October 14, 1972

Oct14On this day in 1972, Joe Cocker and six members of his band were arrested after a concert in Adelaide, Australia, when police allegedly discovered marijuana and heroin in their hotel rooms. The group was not charged but was instead given four hours to leave the country.

In 2013, Cocker was questioned about the incident. Here is what he had to say:

“The Australians actually owned up that they set us up. Somebody wrote a book a few years ago saying it was a government thing, an election thing – we were just used as guinea pigs. But at the time it was real scary to be down in Australia. You didn’t have that communication thing you do nowadays.”

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