Mountain performing at Woodstock. Left to right: Felix Pappalardi, Norman "N. In early , West left The Vagrants to form his own band. Smart on drums. When the album was released, West and Pappalardi decided to take their show on the road, replacing Landsberg with Steve Knight. Leslie West's debut album, Mountain , was released in July , a month before Woodstock.
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Day Two, Performer 8: Mountain
Mountain was a big band named for their big guitarist, Leslie West. Sometimes considered precursors to heavy metal, the band was hard and bluesy. People seem to either love it or hate it. I love it.
Woodstock was just our third job, and it was quite a thrill. Mountain got on the show because our booking agent also handled Jimi Hendrix. When we flew over in the helicopter, it felt like something out of Close Encounters of the Third Kind. There was a first-aid kit, and I opened it up and took out an amyl nitrite popper. I looked out at that crowd, and I almost fell out of the helicopter. I think I had the most amplifiers of anybody there. It was paralyzing because that stage, that setting, was some kind of natural amphitheater. The sound was so loud and shocking that I got scared.