The Woodstock Festival began on this day in 1969! Richie Havens opened Day #1. Who closed it out?
Answer: Joan Baez
Here’s the rest of today’s Rock N’ Roll Diary!
1965: The Beatles performed in front of 56,000 people at Shea Stadium in New York. That event set a record for concert attendance at that time, though most people couldn’t even hear the music because of all the screams from the fans.
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1969: The three-day Woodstock Music Festival began on Max Yasgur’s Farm in upstate New York. The event drew 400,000 and created massive traffic jams in every direction. First artist on was Ritchie Havens, last one Jimi Hendrix.
1976: It was a bummer day for concerts. First, almost 200 fans were busted for possession during a Jethro Tull concert in Los Angeles. Up north in San Francisco, 17 police departments were called to deal with rioting fans at a ZZ Top concert who were throwing bottles because they couldn’t get tickets.
1980: George Harrison published his autobiography I Me Mine.
1989: Brad Delp of Boston jumped onstage at Ringo Starr’s Great Woods show and helped the ex-Beatle sing “Get Back”.
Checking the WZLX ticket stash…
1970: Mountain was at the Berkshire Music Barn in Lenox.
1978: Talking Heads played the Paradise.
1993: It was the Allman Brothers band at Great Woods.