California Jam followup that wasn’t to be


Reader Richard Nunez of Pomona reminds us that after the April 6, 1974 California Jam concert at Ontario Motor Speedway, another mega-concert was planned for that Aug. 3: Summer Jam West.

he bill: Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young and the Beach Boys, plus Joe Walsh and Jesse Colin Young, with “special guest” The Band. What a show that would have been.

Ticket price: $12.50, a bump from California Jam’s $10. (Nunez was at Cal Jam too.) Nunez’ bill is for $13.25, including 75 cents tax, from a Ticketron outlet at Sears in Pomona.

Evidently ticket sales were soft and the show was canceled. It was CSNY’s only L.A.-area date in their summer tour. A few days later, roughly the same lineup appeared in New York and drew a reported 75,000.

“I kept the ticket instead of getting my money back,” big spender Nunez says. “Now that would have been a great time. You should have been there lol.”

Although there was talk of more concerts at the speedway after Cal Jam, I don’t know that any took place until Cal Jam II on March 18, 1978.


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