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The Clash play at The Odeon, Edinburgh, Scotland, for the first of two nights.
Orchestral Manoeuvres In the Dark release their second single, Red Frame White Light, in the UK.
Robin Trower begins a British tour at The Empire, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe.
Iggy Pop plays at The Capitol, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK, Europe.
Iggy Pop plays at The Odeon, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, Europe.
The Cure finish mixing their second album, Seventeen Seconds, at Morgan Studios, London, England, UK, Europe.
During their The Wall tour, Pink Floyd play at The Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Kenny Rogers reaches No1 in the UK singles chart with Coward Of The County.
The Clash play in The Lyceum, London, England, UK, Europe.
Ronnie Wood of The Rolling Stones and his girlfriend are arrested for suspected cocaine possession on the island of St. Maarten, Caribbean, but charges are not pressed.
Bob Seger And The Silver Bullet Band release their eleventh studio LP, Against The Wind, on Capitol Records in the USA.
At the Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, the Grammy Award for Best Vocal Performance goes to Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough by Michael Jackson. Michael does not attend, feeling he has been pigeon-holed into the R&B category.
Prince embarks on a North American tour with Motown funk artist Rick James, setting off from Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Def Leppard play at The Mayfair, Newcastle, England, UK, Europe.
Victor Bokris interviews Rolling Stones' vocalist Mick Jagger over dinner at William Burroughs’ home in The Bowery, New York City, USA. Also in attendance is Andy Warhol.
Randy Jackson, the brother of Michael Jackson, is injured when his Mercedes-Benz crashes at an intersection near the Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, California. Randy is extricated from the wreckage using the Jaws of Life, but despite fears that one of his legs might need to be amputated, he will make a good recovery.
Slade play at Charles Hall, University, Reading, England, UK, Europe.
Shakin' Stevens plays at The Music Machine, Camden, London, England, UK, Europe.
Twenty eight year old Texan Joseph Riviera, pulls out a gun in the New York offices of Elektra/Asylum Records, and demands to see either Jackson Browne or The Eagles, because he wants them to finance his trucking business. He is over-powered by police.
Paul McCartney completes two days of filming the video for his single, Coming Up, at Ewart Television Studios, London, England, UK, Europe.
Gary Numan enters the Billboard Top 40 Singles chart in the USA with Cars.
Dennis Brown plays at Friars, Aylesbury, UK.
The UK Subs play at The Rock Garden, Middlesbrough, UK.
The UK Subs play at The Stagecoach, Dumfries, Scotland.
Def Leppard play at The Apollo, Manchester, UK.
Secret Affair play at The Top Rank, Brighton, UK.
Judy Tzuke plays at The Winter Gardens, Bournemouth, UK.
Jimmy Lee Lindsey Jr. is born in Lilbourn, Missouri, USA. He will success as singer, guitarist and songwriter Jay Reatard .
On their World Invasion Tour, Van Halen play at The War Memorial, Rochester, New York State, USA, supported by Rail.
On their World Invasion Tour, Van Halen play at the Palais des Sports, Lyon, France, Europe.
The Beach Boys play at Wembley Arena, London, UK.
On their World Invasion Tour, Van Halen play at The Apollo Theatre, Glasgow, Scotland.
The Roy Ayers Group plays the fourth of six nights at The Village Gate, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA.
On their World Invasion Tour, Van Halen play at The Market Square Arena, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, supported by The Cats.
On their World Invasion Tour, Van Halen play at Bicentennial Center, Salina, Kansas, USA.
On their World Invasion Tour, Van Halen play at Hirsh Memorial Arena, Shreveport, Louisiana, USA. backstage after the show, Eddie Van Halen meets actress Valerie Bertinelli and her brother Patrick for the first time. As a joke, Valerie presents each of the band members with a bag of M+Ms with brown ones included. Patrick snaps a photo of the pair together with Eddie clenching his bag between his teeth. The photo will become a fixture on the couple's fireplace for many years.
Yes play at Madison Square Garden, New York City.
On their World Invasion Tour, Van Halen play at The University of New Mexico Arena, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.
With her third album, Never For Ever, Kate Bush becomes the first ever UK female solo artist to top the UK album chart.
When The Comsat Angels play at The Bridgehouse, Canning Town, London, UK, they are supported by Composition of Sound, whose line-up features Dave Gahan, Vince Clark, Martin Gore and Andy Fletcher, who will go on to form Depeche Mode.
Echo And The Bunnymen play at The F Club, Leeds, UK, supported by The Sound.
The Grateful Dead play the eleventh night of a fifteen night season at The Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, California, USA, during which the band revives its acoustic set and records tracks for the album Dead Set.
On their Unmasked tour, Kiss play at Eriksdalshallen, Stockholm, Sweden, Europe, supported by Iron Maiden.
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Echo And The Bunnymen play at The Penthouse, Scarborough, UK, supported by The Sound.
Van Halen come to the end of their World Invasion Tour with a show in The Von Braun Civic Center Arena, Huntsville, Alabama, USA.
Kenny Rogers reaches No1 in the Billboard Top 40 singles chart in the USA with Lady, for the first of six weeks.
Echo And The Bunnymen play at The Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Europe.
Queen play at the Deutchlandhalle, Berlin, Germany, Europe.
The film The Jazz Singer, starring Neil Diamond as a young Jewish cantor with a secret life as a jazz singer, is premiered in Century City, California, USA. The film is a re-make of an Al Jolson movie, originally released in 1927.