California Jam 1974 United States

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The concert set a record for the largest paid attendance at such an event. Another record was for the most powerful concert system ever assembled.
Deep Purple's California Jam performance was the first full length music concert film to be released and sold on video tape in the early 1980's.
Sat Apr 06, 1974
Ontario Motor Speedway
915 N Center Ave
Ontario California 91764
United States
Years active
1974 / 1978
Founded by
ABC Entertainment, Sandy Feldman & Leonard Stogel

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At the end of the show, the guitarist Ritchie Blackmore threw a number of guitars, amplifier and speaker cabinets out into the audience and attacked one of the network's video cameras (which had been getting between him and the audience) with a guitar. Later on, a mishap with a pyrotechnic effect caused one of Blackmore's amplifiers to explode, which briefly set the stage on fire. The group had to leave the concert by helicopter to avoid a possibly ugly confrontation with furious fire marshals and ABC-TV executives (and potential arrest for the pyrotechnics).
The 'Flying Piano' and lots of fireworks


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Opened in 1970 and demolished in 1981. It was closed due to bankruptcy. Now known as Ontario Motor Speedway Park.


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Deep Purple were the biggest selling album act in America when they embarked on a 28 date tour promoting their new album "Burn". The undoubted climax of this tour was headlining the California Jam Festival at Ontario Speedway in California, in front of 200,000 people. Their explosive set is presented here on DVD for the first time. The set list includes tracks from "Burn", as well as classics like "Space Truckin'" and "Smoke On The Water". As the show came to a close, Blackmore - angered by troubles backstage - took his revenge on one of the TV cameras, before exploding his amps and destroying several guitars. It made for a visually astonishing climax to the set, and almost got the band banned from playing live in America again. This fully-restored edition contains a missing track, bonus camera angles, commentaries and many other bonus options.