Yahoo Groups: Official Michael Bruce Mailing List (#05)

As found on Yahoo Groups; ACG – The Original Alice Cooper Group. Moderated by longtime friend, Bryan Erickson.

Note: Background information is I accidentally happened to stumble on to this while researching something else (Billion Dollar Babies) on the old, Yahoo Groups. I had lost all records; TOMBML. The newsletter centered around ‘now’ Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductee (Alice Cooper); Michael Bruce. I met him back in ’97 at a bar (Cardi’s) he was doing live rehearsals at in Houston Texas. The both of us became close friends … brother from another mother … yadda yadda yadda. For three and a half years I helped Michael with his AOL website and this mailing list. My involvement was a true pleasure! And here … in my archives like it should be … at least one issue of; The Official Michael Bruce Mailing List.

Dedicated to the memory of Dennis Horn (February 17, 1953 – January 18, 2008)

Official Michael Bruce Mailing List (#05)

July 15, 2001

Hi Gang, I bet you were thinking we forgot all about doing the next newsletter. Believe it or not, it’s finally time for another one. As is the usual practice, Michael will lead us off:

Hi all, sorry for the delay. Well, I guess I should tell you I had a great time in the UK playing and singing my little heart out. Alice’s daughter and band came to my show after they played in Scotland, and we all jammed and had a great time. The guys in Fistfull of Alice were great and I have heard they are coming to the GBMW.

I will be releasing a CD after the first of the year of original music on my new label Millennium Records in the UK. We will reissue many of my past releases and rare cuts as well. Hope to see many of you in LA for the GBMW and my best to all.

Your super bud,

Michael Bruce 07/12/01

Questions for Michael

Subj: Re: Questions

Date: 2/12/01 4:54:51 PM Central Standard Time

From: slade25@…


Hi Michael, A few questions:

  1. Michael, On your 1975 solo release, you covered Slade’s “So Far So Good” and did a fine job of it. My question is Michael, what made you select this particular track and are/was you a fan of Slade? (Noddy Holder & Jim Lea)?

If you have any memories about Slade or a quote, I’d love to hear about it, be it good or bad.

MB: Hi Steve. I really liked the cut, and yes. I met Slade when we performed on Top of the POP in 1971 in England. And all I have are good memories.

  1. Did the Billion Dollar Babies ever tour?

MB: We did four shows and then retired.

  1. I’ve been reading a lot on several of the Alice Cooper mailing lists, that some guy name Tom Kelly was really the ACG’s first manager. I think that is what the guy is saying. The whole topic is very confusing. I’m guessing this was in the days when you guys were recording under Zappa’s label, or maybe even before that. It all sounds pretty bizarre to me. Was he involved, or wasn’t he?

Keep rockin’ Michael !



MB: I don’t have any memory of Tom Kelly managing the band.


Subj: Re: Michael Bruce in the UK

Date: 6/4/01 3:15:41 AM Central Daylight Time

From: r.hutchinson@… (Richard Hutchinson)

To: GBrown8287@…

I’m not sure if it’s here where I’m supposed to e-mail but I’m sure it’ll get where it’s supposed to be going!


Well, I got to Trillians around 6.00pm as I knew it was going to be busy.Trillians being the only rock bar left in Newcastle (The Mayfair,responsible for the Black Sabbath song Fairies Wear Boots, was knocked down last year) is usually full every night so I knew I had to get there early.There were only about 20 – 30 people there at that time.

I went straight to the bar, ordered a drink a turned round. There was Michael Bruce sitting in the corner and I had to admit I was star struck and too shy. I wanted to go straight over, but a part of me thought hey ‘ he’s doing a gig. Needs to relax, maybe he’s sick of guys coming to him all the time ….. Anyway I pretended to be watching the TV screen behind and was waiting for someone else to make the first move.

It was starting to get pretty busy and by the time the guys were tuning upthere were approx. 150-200 people there. As soon as Mike came off stage afan rushed to meet him, with 1st Ed. NMMNG Book and Battle Axe vinyl. He asked me to take a photo of him and Mike. So I overcame my initial fear and had a chat with Mike. He was very approachable, seemed so relaxed and was raring to go. He left almost immediately unfortunately to freshen up back at his hotel and the support band came on. They were called the Billion $Brats. This is their review which I posted to another list.

