Day on the Green was 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 and 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 Graham had passed.
In July 2015, Bay Area concert promoter and owner of the Day On The Green Federal Trademark, Got Live Entertainment was forced to shutter it's planned Day On The Green event due to a scheduling issue with the Alameda County Fairgrounds. The show was postponed and ultimately rescheduled for September 10, 2016 with a change in venue to Pioneer Amphitheatre on the campus of California State University East Bay in Hayward. The performance lineup for Day On The Green 2016 consists of tributes to five artists that appeared at Day On The Green in Oakland; Evolution (Journey), Boys Of Summer (Eagles), Mirage (Fleetwood Mac), Foreigner Unauthorized (Foreigner) and Savor (Santana). In addition to the concert, organizers conducted online voting for the Day On The Green Hall Of Fame. Over 65,000 votes were cast. Led Zeppelin and Journey finished with the highest vote total to become the initial inductees, enshrined in a ceremony at Day On The Green hosted by BAM Magazine.
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.
Day On The Green #6 & 7: Led Zeppelin, Derringer, Judas Priest (July 23 & 24 1977) Led Zeppelin's performances took place towards the end of its 1977 North American tour. These were some of the largest Day on the Green shows in its history. Unknown at the time, these were to be Led Zeppelin's final U.S. shows. 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 death of drummer John Bonham.
Day On The Green #3: Aerosmith, Foreigner, Pat Travers, Van Halen, AC/DC (July 23, 1978) This was the first U.S. tour for Van Halen. "I remember going to see Aerosmith and Van Halen…" recalled attendee and future Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash. "It was just insanity. You're sitting behind some 200-pound muscular blond guy who smells like a 12-pack, fist-fucking the air in every direction – and the shorter you are, the less you can breathe… It gets a little weird and chaotic. But that's the fun too."
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"
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.
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.