This Day in History: 2022-09-02

SEPTEMBER 2nd
Moving from Rock n’ Roll to Hard Rock, the Kinks unleash “You Really Got Me.” 1964
Queen’s “We Will Rock You” tops a list of the 20 most addictive songs compiled by a team of researchers at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.  “We Are The Champions,” also by Queen, sits at #3 behind Pharrell Williams’ “Happy.” 2016
Pearl Jam pay tribute to late Senator John McCain (’08 Republican Presidential candidate) during their show in Boston’s Fenway Park by performing “Army Reserve” in honor of him and military veterans. McCain died days earlier.  The song is from the group’s self-titled eighth album.  2018
Spencer Elden loses again.  On Friday, U.S. District Judge Fernando Olguin in L.A. dismisses the third version of the lawsuit filed against Nirvana by the man who claims he was the baby featured on the cover of the band’s “Nevermind” album. The ruling prevents Elden from filing a fourth version of his complaint.  2022
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Keyboardist Steve Porcaro (Toto) has a birthday.  1957
Dino Cazares, guitarist and one of the co-founders of Fear Factory, has a birthday.  1966
The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s cover of Bob Dylan’s “All Along The Watchtower” is released. The song is considered one of the best covers of all-time and becomes the Experience’s only Top 20 hit. 1968
Genesis runs an ad in Melody Maker for a drummer. Phil Collins answers the ad and gets the gig. 1970
Ex-Grateful Dead manager Lenny Hart is arrested. He is charged with stealing $70,000 from the group leaving them broke. 1971
The Rolling Stones sue ex-managers Andrew Loog Oldham and Eric Easton claiming the group was cheated out of royalties from their contact with Decca Records. 1971
The Hollies “Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress)” peaks at #2 on the U.S. charts. 1972
The late Huntress vocalist Jill Janus is born.  1975
Bruce Springsteen, Sting and Peter Gabriel perform on Amnesty International’s Human Rights Now tour. The trek begins at London’s Wembley Stadium. 1988
Just a lover’s spat. Ozzy Osbourne is charged with threatening to kill his wife/personal manager Sharon. Ozzy must go into detox. The charges are dropped when the couple reconciles. 1989
“Angel Eyes” (Jeff Healy) peaks at #5 on the singles chart. 1989
MTV Video Music Awards: Pearl Jam wins big with “Jeremy.” Best Video of the Year, Best Group Video and Best Hard Rock Video are among the trophies. 1993
The Concert for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland marks the Hall’s opening. Bruce Springsteen, Chuck Berry and Jerry Lee Lewis perform. Soul Asylum backs Iggy Pop (on “Back Door Man”) and Lou Reed (for “Sweet Jane”). Jerry Lee (with help from Springsteen & The E Street Band) sings “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On'” and “Great Balls Of Fire.” 1995
After bolting, just a few days earlier, from the plane taking Oasis to the U.S. for a tour, vocalist Liam Gallagher rejoins the group in New York. His brother, guitarist Noel, sang in Liam’s absence. 1996
Mississippi natives 3 Doors Down create a public service announcement to urge support for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The video clip features footage of the flood-torn Gulf Coast region accompanied by the group’s song “Here By Me.” 3DD also ask fans to bring canned food and baby items to their concerts. 2005
A Muslim group in Zanzibar, Tanzania, protests a planned celebration of what would have been the late Freddie Mercury’s 60th birthday (on 09/05/06). Though the Queen singer was born in Zanzibar, the religious group objects because Mercury was gay. 2006
Melissa Etheridge and Sheryl Crow are among the female singers (and cancer survivors) heard on “Just Stand Up.” As part of the Stand Up To Cancer initiative, song proceeds help fund cancer research. 2008
Prevented by state troopers from taking the stage for a “surprise” show in protest of the nearby Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Rage Against The Machine sing a cappella versions of “Bulls On Parade” and “Killing In The Name” on the lawn of the Minnesota State Capitol. 2008
Jon Bon Jovi, New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine and Newark mayor Cory Booker jointly announce that Bon Jovi’s Philadelphia Soul Charitable Foundation is partnering with Help USA to launch the Help Newark Genesis Project, which plans to build 51 houses in the city catering to homeless and low-income citizens, as well as people with special needs. 2008
Great White offers $1 million to victims and survivors of the ’03 fire at The Station in Rhode Island. 100 people perished in one of the nation’s worst nightclub fires. The group does not admit any wrongdoing as part of the settlement. The blaze started when Great White’s tour manager lit pyrotechnics that ignited the club’s soundproofing. 2008
My Chemical Romance fire drummer Michael Pedicone for thievery. “He was caught red handed stealing from the band and confessed to police after our show last night in Auburn, Washington,” reads a band statement. “We are heartbroken and sick to our stomachs over this entire situation.” The band declines to press charges. 2011
Avril Lavigne reveals that she is separated from Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger after two years of marriage. “It is with heavy heart that Chad and I announce our separation today,” writes Lavigne on Instagram (where else?). 2015
Founding Molly Hatchet guitarist Dave Hlubek passes away.  2017
Vince Neil says he is using an Emsculpt Neo toning machine in an effort to get in shape for Mötley Crüe’s “The Stadium Tour.”  Following a disastrous solo show many wondered whether the Crüe singer was up for the rigors of a major tour.  2021