1,000 AT CONCERT DRINK LSD-SPIKED CIDER
SAN FRANCISCO (UPI) – About 1,000 young people attending a rock concert featuring The Grateful Dead took an unexpected trip when their apple cider turned out to be spiked with LSD.
Alison McDonald, a Berkeley woman who attended the Saturday night concert by The Grateful Dead, The New Riders of the Purple Sage, and R.J. Fox at the Winterland Auditorium, said that during a band break an anonymous voice announced over the public address system:
“Those of you who are going to get some liquid refreshment, pass it on so your neighbor can have some.”
Miss McDonald said, “When it was passed around, it tasted like watered down apple juice – I took a sip because I was very thirsty.”
She said in less than an hour, she knew she had taken something more than apple cider.
“It was OK acid,” she said, “but I feel sorry for anyone who took more than two sips.”
Police later reported that nearby Mt. Zion Hospital treated more than 30 persons during a five-hour period who complained of going through a bad trip.
“They said they had drunk a punch-like drink that was being passed around in various containers,” a hospital spokesman said.
(from the Los Angeles Times, June 1 1971)
Thanks to snow & rain at the Transitive Axis forum.
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The JGMF blog also quotes part of another article on this concert, from the 6/11/71 Berkeley Barb:
WINTERLAND - 'ON THE FLOOR LIKE DYING FISH'
"A girl in front of us ... fell down on the floor and started to put things in her mouth. She would pick up tin cans, papers, socks, garbage and anything else that was on the floor. She threw up all over and then tried to take her clothes off. People were freaking out all over the place. It was like people were being shot down. People would fall down and struggle to get to their feet again. One guy fell on about five people and they all fell like dominoes. ... Time actually halted as if we were dead. Jane and I were the only ones standing in a five foot radius while the people around us were squirming on the floor like dying fish."
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WINTERLAND MAY LOSE PERMIT AFTER LSD PUNCH INCIDENT
SAN FRANCISCO (UPI) - Police will try to revoke the permit for Winterland, the city's largest regular rock music hall, because 1,000 persons got stoned on LSD spiked water during a weekend concert, narcotics agents said Monday.
Sgt. Charles Hoenisch said chief Al Nelder will try to lift the permit for concerts at Winterland "and places like it that have been a cause of major police problems."
The water was passed through the audience of 4,500 young people who paid $2 each Saturday night to hear the Grateful Dead, New Riders of the Purple Sage, R.J. Fox and other rock groups.
"There's some water being passed out," someone announced during a band break. "Just take a sip and pass it back so everybody can have some."
Police reported that more than 30 persons were taken to a nearby hospital during a five-hour period with "bad trips." No one was hospitalized.
Promoter Bill Graham said he was unaware of the anouncement about the water.
Hoenisch said the incident was still under investigation but "we know there were people involved - one who made the announcement over the microphone, and two others who brought in two 30 gallon plastic garbage cans of spiked water."
(from the Palo Alto Times, June 1 1971)