2022-08-14

AUGUST 14th
Soundgarden’s “Down On The Upside” is certified platinum (one million copies sold). The album was released only two months earlier. 1996
Smashing Pumpkins “Siamese Dream” CD peaks at #10. The album has the biting track “Disarm.” 1993
Later, the album is certified 4× platinum in the U.S. and sells over six million copies worldwide.
Stone Temple Pilots with Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington (replacing Scott Weiland) have the #1 song on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart with their debut single “Out Of Time.” “We’re really thankful to all the people listening to our music that made this happen,” says STP’s Robert DeLeo. “It feels great on so many levels.” 2013
Lorde (real name is Ella Yelich-O’Conner) becomes the first female solo artist to top Billboard’s Alternative Rock chart since Tracy Bonham did it with “Mother Mother” 17 years earlier. “Royals” is from Lorde’s EP, “The Love Club.” 2013
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David Crosby of Crosby, Stills & Nash is born. Prior to CSN, Crosby was a founding member of The Byrds. 1941
The Replacements Slim Dunlap is born. He joins the group in ’87. 1951
Reading all the negative press regarding Elvis Presley prompts a guy in Washington, D.C. to start the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Elvis Presley. Unfortunately, the Society is unable to help Presley’s film career which is the greatest cruelty of all. 1956
“Help!” is the #1 song in the U.S. It’s also the title track of The Beatles second film. 1965
London’s Catholic Herald largely dismisses John Lennon’s apology regarding the oft quoted statement that “The Beatles are bigger than Christ.” However, the Herald goes on to admit Lennon is probably right. 1966
Guitarist Kevin Cadogan (Third Eye Blind) is born in Oakland, CA. 1970
CS&N’s Stephen Stills is busted for cocaine possession in La Jolla, CA. He makes the $2,500 bail and is released. 1970
Rod Stewart releases his breakthrough single “Maggie May.” 1971
After decades of mass bootlegging by Soviet Rock fans, Bon Jovi’s “New Jersey” LP becomes the first U.S. album legally released in the Soviet Union. The group’s first royalty payment is a truckload of firewood. No joke! It’s because rubles, the Soviet currency, can’t leave the country. 1989
Pearl Jam and Nirvana perform at a Pro Choice rally in Washington, D.C. 1993
Rage Against The Machine play a concert outside the Democratic Convention in L.A. “(This is) for all the people who feel left out and excluded by the two major parties,” says the group in a statement. “For those who feel they must settle for the ‘lesser of two evils’ (George Bush or Al Gore). 2000
Drowning Pool vocalist (from ’99 to ’02), Dave Williams, is found dead on the band’s tour bus in Manassas, VA. The 30-year-old singer dies from cardiomyopathy, a heart disease. 2002
Sun Records becomes a National Historic Landmark.  Jerry Lee Lewis, B.B. King, Johnny Cash and, of course, Elvis Presley started their careers there. It’s the first recording studio to be named a Historic Landmark. 2003
Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts is reportedly being treated for throat cancer. Diagnosed in June, Watts undergoes radiotherapy treatment at London’s Royal Marsden Hospital. 2004
U2 receive yet another award. Prior to their concert in Lisbon, the group is awarded Portugal’s Order of Liberty medal for their commitment to charity. “Over the last 25 years the band has allied its public exposure gained through musical success with the defense of humanitarian causes and human rights,” says a presidential spokeswoman. President Jorge Sampaio presents the medal. 2005
A well respected composer. The Kinks frontman Ray Davies begins a five-day run as an instructor for a songwriting course in West Yorkshire, England. 2006
Jackson Browne sues presidential candidate John McCain and the Republican National Committee for copyright infringement and violation of right of publicity. At issue is the use of “Running On Empty” in a TV ad that attacks Democratic challenger Barack Obama’s comments promoting gas conservation. Browne states the commercial is also misleading, implying that he endorses the Republican senator. Browne is a lifelong Democrat. 2008
It Might Get Loud, an electric guitar-themed documentary that focuses on U2’s the Edge, Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page and White Stripes/Raconteurs’ Jack White , is screened in New York and L.A. Page debuts two songs in the film. “It was quite important, I felt, to actually have something that 2009
Sevendust drummer Morgan Rose fills in for Tommy Lee on Mötley Crüe’s tour. Lee severely burned his hand and doctors advised rest to let the wound heal. “We hope to have (Lee) back up on the drums ASAP,” writes bassist Nikki Sixx in an online post. “Until then, he is at all the shows, jumping around, helping out with vocals and playing piano ever so lightly on ‘Home Sweet Home’.” 2009
Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose gets good news and bad news in his $20 million lawsuit against the makers of Guitar Hero III. A judge dismisses Rose’s fraud claim, but keeps a breach-of-contract allegation against Activision Blizzard for including ex-Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash in the video game. 2012
Black Sabbath are presented with double gold disc awards for their “13” album prior to the band’s concert in Toronto. 2013
Allen Lanier, a founding member of Blue Oyster Cult, dies from complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. “Ultimately smoking finally got to him,” writes BOC frontman Eric Bloom on Facebook. 2013
Wayne Kramer, guitarist for MC5 presents his memoir “The Hard Stuff: Dope, Crime, the MC5, and My Life of Impossibilities.”  2018
Succumbing to mental health issues, Huntress frontwoman Jill Janus commits suicide near Portland, OR. “The devastation of knowing I will never see her again is the most gutting emotion I have ever experienced,” writes Huntress guitarist Blake Meahl. Janus was 43. 2018