Found Photos: Alice Cooper and Motörhead in St. John’s in 1988
Recently, while perusing some archived copies of The Muse, we finally came across a photo of Alice Cooper’s fabled concert at the Memorial Stadium in St. John’s in 1988.
While this particular show was not The Coop’s first or last time on the island, it’s legendary status has much to do with the fact that the supporting act was Motörhead. February 3rd, 1988 would be the first and last time the late and great Lemmy and Co. battered eardrums on Newfoundland soil. We’ve previously shared a great bootleg cassette recording of Motörhead’s set, but it was a few years later in the pages of The Muse that we recently found our first photo.
Alice Cooper first played in St. John’s at the Thompson Student Center on MUN campus 17 years prior on March 26th, 1971. You can check out a photo from this gig via our Instagram:
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We finally dug up some photo evidence of Alice Cooper's performance at MUN's Thomson Student Centre in St. John's on March 26th, 1971. This show happened just weeks after the release of their breakthrough album, Love It to Death, and was squeezed between two huge shows on their tour in Cleveland and Pittsburgh. This two-night affair was a small scale appearance that was booked just prior to "I'm Eighteen" taking to the charts as a smash single in late 1970. Though it was an inconvenient detour from their theatre and arena gigs, Alice Cooper honoured their agreement and played to the St. John's crowd at $2.50 a head. Though St. John's introduction to shock rock inspired a few young and creative minds, some attendees didn't react as favourably… This photo was found in a MUN yearbook from 1971. We've got the full story and a whole lot more coming down the pipes. Stay tuned! . . . #alicecooper #yyt #stjohns #newfoundland #mun #memorialuniversity #loveittodeath #imeighteen #tsc #wintercarnival #secreteast #archives #shockrock
Check out the only known photo of Alice Cooper’s set from the February 3rd, 1988 Memorial Stadium show, as found in the The Muse:
Photos clipped from The Muse circa ’88.