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This Day in Rock History: August 19

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On this day in rock history, a riot broke out at an Alice Cooper concert in Toronto  after the main attraction canceled at the last minute. A year later, Cooper blamed an asthma attack, a condition he said he hadn’t experienced since he was six.

In 1974, Emerson, Lake and Palmer put out a triple live album called Welcome Back My Friends to the Show That Never Ends … Ladies and Gentlemen. It featured most of their most famous LP, Brain Salad Surgery, plus a 27-minute version of “Tarkus” that was spread out over two sides. With their tour selling out stadiums across the country, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young released So Far, a compilation comprised of hits and choice cuts from their two studio albums. Harry Nilsson called upon his drinking buddy John Lennon to produce Pussy Cats. The sessions included a drug-fueled jam session that featured the only known time that Lennon and Paul McCartney recorded together after the Beatles‘ breakup. Speaking of reunions, Fleetwood Mac‘s highly successful 1997 MTV Unplugged episode was captured on The Dance.

Celebrating birthdays today are Ginger Baker of Cream, who was born in 1939, Ian Gillan of Deep Purple and (briefly) Black Sabbath (1945) and John Deacon of Queen (1951).

Watch an exciting recap of many of the day’s biggest rock anniversaries above, narrated by our radio host Zach Martin. And learn more about these important events by clicking the links below.

News Anniversaries:
Alice Cooper fans riot when the show is canceled (1980)

Album Anniversaries:
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, So Far (1974)
Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Welcome Back My Friends to the Show That Never Ends… Ladies and Gentlemen (1974)
Harry Nilsson, Pussy Cats (1974)
Fleetwood Mac, The Dance (1997)

Ginger Baker (1939)
Ian Gillan (1945)
John Deacon (1951)

See Alice Cooper and Other Rockers in the Top 100 Albums of the ’70s

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