Monday, February 26, 2024

When Pink Floyd rocked 52,000 in Hamilton

Psychedelic space rock, streakers, LSD, booze in hollowed-out fruit, a woman in labour, a mock flaming jet crashing into the stage: all part of the biggest, most storied neighbourhood concert ever in Ontario, where hordes of sun-and-substance-baked fans slept on lawns and sidewalks days in advance.

Maybe the best moment was hippies piling out of a van, having travelled 4,000 kilometres to Ivor Wynne Stadium in the heart of east Hamilton. Because get this: those dudes never even saw Pink Floyd.







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Pink Floyd concert in Hamilton’s Ivor Wynne Stadium June 28, 1975.










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Poster advertising the Pink Floyd show at Ivor Wynne Stadium in Hamilton.










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Jean Garofoli, shown in this undated photo from the 1970s, was a flashy Hamilton promoter who helped bring Pink Floyd to Hamilton in 1975.










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Fans camped outside Ivor Wynne Stadium to make sure they got a good spot on the field to see Pink Floyd on June 28, 1975.










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Michael Cohl (right), and Bill Ballard, shown in this undated photo with editing marks, promoted the Pink Floyd concert in Hamilton in 1975 along with local businessman Jean Garofoli.










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Ellen Spring, who was 16 and a student at Ancaster high when she attended the Pink Floyd concert in ’75 with her big brother.










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Linda Corkill stands on the front porch of her former home on the corner of Balsalm and Beechwood across the street from the former Ivor Wynne Stadium in 1975. She was home alone with two young children and was frightened by the noise and hippies who descended for the Pink Floyd concert.










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Clipping from the Hamilton Spectator.




Part 2: ‘They will hang us high’







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Clipping from The Hamilton Spectator.










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Fans camped outside Ivor Wynne Stadium to make sure they got a good spot on the field to see Pink Floyd on June 28, 1975.










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Fans camped outside Ivor Wynne Stadium to make sure they got a good spot on the field to see Pink Floyd on June 28, 1975.










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Ticket stub from Pink Floyd at Ivor Wynne Stadium in Hamilton, 1975.










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Ken Reid sits on what remains of a pipe he and his friends used to slide down for a quick trip down the side of the escarpment. He holds his Pink Floyd ticket stub from the band’s 1975 performance at Ivor Wynne Stadium just days after he turned 25 years old. He worked for the city at the time and Monday morning was dispatched back to Ivor Wynne to clean up the mess.










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Fans camped outside Ivor Wynne Stadium to make sure they got a good spot on the field to see Pink Floyd on June 28, 1975.










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Photos taken at the 1975 Hamilton Pink Floyd concert by a friend of Paul Casey, who was in the audience. Casey lived in Cooksville, in Mississauga, at the time.










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Pink Floyd was known for the special effects in its live shows. This picture was taken by Toronto fan Phil Davies at Ivor Wynne Stadium in Hamilton, June 28, 1975.










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Photos taken at the 1975 Hamilton Pink Floyd concert by a friend of Paul Casey, who was in the audience. Casey lived in Cooksville, in Mississauga, at the time.










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Ken Reid holds his Pink Floyd ticket stub from the band’s 1975 performance at Ivor Wynne Stadium just days after he turned 25 years old. He worked for the city at the time and Monday morning was dispatched back to Ivor Wynne to clean up the mess.










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52,000 fans packed Ivor Wynne Stadium in Hamilton on June 28, 1975 to see Pink Floyd.










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Photos taken at the 1975 Hamilton Pink Floyd concert by a friend of Paul Casey, who was in the audience. Casey lived in Cooksville, in Mississauga, at the time.










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Fans camped outside Ivor Wynne Stadium to make sure they got a good spot on the field to see Pink Floyd on June 28, 1975.










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Pink Floyd was known for the special effects in its live shows. This picture was taken by Toronto fan Phil Davies at Ivor Wynne Stadium in Hamilton, June 28, 1975.










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Hamilton police at the Pink Floyd concert at Ivor Wynne Stadium in Hamilton, June 28, 1975.




Part 3: ‘Never again’







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Fans camped outside Ivor Wynne Stadium to make sure they got a good spot on the field to see Pink Floyd on June 28, 1975.










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Clipping from The Hamilton Spectator.










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Fans were well-behaved for the most part at Pink Floyd in Hamilton 1975, but too much booze, drugs, and heat did in some of them.










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Laurie O’Halloran, right — who was Laurie Repchull in 1975 — went to the Pink Floyd concert at Ivor Wynne Stadium. Her daughter Haley, left, now is a Floyd fan and has “The Dark Side of the Moon” in her vinyl collection.




Epilogue







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Tickets to the show belonging to Paul Casey, who lived in Cooksville, in Mississauga, at the time.










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Joe Aref outside Tim Hortons Field. He remembers falling asleep to the sounds of Pink Floyd in Ivor Wynne Stadium from the bedroom of his home on Emerald Street North.




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