Altamont: The Rolling Stones, the Hells Angels, and the Inside Story of Rock's by a member of the Hells Angels, the notorious biker club acting as security. Das Konzert der Rolling Stones in Altamont wurde von einem Todesfall überschattet: Während die Band „Under My Thumb“ spielte, traten. Hells Angels: Bußgeld gegen Rocker-Security. Eine Walsroder Sicherheitsfirma soll dafür bezahlen, dass sie Wachleute bei einem.
Altamont Free ConcertHunter wurde von einem der als Sicherheitskräfte eingesetzten Hells Angels erstochen, unmittelbar zuvor hatte Hunter unter Einfluss von Drogen eine. Das Altamont Free Concert sollte ein zweites Woodstock werden. Heute gilt der tragische Vorfall als Ende der unbeschwerten Hippie-Zeit. Da die Bühne zu niedrig geraten war, wurden Mitglieder des Motorradclubs "Hells Angels" als Security verpflichtet. Sie bekamen statt Geld Bier.
Hells Angels Security It is hard to become one VideoINFAMOUS HELLS ANGELS FREAKOUT AT ALTAMONT Das Konzert der Rolling Stones in Altamont wurde von einem Todesfall überschattet: Während die Band „Under My Thumb“ spielte, traten. Hunter wurde von einem der als Sicherheitskräfte eingesetzten Hells Angels erstochen, unmittelbar zuvor hatte Hunter unter Einfluss von Drogen eine. Für Bier im Wert von Dollar heuerte Stones-Tourmanager Sam Cutler die Hells Angels als Security an. The Grateful Dead hatten die Biker. Das Altamont Free Concert sollte ein zweites Woodstock werden. Heute gilt der tragische Vorfall als Ende der unbeschwerten Hippie-Zeit. 4/15/ · A Hells Angel member can be clearly seen on the casino security videotape performing a front kick on a Mongol biker member, causing the ensuing melee. However, prior to this altercation, several incidents of harassment and provocation were noted in the Clark County, Nevada Grand Jury hearings as having been perpetrated upon The Hells Angels. 1/16/ · Hells Angels members would later claim that "security" was an overstatement, and they had merely been asked, in a vague way, to help out. As a means of blocking performers from the crowd, gang members lined their motorcycles up in front of the stage.
The entire incident was captured by a documentary filmmaker and can be seen in the Rolling Stones movie Gimme Shelter , which ultimately led to murder charges being filed against Passaro.
Alan Passaro's mugshot. Source: mirror. Following a day jury trial, Passaro was acquitted on grounds of self-defense. For some time, there was a theory that another Hells Angels gang member was responsible for the fatal stab wound.
The case remained open for years until it was officially closed in The drowning was considered "suspicious" and foul play has never been ruled out.
The Grateful Dead. Source: sinistersaladmusikal. The Grateful Dead, also organizers of the festival, were scheduled to take the stage at Altamont but backed out after all the violence erupted.
As they watched the situation deteriorate, the Grateful Dead made the decision to leave Altamont and forgo playing their set.
In , a Hells Angels-associated gang named Altid Klar " Altid Klar " is Danish for " Always Ready " and 81 is synonymous with the letters HA was formed in Denmark to combat immigrant street gangs in a feud over the lucrative illegal hash market.
AK81 has been recruiting much quicker than the mainstream Hells Angels as members are not required to own a motorcycle or wear a patch, and racial tensions are running high in parts of Denmark.
Two of them were members of the club's Italian chapters. The Hells Angels arrested were charged with drugs and weapons trafficking, and extortion.
One suspect also attempted to use a firearm against police officers as he was being arrested. In August a Hells Angels member, Gerry Tobin, was shot dead on the M40 motorway by members of a rival motorcycle gang, the Outlaws.
Tobin was returning home to London, where he worked as a Harley service manager, from the Bulldog Bash. Police recovered various weapons including Knuckledusters , hammers and a meat cleaver.
Seven Outlaw members and five Hells Angels faced trial as a result. The Grateful Dead were also scheduled to perform but canceled at the last minute owing to the ensuing circumstances at the venue.
Crowd management proved to be difficult, resulting in both spectator injury and death. Over the course of the day, the Hells Angels became increasingly agitated as the crowd turned more aggressive.
At a later murder trial of Hells Angel Alan Passaro , a security guard testified he heard the Hells Angels being summoned over the loudspeakers when the helicopter bearing The Rolling Stones landed.
Debate after the event was over whether or not the Hells Angels were to manage security for the entire concert or just for The Rolling Stones.
