Palm Springs Pop Festival 1969 United States

 
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ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

The second night law enforcement teams kept the peace by securing the stadium after the 3,500 concert revelers were let in. Crowds began forming outside the concert and the crowd, which became a mob and spilled across the street to the service station on the corner of Ramon Road and Sunrise Way. The police formed a line with the owner of the service station, and he shot and killed a 16-year-old male youth in what authorities later deemed self-defense. 
A Riverside Press-Enterprise editorial of April 9, 1969, concluded: “The week has gone, but a bad feeling lingers on. The record makes essential the kind of thoughtful long-range preparation that can cut down on the chances for a repetition.” 
Permits were not issued for outdoor concerts in Palm Springs for more than a decade.
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Date
Tue Apr 01, 1969 - Wed Apr 02, 1969
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Sunair Drive-In Theatre
68130 California 111
Palm Springs California 92234
United States
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1968-1969

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The Jeff Beck Group wasn't going to play. Jeff and a then unknown Rod Stewart had got into a knock-down drag out back at the hotel and the group was breaking up.

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The first concert was held three miles east of Palm Springs in Cathedral City at the Sunair Drive-In (closed in 1982 and now Toyota Of The Desert). The second night, April 3, at the Palm Springs Angel Baseball Stadium.