This song is about the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival. The lyrics contain references to many of the bands who played there including Jefferson Airplane, The Byrds, The Who, The Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix and Brian Jones (who didn't perform, but did introduce Hendrix to the crowd). The Animals had just broken up and re-formed with new members backing up lead singer Eric Burdon. In a 2010 Songfacts interview
, Burdon said: "It was the first gig we'd played with a new lineup. We had hardly had a chance to rehearse, but we made it though. I have great memories of being there. It was a wonderful weekend and I'll never forget it."