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i was there running up the hill cops on horses.great time.

Thanks for sharing your memories (and glad you made out in one piece!). 

I was also there in the crowd on the hill behind the amphitheater. Most people were sitting to milling about when someone further up the hill with a trumpet blew the traditional "charge" anthem, and the crowd began to move down the hill towards the amphitheater. Police on horseback could not hold so helicopters began dropping teargas to disperse the crowd. We eventually did get inside the amphitheater just as Ian Anderson came on stage. "Welcome to World War 3!"

Hi Spiff! Thanks for sharing that memory with us. It's really interesting to hear lots of different perspectives on the show that help us build a really broad picture of the event!

Does anyone remember a Moody Blues concert there in the early 70s? I am positive I went to one then but I can't find any mention of the concert.

Yes, I was there at the July 10 1971 Jethro Tull Rock concert, sitting at the top of the hill, just west of the stage, a perfect view,(with high powered glasses). We had a perfect view of every thing. We watched rockers build up at the west end of the seating area and win 3 or 4 gathered together they would hop the rails an run thru, there being only 2 or 3 policemen there the police could only catch one, next thing this procedure caught on and before you know it there were dozen's of rockers hopping the rails, then we seen the police busses coming up the roads, reinforcements arrived with more patrol cars helicopters horses they closed all the gates, let the dogs out! people getting out of there cars were being attacked by police dogs (big Dobermans), people with tickets were shot with rubber bullets We could see them waving there tickets as they are being shot at and being pursed by dogs meanwhile tear gas is every where from the helicopters from guns, one tear gas grenade bounced off a railing and rolled underneath a cruiser and the car went KAWUMP!! and rolled on its side, a horsemen went over the fence (which is the end of Denver and beginning of private property), and came up the rocks towards our position, a tear gas grenade went off by the horses feet and it stumbled, horseman and horse went tumbling back down the rocky slope, Ian Anderson raised his flute and said " this thing's hard enough to play, all this gas has put an end to it" and that was it. the concert was over.

Hi Sam - Thanks for that firsthand account. It's always interesting to hear the perspective of events like this from various angles and yours was an angle that was right in the thick of it!

I was inside this concert. My friends were on the hill behind the seating.
The story must not have talked to anyone that was there.
Inside we watched as the Police helicopter flew over and drop a teargas canister in the Dead center of the crowd. The timing of the drop would not have been possible to miss the crowd.
We had to go under cover of our sleeping bags and hope the wind would clear it.
My friends on the hill outside said a police officer on a horse had a German Shepherd that he allowed to attack this Man for no reason they could see. The dog was not being stopped by the officer on his horse so the other people started to throw rocks at the dog. Then they escilated to what happened. I wish I had a cellphones to document the police bad behavior to kids having fun

Hi Katherine - Thanks for the first hand account. Primary sources, like your story, are the gold standard for historians. For this blog, we relied on published accounts which, not surprisingly, are frequently different from what eyewitnesses report and remember. And, yes, many historical events would likely have been reported very differently if cellphones had been around. 

Thanks for reading and commenting!

I WAS ALSO THERE.FROM MY VIEW AT THE FRONT I WILL NEVER FORGET A BLOND GIRL FAR AWAY FROM ANYONE MINDING HER OWN BUSINESS, DANCING TO THE MUSIC A COP ON HORSEBACK LET HIS GERMANSHEPERD DOG LOOSE AND RIP A BIG HOLE IN HER LEG .FROM MY VIEW THATS WHAT STARTED THE RIOT. IF ANYONE KNOWS WHAT HAPPENED TO THE GIRL OR WHO SHE WAS,ID LIKE TO NO GLENN.SVANES@GMAIL.COM

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