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The second West End Revival of Godspell is playing at The Fortune Theatre, London, England, UK, Europe. This revival stars Davy Jones, formerly of The Monkees, as Jesus.
Andy Chapin, keyboardist with Rick Nelson's Stone Canyon Band, is killed in the same Texas plane crash which kills Nelson. Chapin had also played keyboards for a later version of Steppenwolf.
On their Ride The Lightning tour, Metallica play at San Francisco Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USA, supported by Megadeth and Metal Church.
At a New Year's Party held by Don Henley, a former member of The Eagles, at his ranch in Aspen, Colorado, USA, presidential candidate Gary Hart first meets Donna Rice, who will later become embroiled with him in a scandal.
On their Standing On The Edge tour, Cheap Trick play at The Vic Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Yeah Yeah Noh play at The Mermaid, Birmingham, England, UK, Europe.
Pete De Freitas, drummer of Echo and The Bunnymen, leaves Liverpool, England, UK, Europe, with his side-project band, The Sex Gods, and flies to New York City, USA. He will not return to the Bunnymen for several months, choosing instead to spend the time on a drug-crazed binge in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
Kiss play at The Omni, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
The 27th Annual Japan Record Awards take place at the Nippon Budokan in Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan, Asia. The Japan Record Award goes to Akina Nakamori for "Meu amor é..." while Best Vocalist is Sayuri Ishikawa and Best Star is The Checkers.
Eddie Money, Night Ranger and Eric Martin play at The Cow Palace, Daly City, California, USA.
Fishbone play at Club Lingerie, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Hank Wangford Band plays at The Mean Fiddler, Harlesden, London, England, UK, Europe.
Desmond Dekker plays at Dingwall's, Camden Lock, London, England, UK, Europe, supported by The Potato 5.
General Public play at The Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center, Oakland, California, USA, supported by The Uptones.
Rick Nelson, his fiancee and five band members are killed in a DC-3 plane crash near De Kalb, Texas, USA.
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On their Invasion of Your Privacy tour, Ratt play at San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego, California, USA, with Bon Jovi.
Fairport Convention play at The Moat House, Banbury, England, UK, Europe.
Abandon City! play at The Angel, Southampton, England, UK, Europe.
Vi Subversa and Richard Famous, The Mekons, John Hegley, Beverley Bell, Tymon Dogg and Rory McLeod play at The Interchange, Kentish Town, London, England, UK, Europe.
Elton John plays the second of two nights at The International Centre, Bournemouth, England, UK, Europe.
Geno Washington And The Ram Jam Band play at The Cricketers, Kennington, London, England, UK, Europe, supported by The Larks.
Buddy Curtess And The Grasshoppers play at The Marquee Club, Soho, London, England, UK, Europe.
The Grateful Dead, Baba Olatunji and The Neville Brothers play at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena, Oakland, California, USA.
BBC tv's Whistle Test transmits a special late night New Year concert in the UK, featuring Madness.
Heart and REO Speedwagon play at Cobo Arena, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
The Big Town Playboys play at The Dublin Castle, Camden Town, London, England, UK, Europe.
Maze play at The Paramount Theatre, Oakland, California, USA, supported by Natalie Cole.
The fourteenth annual New Year's Rockin' Eve special is aired on ABC-tv in the USA, with appearances by The Four Tops, The Judds, Barry Manilow, The Motels, Tears for Fears, The Temptations and The Divinyls.
Jake Thakray is playing during six nights at the King's Head Theatre Club, Islington, London, England, UK, Europe.
On their Sacred Heart tour, Dio play at Seattle Center Coliseum, Seattle, Washington, USA.
The Melvins play at Ruthie's Inn, Berkeley, California, USA, with DRI, Mentors and Tyrannacide.
Dire Straits play the last of three nights at The Playhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, Europe.
The Pogues play at Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK, Europe.