The Billion Dollar Brats were great. The singer did mention that he had been let down by two guys and had a makeshift group. A pity that they could only do a few songs. One’s that I can remember are:

Long Way To Go – Yeah Yeah Yeah – Escape – Sick Things – Public Animal # 9 (this one came off really well).

I even got a mention off the singer as he said he had to look at me for help with some of the words! A few of the guys in the audience knew some of the singer’s previous groups so he was pleased with

that. I think the Brats also did Mike well, by rocking away at the front of the stage too when it was Mike’s turn on stage. A pity thatthey couldn’t rehearse properly it would have been great too see them play a full list.

We didn’t have to wait too long before Mike came off and I shouted encouragement as he walked onto the stage. He seemed really chuffed and raring to go. By this time the audience increased to about 300-350. We were treated to the following songs:

Instrumental Intro/Hello Hooray – Under My Wheels – Is It My Body – Second Coming – Ballad of Dwight Fry – Desperado – Hard Hearted Alice – Billion Dollar Babies – Be My Lover – As Rock Rolls On – My Stars – Left For Dead Meat- No More Mr Nice Guy – Muscle Of Love – I`m Eighteen – School`s Out – Halo of Flies – Caught in a Dream

People my age (24) may never get to hear some of these songs played live, and the band was great through out. There was a slight technical problem at one point and the audience was very patient through this I must add. At only one point did I think of what it would be like to see Alice, Neal, Glen, Dennis and Mike rocking together. Mike was a strong enough character to be the focal point for the band, and I must say that ‘a fistful of alice’ were in fine form and really played their parts well. Mike said that there will be another UK tour, which I’m keeping my fingers crossed for, and from his reaction to the crowd here I think there will be larger tours next time.

Thanks Michael for a great night, I was the one at the front on the stage and to your right with the light beige shirt on, and I will definitely see you on your next tour. You rocked Newcastle.


Official Plugs

  1. The GBMW:

From: “Paul Brenton” <rtcoop@…>

Date: Sat Jul 14, 2001 10:42 am

Subject: Glen Buxton Memorial Weekend – Update

Three weeks from now we will be together in Hollywood to honor Glen Buxton and enjoy the early sites and sounds of the legendary Alice Cooper group for the Glen Buxton Memorial weekend (August 3 – 5).

I am very happy to announce that, in addition to the debut of Bouchard, Dunaway& Smith, the Whisky stage will welcome “Last Romance” from Italy; from Phoenix,”Grandma’s New Wig” (featuring ex-Laser Beat/20th Century Zoo and dear friend of Glen’s and the Coopers’, Skip Ladd); and also from

Phoenix, “Sustain”(featuring Mike Postel, ex-bandmate in Glen’s “Virgin”).

Stay tuned for other music announcements…

If you are planning to attend, please send me a private email to rtcoop@… with your full name and that of those attending with you. The response has been tremendous and where our space limits the number of attendees, we will give preference to those who have pre-registered. There is no cost to register, but there will be a charge for admission to the exclusive/private event at the Whisky.

The event hotel is the Hyatt West Hollywood. If you intend on staying at the hotel, please contact the hotel directly at 800-233-1234 and be sure to ask for the preferred “GBMW” rate.

It is really shaping up to be a special weekend for the family, friends and fans to salute G.B.

I look forward to seeing you there.



  1. I have two items here that both have to do with our friend Billy James:
  1. Last I talked to Billy about the Bruce Cameron CD Midnight Daydream, he informed me that he had very few CD’s left for sale, and that their were no plans on producing anymore at this time. Can you say “out of print”? This was an excellent release that came out just two years ago. Michael is on two songs. Neal Smith plays drums on almost half the CD. It’s a must have item. If interested, you can send a E-mail to Billy through his Ant-Bee website to inquire if he has any left. If you don’t already have it bookmarked, that web address is:

  1. I just got done reading Billy’s latest book; Necessity is….The Early Years of Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention. Hard to write about this subject and not include at least a mention of the Alice Cooper Group.

Of course, their is. Besides that, if you ever had an interest in Zappa along with The Mothers, you’ll find this book a real pleasure to read. Again, this could be found on the Ant-Bee site. Just hit the words; “Mailorder Muck” for information about how to obtain it.

