"People Openly Lit Up and Smoked Marijuana": Take a Big Whiff of the Texxas Jam in 1978


As many times as the Texxas Jam's come up, I can't believe we've never seen this: Channel 8's coverage of the '78 "Texxas Music Festival," featuring reporter Randy Jackson's sweat-soaked, dope-smoked coverage of the billion-degree July 1 concert at the Cotton Bowl. Among the headliners that day: Aerosmith, Ted Nugent, Van Halen (glimpsed briefly), Journey and Heart. A Friend of Unfair Park just noticed it had been posted a couple of months back in conjunction with a one-and-done eBay auction. Suffice it to say, we're all winners. Bring back the Jam! Somebody. Top priority of the summer.
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michael
michael

i was one of the co-producers of the Texxas World Music Festival (later, Texxas Jam) for the first 2 years. Rock was a totally diffent thing back then, culturally. Today is very different. It's over - as far as anything that resembles the intensity and vibe of those earlier festivals. The culture has changed. Sort of like the change from the '50'd to the '60's. But, this time live music and exciting bands got traded for disco and "dj's." Oh well. 21012 is just around the corner. maybe something will happen. would be nice if jesus took all the disco people during the rapture. now we're talking. ha! m..

Jack E. Jett
Jack E. Jett

Please forgive my name dropping......but today I interviewed Danny Hutton from Three Dog Night and asked him how well the band on stage could smell the pot from the audience. He said that is ware most potent at the begining of the show when almost everyone lit up at once. Since pot was one of the few drugs he did not partake in, he wasn't able to enjoy it.

CV Gilkeson
CV Gilkeson

I was there on front row of the upper tier. Van Halen completely blew away every performer that day. Seems funny now to say but that Roth boy could work a stadium crowd. No way in hell an event happens like this today - the whippersnappers want air conditioned comfort.

scottindallas
scottindallas

Where's that cop today? He seemed pretty cool. I remember when this city had that cooler, laid back vibe. The St. Pat's day sounds ominous, why can't our cops chill out?

warden62
warden62

Speaking of jams, has anyone else noticed that KXT has sounded even more like JackFM all day today?

I considered donating during the last fund raising campaign last week, but glad I haven't yet.

Donn Coburn
Donn Coburn

"A man apparently high on drugs went wild."

Jay
Jay

I worked for a T-shirt vendor at all of the '70 era Texas Jams. It was hot as hell, and the sound in the cotton bowl sucked like all stadiums do. Even work though, it was a hell of a good time no matter who was playing.

mediawonk
mediawonk

The graphics/outro music on this piece were not of 1978 vintage. My guess is this came from a tape of "News 8 Index", the show WFAA used to run on Sunday nights at 5 that showcased different stories from their archive.

Emily
Emily

My dad STILL talks about this. Something about not taking th brown acid? who knows.

MattL1
MattL1

With the possible exception of Aerosmith, that lineup looks pretty terrible. I can't believe that this generation was willing to risk heat exhaustion and waste good drugs all for those bands. Especially Van Halen.

Yes, I have a hatred of Van Halen that I have deemed to be perfectly rational. Great find on the video, though. Solid stuff.

MushMouth1
MushMouth1

Yes we did, yes we did. Hotter than Hell that day. Van Halen came out around 4 p.m. and DLR grabbed a fire hose and drenched about a quarter of the crowd on the floor. Still remember Heart playing at sunset a cool breeze blowing through on cue when they started Mistral Wind.

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bring back Q102

I'd like the Jamm to come back too, but c'mon, it wouldn't be anything like it was. Instead of balls out rock bands like VH and Nugent, it'd be whiny indie/emo bands and instead of everyone's goal being a good buzz and even better lay everyone's goal would be to raise awareness about Tibet or something. No, better to let it be and keep the good memories intact.

Jay D
Jay D

Ironic, isn't it?

In the 70's and 80's, the lighters went off at the beginning of the show, not at the end.

Rock Out
Rock Out

From the footage I have seen of Aerosmith at the jam they were horrible. Your rational is a little off.

ChrisU
ChrisU

thanks MM, I do remember that 'Mistral Wind' moment, just as you described it. many memories but hate to admit I had forgotten that one.

Thelisma Partridge
Thelisma Partridge

I attended the Texxas Jam and my memories are far from intact because, well, I attended the Texxas Jam.

Blame the smoker not the smoke.

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

Challenge accepted. But if that doesn't work out, we'll just do a Jamm featuring cover bands: Atomic Punks, Escape, Pump (Aerosmith), etc. ... and Ted Nugent. At the Fair Park Bandshell. Bring your own K2.

MattL1
MattL1

Like I said, the Aerosmith exception was not an absolute one, but just a possibility, as I wasn't there. Wiggle words are important.

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