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California Jam II, also known as Cal Jam II, was a music festival held in Ontario, California, at the Ontario Motor Speedway on March 18, 1978 and produced by Leonard Stogel, Sandy Feldman, and Don Branker. More than 300,000 people attended. The festival was a sequel to the original California Jam held in 1974.
Bringing together a variety of acts from across the rock and roll spectrum in front of a crowd of more than 300,000, California Jam 2 featured scorching performances from some of the biggest names in ’70s rock music. The concert – which took place on March 18, 1978 — helped to pave the way for all-day festivals to become the routine big-business events they are today.
Planning a sequel to the California Jam that occurred at the Ontario Motor Speedway in 1974, the organizers had the benefit of learning from some of the past festival disasters that had proceeded from slipshod planning and resulted in violence, death and the failure to maximize profits.
Fans enjoyed a day of music from such top acts as Ted Nugent, Heart, Santana and Dave Mason. Former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Bob Welch was joined on stage by Stevie Nicks and Mick Fleetwood during his set, while Frank Marino and Mahogany Rush and Foreigner also rocked the crowd. A funk-rock act called Rubicon — featuring a young bassist/singer named Jack Blades – rounded out the lineup.
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Though initial media reports incorrectly reported three fatalities and a large number of arrests, journalist Robert Hilburn of the Los Angeles Times reported that the event was mostly peaceful and well-organized. Hilburn noted that the promoters repeatedly admonished the crowd from the stage in order to control potential problems before they could arise.
The festival drew more than 300,000 fans, and also spawned a successful soundtrack album and a television special. The event’s precise organization — and the profits derived from doing the job correctly — would help to usher in a new business model in which festival rock concerts were enjoyable, safe and profitable.
California Jam 2 March 18, 1978 California Jam II, Ontario, California Speedway, CA, USA
♣ Ted Nugent
♣ Bob Welch
♣ Mahogany Rush
02. Big Ten Inch Record / Aerosmith
03. Walk This Way / Aerosmith
04 .Same Old Song And Dance / Aerosmith
05. Draw The Line / Aerosmith
06. Chip Away The Stone / Aerosmith
07. Sweet Emotion / Aerosmith
08. Toys In The Attic / Aerosmith
09. Jugando / Santana
10. Black Magic Woman / Santana
11. Dance Sister Dance / Santana
12. Evil Ways / Santana
13. Soul Sacrifice / Santana
14. Never Gonna Leave / Rubicon
15. Too Hot To Handle / Rubicon
16. Unknown Song / Rubicon
02. Free For All / Ted Nugent
03. Snake Skin Cowboy / Ted Nugent
04. Cat Scratch Fever / Ted Nugent
05. Just What The Doctor Caregura / Ted Nugent
06. Gonzo / Ted Nugent
07. Hot Love / Bob Welch
08. Hypnotized / Bob Welch
09. Ebony Eyes / Bob Welch
10. Johnny B Goode / Mahogany Rush
11. Purple Haze / Mahogany Rush
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