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This Day in Music History: August 14th

2008: Jackson Browne sued Republican Party presidential candidate John McCain and the Republican National Committee over unauthorized use of his song “Running on Empty” in a McCain campaign commercial in Ohio.

2004: Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts announced that he was being treated for throat cancer.

2003: The Northeast Blackout of 2003 caused Bob Dylan, The Stooges & the Aerosmith/Kiss co-headlining tour to cancel tonight’s scheduled concerts.

1999: Former Van Halen and Extreme singer Gary Cherone received the Courage Award from the American Life League for his stance against abortion. 

1993: Freddie Mercury posthumously reached number one on the U.K. Singles Chart for the first and only time as a solo artist with “Living on My Own” which spent two weeks on top of the chart.

1974: Neil Peart made his live debut as Rush’s drummer at a concert at the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh opening for Uriah Heep & Manfred Mann’s Earth Band.

1971: Rod Stewart released “Maggie May” which went on to become his first number one single in the U.S.

1970: Stephen Stills was arrested for possession of cocaine and barbiturates after being found crawling in a motel hallway in La Jolla, CA.

1966: The Beatles played the first rock concert held at Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium before 24,000 people.

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