I've been paying tribute to the (perhaps over-hyped) festival which took place exactly 43 years ago--while I had to work at my summer job at a daily newspaper a couple of hundred miles to the west. Well, I did make it to the Toronto Pop festival earlier that summer, where I caught The Band, Steppenwolf, Procol Harum, more.
Anyway, here's a quiz: Everyone knows the fest was suppose to close on day 3, a Sunday, but actually bled into Monday morning. Still: which three acts were stranded or cancelled and never got to play? Honk, honk... Iron Butterfly, Jeff Beck, It's a Beautiful Day. So here's a little vintage Beck below. He's even wearing sleeves. The Yardbirds--also with Page and Clapton at different points--were erratic but often great. BTW, lead singer Keith Ralf got electrocuted plugging in a guitar and died a few years later.