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Filming continues on the Prince movie Purple Rain in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
R.E.M. make their first appearance outside the USA with a live appearance on the British tv series The Tube in Newcastle, England, UK, Europe.
During a tour of American military bases, Loretta Lynn plays in the helicopter hangar of E Co., 3rd Aviation Battalion Combat, Giebelstadt, Germany, Europe.
Gina And The X-quisites are playing at Robin's Tavern, Singapore, Asia.
Tommy Boy and Sugarhill - two independent record labels in the USA, go to court in Newark, New Jersey, USA, over rights to the Malcolm X single, No Sell Out.
Quiet Riot play at UIC Pavillion, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
On their Mama tour, Genesis play the first of two nights at Madison Square Garden, New York City, USA.
Burning Spear plays at The Channel, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, supported by One People.
AC/DC play at Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Pablo Díaz-Reixa is born in the Canary Islands, Spain, Europe. He will find international success as electronic pop-dance musician El Guincho.
Lani Hall attends the premiere of the James Bond movie Never Say Never Again in Monte Carlo, France, Europe. At the dinner that evening, Hall sings the film's title song, which she had recorded for A+M Records.
Gordon Lightfoot plays at The Wendler Centre, Saginaw, Michigan, USA.
On their Lick It Up World tour, Kiss play at Vejlby-Risskov Hallen, Arhus, Denmark, Europe.
Huey Lewis And The News play at The Chance, New York City, USA.
Steve Hackett plays at Swansea University, Swansea, Wales, UK, Europe. Hackett was formerly the guitarist of Genesis.
Okamoto Jun is born in Kobe, Hyogo, Japan, Asia. He will find success as the visual kei rock singer-songwriter and guitarist Jun, performing with bands including Se'lavy, Mar'derayla and Phantasmagoria, Spiv States and Gotcharocka.
Tiny Tim attends The Limelight Entertainment Complex, New York City, USA.
On their The Present tour, The Moody Blues play at Northlands Coliseum, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Metallica play at Starry Night, Portland, Oregon, USA.
Frankie Goes To Hollywood play at Faces, Birmingham, England, UK, Europe.
Tappi Tíkarrass, a band including Bjork before she found fame, play at Músíktilraunir, an annual band contest in Reykjavík, Iceland, Europe.
When Big Country play at the Student Union Ballroom, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA, singer Stuart Adamson is knocked off his feet by an electric shock from his microphone and the show is abandoned.
The Fall play at Warwick University, Coventry, England, UK, Europe.
Psychic TV play at The Danceteria, New York City, USA.
On their Synchronicity tour, The Police play the second of two nights at The Summit, Houston, Texas, USA.
On their Shout At The Devil tour, Motley Crue play the last of three nights at The Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, California, USA.
The Gravenites-Cipollina band plays at The Keystone, Berkeley, San Francisco, California, USA.