Loge13 is not your typical met blog. We don't comment on every Met game, every Met moment. There's plenty of other places for that. Originally, I was just writing Loge13.com to commemorate the demise of Shea Stadium. The blog was to go when Shea went. But people liked it (well, some people did) so I've kept it up.
I'm not exactly sure what the mission of Loge13 is now. But I can guarantee you this: we are, without a doubt, THE ONLINE COMMUNITY AND RESOURCE for the Shea Stadium Concert of Peace.
That show, which occurred 41 years ago today on August 6th, 1970
, featured some of the greatest acts of the time, from CCR to Paul Simon to Johnny Winter. The show was also the last U.S. performance of Janis Joplin.
Since my original post in 2007, dozens of fans have commented about their experience at the show. There is no footage I can find for that day but there are some cool photos. In fact, photographer Ken Davidoff
contacted me and gave us as an exclusive his account of boozing it up with Janis and Johnny
People continue to find Loge13 and post their memories of the gig. Each year, I harvest the most recent recollections and republish them. The best part: to this day, concert goers still can't agree if Jimi Hendrix played or didn't play that day. What caused everyone to have such faulty memories?
Anyway, here are some Festival for Peace comments, collected from various Loge13 posts on the subject since last year. Peace y'all:
Glad to see
this, I was just telling a family member about this concert with Janis.
I had just said that my biggest disaappointment was that for some
reason Jimi Hendrix was not going to be there.Still a great night as I
got to see Janis and Creedenc e and Johnny winter and many It was billed
as a 12 hour concert.
My first concert, Johnny Winter rocked the house,
Janis Joplin was surprise guest and made them turn off the house lights .
Richie Havens had the upper deck swaying to Freedom.
This was a summer fest for peace concert that was
rocking full tilt all day. The stands and railings, seats and everyone
attending, was rocking...and it was a little scary. I was 15 and went
to school in Manhasset, and about a dozen friends and I took the train
into the flushing station, for a day of amazing music! Long, crazy hair,
bell bottoms, peasant tops, buffalo sandals...fringed bags and
belts...it is such a shame no major videos or photos have
emerged......that seems really peculiar. Janis was the highlight for
me, and every band there was or became a headliner. It was a very hot
day, it was peaceful concert. The concession lines were very long, and I
remember people buying juice in those little cans (Mott's?) and
sodas......drinking all day to beat the heat. Our seats were
perfect..back a few rows from the very front, and the place was packed
right up to the nose bleed seats waaaaay up top! it was a the
anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima which put a stamp on a huge
reason for being there.....peace.
Such an exciting day.
I went to this concert with my cousin Chris who left
early. I stayed for the whole thing. One group that played that no one
has mentioned is the Paul Butterfield's Blues Band. Jimi Hendrix was not
dead as stated by tvgas, he died 9/18/1970 concert was
8/6/1970. Janis was gone on October 4. I remember that day well, we
heard about it during school and couldn't believe they were both gone so
It is really amazing to me that so little is online about this great