Apr 21 2013
Looking back again: In 1970 I attended several festivals. I tried to collect some information and all in all I succeeded. There may be mistakes ( I still can’t locate Edgar Winter - with or without Johnny).
Anyway: Those were the days:
1) PROGRESSIVE POP FESTIVAL -Sporthalle Cologne, April 3 and 4, 1970
Deep Purple, Yes, Kinks (???), T Rex, Jeronimo, Procul Harum, Living Blues, Facts Of Life, Chicken Shack, Colosseum, Soft Machine, East Of Eden, Steamhammer, Ekseption, J.C. Heavy, Eire Apparent, Mighty Baby, and Barclay James Harvest (???), Spencer Davis.
I fell asleep during Deep Purple and awoke while Chicken Shack were playing. Tyrannosaurus Rex had been one of my fav bands so far but they were extremely boring. The Nice were announced but didn’t play. Spencer Davis is not mentioned any where but he was there.
Some information about the Deep Purple show:
Deep Purple Sporthalle, Köln, Germany April 4th, 1970 “Progressive Pop Festival” (audience) This is directly taken from a silver CD called “Progressive Pop Festival”. It’s one of the oldest Deep Purple audience recordings known to exist. There are just three older ones: Inglewood 1968 (with the “Mark I” line up, released officially on Sonic Zoom), Zürich March 4th or 5th, 1970 and Berlin March 30th, 1970. There’s one recording claimed to be from Basel March 6th, but this is probably wrong, that should be from June 8th. The Köln show has the benefit of containing a jam number of which no other recording is known to exist: “Mumbling Thing Blues”. And there’s another unusual thing: After “Wring That Neck”, Ritchie Blackmore speaks through the microphone to the audience. Just a short sentence, but - as his fans know - it’s very unusual that he does something like this at all.
Line up is Deep Purple “Mark II” consisting of:
Ritchie Blackmore - guitar
Ian Gillan - vocals
Roger Glover - bass guitar
Jon Lord - organ
Ian Paice - drums
CD 1 01 - Speed King 02 - Mumbling Thing Blues 03 - Wring That Neck 04 - Paint It Black
CD 2 01 - Mandrake Root 02 - Black Night 03 - Lucille
2) 2. Pop & Blues Festival im April 1970
The Flock, Rhinoceros, Groundhogs, Missus Beastly, Ekseption, It’s A Beautiful Day, Black Sabbath, Burnin Red Ivanhoe, Keef Hartley Band, Renaissance, Krokodil, Taj Mahal, The Can, Xhol Caravan, Edgar Broughton Band
More Information is here:
3) Joint-Meeting – Eissporthalle Düsseldorf, Pfingstwochenende 17. Mai 1970
4) Open Air Rock Circus, Saturday 20 June 1970, RadstadiumFrankfurt, Germany
The Byrds, Family, Black Sabbath, Edgar Broughton Band, Steamhammer, Badfinger, Chicken Shack, Jackie Lomax, Chuck Berry, Nosferatu, Screaming Lord Sutch, Deep Purple
To be honest I only remember The Byrds. I came in while Family were playing (a wild show). Byrds were stellar. We were lying around somewhere in the back and it was a very warm night. When I heard the opening tune by the Byrds I got up and went to the stage. Clarence white sounded as if he played a hundred guitar.
Some bands may be wrong. It’s just what I reminded and recollected from the internet. And: I’m not the only one who has been mixing things up. The bands I marked as (??) are mentioned an some sites, but I should remember them. But I acn’t remmeber Deep Purple in Frankfurt, but they were there.
In those days there was a concept of free concerts. These weren’t free in the official way, although I didn’t pay for Düsseldorf and Frankfurt. We gathered a handful of guys and burst into the location, in Germany this was called: stürmen. Not that I’m proud of my behaviour but as I said before: Those were the days.