This Day in Music History: August 21st

2005: The Rolling Stones kicked off their tour in support of A Bigger Bang at Fenway Park in Boston. The tour would go on to be the biggest grossing tour of all time grossing over $550 million.

1995: R.E.M. filed a trademark infringement suit against the Hershey Food Corporation claiming they launched an unauthorized “Kit Kat/R.E.M. Concert” for free tickets and trips, alleging injury to business reputation, false advertising & deceptive practices.

1994: Metallica performed the final date on their three year tour in support of their self-titled fifth album at Bicentennial Park in Miami. During the concert, Judas Priest singer Rob Halford sang guest vocals on a rendition of Judas Priest’s “Rapid Fire”. While touring in support of Metallica, they performed over 300 concerts.

1992: Eric Clapton & Elton John began a co-headlining two night stand at Shea Stadium in Flushing, NY. Both concerts sold out in 90 minutes.

1982: Bono married longtime girlfriend Alison Stewart in Dublin, Ireland. Unlike most rock and roll marriages, the couple is still married to this day.

1982: Crosby, Stills and Nash peaked at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Wasted on the Way” which was their second and final top ten single in the U.S.

1972: In Akron, OH, Jefferson Airplane bassist Jack Casady was arrested for calling police officer “pigs”. Grace Slick was also maced & guitarist Paul Kantner was injured at the hands of Akron police officers.

1971: Creedence Clearwater Revival peaked at number six on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Sweet Hitch-Hiker” which was their final top ten single in the U.S.

1965: The Rolling Stones reached the top of the Billboard 200 Album Chart for the first time with Out of Our Heads which spent three weeks on top.