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From Bangladesh to Watkins Glen..2 big shows.

This week a couple of concerts come to mind. It was 40 years ago at Madison Square Garden that George Harrison hosted the very first all star rock show for charity. It was the Concert For Bangladesh and it happened August lst 1971. To celebrate and remember this huge event 40 years ago, The concert will stream for free at The Concert for Bangladesh. Com. You can catch it sometime this weekend, both Saturday and Sunday. It features Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Leon Russell, Badfinger, Ringo Starr and Ravi Shankar, and of course George. The other big concert anniversary is that of The Summer Jam at Watkins Glen, at the Watkins Glen Raceway in New York State. It has the distinction of holding the Guinness record for largest attendance at a pop festival. The number was estimated at 600,000. Bigger than Woodstock by about 150 thousand. Even more amazing, there were only 3 bands on the bill. The Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers, and The Band. The general opinion was that the performances were a little less than ideal. And the big jam at the end of the show sounded horrible due to the different drug and alcohol intake. The Dead were tripping, The Allman's were coked out and The Band was drunk. Well that about covers it I guess. At the end of the day, everybody went home happy and inebriated. Watkins Glen, happened 38 years ago this week, The Concert for Bangladesh, 40 years ago... Were you at either one of them?

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07/28/2011 9:54AM
From Bangladesh to Watkins Glen..2 big shows.
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