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Sylvain Mizrahi is born in Cairo, Egypt, Africa. He will find success, after moving to New York City, USA, as Sylvain Sylvain, guitarist of The New York Dolls
Steve Harley, later to lead Cockney Rebel
, is born as Steven Nice, in South London, UK.
The 'N Betweens
play at The Woolpack, Wolverhampton, England, UK. The group includes drummer Don Powell and guitarist Dave Hill, who will go on to become half of Slade
records The Wizard
, Beyond The Risin' Sun and That's The Bag I'm In, at Decca Recording Studios, West Hampstead, London, England, UK.
The Sweet play at The Intercon, Nottingham, England, UK.
Queen play at The Greyhound, Croydon, England, UK, Europe.
records an appearance for Cher’s CBS-tv show in Los Angeles, California, USA, during which he duets with his host on Young Americans as part of a medley of other songs.
An inquest into the death of Marc Bolan
of T.Rex is held at Battersea Coroner's Court, Battersea, London, England, UK, Europe. Registrar R.A. Hedge states that the cause of Bolan's death was "shock and hemorrhage due to multiple injuries consistent with road traffic accident. Passenger in a private motor car which collided witha tree. A verdict of accidental death is recorded.
UK pop weekly the NME publishes its annual readers' poll, showing The Jam as Best Group of 1981.
Other NME Poll Winners : Altered Images - Best New Act
Siouxsie Sioux - Best Female Singer
- Best Male Singer
(The Jam) - Best Songwriter
The Specials' Ghost Town - Best Single
Echo And The Bunnymen
- Heaven Up Here - Best Album.
80,000 fans attend a David Bowie
gig in Auckland, New Zealand, making it the largest single concert ever held in the Southern Hemisphere.
Hair-metal band Tuff play their first show with new vocalist Stevie Rachelle, as support to Warrant
at The Roxy, Los Angeles, California, USA.
tour of the UK, due to start today at the Playhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland, is cancelled after it is made public that the musician touring with them
under the name of Nikki Sixx is not actually the real Nikki Sixx.
plays the second of four sell-out shows at the Fox Theatre, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
plays the last of four sell-out shows at the Fox Theatre, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
On his Sound And Vision Tour, David Bowie
plays at B.C. Place, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
On their Hot In The Shade
tour, Kiss play at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, Rapid City, South Dakota, USA.
On the Trash tour, Alice Cooper
plays in Kouseinenkin Hall, Osaka, Japan, Asia.
Stick It To Ya
, the debut LP by glam metal band Slaughter is certified as a platinum album by the R.I.A.A.
in the USA.
On their Hot In The Shade tour, Kiss play at Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, Wisonsin, USA, with Winger and Slaughter.
On their Hot In The Shade tour
, when Kiss play at The War Memorial Arena, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, USA, Paul Stanley runs into the guardrail on stage and cracks his ribs, which results in the cancellation of dates later in the month at Sydney, Halifax and Moncton.
, an English luthier mainly known for his electric guitars, dies at the age of 78. His customers included Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler of Black Sabbath
, Brian May of Queen, Dave Hill and Jim Lea of Slade
, Gerry Shephard of The Glitter Band and Roy Orbison
, the composer, conductor and orchestral arranger who worked with many rock acts including Pink Floyd
, Eric Clapton
, Queen, David Bowie
, dies aged 55 of a heart attack in London, England, UK, Europe. He had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1997. Kamen was also a founding member of the innovative classical crossover band the New York Rock And Roll Ensemble in the late 1960s.
play at Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
's Crue Fest 2 plays at the Verizon Wireless Music Center, Noblesville, Indiana, USA.
Kiss is the headline act on the second day of the four-day long
Rock Im Park
, Nuremberg, Germany, Europe.
and his wife Iman attend the 2010 CFDA Fashion Awards at Lincoln Centre, New York City, USA.
When Ke$ha plays at Sentrum Scene, Oslo, Norway, Europe, she is joined onstage by Alice Cooper
for a rendition of School's Out.
releases a cover version of the David Bowie
song Heroes as her latest single. The track, instigated by Pepsi, is part of the drinks giant's global campaign "Now Is What You Make It".