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Big River, based on the Mark Twain novel The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn, is playing at the Eugene O'Neill Theater on Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 1005 performances. Featuring music written by country-pop singer-songwriter Roger Miller, the play wins seven Tony awards, including Best Score.
Bill Cosby hosts the recording of a three hour NBC-tv concert Motown Returns To The Apollo, celebrating a $10.4m renovation of the legendary Harlem venue. Artists include Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Drifters, The Manhattans, The Commodores, The Cadillacs, Martha Reeves, Mary Wells, Patti LaBelle, Rod Stewart, George Michael, Boy George and Joe Cocker. The show will be transmitted on 19 May.
The Sarah Jane Morris Duo, Fran Landesman, John Agard and Ralph The Haet play at New Merlin's Cave, London, England, UK, Europe.
Eek A Mouse plays at Portsmouth Polytechnic, Portsmouth, England, UK, Europe.
Here And Now play at The Arts Centre, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe.
The Tex Maniacs play at The Sir George Robey, Finsbury Park, London, England, UK, Europe.
The Hank Wangford Band plays at The Bull And Gate, Kentish Town, London, England, UK, Europe.
Roy Harper plays at St. Donat's Theatre, Llantwit Major, Wales, UK, Europe.
The Nightingales play at Thames Polytechnic, Woolwich, London, England, UK, Europe, supported by That Petrol Emotion and Bum Bites.
The Wedding Present play at Cats Mill, Leeds, England, UK, Europe.
Husker Du play at The Living Room, Providence, Rhode Island, USA.
Racing Cars play at The Cartoon, Croydon, London, England, UK, Europe.
Balaam And The Angel play at The Riverside Club, Fetcham, England, UK, Europe, supported by Circus Circus Circus.
A news item in today's edition of The New Musical Express (NME) music paper in the UK, notes that a number of concert promoters, including Harvey Goldsmith, Barry Dickins, Rod MacSween and John Giddings have begun announcing major gigs on tv or in mainstream newspapers, rather than using the traditional method of announcing such shows first in the music press. The latest Bruce Springsteen gigs, for example, were announced on BBC-2 tv show The Old Grey Whistle Test. This, according the NME, amounts to "treating us as their servants".
XMAL Deutschland play at at Bradford University, Bradford, England, UK, Europe.
The Steve Gibbons Band plays at The Half Moon, Putney, London, England, UK, Europe.
The Alarm play at Barrowlands, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, supported by The Faith Brothers.
Paul Weller and Martin Gore (of Depeche Mode) are musical guests on the BBC1 tv series The Saturday Picture Show.
Man play The King's Head, Fulham, London, England, UK, Europe.
Gary Glitter, Modern Romance and Black Lace play at Ladbrokes Holiday Village, Great Yarmouth, England, UK, Europe.
Los Angeles-based soul/mod revival band The Untouchables play at Strathclyde University, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, Europe.
The Triffids play at The Half Moon, Herne Hill, London, England, UK, Europe.
Dennis Brown, Sugar Minott, John Holt, Delroy Washington, Junior Delgado and other reggae artists appear in the Boom Of '85 benefit show at The Civic Hall, Poplar, England, UK, Europe. The show is a benefit concert for Ethiopian Famine Relief.
Gene Pitney plays at The Willows, Salford, England, UK, Europe.
Dr. Feelgood play at The Liesure Centre, Thame, England, UK, Europe.
The Equators play at The Paradise Club, Reading, England, UK, Europe.
Barbara Dickson plays at Colston Hall, Bristol, England, UK, Europe.
German band Propaganda enter the UK singles chart with Duel, which will peak at No21, the highest of their five chart entries.
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Steve Marriott's Packet Of Three play at Dingwalls, Camden Lock, London, England, UK, Europe, supported by A Bigger Mercedes.
The 30th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest is held in The Scandinavium, Gothenburg, Sweden, Europe. Norwegian female duo Bobbysocks! are the winners with the song La det swinge.
Mike Harding plays at The Dominion Theatre, London, England, UK, Europe.
Dr. Feelgood, John Otway and Partners In Crime play in a benefit show at the Thame Sports And Arts Centre, Thame, Oxfordshire, England, UK, Europe.
New Model Army play at Queen Margaret Union, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, Europe.
Pookiesnackenburger play at Watermans Art Centre, Brentford, London, England, UK, Europe.
The Chameleons play at Leeds University, England, UK, Europe.
Adrian Legg plays at The Rising Sun, Islington, London, England, UK, Europe.
Dumpy's Rusty Nuts play at The Blue And Gold Club, King's Lynn, England, UK, Europe.
Chicken Shack play at The Greyhound, Fulham, London, England, UK, Europe, supported by Willie And The Poor Boys.
The Pat Metheny Group plays at The Apollo Theatre, Manchester, England, UK, Europe.
The Nashville Teens play at The Town Hall, Gloucester, England, UK, Europe.
The Ruby Turner Band plays at Loughborough University, Loughborough, England, UK, Europe.
Phyllis Nelson reaches No1 in the UK singles chart with Move Closer.
Sky play at The Gaumont, Ipswich, England, UK, Europe.
The Archie Shepp Quartet plays at Sheffield University, Sheffield, England, UK, Europe.
On their Unforgettable Fire tour, U2 play the second of two nights at Hollywood Sportatorium, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA.
The Monochrome Set play at Keele University, Keele, England, UK, Europe.
The Housemartins, The Crackshots and Little Things play at The Tunnel Club, Greenwich, London, England, UK, Europe.
The Steel An' Skin Afro-Caribbean Band plays at Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, England, UK, Europe, while promoting their album Acid Rain.
The Wilko Johnson Band plays at The Saxon Tavern, Catford, London, England, UK, Europe, supported by The Shakers.
Attila The Stockbroker plays at Cardiff University, Cardiff, Wales, UK, Europe.