This Day In History: December 3rd 1979
11 fans die in crushing at ‘The Who’ concert in Cincinnati, Ohio.
"As the crowd heard the band performing a late sound check, many mistakenly believed the concert was beginning. This began a rush toward the entryway doors from the back of the crowd, causing some at the front of the crowd to be trampled as those pushing from behind were unaware the doors were still closed. The problem was exacerbated by the fact that only a few doors were in operation that night. The band members of The Who only learned what had happened after their performance ended.”
Took this quote below and the image above from reddit:
"It was a great show inside, Two friends and I went and one had a broken leg at the time in a cast. We were let in early underneath and brought in via the "Beehive" elevator. We didn’t know a thing had happened until after the concert when we got home and our parents were worried sick waiting up.
The only clue that I had that something was wrong was when I came in and saw clothes, coats, shoes, boots strewn everywhere in the entry. That ticket came from a jacket I found.
I also remember sitting inside as they were testing the sound system out with The Who’s music, I’m sure that didn’t help the push outside to get in much at all. It was a disaster waiting to happen and it wasn’t because of general admission seating in my opinion, it was all because they started limiting the amount of doors you could go in.”
The good old days… white out, ribbons, manual return…
ProgRock Bell didn’t do so well….
37 years ago today: on December 3, 1976, during photography at Battersea Power Station for the Animals cover, Pink Floyd’s 40 foot inflatable pig “Algie” broke free from his tether and flew away. The pig passed through Heathrow air space, causing flight delays.
Pink Floyd had insisted that the cover image be “real” rather than a photo of a pig “stripped in” (the old school film-based equivalent of “photoshopping”) on top of a photo of the power station.
The photo shoot began a day earlier on December 2. A marksman had been on hand to shoot the pig out of the sky if it broke free. But the pig was not launched that day, and nobody told the marksman to return the next day. However, Storm Thorgerson and his crew of 11 photographers had the foresight to take pictures of the power station, sans pig, under that day’s dramatic cloudy sky.
On the second day, Algie was launched and the photographers were busily snapping away when a gust of wind broke the mooring cable and set him loose. The pig was out of sight within five minutes. Police tracked the pig to 30,000 feet before giving up. Eventually he landed that evening in a farmer’s field in Kent.
Roadies recovered Algie from the farm and patched him up, and he was floated again for a third day of photography. This time there was no incident, but it was a sunny day with a boring clear blue sky. Ultimately the decision was made by the band to strip in an image of the pig taken on the third day on top of an image of the power station taken on the first day with the much less boring cloudy sky. The final cover art ended up not being real after all, it could have been composed without floating the pig, and the Great Escape could have been avoided entirely. But nobody ever created a legend by not trying.