January 6, 1975 – Two Thousand Led Zeppelin Fans Trash the Boston Garden

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On January 6, 1975, a crowd of 2,000-plus lines up outside Boston Garden to buy tickets to the rock band Led Zeppelin. Some in the crowd then entered into the near-empty arena and caused thousands of dollars in damage.

“For years and years, we had people line up overnight to wait for tickets,” recalls Steven Rosenblatt, the ticket-office manager at Boston Garden on that January night, “but we never had anything like this.” Someone pried open the Garden’s locked doors around midnight, and soon hundreds of beer-drinking, bottle-throwing Led Zeppelin fans had the run of Boston Garden. “You couldn’t have this kind of crowd running around un-tethered inside the building,” says Rosenblatt, “so we decided to open the ticket windows.” The near-riot was calmed by around 2:30 a.m. when the Garden staff began selling tickets hours ahead of schedule. By 6:00 a.m., all 9,000 seats were sold out and the crowd had dispersed, but not before causing upwards of $50,000 to the Garden and infuriating the Boston’s mayor, Kevin H. White.

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