Janis Joplin & The Full Tilt Boogie Band
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
June 28, 1970
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01 Tell Mama
02 Half Moon
03 Move Over
06 Little Girl Blue
07 That’s Rock ‘N’ Roll
08 Try (Just A Little Bit Harder)
09 Kozmic Blues
10 Piece Of My Heart
11 Cry Baby
12 Get It While You Can
13 Ball And Chain
This is the Janis Joplin show on June 28, 1970 at the CNE Stadium in Toronto, the first city to receive the Festival Express train.
Festival Express was unique among rock festivals – rather than being held in one location, it was staged in three – Canadian cities Toronto, Winnipeg and Calgary during the summer of 1970. Montreal was initially to have been the fourth city, but this concert was canceled as the date
would have coincided with St. Jean Baptiste Day, and the city felt it couldn’t provide adequate security. The idea was that rather than flying in to each city, the musicians would travel by chartered Canadian National Railways train, with the hope of fostering an atmosphere of
musical creativity and closeness between the performers. The train rides between cities ultimately became a combination of non-stop jam sessions and partying, fueled by excess alcohol. Among the most memorable scenes depicting these informal jam sessions is a drunken jam featuring The
Band’s Rick Danko, the Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir, and Janis Joplin. As the festival was taking place, there was a movement amongst North American youth centering on the notion that rock concerts should be free. As at Woodstock, many kids showed up with no intention of paying the $14 admission. Despite the financial hardship this caused promoters Ken Walker and Thor Eaton, the train continued on, providing a rich environment in which the traveling bands could jam and interact.
In 2003, a documentary film about this was released with footage both from the concerts and aboard the train. In the film, musician Kenny Gradney, who performed with Delaney & Bonnie, commented on the atmosphere during the tour: “It was better than Woodstock, as great as
Woodstock was.”The traveling show highlighted several points in the transitioning effects of music in the post-idealism of the late 60s, as large groups of protesters allegedly incited riots in order to get into the shows for free, and the promoters attempted to bring a traveling festival to a host of cities. Even the intervention of various Canadian police forces couldn’t reconcile the resulting chaos.
While the promoters took a major financial hit, the tour was still a success, featuring now legendary performances by the Grateful Dead, The Band, Janis Joplin, and Buddy Guy, among others. The Dead were just transforming their sound from dense, jammed psychedelia to the country/folk harmonies of Workingman’s Dead and American Beauty; The Band’s performance showed them at the very pinnacle of the their powers; and for Joplin, this would turn out to be one of her last
performances, as she died approximately two months later.