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AUG 11: Today in 1979, Led Zeppelin would play their last U.K. concert. The set list was incredible: "The Song Remains The Same", "Celebration Day", "Black Dog", "Nobody's Fault But Mine", "Over The Hills And Far Away", "Misty Mountain Hop", "Since I've Been Loving You", "No Quarter", "Hot Dog", "The Rain Song", "White Summer/Black Mountainside", "Kashmir", "Trampled Under Foot", "Sick Again", "Achilles' Last Stand", "In The Evening", "Stairway To Heaven", "Rock And Roll", "Whole Lotta Love" and "Communication Breakdown". What's your favorite?🎸📀
AUG 12: Happy 70th birthday to Mark Knopfler, born today in 1949!🎂🎤🎸 He is best known as the lead singer, lead guitarist, and songwriter of Dire Straits. Knopfler co-founded the band in 1977 along with his brother David. Since the band broke up in 1995, he has had a solo career which includes composing and producing film scores. Knopfler is ranked 27th on Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. He is left handed, but plays the guitar with his right hand! Still touring and rocking today, you can catch him out on tour currently in the U.S. and Canada.
AUG 13: Today in 1951, Dan Fogelberg was born. He began his career playing in bands and as a solo acoustic player during college. In 1972, he released his first album. During the 1970s and 80s, he would score multiple hits. In May 2004, Fogelberg was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer. He went into a partial remission after treatment, but would pass away in December 2007 of the disease. RIP😢
AUG 14: Happy birthday to David Crosby, born today in 1941!🎂🎤 The singer-songwriter musician has been a successful solo artist and a founder of The Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash! He had his first #1 in 1965 with The Byrd’s and “Mr. Tambourine Man” and never looked back. Crosby has been an outspoken activist during his life. Today he continues to play music and is now out on tour.
AUG 15: Today in 1969, the Woodstock festival, billed as "an Equarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music," kicked off on a farm in Bethel, NY. Richie Havens would start off the show after he was moved up in time slots when original openers Sweetwater and other artists were unable to get through traffic. Others that played on the first day: Swami Satchidananda (opening speech), Sweetwater, Bert Sommer, Tim Hardin, Ravi Shankar, Melanie, Arlo Guthrie, and Joan Baez. 📷: Derek Redmond and Paul Campbell
AUG 16: Today in 1986, at the Monsters of Rock festival in England Rick Allen of Def Leppard receives a thunderous ovation! Only twenty months earlier, Allen lost his left arm in a car crash. He returns to the stage barefoot behind a drum kit modified with electronic pedals.
AUG 17: Today in 1969, the final day of the Woodstock festival was underway. The performers the crowd of over 500,000 saw were: Joe Cocker and The Grease Band; Country Joe and the Fish; Ten Years After; The Band; Johnny Winter; Blood, Sweat, & Tears; Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young; Paul Butterfield Blues Band; Sha-Na-Na; and closer Jimi Hendrix/Gypsy Sun & Rainbows. Most of the acts performed in the early hours of Monday morning. Jimi Hendrix took the stage at 8:30 a.m. Monday after rain delays.
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