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28 years ago today…

August 16th, 2006

It was Aug 16, 1978, 28 years ago today. The Memphis police where on strike and thousands upon thousands of music fans were on a pilgrimage to honour Elvis Presley on the first anniversary of his death. The National Guard had been called in to keep the peace, playing crowd control for the legions of Elvis faithful.

A Canadian rock band, Prism, was playing in Memphis that night. In order to get from their hotel to the concert they had to be helicoptered over the mass of people and National Guardsmen moving towards Graceland. Looking down on the chaos from the aerial vantage point, the thought it looked like a scene out of Armageddon; thus was born one of the great moments in Canadian classic rock.

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