Average: 4.8 (28 votes)

August 8, 1969

San Bernardino, CA US

Swing Auditorium

Setlist:

Train Kept a Rollin', I Can't Quit You Baby, Gotta Keep Moving, Dazed and Confused, White Summer / Black Mountainside, You Shook Me, How Many More Times (medley incl."Lemon Song", Schooldays, Hideaway, Hail Hail Rock 'N' Roll)

Notes:

Jethro Tull main support act and San Bernardino-area group Trane (aka The Caretakers).

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Swing Auditorium

I keep seeing Internet descriptors of the San Bernardino Swing Auditorium having a capacity of 10,000, and all I can do is shake my head in wonder. I recall having attended a couple of dozen shows at that venue, and the standing-room-only capacity was around 6,500, which is why many of the groups that headlined there were groups that more frequently played gigs as 2nd acts with 60 minute shows at larger arena venues. When arena headlining bands like Zeppelin played there, it was because they were touring in the vicinity and there were no open nights at the larger arenas, making it worthwhile to spend a night in a venue with half (or less) the capacity they could draw in Los Angeles or Long Beach. The "10,000" capacity is a result of somebody guessing at the building's capacity rather than having done historical research. If I recall correctly, the first act to EVER sell out the Swing was Elvis Presley, during his comeback tour, and the joint was swollen to the point of having the fire marshal cut off admissions, with approximately 7,200 fans inside packed like sardines, mostly in the open floor area in front of the permanent seating. After that show, the fire marshal issued an edict that limited ticket sales to around 6,500 per event for safety and exit capacity. Most concerts sold between 1,500 and 6,000 tickets, probably averaging 4,000 or so. For research purposes, this information is all coming from my memory only, and is not "official" information; however, it's a darned sight closer to the truth than the misinformation about a mythical 10,000 seat arena in San Bernardino! The only Orange Show Fairgrounds concerts drawing over 7,200 (or having the capacity to do so) were played in the outdoor rodeo/race car stadium located a few hundred feet to the south of the Swing Auditorium.