  1. Michael’s old buddies Dennis Dunaway and Neal Smith, along with Joe Bouchard has a newly recorded song called “Fallen Angel” on the just out CD; Brain Surgeons And Friends – To Helen With Love – A Tribute To The Life And Music Of Helen Wheels. This song should instantly become a favorite among the Cooper crowd. The intro alone is well worth the price of the CD. It kicks major ass. Hopefully, they will perform this at the up and coming GBMW. It’s a good, solid track that gives everyone a good clue as to what the band will sound like on their soon to be released CD. The label it’s on, Cellsum Records has a website:

T.O.M.B.M.L. Website

A few new things appear on here. One is a recent picture of Alice and Michael taken in the UK. The site does get updated from time to time. We’re up to four pages now. If it’s been a while since you looked, go ahead and check it out.

Next Contest

I’m sure we could find something to give as a prize. Problem is, we’re hard pressed at the present time to come up with what the next contest should be. Any idea’s? If so, please send them our way. We’ll take a look and try to pick out something interesting.

Closing Comments

Thanks to all for being so patient waiting for this issue to come out. Hard to believe a half a year has gone by since we did Newsletter # 4. Unfortunately, a few things sent between then and now were either printed out and again eaten by one of my dogs, or just became kind of outdated. We’re doing our best here. Keep those E-mails and posts coming, and we’ll try to get the next newsletter out in a little less time.

Gary Brown

Coordinator / Webkeeper of The Official Michael Bruce Mailing List / Website.

Updated 2018 – Cool MB Items (Space City Memories)

Michael Bruce - I'll Never Forget Old What His Name - actual cd

MB Collector’s Item. Actual ‘Test Pressing’ of Michael Bruce – I’ll Never Forget Old What’s His Name. 

TOMBML - Contest Winner Richard Blatt_with Michael Bruce

One time TOMBML contest winner; Richard Blatt with Michael. Photo snapped by Gary Brown.

GB_Michael Bruce - 02 (April 15_2006)

Gary Brown_Michael Bruce (Houston TX April 15, 2006)


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Book Review: Dennis Dunaway Autobiography

First Published: October 15, 2015
Revised: 04 July 2016
Uncle G’s FUN Book Reviews
By: Gary “Uncle G” Brown
Twitter @GBrown0816

Book Title: Snakes! Guillotines! Electric Chairs! My Adventures in the Alice Cooper Group (2015)

Author(s): Dennis Dunaway and Chris Hodenfield

“In fond memory of Glen Buxton 1947-1997”

Ordering old school via phone, ‘Good Records’ in Dallas Texas USA, took my order, and a few days later Dennis’ book arrived. I had already seen a picture of the book on Dennis’ official Facebook page. First impression was I liked the cover photo, and that the book had eleven words in its title. If on Facebook and being asked if it was a good title or not, I’d press the ‘like’ button. It clearly gets the point across that this was a book written (with help from C.H.) by the original bass player in Alice Cooper. The one, the only, Mr. Dennis Dunaway.

Now notice that Dennis has the word ‘group’ after Alice Cooper. It helps separate from Alice’s ongoing solo career that started when Vince jumped ship (management in tow) in ’75. Since then Alice has had an overall successful solo career that began with the mega successful ‘Welcome To My Nightmare’ album. An interesting catalog of albums followed. In 2015 we find Alice doing a side project, as part of a supergroup called ‘The Hollywood Vampires’ that just released their debut, self titled album. Frankly, I feel Alice deserves RnRHoF induction, on his solo career alone. Good for him he’s already inducted, and rightfully so for being one fifth of the Alice Cooper ‘group’. Which is where getting back to the book, this story ends. Admitted into the RnRHoF back in 2011. The ‘group’ since then has shown it still has some punch left in them which was apparent at a recent 2015 reunion show / appearances in Dallas Texas (Good Records). Glen was of course missed, but Alice, Neal, Michael, and Dennis played an eight song set that proved something is still there. I personally would luv nothing better than a new 40 to 45 minute Alice Cooper group concept album, and after it’s release, a tour. If not wanting to embark on a full size tour, maybe just a handful of shows so to be professionally recorded; Audio & Blu-ray. From my lips to God’s ears, there is still time left.

Dennis’ recalling of events, lays out exactly how the Alice Cooper group came about. The vast majority of the certain to be, if not already, best seller chronicles mostly up to ’74’s Alice Cooper Greatest Hits album. Superb cover artwork by Drew Struzan on that one btw. For the ‘group’ this was pretty much the end. On record the ‘group’ would not play again and it would be minus GB, until Alice’s follow up to Welcome 2 My Nightmare; Welcome 2 My Nightmare (2011).

