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February 24, 2020

Alice Cooper and Colonel Sanders: When Two Famous Killers of Chicken Meeting in Amsterdam, 1974

Not all things with wings can fly – a fact that Alice Cooper learned during his performance at the 1969 Toronto Rock & Roll Festival. During the show, a fan threw a live chicken onto the stage. Cooper responded by throwing the fowl into the air, expecting it to soar above the crowd. Instead, the chicken landed in the audience and was immediately ripped to shreds by the rabid crowd.

The incident became front-page news nationwide, with tabloids incorrectly reporting that the “shock rocker” had ripped the chicken’s head off and drank its blood. The next day of the incident, Zappa phoned Cooper and asked if the story was true. Cooper denied the rumor, whereupon Zappa told him, “Well, whatever you do, don’t tell anyone you didn’t do it.”

Stemming from the infamous chicken incident, at some time in 1974, Cooper managed to be in the same room with Colonel Sanders, Harland David Sanders, the founder and face of Kentucky Fried Chicken while they were both at the same hotel doing PR in Amsterdam.

During an interview which was taped for a showing of the film Super Duper Alice Cooper in 2014, Cooper answered a question about his meeting Colonel Sanders in the 1970s:
“Here comes this nice old man in a white suit. Suddenly I realize that this is the Hannibal Lecter of chickens. I have the death of exactly one chicken on my hands, and this guy has a score of 10 billion. Yet everyone loves this guy, and hates me for being a chicken killer! The irony of the two of us being in the same room at the same time was not lost on either me or the Colonel.”


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