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New Zealand

The musical comedy Fun On The Bristol opens at The Grand Opera House, Wellington, New Zealand, Oceania.
Howard Morrison is born in Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, Oceania. He will become founder and leader of New Zealand's first all-Maori pop/rock'n'roll group, The Howard Morrison Quartet.
Brian Smith is born in Taranaki, New Zealand. After moving to the UK, he will play saxophone with Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated, Tubby Hayes, Maynard Ferguson, Mike Westbrook, Keith Tippett and others.
Charles Turu Tumahai is born in Orakei, Auckland City, New Zealand. He is best-remembered as Charlie Tumahai, bassist of 70s prog-rock band Be Bop Deluxe.
Martin Winiata's Dance Band records the Woody Herman classic Golden Wedding in Christchurch, New Zealand. The recording is made privately and will not be released.
Christopher O'Doherty is born in Auckland, New Zealand. He will find success as a musician, artist and designer under the name Reg Mombassa. He will be a co-founder of Australian band Mental As Anything, but will also pursue his interest in painting [mainly portraits and landcapes] and create cartoonish designs for surfwear company Mambo Graphics.
Music trade magazine Billboard in the USA reports that The Howard Morrison Quartet has scored a major hit single in New Zealand, Oceania, with the controversial song The Wild(er) New Zealand Boy, a parody of the folk song The Wild Colonial Boy. The Morrison Quartet song celebrates the achievements of George Wilder, said to be New Zealand's greatest-ever prison escaper.
The Beatles play the second of two nights at The Town Hall, Auckland, New Zealand.
The Harbour Lites (formerly The Folkestone Three) release a new single, Come Back Silly Girl on HMV Records in the UK.
The Maori Quin Tikis play at The Four Lions, Hotel Singapura, Singapore, Asia.
The Cure play the second of two nights at The Mainstreet Cabaret, Auckland, New Zealand, Oceania.
Elton John begins his first tour in two years, in New Zealand, Oceania.
The Police play at Western Spring Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand, Oceania.
The Violent Femmes begin a month-long tour of Australia and New Zealand, Oceania.
Successful New Zealand songwriter Paul Hewson phones Todd Hunter, bassist and vocalist of Dragon, in Sydney, Australia, Oceania, to tell him that he won’t be rejoining the group. That same night, after a wild evening of drinking, 32-year-old Hewson dies in a friend's car, having overdosed on a lethal mix of homebake – a powerful opiate manufactured as a substitute to heroin.
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble arrive in New Zealand for a performance at The Town Hall, Wellington.
Bryan Adams, Crowded House, Extreme, Lou Reed, Luka Bloom, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Scabs, The Smashing Pumpkins and Urban Dance Squad play at Torhout Festival, Festivalweide, Torhout, Belgium, Europe.
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Billy Bragg plays at the The Arts Centre, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe, supported by The Mutton Birds.
Neil Finn of Crowded House fame begins a week of solo shows at the St James Theatre, Auckland, New Zealand. During the week he is joined on stage by guests including his brother, Tim Finn, plus Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam, Lisa Germano, Ed O'Brien and Phil Selway of Radiohead, Johnny Marr of The Smiths and Sebastian Steinberg of Soul Coughing.
Gwen Stefani releases Hollaback Girl, the third single from her LP Love. Angel. Music. Baby., in Australia and New Zealand, Oceania.
Garbage release their fourth studio LP, Bleed Like Me, on Warner Brothers in Australia and New Zealand.
Sweet Dreams by Beyonce reaches No1 in the New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart.
Crowded House play the second of three nights at Hammersmith HMV Apollo, London, England, UK.
Neil Diamond plays at Vector Arena, Auckland, New Zealand.
Neil Diamond plays at Vector Arena, Auckland, New Zealand.
Megaupload.com founder Kim Dotcom [aka Kim Schmitz] is arrested when New Zealand police find him hiding in a 'safe room' with a loaded shotgun. Mr Dotcom's site was recently closed by the FBI in the USA.
Liverpool born Peter Jones, who played drums with Crowded House, dies aged 45 of brain cancer in Melbourne, Australia, Oceania.
Usher releases his seventh studio album, Looking 4 Myself in Australia, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Holland, New Zealand and Norway.
X-Factor winners Little Mix release their second single, Wings, in Australia and New Zealand.
Ke$ha releases her second album, Warrior, in Australia and New Zealand.
On his Old Ideas Tour, Leonard Cohen plays at Vector Arena, Auckland, New Zealand.
Lorde plays the last of three nights at Roseland Ballroom, New York City, USA.
Lorde plays at The WaMu Theater, Seattle, Washington, USA.
On their AM Tour, Arctic Monkeys play at The TSB Bank Arena, Wellington, New Zealand.
Neil Finn plays at The Corn Exchange, Cambridge, England, UK.
Connan Mockasin plays at The Independent, San Francisco, California, USA.
Ellie Goulding plays at The TSB Arena, Wellington, New Zealand, Oceania.
5 Seconds Of Summer release their debut album Five Seconds Of Summer, in Australia, Austria, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Slovakia, South Africa, Sweden and Switzerland.
Lorde plays at Shinagawa Stellar Ball, Tokyo, Japan, Asia.
On his 20/20 Experience World Tour, Justin Timberlake plays the second of three nights at Vector Arena, Auckland, New Zealand, Oceania.
The music biopic Get On Up, based on the life of James Brown, opens at cinemas in New Zealand.
Phil Rudd, drummer of AC/DC, is arrested by police in New Zealand, following a raid at his home in Tauraunga. He is taken into custody on suspicion of attempting to procure murder, threatening to kill and possession of methamphetamine and cannabis.
Marilyn Manson releases his ninth studio LP, The Pale Emperor, in Australia and New Zealand.
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds release their second studio LP, Chasing Yesterday, on Sour Mash Records in Australia and New Zealand, Oceania.
On his All The Hits All Night Long tour, Lionel Richie plays at The CBS Arena, Christchurch, New Zealand, Oceania.
On her Rebel Heart tour, when Madonna plays the first of two nights at Vector Arena, Auckland, New Zealand, Oceania, she arrives on stage one and a half hours late.
Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds play at The Vector Arena, Auckland, New Zealand, Oceania.
On his Purpose tour, Justin Bieber plays at Estadio Nacional, Santiago, Chile, South America.
Adele plays the last of three nights at Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand, Oceania.
On his ÷ Tour, Ed Sheeran plays the first of three days at Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, New Zealand, Oceania, supported by Six60 and Mitch James.