Friday, 5 July 2013

reading festival 1977

Pah! Don't talk to me about festivals nowadays, with their yurts, celebs, posh food places, plus fences that would put the Berlin Wall to shame.
This was my first festival, Reading in 1977, when it stayed rainy and muddy,  weekend tickets were £7.50, and l hitch hiked there and back from Catterick, North Yorkshire (and got picked up going there by The Finn brothers from Richmond).
That, brothers and sisters, is what you call a festival experience (plus Aerosmith, Thin Lizzy, and The Sensational Alex Harvey Band were on).
Once you have survived something like that, it's all relative afterwards.

Aerosmith in 1977 (Houston).  At the time, lots of drugs were being taken, and Steve Tyler wants the crowd to sing to 'Train Kept a Rollin', when the actual song is 'Toys in the Attic'.

The Sensational Alex Harvey Band - there's not been anyone like them since.

toodle pip

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