Snakes! Guillotines! Electric Chairs! My Adventures in the Alice Cooper Group. Dennis Dunaway’s personal recalling of his life. A very interesting one indeed. Successful with other bands since his Cooper days, and successful in life with a wife and two kids that has certainly kept him well grounded.

I personally never met Dennis, but I know Michael Bruce, and Neal Smith. I also had the honor of hanging with Glen Buxton when he was in Houston, back in ’97. I sat at a table with him and a few others after the Billy Blues show, and was amazed at how well he held our attention. I got to ask him anything I wanted. The dude was so cool and laid back. He sat there attentively as each of the three of us spoke, and then when finished he’d reply. Actually, he used the free time by reaching in and out of this black medicine bag he had with him. In the middle of long answers he’s reaching in, grabbing a can of beer or a cigarette, and not miss a fucking beat. He gave responses in great details. Wonderful stories about The Doors, and Kiss.

I made a beer run for GB back when he did the record show appearance, and a cigarette run (Old Gold or Basic’s 100) when at Billy Blues. Least I could do for one of my all time guitar heroes.

One of the coolest and then saddest things ever in my life … the Area 51 show, at what would be GB’s last ever public appearance. When it came time for the Cooper’s anthem ‘School’s Out’, I got to stand directly in front of Glen, as he played those all too famous, first opening guitar notes. A week later, Glen Buxton was dead. I still get choked up when I think about it too hard. My last memory of GB is him being in the back seat of a car, and exchanging pleasantries back and forth. In the rain, the automobile sooner or later pulled away. I believe it was Jeff Jatras (manager of Michael Bruce ) who seven days later told me Glen passed away.

One fanboy moment I had with GB was giving him a tee shirt. Right before the Area 51 show was to start. Was surprised and honored he actually wore it on stage. An attitude shirt I had specially made in Daytona Beach, Florida a few years before that. I never wore it. Hung on a hanger in my bedroom closet. Would scare mothers and children. It read on the upper arm sleeve; “Sticks and Stones may Break my Bones, but Whips and Chains Excite me”. On the front of the black tee-shirt; “What are You Staring At Dickhead!” I forget the rest.

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Photo: GB wearing Tee Shirt I gave him.
October 12, 1997 @ Area 51 in Houston Texas USA
Left to right: Neal Smith, Richie Scarlet, and Glen Buxton

My real regret is that I never asked to have a picture taken with him. My wife got him to sign a couple things. Treasured items now.

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Photo: Flier for the Area 51 Show.

Speaking of the Houston appearence, Michael Bruce’s manager told me that he would send posts I authored on Sick Things (a public Alice Cooper Internet Discussion Group) about Michael’s playing, to Neal Smith. To help get him interested in coming to Houston which he did, along with GB. Dennis gives him credit for the ’97 reunion, in which I do as well. It would have never have happened without his persistence. As for the record, and sorry if it’s a spoiler, but Mr. Dunaway was ill at the time, and could not participate in the ’97 Houston original Alice Cooper ‘group’ reunion. Alice wasn’t there as well. It was never believed he would show up anyway. Michael, Neal, Glen, with the help of Ace Frehley’s bass player, Richie Scarlet, and a local Houston musician playing keyboards and helping with backing vocals, John Glenn could not have done any better. For the short time they practiced, and played together, the five of them ended up a pretty tight band. These guys ROCKED! Weather wise in Houston, all during this time, it rained cats and dogs. A contributing factor I believe to Glen’s demise.

Michael Bruce once told me it was always better to take the high road, or whatever you could fit in your pockets. Only kidding! Luv U Bro’! TONS of memories. R.I.P. MB manager; Jeff Jatras (1957-2011). Truth is the man was a true scumbag the majority of the time. Killed himself in 2011. Sad in a way. Many that knew him who upon hearing news of his passing were quoted as saying; “Good riddance!”

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Photo: Jeff Jatras – Headstone

Dennis’ new autobiography, Snakes! Guillotines! Electric Chairs! My Adventures in the Alice Cooper Group. Recommend reading, so say I.

Official Dennis Dunaway Book Webpage

Thanks to Bryan Erickson, webmaster of for permission / use of photo.