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  posted on 1/7/2009 at 11:55 PM
Just curious what was the biggest outdoor jam you have been to.
Mine was June 2 1979 in Raleigh,NC the lineup was great
Boston
Poco
Van Halen
The Outlaws
Tickets were only 12 or 15 bucks attendance was over 40,000
Biggest outdoor jam i have ever been to and a very memorable one at that.
I do remember people getting carried out on stretchers from heat and overdoses.
It was wild and crazy the shows back then were so much different than today.
Everyone really got crazy.

 

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  posted on 1/7/2009 at 11:59 PM
Tibetian Freedom concert in DC.

 

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  posted on 1/8/2009 at 12:07 AM
The concert was at Edgewater Speedway, outside of Cincy in 75. The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Johnny Winter, Marshall Tucker, Charlie Daniels, New Riders Of The Purple Sage, Earl Scruggs Revue, and Kenny Rankin. The gates went down when a girl drove a beer truck through the fence. The driver had left the keys in it. The estimated crowd was over 100,000 after that. Last time they did a big show there. I have to add this place was by a river which they were using as a border. Many were swimming across the river to enter. At 17 yrs old, I thought I was at another Woodstock with all the naked folks running around.



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  posted on 1/8/2009 at 12:08 AM
Dave Matthews Band on September 24, 2003 on the Great Lawn of Central Park in New York, New York in front of a crowd of exactly 121,382, the band's largest audience to date.

 

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  posted on 1/8/2009 at 12:14 AM
Live Aid in Philly.
 

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  posted on 1/8/2009 at 12:25 AM
Must have been the Amnesty International "Conspiracy of Hope" show at Giants Stadium in June 15, 1986. First time I saw U2 live (and the last time until their 2006 tour). The web says it was 60,000 people. I dunno...it seemed like a LOT more than that to me!

 

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  posted on 1/8/2009 at 12:30 AM

I attended the Atlanta Pop Festival at Byron, Georgia, in 1970. The Allman Brothers played twice on the main stage in front of at least 500,000 stoned hippies!

 

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  posted on 1/8/2009 at 12:52 AM
I thought this topic seemed familiar. Some good stories in this from early '08.

http://allmanbrothers.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=XForum&file=v iewthread&fid=126&tid=72924&page=1&orderdate=

 

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  posted on 1/8/2009 at 07:09 AM
Outdoor would probably be 50K or so that saw the ABB at the Riverbend Festival here in Chattanooga in 2005.

Indoor would be around 50K too at the Georgia Dome to see Metallica in 2000.

 

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  posted on 1/8/2009 at 08:01 AM
Cal Jam 2 in 1978 at the Ontario Motor Speedway (long gone now). Line up was Bob Welch, Dave Mason, Santana, Heart, Ted Nugent, Aerosmith, Frank Mahogany and some others. I think there was 100,000+. Not too bad a day for only $15. That doesn't even pay for parking now.

 

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  posted on 1/8/2009 at 08:44 AM
Easy... and the BEST. ..Watkins Glen with The Allman Brothers Band , The Band, The Grateful Dead.... I was front center left.... and Robbie or Rick were taking movie pictures of us the audience... WHAT A TIME... at least 600,000.000 of love minded , peaceful , last days of hippies..... What a memory... The music, The music , The music...

 

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  posted on 1/8/2009 at 08:46 AM
Watkins Glen......I stopped counting after 250,000 tokes....

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  posted on 1/8/2009 at 09:05 AM
Phish concert in Oswego in August of 1999. Probably 50,000 campers. Great music and fun. And peaceful too, compared to the violence that occurred at the "Woodstock 99" fiasco a few weeks later.

Man, I hope that there won't be a "Woodstock '09"!!!!! I'm sure many people want one, but I am sure it will just be a repeat rip-off of '99.

