In 1972, the Doors played on Boston Common. Who handled lead vocals?
ANSWER: Mostly keyboardist Ray Manzarek; Jim Morrison had died the previous year.
What else happened on this day in rock n’ roll history? Here’s the Rock N’ Roll Diary for August 16th, from the College of Classic Rock Knowledge – 100.7 WZLX!
- 1969: It was the second day of the most famous rock festival of all time, Woodstock. Santana, Canned Heat, Credence Clearwater Revival, the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, & the Who all performed that day.
- 1975: Peter Gabriel announced he was leaving Genesis.
- 1977: The king passed away. Elvis Presley died at his home in Memphis at the age of 42.
- 1990: Bruce Hornsby was asked by the Grateful Dead to help them through the difficult time after the death of their keyboard player Brent Mydland. Hornsby accepted and appeared many times with the Dead.
- 2004: The Queen musical We Will Rock Youdebuted in North America, as previews began for its run at the Paris Casino in Las Vegas.
In the WZLX ticket stash…
- 1972: The Doors played on the Boston Common without their lead singer Jim Morrison, who had died the previous year.
- 1975: It was Steppenwolf at the Garden with Peter Frampton.
- 1986: Aerosmith headlined at Giants Stadium in New Jersey with Deep Purple and Guns N’ Roses opening.