Tyler Golsen at Farout Magazine highlights the moment that Don Kirshner invited Alice Cooper to be the first band to appear when the new show launched on ABC in November of 1972. Check out this great post, including this excerpt: Within a few minutes, a rerun of the 1960s western Rawhide was being shown instead. The station manager undoubtedly thought he was saving a whole city from the devilish antics of Alice Cooper, but what he didn’t realise was how popular the group had become by 1972, especially in the midwest of the United States. The censorship stirred local controversy, which also allegedly included a bomb threat against the station for pulling the Alice Cooper performance. Kirshner wanted a response, and boy, did he get one.


1972, photo credit: Hunter Desportes