Globe & Mail

Originally Published: September 15, 1969

Rock Joy Fully Revived

Author: Melinda McCracken

The Toronto Rock 'n' Roll Revival, Saturday at Varsity Stadium was the most exciting, most smoothly produced, most beautiful event to have hit Toronto since the Pop Festival.

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Probably the wildest part of the day was Alice Cooper's freaked out performance. This group dressed in the most extreme, ghoulish costumes, and created one surprise after another. They sang a tribute to Myra Breckenridge, Alice Cooper (a guy), singing Nobody Likes Me, his sidemen singing "We do! We do!" A kid dressed up as Super Freak, wearing a Canadian flag as a cape, handed Alice a carved-out watermelon. Alice hammered it to bits. The drummer in goggles threw away his sticks, and climbed up on top of the speakers, then got into a fight with Alice.

Their music was a background to their act. Then they used a red cross fight like a bullfighter's cape, let off a whole bag of feathers with a blower, let off two live pigeons, Alice thre a live chicken into the audience, they threw a wobbly obscene pink balloon into the crowd, and Alice ended the act with shooting off a flare gun. Alice Cooper may not be great rock musicians, but they are great theatre.