Day on the Green

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Day on the Green was the name of a recurring concert in Oakland, California, presented by promoter Bill Graham and his company Bill Graham Presents. Held at the Oakland Coliseum, these events began in 1973 and continued into the early 1990s. The last Day on the Green overseen by Graham took place the same month as his death in a helicopter crash in 1991. There was a series of Day on the Green shows the following year in the wake of Graham's death, but no more have been promoted since then. There were other shows in 1994-97 at the Oakland Coliseum Stadium - namely U2, Pink Floyd, and the Rolling Stones -but these were not a "Day On The Green" by definition because they occurred at night and also because Bill Graham had passed so "Day on the Green" had become a thing of the past.

Currently, there are no announced plans to bring Day on the Green back to Oakland, however, rumors began to circulate on the Internet across music-related message boards that Bill Graham Presents, which became part of Live Nation in 1997, would be bringing the concert series back to the Oakland Coliseum in September 2008.

A list of some of these events can be viewed below.

1973[edit]

1974[edit]

1975[edit]

  • Day On The Green #4 & 5: Led Zeppelin, Joe Walsh, Pretty Things (August 23–24, 1975).
    (These shows were canceled when Robert Plant suffered serious injuries in a car crash prior to the tour.)

Peter Framptom made a surprise appearance at this concert and sang "Do You Feel Like We Do".

1976[edit]

  • Day On The Green #7 (planned): Jethro Tull, Electric Light Orchestra, Rory Gallagher, Camel (Camel cancelled) (August 18, 1976).
    At the last minute, the concert was moved from the outdoor Coliseum (65,000 capacity) to the indoor Arena next door (19,000 capacity) due to bad weather - thus not considered a Day On The Green.

1977[edit]

  • Day On The Green #6 & 7: Led Zeppelin, Derringer, Judas Priest (July 23 & 24 1977)
    Led Zeppelin's performance took place towards the end of its 1977 North American tour. Unknown at the time, these were to be Led Zeppelin's final U.S. shows due to the sudden death of Robert Plant's young son Karac in the UK. The July 23 show was followed by the infamous beating backstage and in a band trailer of one of Bill Graham's crew by Led Zeppelin's road manager and security manager. . Led Zeppelin played only a few more gigs in Europe in 1979 and 1980. A 1980 U.S. tour was announced in support of the new album In Through the Out Door and tickets were sold but the tour did not occur as Led Zeppelin disbanded after the untimely, alcohol-induced death of drummer John Bonham.

1978[edit]

1979[edit]

  • Day On The Green #3: Ted Nugent, Aerosmith, AC/DC, Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush, St.Paradise (July 21, 1979).
    Also called "The Monsters Of Rock" show. Ted Nugent, Aerosmith and AC/DC's set has been bootlegged in video form. This was reputedly the only footage from any of the 1970s Day On The Green concerts to be available, (other film footage has been found, but not widely released - Fleetwood Mac from 1976 for one). It was somehow taken from the famous Bill Graham vault c2006-2007. Footage of Lynyrd Skynyrd performing "Freebird" at the 7/4/1977 Day on the Green can be seen in the documentary film "Freebird - The Movie"

This was considered an off-shoot of the more rock-music based Day On The Greens.

1980[edit]

This concert was also called "Cruisin' On The Green" in advertisements. Originally The Babys were scheduled to appear, with Triumph and Randy Hansen replacing them.

Originally Angel City was scheduled to open the show, but was replaced by Shakin' Street.

1981[edit]

1982[edit]

1983[edit]

  • Day On The Green #2: Simon & Garfunkel (August 20, 1983) (Billed as "An evening with Simon & Garfunkel" - first reunion tour since breaking up in 1972).

1984[edit]

No Day On The Green held this year.

1985[edit]

  • Day On The Green #2: Wham!, The Pointer Sisters, Katrina and the Waves (September 1, 1985)
    These two concerts were held on the same weekend, making an odd pairing of the very metal-driven D.O.G. #1 vs the very youthful pop oriented D.O.G. #2 following right after.

1986[edit]

No Day On The Green held this year.

1987[edit]

1988[edit]

  • Day On The Green # 1 & 2: Pink Floyd (April 22 & 23, 1988).

1989[edit]

  • Day On The Green #1 & 2: The Who (August 29 & 30, 1989) (Billed as "An evening with The Who").
  • Day On The Green #3 & 4: The Rolling Stones, Living Colour, (Guns N' Roses were on the bill but did not perform) (November 4 & 5, 1989).
    After visiting some areas hit by the infamous October 1989 Bay Area earthquake, Mick Jagger donates $500,000 to the victims.

1990[edit]

1991[edit]

1992[edit]

  • Day On The Green #1: Genesis (June 20, 1992).

1999[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://homepage.mac.com/blackmarketclash/Bands/Clash/recordings/1982/82-10-23%20Oakland/82-10-23%20Oakland.html

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