Carter Alan’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Diary: August 21 in Classic Rock History

In 2005 the Rolling Stones launched their “A Bigger Bang Tour” with the first of two shows at Fenway Park. That tour went two years and the band returned in January 2006 to play in what Boston venue?

ANSWER: 2 nights at Boston Garden Jan. 13 & 15, plus a later gig at Gillette Stadium on September 20

What else happened on this day in rock n’ roll history? Here’s the Rock N’ Roll Diary for August 21, from the College of Classic Rock Knowledge – 100.7 WZLX!

  • 1967: Bob Dylan returned to Columbia Records after leaving the label to work with MGM Records five months earlier. Dylan had signed to MGM for a five-year period, but the label failed to countersign the contract in time, leaving the songwriter free to return to Columbia.
  • 1972: Members of the Jefferson Airplane struggled with police backstage in Akron when the band’s road manager called the police “pigs”. Paul Kantner was injured slightly and Grace Slick was maced.
  • 1976: Britain’s Knebworth Festival played host to a variety of bands. Performing at the open-air site were the Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd & Todd Rundgren’s Utopia.
  • 1996: Former Talking Heads lead singer David Byrne sued to prevent the rest of the group from touring as “the Heads.” The suit was settled out of court and the Heads allowed to release an album and also tour.
  • 2005: The Rolling Stones launched the A Bigger Bang world tour with the first two concerts in Boston.

Checking the WZLX ticket stash…

  • 1969: Led Zeppelin played the Carousel in Framingham.
  • 1971: Alice Cooper played on the Common.
  • 1975: It was Ten Years After at the Boston Garden.
  • 1979: Kansas also played the Garden.
  • 1992: Steely Dan was at Great Woods.

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