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Mets 101 Seven in Seven Series: Top Concerts at Shea/Citi #6-Festival for Peace

December 4th, 2012 at 12:46 PM
By Mike Phillips

Just in time for the holiday season, Mets 101's Seven in Seven series returns as our gift to you. Each week, the Mets 101 staff will begin a countdown of topics related to the New York Mets (i.e. best third baseman, worst defeat, etc.). We will begin our countdowns with the number seven and work all the way to number one. This week's Seven in Seven list is a jammer, as we will break down the greatest concerts at both Shea Stadium and Citi Field of all time. We continue our countdown with the sixth greatest concert held at the home of the Mets, the Festival for Peace.

6. Festival for Peace

'Janis Joplin' photo (c) 2009, Tony Alter - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Concert Stats: Held on August 6, 1970 at Shea Stadium. . . Was used to generate funds for anti-war movements. . . seating was general admission by tier.

Analysis: The Festival for Peace was part of a series of concerts held in 1970 by anti-war protesters. Janis Joplin headlined an All Star lineup of performers that was dedicated to promoting peace during the height of the Vietnam War. The date of the concert was 25 years to the day that the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, adding to the event's significance. The concert was historic for its anti-war fundraising and the fact that none of the artists who performed were paid for the event. It was a huge political statement that marked Shea's first major concert since the last Beatles appearance in 1966. It also was significant as one of the last public performances of Janis Jopin, who died two months after the show. Sadly, very little information remains about this historic event, but it does not diminish Shea Stadium's role in hosting an important political statement.

Check back tomorrow for the next concert in Mets 101 Seven in Seven Series!

Tags: Baseball, Festival for Peace, Janis Joplin, MLB, New York, New York Mets, Seven in Seven, Shea Stadium

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