo credit: Vance Masters)


Burton Cummings - CNE 1977
Burton Cummings
CNE, Toronto, Ontario
(Photo credit: Bev Masters)


Vance Masters
Vance Masters
(Photo credit: David M. Perich)


Burton Cummings
Burton Cummings
(Photo credit: Unknown)


Danny Weis
Danny Weis
(Photo credit: David M. Perich)






BURTON CUMMINGS MUSIC LIBRARY
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Burton Cummings Live (Video)

BURTON CUMMINGS
LIVE AT COBO ARENA





Vance, live at the CNE, with Burton Cummings ... just a little teaser. Full recording still in postproduction.



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