 

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  posted on 1/8/2009 at 09:14 AM
Bonnaroo 2004 - 80,000+
Lollapalooza 2008 225,000 (75,000 people each day)

 

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  posted on 1/8/2009 at 10:23 AM
Watkins Glen - 1973

With 600,000+ attendance, it was the biggest single-day concert ever, at that time!

I still don't know if that number has ever been exceeded.

It was our second ABB/GD show, our first being at RFK Stadium a month earlier.

 

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  posted on 1/8/2009 at 10:27 AM
Watkins Glen July 28 1973
I was 15!

 

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  posted on 1/8/2009 at 11:36 AM
1983 US Festival at Glen Helen Park, San Bernardino, Calif. They say over 1 million people attended this 3 day festival, according to Bill Graham. Sure seemed like it!

Here is the website with artist info, pics and other info...killer time! We need more of these....

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  posted on 1/8/2009 at 12:44 PM
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Mine was June 2 1979 in Raleigh,NC the lineup was great
Boston
Poco
Van Halen
The Outlaws



I remember that show! I had just moved to NC from NY and was way into Boston and the Outlaws, but VH blew them away!

I think the biggest show I went to was probably Simon and Garfunkel in Central Park in '80.

 

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  posted on 1/8/2009 at 12:46 PM
At Watkins Glen... the sound check day was one of the best ... O M G....

I remember getting our place (Spot) pretty close to stage .. there were some people there that night... went to sleep under the summer starlit sky and awoke to masses of people EVERYWHERE.... cracked open a can of peaches for breakfast ... and enjoy the blissful events as they unfolded.. WOW.... Magic happened.

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  posted on 1/8/2009 at 12:50 PM
Pink Floyd in 94 at Ohio Stadium. I read somewhere before the show that 72,000 would be at the show, but the stadium holds close to 100,000, not including the field and the place was packed.

 

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  posted on 1/8/2009 at 12:54 PM
Concert for Bill Graham after he died, in Golden Gate Park, included the Dead, CSNY, Santana....too many to name. About 300,000 in attendance, I think.
 

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  posted on 1/8/2009 at 04:34 PM
Hard to tell, but some contenders and the stories that go with them;

- August 3, 1975 - Ohio River Music Festival at Nippert Stadium at the University of Cincinnati with The Outlaws, Mahogany Rush, Status Quo, Bobby Womack, Foghat, Styx, Blue Oyster Cult, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Black Oak Arkansas, Aerosmith. Later that night the Outlaws did a live gig on WEBN as a part of their famous Fifth Floor Studios radio concerts. When Pete Carr did a similar show at Fifth Floor, that version of "Knockin' On heaven's Door" ended up on Pete's "Multiple Flash" album. What I remember about this festival was getting stoned with some family friends, especially after we spotted my Uncle Wormy as he and his crew came into the stadium having drove up from Huntington, West Virginia. We went down the steps to find him, knowing that he always had smoke. He had a metal band-aid box full of pre-rolled joints and dropped it as he was giving my brother and I a few, and what had to be 30-plus joints spilled onto the ground in front of a cop and they didn't do anything to us. As the show went on, their was a disturbance on the infield down from our seats and a fight broke out that somehow involved a guy on cructhes that was swinging one of the crutches wide and hard to all who came at him. A fun and divserse show with Aerosmith, frankly, kicking ass.