Sam Cutler , the Stones' agent who had arranged to pay the Hells Angels said their role was as bodyguards to the Rolling Stones. This was denied by the Hells Angels as well as others connected to the event.
During the opening act of Santana, the Hells Angels surged into the crowd numerous times to keep persons off stage. By the time The Rolling Stones took stage, numerous incidents of violence had occurred both between the Hells Angels and internally within the crowd, not the least of which featured a circus performer weighing over pounds stripping naked and running amok amid the concertgoers.
Audience members attempted to detain him. Eventually, the irate man was subdued after Angels intervened with fists and makeshift weapons, while a crowd of 4,—5, looked on from the edge of the stage.
The aggression did not subside there. After an Angel's motorcycle was toppled, club members' tempers continued to escalate, their ire spread wide between the audience and performers alike.
At one point, Marty Balin of Jefferson Airplane was knocked unconscious following an altercation with an Angel, an event later depicted in Gimme Shelter.
The Grateful Dead refused to play following the Balin incident, and left the venue. A shoving match erupted near the stage during a rendition of the song " Under My Thumb ".
A Hells Angel member, Alan Passaro , was later acquitted of murder on grounds of self-defense. After the concert and critical media attention given to the HAMC, Sonny Barger went on a local California radio station to justify the actions of the Hells Angels and to present their side of the story.
He claimed that violence only started once the crowd began vandalizing the Hells Angels' motorcycles. Barger would later claim that Meredith fired a shot which struck a Hells Angels member with what he described as "just a flesh wound.
In , after a two year exhaustive cold-case renewal of the file, the Alameda County District Attorney's office permanently closed the case. An enhanced and slowed down version of the original film footage was produced for the police, and after examining it Alameda County Sheriff's Sgt.
Scott Dudek said Passaro, who died in , was the only person to stab Hunter and he did so only after Hunter pointed a handgun at the stage where the Stones were performing.
Alan Passaro is the only person who stabbed Meredith Hunter, Dudek said, adding that Passaro's lawyer confirmed his client was the sole assailant.
In addition, enhanced and slowed-down footage from the film shows Hunter brandishing the handgun just before Passaro stabs him. Members of the Hells Angels and the Mongols motorcycle clubs fought each other on the casino floor.
Cox and Hannigan were captured on videotape confronting Mongols members inside the casino. A Hells Angel member can be clearly seen on the casino security videotape performing a front kick on a Mongol biker member, causing the ensuing melee.
However, prior to this altercation, several incidents of harassment and provocation were noted in the Clark County, Nevada Grand Jury hearings as having been perpetrated upon The Hells Angels.
Members of the Mongols accosted a vendor's table selling Hells Angels trademarked items, had surrounded a Hells Angel and demanded he remove club clothing.
In addition, nine witnesses claimed the fight began when a Mongol kicked a member of the Hells Angels. Regardless of which minor physical incident can be said to have "caused the melee", it is clear that The Hells Angels had come to confront the Mongols concerning their actions.
Attorneys for the Hells Angels claimed that the Hells Angels were defending themselves from an attack initiated by the Mongols.
Charges were dismissed against 36 other Hells Angels originally named in the indictment. The resulting investigation by the NYPD has been criticized by the group for its intensity.
The police were refused access to the Hells Angels clubhouse and responded by closing off the area, setting up sniper positions, and sending in an armored personnel carrier.
The group claims to have no connection with the beating of Shalaby. A club lawyer said they intended to sue the city of New York for false arrest and possible civil rights violations.
Worse, the Angels felt betrayed and used by Thompson, and a founding member of the Oakland chapter, Skip Workman, actually went on television in to confront Thompson.
Thompson had used them to further his own career. When the Hells Angels were banned in the Netherlands, the NL Times reported that the Dutch authorities believed they "present themselves as the largest and most powerful motorcycle club.
Up until , rival motorcycle clubs were either small-time affairs or willingly acknowledged the authority of the Angels, and those rivalries were mainly local and minor affairs.
For the first time, the Hells Angels had a formidable rival gang to deal with — and it's been open war ever since.
As The Mercury News reports, the Mongols successfully took the Angels' Southern California territory in the s, and the violent conflict continues to this day.
While it was inevitable that a rival motorcycle club would challenge the Hells Angels, the arrival of the Mongols doomed them to decades of expensive, bloody war.
The Hells Angels may have started off as a motorcycle club for veterans and outsiders, but by the s, under the leadership of Oakland Chapter President and de facto national leader Sonny Barger, the Angels were clearly an organized crime outfit.
