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Peter Grant is legendary for no filming, no taping, etc. My question is, during the 1970's were the security guards as vigilant as they are today i.e. it's a given that when entering in a venue today you're going to get a TSA pat down before going inside... with people bringing in fire crackers, & god knows what else... I was just curious about how it was.

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As far as the UK was concerned, I used to go to a lot of gigs at The Free Trade Hall in Manchester in the 70's. We would buy back row Balcony tickets - they were always the cheapest. Just before show time we would wander downstairs in the stalls and flash our tickets and breeze in. Most of the ticket checkers were students who were generally stoned and didn't care less. When the gigs moved across town to the Apollo and security got a bit tight, 2 of our crew would buy stalls tickets and the rest of us cheapie upstairs. One of the downstairs lot came out with the others stall tickets and get one of us in. It took a while but then it was rush the stage time as the lights went down.

I did get caught recording Frank Zappa at Hammersmith ( twice) with a £100 sony walkman. I was told firmly that if i continued it was adios!

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