June 20, 1975 - A fantastic outdoor Pink Floyd concert at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh during their "Wish You Were Here" tour. The band installed huge stacks of speakers on all four sides of the stadium for wild quadrophonic sound, which they played to the hilt bouncing music and effects back in forth across this large outdoor stadium. They broke out all of the props including; a large round screen that the infamous Pink Floyd animation was projected upon that included shots of former President Nixon during the song "Us And Them" that proved to be blatantly relevant imagery during that 1975 Watergate period of time in history, an inflated 20-foot tall pyramid that they floated out of the stadium only to have the tether lock up too quickly high in the sky causing the pyramid to tilt which released the human brain-looking, under-inflated helium-filled balloon that was inside the pyramid to fly up and out of sight with the spotlight staying on it as long as it could, and the infamous hollowed-out jet aircraft that came in on a wire in from on top of the stadium up, above and behind the audience with plane lights on and everything. It 'flew' into the stadium with plane engine sound effects roaring in the quadrophonic speakers from back to front as it crashed and exploded in a big fireball behind the stage in spectacular fashion. It really did catch everybody off guard, coming in from behind the view of the audience, and many in the crowd were delightfully freaked out with people screaming at the top of their lungs. I also remember a guy who had a bong and somehow brought in a cooler with perfectly round pieces of ice that slid down into the bong perfectly. I remember reading an interview with the members of Pink Floyd years later and they said that their limo never showed up after the show so they walked to the hotel with the rest of the crowd - and no one recognized them. Crazy. The tickets for this show cost all of $7.75. For some reason, we drove the five hours back to Cincinnati after the show, took a nap and then went down to the Cincinnati Gardens the very next night to see Eric Clapton and Carlos Santana. I found a picture of a ticket below - notice the price;





In 1978 we went to the Rolling Stones concert at Cleveland Stadium along the lake front. I believe that Toots and the Maytals, Kansas and the Electric Light Orchestra (whose string section played to pre-recorded tracks which sucked) were the warm up acts along with a guy who road a motocycle on a high wire above the stadium. Here is a story or two from that event - I drove from Cincy with a carload in my 1968 Mustang, white with blue interior and three on the floor, and I got all of the way to Cleveland and realized that I left my ticket on the chest of drawers back in Cincinnati. Everyone else had their ticket so I said 'screw it' and told them to go on inside and I would improvise. One week earlier we camped for a few days in the Red River Gorge of Kentucky and ran into some folks from upstate Ohio whom we drank whiskey with and partied for a night under this rock overhang underneath the climb to Eagles Peak that we camped under. So, I walk around the parking lot outside the stadium in Cleveland and, lo and behold, I walk right into the same bunch that we camped with in Kentucky the week before - and they had an extra ticket and the night rolled from there.

That Rolling Stones show wasn't nearly as good, however, as the stadium gig they did in Cincinnati during the Steel Wheels Tour in 1989. That was a huge crowd as well. I had found a goofy toy called the "Bubble Trumpet" that one could use to blow huge bubbles into the air and we had floor seats about half way back and my three-foot-across floating good-witch-in-the-Wizard-of-Oz globes floated above the audience throughout the stadium and some even made it to the stage.

There was another outdoor show up in Oxford, Ohio that Mulehead1 (Kevin) and I figured out we both went to back in the 1970's, but I can't remember the size of the crowd on that one. I do remember a performance that night by Rook Goldflies in a band he was in before he joined the Allman Brothers called Star Struck who had that song "Black Betty."

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http://www.goldflies.com/jazzhist.html

The version of "Black Betty" that made the airwaves was edited and homogenized for the public. The original version smoked! Drummer Dave Fleaman, complete with a huge gong and double bass drums, drove the band into a rocking frenzy during the solo section which unfortunately was edited out of the radio release.

By the time that Black Betty was a hit, the group Star Struck had broken up. All of the original members except for Bill Bartlett were replaced and the group Ram Jam became the "source" of "Black Betty", as far as the public was concerned. Ram Jam released an album, toured and faded into obscurity with no more hits.

Today, Bill Bartlett is playing in the Southwestern Ohio/Southeastern Indiana area. Bill is a genius on the guitar. If you seek out one of his performances it's like hearing the Charlie Parker or Bach of rockabilly guitar. Bill has been a life-long inspiration to me. Oh yes, Bill was also a founding member of the Lemon Pipers. If you remember they had a hit in the early 60's called "Green Tambourine".

Playing in Star Struck turned out to be just the right background for what was to come next in my musical life: recording and touring with the Allman Brothers Band.

