WHAT HAPPENED TO ROCK GODS AT RACEWAY? Mystery of The Stones, Zeppelin and Blood, Sweat and Tears' cancelled gig.
Byline: MIKE LOCKLEY Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
T'S the mystery mega rock gig - headlined by the biggest names in history - that was scuppered at the last minute.
IAnd to this day urban myths surrounding the cancellation continue to surface. The truth is no-one knows why The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and Blood, Sweat and Tears failed to take the stage at Hednesford Hills Raceway, near Cannock, in June 1970. All three bands were huge at the time, and the concert announcement created banner headlines at the time.
On February 12, 1970, a local evening newspaper dropped the bombshell under the headline: "Stones may head 'pop' concert".
The report revealed: "Two other top groups, Led Zeppelin and Blood, Sweat and Tears, have also been invited to take part in the concert. "And the bill could attract over 30,000 people to Cannock Chase - the largest number of people ever to pack the former reservoir."
The article adds: "A representative for The Stones is expected to visit the Raceway shortly."
The super-gig was put forward by Astra Agency Associates Ltd, based in Wolverhampton.
The event was welcomed by Cannock Urban Council, with Walter Holston, chairman of the general purposes committee, stating: "I would have no objections at all.
"This is the march of the times and we have got to go with it."
Councillor E.W Prime, chairman of the council's social amenities committee, had no objections, although "the application for the concert would have to be thoroughly examined."
Despite a string of stories about the impending gig, the mouthwatering music festival failed to materialise.
Sunday Mercury historian Richard Pursehouse is keen to find concrete answers - but has been given one theory.
"They couldn't agree who would top the bill," he said. "There's an allegation that none of them was prepared to accept second billing."
If true, The Stones' insistence that they headline is understandable. Classic hit Brown Sugar had just been recorded and the band had enjoyed a sell-out, European tour.
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| Mick Jagger on stage with The Rolling Stones
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