10 Concerts That Ended in Tragedy

2. Altamont Free Concert and Hells Angels’ botched security

Hells Angels are approaching people in the audience of Altamont Free Concert.

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Most people wouldn’t advise hiring bikers as security for a huge event, and this situation confirms why. In 1969, Hells Angels were hired to make sure no audience members went on stage. There were more than 300,000 people in the crowd, and the bikers were armed with chains and pool cues.

Things got out of control and the scheduled band, The Grateful Dead, left the venue fearing for their safety. During The Rolling Stones’ set, an armed audience member, 18-year-old Meredith Hunter, was tackled and stabbed to death by a Hells Angel. And that’s not all: There were three other accidental deaths and four live births at the concert.

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