Outside during the day might not be the best possible atmosphere for an Alice Cooper concert, but that didn’t stop the legendary shock rocker from killing it on the Common in one of the park’s “Sunset Series” concerts on August 21, 1971.
According to one fan on Radio-Info.com, tickets to the concert cost $1, which amounts to about $5.66 today. Hell of a bargain, even for early Alice! But his album from that year Love it to Death turned out to be his breakthrough effort anyway.
By 1971, the staging for live Alice Cooper shows included fake fights and torture devices like the electric chair, which he still incorporates into his concerts today.
“He was out of his element playing in the sunlight, but he and his band rocked!” says user “1960s_DJ” on The Noise Boston forum. Nowadays it would be a shock to see the band performing any earlier than sunset.
No video of the Boston Common show is available online, but here’s a grainy black & white clip of Cooper performing “Is It My Body” from that same year.