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Timeline of Concert History
by Alex Cosper



1954 - Newport Jazz Festival begins, launched by Elaine Lorillard
1959 - Newport Folk Festival, as offshoot of the Newport Jazz Festival, begins July 11
1961 - National Jazz Festival begins in England
1964 - Sunset Strip Whisky A Go Go opens Jan 16, becoming center of LA music scene
1964 - Beatles' first tour in America
1965 - Bob Dylan is booed at the Newport Folk Festival Jul 25 for shifting to an electric rock sound
1966 - Concert promoter Bill Graham begins booking shows at the Fillmore in San Francisco
1966 - Beatles perform at Shea Stadium in NY on Aug 23
1966 - Beatles perform final paid concert at Candlestick Park in San Francisco on Aug 29
1967 - Monterey Pop Festival for 3 days starting Jun 16, attracting average estimate of over 50,000 people
1968 - Miami Pop Festival draws estimated 25,000 people May 18-19
1968 - Isle of Wight Festival begins on Aug 31 for two days
1968 - Newport Pop Festival attracts over 100,000 Aug 3-4
1968 - Miami Pop Festival II, unrelated to first concert, draws over 100,000 Dec 28-30
1969 - Denver Pop Festival draws estimated 50,000 June 27-29
1969 - Atlanta International Pop Festival attracted over 100,000 July 4-5
1969 - Atlantic City Pop Festival draws over 100,000 Aug 1-3
1969 - Woodstock Festival held for 3 days in NY starting Aug 15, attracting over 400,000
1969 - Rolling Stones' free Altamont concert is ruined by fan death, killed by Hell's Angel on Dec 6
1969 - Jim Morrison of The Doors is accused of "indecent exposure" March 1 at Miami show in front of 12,000
1971 - George Harrison's Concert For Bangladesh is the first major charity rock festival fundraiser
1971 - Reading Festival begins in the UK
1972 - Newport Jazz Festival moves to NYC
1972 - Sunbury Pop Festival launched in Australia
1972 - Erie Canal Soda Pop Festival in Indiana attracts over 200,000
1972 - Concert 10/Mt. Pocono Rock Festival in Pennsylvania draws over 200,000 in the rain
1973 - Summer Jam at Watkins Glen in New York sets new concert attendance record of 600,000
1973 - Bill Graham's Day On The Green Festival in Oakland begins
1973 - Roxy Theatre in LA, owned by Lou Adler, opens Sep 23
1974 - California Jam in Ontario, CA draws 250,000 Apr 6, headlined by Emerson, Lake and Palmer
1976 - Ticketmaster founded by three entrepreneurs in Arizona
1978 - California Jam II in Ontario, CA draws 350,000 Mar 18, featuring Aerosmith and Van Halen
1979 - Monsters of Rock concerts emphasizing hard rock and metal begin in the UK
1979 - Eleven Who fans are killed in a stampede outside Riverfront Coliseum in Cincinnati on Dec 3
1981 - Pollstar Magazine launches, tracking concert industry ticket sales and venue listings
1985 - Live Aid concert help in London and Philadelphia July 13, with attendance of 100,000
1985 - The first Farm Aid concert is held Sep 22, promoted by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young
1986 - First Bridge School Benefit Show launched by Neil Young on Oct 13
1987 - Pink Floyd kicks off highest grossing tour of the 80s ($135M, 199 shows)
1991 - Lollapalooza Festival is launched by Perry Farrell
1991 - Bill Graham dies in a helicopter crash Oct 25
1994 - Woodstock '94 celebrates the 25th anniversary of the original Woodstock festival
1994 - Rod Stewart sets largest concert attendance record in history (3.5M) in Rio de Janeiro
1994 - Rolling Stones Voodoo Lounge Tour kicks off, becoming top grossing of the 90s ($320M, 124 shows)
1995 - Warped Tour concert series begins
1997 - Jean-Michel Jarre ties Rod Stewart's attendance record in Moscow (3.5M)
1999 - Woodstock 99 celebrates 30 year anniversary but is a "commercial and crowd control disaster"
2000 - SFX is acquired by Clear Channel Communications as a concert division (CC Entertainment)
2005 - Live Nation founded in Beverly Hills, CA as a spin-off of Clear Channel Communications
2005 - Rolling Stones 2 year tour earns $557M, highest concert revenue to date
2009 - U2 kicks off highest grossing concert tour in history, culminating in 2011 ($736M gross, 110 shows)
2010 - Live Nation Entertainment established following the merger of Ticketmaster and Live Nation







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