1968-12-28 Crystal Ballroom, New York City, NY

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Two Ocean County College students book Earth and a band called Baker Street Division into this major, 1,800 seat venue. Who the two students are is unclear, but a newspaper report from the time notes that the event was organised by Ooze and Oz Productions (Fran Duffy and Rick Spachner), Joe McHugh of Atlantic Highlands and Underground News Media. The event was held in order to raise funds for a proposed new medical centre on the Lower East Side. Not only is the band completely unknown in the New York City area, but it is a long trip for the group's modest New Jersey fan base. Consequently a week or so prior to the show less than 100 tickets had been sold. With the student would-be promoters unable to get out of their contract with the hotel and facing financial disaster, support rallies are held on the OCC campus. The College administration chips in and organizes free bus transportation to all who buy tickets in advance. The rallies prove a success and the show turns out to be a near sell-out. The bus departs from The Inkwell in Long Branch, the bar where the name 'Steel Mill' would later be born. Bruce has recounted this show as the largest crowd he'd performed in front of up to this point in his career, and the high point of Earth's tenure as a band. This was to be Frank "Flash" Craig's second and last show with Earth.



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