Watch And Relive The California Jam Festival 1974
Black Oak Arkansas live in 1974 - californiajamfanclub / Youtube
In light of recent festival news (read: Woodstock 50), the last official, not to mention successful, authentic rock festival was the California Jam of 1974. Headlined by heavy metal giant Deep Purple and prog-rock supergroup, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, the California Jam Festival of 1974 was one of the most well-received festivals, with over 400,000 fans in attendance. It even set records for its large number of attendance, the loudest amplification system installed, and highest gross income in history.
The California Jam of 1974 is considered to be one of, if not the most, well-executed live music shows of all time, with logistics provided down to a tee, from toilets to medical facilities on the ready. However, not all went smoothly, as the divas Deep Purple managed to screw with their schedule, and Richie Blackmore with his wild antics again, tossing his guitar and a speaker monitor offstage, and proceeding to attack a cameraman after. Even a pyrotechnic glitch caused an amplifier of the guitarist to explode, setting the stage on fire for some moments. Deep Purple exited the venue with a chopper shortly after the incident, for fear of confrontation of local fire marshals and ABC-TV’s executives.
Despite of the controversy and commotion, the lineup of Rare Earth, Earth, Wind & Fire, Eagles, Seals and Crofts, Black Sabbath, along with the headliners made the festival worth the while. Check out the video below for the whole concert footage!