“Everyone get out your matches and lighters, please …” 

50 years ago today ~ September 13, 1969 ~

At the Toronto Rock ‘n Roll Revival festival, host Kim Fowley starts a rock tradition when he asks the crowd to hold up lighters for Eric Clapton and John Lennon.

Clapton and Lennon are playing in The Plastic Ono Band, a group Lennon put together for the show. When Fowley gets word that Lennon is nervous and chain smoking backstage, Fowley comes up with the idea as a way to put him at ease. He tells the crowd:

Everyone get out your matches and lighters please. In a minute I’m going to bring out John Lennon and Eric Clapton and when I do I want you to light them and give them a huge Toronto welcome.