On this day in 1969, a lil band from Detroit called The Alice Cooper Band was performing at the Toronto Rock and Roll Revival in Toronto, Canada. It was a one day, twelve hour music festival that featured such acts as John Lennon/Yoko Ono, Tony Joe White, Gene Vincent and Bo Didley just to name a few.
During the Alice Cooper set, a chicken somehow made its way on stage during Cooper’s performance; not having any experience around farm animals, Cooper presumed that, because the chicken had wings, it would be able to fly. He picked it up and threw it out over the crowd, expecting it to fly away. The chicken instead plummeted into the first few rows occupied by disabled people in wheelchairs, who reportedly proceeded to tear the bird to pieces.
And the rest, as they say, is history!