But they were still rough around the edges, and that meant other criminal organizations were wary of working too closely with them.
Before that, they were disorganized and unruly. They were like a street gang. This "cleanup" effort led to what's known as the Lennoxville Purge in Quebec, where the Angels set up a meeting with the Laval Chapter of the club — patched-in, full members of the Hells Angels — and murdered them in cold blood because they were hurting this effort to portray the Hells Angels as professional criminals who could be relied on to watch the bottom line.
The ambush was considered shocking by some of the Hells Angels, and rival motorcycle gang the Rock Machine was formed in part as a reaction to what was seen as a betrayal of the outlaw code the Hells Angels had introduced to the world.
This story has been denied by some parties who were directly involved. But there was no way 'They're going to be the police force' or anything like that.
That's all bollocks. Hells Angels member Bill "Sweet William" Fritsch recalled this exchange he had with Cutler at a meeting prior to the concert, in which Cutler had asked them to provide security:.
We don't police things. We're not a security force. We go to concerts to enjoy ourselves and have fun. When Cutler asked how they would like to be paid, William replied, "We like beer.
I was talking with them, because I was interested in the security of my band—everyone's security, for that matter. In the country of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.
They were the only people who were strong and together. Who was going to stop it? There was no barrier. Stefan Ponek , who hosted a December 7, KSAN -FM radio broadcast of a four-hour, "day after" post-concert telephone call-in forum and who also helped organize the event , provided the following for the release of the Gimme Shelter DVD:.
That was the understanding, that was the deal. And it seemed like there was not a lot of disagreement over that; that seemed to emerge as a fact, because it became rather apparent that the Stones didn't know what kind of people they were dealing with.
I ain't no cop, I ain't never going to ever pretend to be no cop. I didn't go there to police nothing, man. They told me if I could sit on the edge of the stage so nobody could climb over me, I could drink beer until the show was over.
And that's what I went there to do. A woman who called in to the program revealed that she had seen at least five fist fights from her vantage point near the stage and that the Angels were involved in all of them.
She also described a general uncaring attitude toward people who clearly needed help; a girl who was dragged across the stage by her hair, another who was on a bad acid trip and bystanders kicked and walked on her.
She said she felt having the Angels as "security" was an irresponsible move because "we were all in terror of them". When she tried to speak about this at the concert, she was warned to be quiet by the people around her, for fear of being beaten.
As security guards, Pete said "we ain't into that security", but that they agreed after the beer offer. He also claimed that, other than being told to "just keep people off the stage," Cutler gave the Hells Angels very little specific instructions for stage security: "They didn't say nothing to us about any of that.
If we decide to do it, it's done. No matter what, how far we have to go to do it. Altamont Speedway owner Dick Carter had hired hundreds of professional, plainclothes security guards, ostensibly more for the purpose of protecting his property rather than for the safety and well-being of the concertgoers.
Barger mentions these guards, as identified by their wearing of "little white buttons". Political scientist and cultural critic James Miller believes that since Ken Kesey had invited the Hells Angels to one of his outdoor Acid Tests , the hippies had viewed the bikers unrealistically, idealizing them as " noble savages "  and thus "outlaw brothers of the counterculture".
The first act on the stage, Santana , gave a performance that generally went smoothly; however, over the course of the day, the mood of both the crowd and the Angels became progressively agitated and violent.
They were getting paid with beer. It was a free concert. The Stones were about two hours late going on. That was pissing a lot of people off.
I saw everything that happened and you have it wrong. Let the asshole shoot someone? No, you do what it takes to stop them.
The guys swarmed him and in the process he ended up being stabbed. Give Feedback External Websites. Let us know if you have suggestions to improve this article requires login.
External Websites. Official Site of Hells Angels. The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica Encyclopaedia Britannica's editors oversee subject areas in which they have extensive knowledge, whether from years of experience gained by working on that content or via study for an advanced degreeDamit steht der legendäre Auftritt der Band erstmals auch online zur Verfügung. Wer sich nicht zu nahe an die Bühne vorarbeitete, bekam wenig von den Gewaltexzessen mit und hatte ein Vojvodina Net friedliches Festivalerlebnis. Chaotische Vorbereitung: In aller Eile hatte das Management der Rolling Century Downs Live Video und von The Grateful Dead, die gemeinsam als Headliner auftreten sollten, Bahigo Sportwetten Festival zusammengeschustert: Details vom Konzertposter über den passenden Auftrittsort bis hin zu Security, Sanitäranlagen und vor allem zusätzliche Bands mussten eilig organisiert werden.