Ongoing History Daily: Concert tragedies

The deaths earlier this month at the Astroworld Festival are not the first at a music festival.

We can go back as far as December 6, 1969, when the Rolling Stones played Altamont near San Francisco. Along with the infamous story of a man in the crowd being beaten to death by Hell’s Angels—they were the security for the gig—two other fans were killed in a hit-and-run while another drowned in a nearby canal.

Almost ten years later to the day—December 3, 1979—eleven fans died in a crush trying to get to the general admission area. Fast-forward to Woodstock 99 when a man who’s been crushed in the pit during Metallica’s set died from his injuries.

And on June 30, 2000, nine fans died in a crowd crush during Pearl Jam’s set at the Roskilde Festival in Denmark. More next time.

Friday’s post was about the iPod workplace ban.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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