Mick Jagger stops performing at the Altamont Rock Festival at Livermore, California, Dec. 6, 1970, while Hells Angels cross stage during melee to help fellow motorcyclists. The Rolling Stones hired the Hells Angels to police the concerts for $500. (AP Photo)
Fans frolic at the infamous “Gimme Shelter” rock concert featuring the Rolling Stones at the Altamont Race Track in Livermore, California on December 8, 1969.
On this day in 1969 Meredith Hunter a concert goer at The Rolling Stones concert at Altamont Speedway in California was killed by Hells Angels during the concert. The Rolling Stones hiring the Hells Angels as security has to be one of the dumbest ideas ever. The concert was organized by The Rolling Stones. 300,000 were in attendence. It was billed as a Woodstock West.
In August, more than half a million people gather in the small, upstate New York town of Bethel (near Woodstock, N.Y.) for four days of rain, sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll to the live sounds of such musical legends as Janis Joplin; Jimi Hendrix; Crosby Stills Nash and Young; Jefferson Airplane and Sly and the Family Stone. But often forgotten is the free concert from The Rolling Stones at Altamont Speedway in California that turned deadly in the blink of an eye.