This Day in Music History: August 19th
2007: A concert in honor of late Boston singer Brad Delp was held at the Bank of America Pavilion in Boston & featured performances by Godsmack, Extreme, RTZ & Boston.
2005: A bronze statue of Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott was unveiled on Harry Street in Lynott’s hometown of Dublin, Ireland.
1991: Judas Priest performed their last concert with Rob Halford for 13 years at the CNE Grandstand in Toronto. During the concert Halford was injured as he rode a motorcycle onstage when he collided with a drum riser hidden behind dry ice. Halford later returned to finish the concert.
1989: Bon Jovi headlined a bill at the Milton Keynes Bowl in the U.K. The bill also included Europe, Vixen & Skid Row. During Bon Jovi’s set, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler & Joe Perry joined them onstage during their encore for a rendition of “Walk This Way”.
1980: Alice Cooper cancelled a scheduled concert at the CNE Grandstand in Toronto due to suffering an asthma attack, which led 1,400 fans to riot over Cooper’s no-show.
1980: Black Sabbath performed their last concert with original drummer Bill Ward in Minneapolis at the Metropolitan Sports Center. Ward would shortly be replaced by Vinny Appice. Ward would later re-join and leave the band multiple times over the next 30+ years.
1977: Alice Cooper began a two-night stand at The Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas where he recorded his first live album The Alice Cooper Show.
1969: Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell and Jefferson Airplane appeared on The Dick Cavett Show.
1964: The Beatles kicked off their first full-fledged North American tour at the Cow Palace in San Francisco.