On Aug. 29, 1970, The Man-Pop Festival was a music festival held in Winnipeg, Ma…

Written by on August 31, 2018

On Aug. 29, 1970, The Man-Pop Festival was a music festival held in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Led Zeppelin was the headlining act at the event. Other artists performing at the festival included The Youngbloods, The Ides Of March, Iron Butterfly, Chilliwack, plus local bands, including Dianne Heatherington and The Merry Go Round.

The festival was originally scheduled to take place at the outdoor Winnipeg Stadium. However, a summer rain storm tore down the awning protecting the stage soaking the PA system and amps, which forced the organizers to belatedly move the festival into the nearby Winnipeg Arena. This venue had lower capacity than that of the stadium, and when this capacity was reached, some 800 valid ticket holders were refused admission. This caused a near riot at the entrances of the arena, with many of its glass doors being kicked in by angry patrons.

Tickets for the festival cost $5.50 to $12.50. Led Zeppelin's fee was $50,000. Because of the delays caused by the change of venues, Led Zeppelin did not actually take the stage until the early hours of the morning, and did so voluntarily, since they had already been paid pursuant to a rain clause in their original contract. It was through the exhortations of local singer Dianne Heatherington, whose national reputation came later, that Led Zeppelin was finally persuaded to perform.

A local newspaper the next day ran a headline "Ides of March Steal the Show From Led Zeppelin". The Ides were riding high on their hit "Vehicle" and were enjoying great success in Canada. Zeppelin, who many say had drank to much while deciding if they were going to play, had to use amps and instruments borrowed from the other bands. They have often admitted that it was not their best show. Some have said The Youngbloods put the audience to sleep. The story is that they kept playing until they were paid. Those there have all said The Ides of March did in fact steal the show.

Canada was rocking, 48 years ago today. Any one go to this show?

w/ Jim Peterik, Michael Borch, Scott May, Robert Wade

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