This Day in Music History: July 25th

2010: Emerson, Lake & Palmer performed a one-off fortieth anniversary concert headlining the initial High Voltage festival at London’s Victoria Park.

2003: Iron Butterfly guitarist Erik Braunn died of a heart attack at the age of 52.

2001: The Doors’ drummer John Densmore & Bonnie Raitt among others were arrested in Itasca, IL for protesting against a company that is claimed to destroy rainforests. 

1999: On the final day of Woodstock ’99 in Rome, NY, riots occurred during the closing set by the Red Hot Chili Peppers which resulted in 120 arrests.

1983: Metallica released their debut album Kill ‘Em All. It was recorded in 17 days & went on to peak at 120 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart nearly five years after its initial release & sell three million copies in the U.S.

1980: Kiss performed their first concert with new drummer Eric Carr at The Palladium in New York City.

1980: AC/DC released Back in Black which was their first album Brian Johnson as their lead singer. The album was dedicated to Bon Scott & has gone on to sell 50 million copies worldwide. To date it is the second highest selling album of all time.

1969: Neil Young appeared onstage with Crosby, Stills and Nash for the first time at the Fillmore East in New York City.

1965: Bob Dylan performed an electric set at The Newport Folk Festival in Newport, RI & was booed offstage & accused of being a sellout.