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This Day in Music History: August 25th

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2006: Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton announced he was undergoing treatment for throat cancer which would cause him to sit out the first half of the group’s upcoming tour with Motley Crue. David Hull, a longtime friend of the band and bassist for The Joe Perry Project filled in.

2004: Judas Priest singer Rob Halford was the guest vocalist for Black Sabbath at an Ozzfest date in Camden, NJ as Ozzy Osbourne had come down with bronchitis. This was Halford’s third time singing for Black Sabbath as he sang for them during two concerts in 1992.

1994: Billy Joel’s divorce to Christie Brinkley was made official. The couple was married for nine years and they still remain on friendly terms to this day.

1990: Six months after being seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, Billy Idol kicked off his tour in support of Charmed Life in Montreal. Idol had to use a walking stick while on this tour, which featured Faith No More as the support act.

1979: During Cheap Trick’s appearance at the Reading Festival in the U.K., they were joined onstage by Dave Edmunds & Bad Company guitarist Mick Ralphs for a rendition of The Beatles’ “Day Tripper”.

1975: Bruce Springsteen released his third album Born to Run which went on to become Springsteen’s breakthrough album, going to number three on the Billboard 200 album chart & selling six million copies in the U.S.

1973: The Faces performed what they said would be their last British concert due to the Musicians Union refusing to give bassist Tetsu Yamauchi a work permit.

1970: Elton John made his U.S. live debut at the Troubadour in Los Angeles where he was booked for a full week.

1970: Emerson, Lake & Palmer made their live debut at The Guildhall in Plymouth, England.

Gene Simmons-bassist for Kiss born in 1949
Rob Halford-singer for Judas Priest born in 1951
Elvis Costello born in 1954
Vivian Campbell-guitarist for Dio, Whitesnake & Def Leppard born in 1962


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