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Diamond Head concert returns in 2006

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Diamond Head concert returns in 2006

Come April 2006, Diamond Head will be dormant no more.


The crater will erupt with musical sounds not seen or heard since 1988, when Tina Turner performed a private concert for 2,000 Pepsi-Cola bottlers. Her performance ended 18 years of concerts that started with the first festival on Jan. 1, 1970. About 12,000 people attended that one, with Hawaiian slack-key, rock music and hippie-oriented paraphernalia dotting the festival and "2001: A Space Odyssey" theme launching the celebration.

Over the next two decades crowds swelled to 75,000 at crater events. Among the notables performing in various incarnations in the 1970s: Yvonne Elliman, Santana, Fleetwood Mac, Steve Miller, Linda Ronstadt, Boz Scaggs, and Buddy Miles, intermixed with resident jazz, classic, hula and other performing artists.

It's all back April 19 to 23, 2006, though Ron Gibson, chief executive officer of the Diamond Head Crater Festival & Conference, said the return of what started as the Sunshine Festival will be on a much smaller scale for the first year

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