In 1977, kickin' around Cincinnati at the ripe old age of 20, livin' 'round the corner from the Over The Rhine District, one of the toughest, poorest and roughest areas of Cincinnati (which later became a swanky bunch of night clubs, then the riots came and I think it just went back to being tough) I spent hot summers and very cold winters there playing in various local bands.

At the time, I was performing in a Top-40 group in Northern Kentucky (you would have loved hearing me sing "Play That Funky Music"... agh!). One night, about 2 weeks into the gig, in walked Dan Toler, the second guitarist in Mr. Betts' group, The Great Southern Band. Dan was from Connersville, Indiana and had been performing and recording with Richard "Dickey" Betts for several years. The band had lost its bassist in Chicago and the search for a replacement was on. Since Dan hailed from the Cincinnati (Southern Indiana) area, they felt they could use his contacts to locate a new bassist ...Immediately!

Dan knew of me through his very talented brother, David (Frankie) Toler (who later played in The Allman Brothers), and wondered if I would like to audition for the group. At first I didn't connect the name Dickey Betts with the ABB, but I soon made the connection and jumped at the chance to meet this legendary performer.

The rest is history! I joined the Great Southern Band, and after forming a close musical rapport with Dickey, I was asked to be involved with the reformation of the Allman Brothers Band in 1979.

Just a thought... Looking back, there is no question that the prior year and a half with Great Southern was the perfect classroom for playing in the Allman Brothers Band. Dickey is a very expressive performer, and his control of the group through body language
(conducting) took a while to get used to. Once you learn where he is going it's a
pleasure to ride along. :-)

Greg Allman, Butch Trucks and Jai Johnny Johnson (Jaimo) joined the Great Southern Band in concert in Central Park, and the stage was set for another Allman Brothers Band album. The first album, Enlightened Rogues, contained the minor hit, "Crazy Love". Also included was the Grammy nominated rock instrumental "Pegasus." The song "Try It One More Time" on the Enlightened Rogues album is a "funky" ABB tune which I co-wrote with Dickey Betts.

Many years of international tours and hundreds of dates later, Dickey and Greg decided to part ways again. After a short period with the Greg Allman Group, I was asked to join forces with Dickey Betts in another interesting group called Betts, Hall, Leavel and Trucks. There was a great deal of talent in this group. The addition of Chuck Leavel (of Sea Level, Jessica, and now The Rolling Stones fame) and Jimmy Hall (dynamic lead vocal and sax player from Wet Willie) really made working with the group a pleasure. Unfortunately, the group never recorded. Those great jams only exist in a few people's memories. I've recently heard rumors of a few bootleg mixing board tapes floating around. Good luck locating them!


















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  posted on 1/8/2009 at 05:19 PM
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That Rolling Stones show wasn't nearly as good, however, as the stadium show they did in Cincinnati during the Steel Wheels Tour in 1989. That was a huge crowd as well.


I was there.

My buddy in Dayton has an ex wife that is friends with the "Rook".

 

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  posted on 1/8/2009 at 05:33 PM
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Concert for Bill Graham after he died, in Golden Gate Park, included the Dead, CSNY, Santana....too many to name. About 300,000 in attendance, I think.


I was there, also.

John Fogerty, John Popper, and Neil Young playing with the Dead. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band doing a New Orleans style procession on flatbeds behind the crowd, and the Otis Spunkmeyer bi-plane dropping white carnations on the crowd before the "show".

I'll never forget this. I was sitting next to a group that had a huge (140 lbs.) Rottweiler/Rhodesian Ridgeback mix. We were alongside of the fenced-in soundboard, which had a port-o-john just inside the fence. During the show, people would head towards this port-o-potty, only to discover that it was behind the fenced-in soundboard area. When they spotted the monster dog, their eyes would get as big a saucers. I would look at them and say, "DON'T piss him off"!
The dog was actually quite mellow.

 

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  posted on 1/8/2009 at 05:38 PM
ABB at Piedmont Park in ATL, September 8, 2007, opening for DMB...of all things. 55,000 in attendance from what I heard...

 

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