Concert 10 concert at Pocono International Raceway (1972)


July 8, 1972 - An estimated 200,000 people pack the Pocono International Raceway for what will be the largest rock festival since Woodstock.

Concert 10 was a rock concert at Pocono International Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania on July 8 and 9 of 1972. The event attracted an estimated 200,000 people who were met with cold inclement weather, replete with rain and mud. The general atmosphere of the concert was compared to the Woodstock Festival of 1969. Concert 10 represented a successful revival of the American summer rock festival after the repeated failure of U.S. festivals during the previous two years.

Concert production was handled by Concert 10, Inc. First time concert producers Irving Reiss, vice president of the Candygram Company, and attorney George Charak put US$250,000 in escrow to avoid problems paying the artists faced by previous festivals. 66 people were hired from Bill Graham’s road crew in Dallas to maintain the sound reinforcement system. 300 security people backed by University karate clubs maintained order, and the raceway’s hospital was staffed by six physicians and eight nurses. 65 people from the Lackawanna County Drug Council were on site to handle adverse drug reactions (bad trips) from recreational drug users. The concert was promoted with radio commercials on rock music radio stations in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Concert ticket prices were set at US$11, with 90,000 tickets sold in advance of the show.

The July 8th concert was scheduled from 1-11 p.m. but due to intermittent weather-related delays, ended at 8:45 a.m. on July 9th

Performers
Black Sabbath and Badfinger were scheduled to appear, but canceled. According to Don Heckman of the New York Times, Edgar Winter’s band received the greatest reaction from the audience, with long, bluesy rock jams like “Tobacco Road”.

July 8
* Mother Night – 1:00 p.m.
* Claire Hamill
* The Groundhogs
* Ramatam (with Mitch Mitchell) – 6:00 p.m.
* Bull Angus
* Cactus
* Edgar Winter – 10:00 p.m.

July 9
* Emerson, Lake & Palmer – 4:00 a.m.
* Faces with Rod Stewart – 5:00 a.m.
* Humble Pie
* The J. Geils Band
* Three Dog Night – 7:40 a.m.

5 comments:

  1. Hi ya'll . I didn't attend this event but did go to Atlantc City Pop Festival ( 08/01-03 / 1969 , about 2 wks prior to the original Woodstock ) , then the Watkins Glen concert ( July '73 ? ) Allman Bros. , The Band , Grateful Dead . Anyone else out there attend either or both of these events ?

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  2. I will take seeing ELP playing Knifesedge in the fog shrouded field over Edgar Winters performance as something that I will never see again...and thats no offense to Edgar.

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  3. I was there for the entire concert at 16 with a friend. Cold, muddy, great sharing of pot, booze, friendship and music. I was actually onstage during most of Rod Stewart's set leaning against the piano. Went backstage afterwards and met Steward, band, and Three Dog Night before they went on.

    If anyone has any pics, I'd appreciate them. No camera phones:-( but great memories.

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  4. I was 16 and attended Concert 10 and stayed all the way through Three Dog Night coming on early Sunday morning. I was wondering if anyone has photos of the concert, specifically of Rod Stewart and the Faces playing. I happened to be onstage for most of that set and think it would be extra cool to find a pic of that, as I would likely be in it.

    Let me know if you know anyone that has photos. Thanks. Contact me at joe@topspinpr.com

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  5. Have to agree that seeing Keith Emerson starting the set with moog synthesizer and swirling fog was pretty cool for me too. I'd seen ELP and Edgar 5-6 times a piece in that year or so, but that was my favorite for ELP.

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