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Queen play at The Civic Centre, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Kiss play in Terre Haute, Indiana, USA.
Delta blues singer, guitarist and songwriter Bukka White dies aged 67 of cancer in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
XTC, a new wave band based in Swindon, Wiltshire, UK, record Traffic Light Rock, Saturn Boy, She's So Square and Neon Shuffle, during their second demo session for CBS Records at the company's studio in Whitfield Street, London.
Pink Fairies, Tim Blake, Hear And Now, Skywhale, Amazorblades and Mirror play an all-night benefit gig for Release at the University of Sussex Union.
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UK all-girl punk band The Slits make their first live appearance, in Harlesden, London, UK, as part of a show headlined by The Clash. Also on the bill are The Buzzcocks (playing their first gig without former frontman Howard Devoto) and the Subway Sect.
On the third leg of their Worldwide Texas tour, ZZ Top play the first of two nights at The Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. The tour features an onstage menagerie of typically Texan live animals such as a longhorn steer, a black buffalo, two vultures and two rattlesnakes. Various Texan plants, such as yucca, agave and cacti, also decorate the stage, which has been built in the shape of Texas.
On the third leg of their Worldwide Texas tour, ZZ Top play the second of two nights at The Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. The tour features an onstage menagerie of typically Texan live animals such as a longhorn steer, a black buffalo, two vultures and two rattlesnakes. Various Texan plants, such as yucca, agave and cacti, also decorate the stage, which has been built in the shape of Texas.
Allen Klein, former manager of both The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, is indicted in New York City on charges of income tax evasion.
The Clash release their eponymous debut album in the UK.
The Clash release their debut LP, The Clash, on CBS Records in the UK.
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Led Zeppelin play at Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Weather Report play at The Shaboo, New Haven, Connecticut, USA.
On the White Riot Tour, The Clash, The Jam, The Buzzcocks, The Slits and The Subway Sect play at the City Hall, St. Albans, UK. After the show, police officers stop The Clash and strip search them at the local station but find nothing. A search of the band's van, however, unearths pillow cases, keys and towels from the Holiday Inn, Seaton Burn, Newcastle, where the band played the previous day. Charges of theft are laid against Joe Strummer and Topper Headon.
Influential jazz pianist Hampton Hawes dies unexpectedly of a brain hemorrhage, aged 48, in Los Angeles, California, USA.
KISS provide Marvel Comics with a small vial of their blood to be mixed with printers' ink for their upcoming faux-autobiographical comic.
Genesis begin four nights at The Palais des Sports, Paris, France, Europe, during which they record some tracks for a live double LP, Seconds Out.
Chicago play at Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Pat Travers Band play at the The City Hall, Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK, supported by The Doctors Of Madness.
Cher gives birth to Elijah Blue Allman, her first and only child with Gregg Allman of The Allman Brothers.
Supertramp's album Even In The Quietest Moments is certified as a Gold Disc in the USA.
Brian Burton is born in White Plains, New York State, USA. He will find success as a producer, multi-instrumentalist and performer under the name Danger Mouse, and also as the founder of Gnarls Barkley.
Dire Straits get their first airplay when Radio London deejay Charlie Gillett plays a demo of their song Sultans Of Swing on his radio show, Honky Tonk. Guitarist Mark Knopfler and the other members of the band are helping a friend move house, so they do not even hear the broadcast which will, in due course, win them a recording contract with Phonogram Records. Later on this evening, they play at The Albany, London, UK.
After signing to Virgin Records in the Afternoon, XTC play at the Music Machine, London.
The Weirdos, Devo and The Dils play at Myron's Ballroom, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Roadrunner by Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers peaks at No11 on the UK singles chart. On the same day, Cherie Currie quits all-girl rock band The Runaways and Generation X, a punk band led by Billy idol, signs to Chrysalis Records in the UK.
When Bing Crosby plays the last American concert of his career, the power fails but he continues the show, singing without amplification.
The Ramones sign a contract with live promotions agency Premier Talent.
R'n'b and jazz guitarist George Benson enters the Billboard Top 40 singles chart in the USA with The Greatest Love Of All, which will peak at No24 during a seven-week run on the chart.
Weather Report play at the Konserthuset, Gothenburg, Sweden.
Weather Report play at the Circus Krone, Munich, Germany.
XTC release their debut single, Science Friction, in the UK on Virgin Records.
Weather Report play at Colston Hall, Bristol, UK.
St. Helens band The Spitfire Boys, often touted as Liverpool's first punk band, release their debut single, British Refugee, on RKO Records. The band includes guitarist Paul Rutherford, who will go on to greater fame as a member of Frankie Goes To Hollywood, and drummer Peter Clark who will find success under the name of Budgie in Siouxsie And The Banshees.
The Runaways play at Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern ireland, UK.
The Sex Pistols' album Never Mind The Bollocks is removed from British record stores under the 1889 Indecent Advertisements Act.
The album Down Two, Then Left by Boz Scaggs is awarded a gold disc by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
Weather Report play at Hancher Auditorium, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, USA.
Eric Clapton's new album, Slowhand, produced by Glyn Johns, enters the UK album chart where it will peak at No23.
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The Runaways play at The Markthalle, Hamburg, Germany, Europe.
Innovative blind jazz saxophone virtuoso Rahsaan Roland Kirk dies of a stroke (his second), just hours after performing in the Frangipani Room of the Indiana University Student Union in Bloomington, Indiana, USA.
New York’s Talking Heads release their classic single, Psycho Killer, which had been written by frontman David Byrne while at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Providence, Rhode Island, USA.
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Slade are in Munich, Germany, Europe, recording an appearance on a tv show.
The Ramones play at Clouds, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, supported by The Rezillos.
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The Runaways play the second of four nights at The Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Touring in support of his album Bat Out Of Hell, Meat Loaf plays in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, USA.
On the fifth and final leg of their Worldwide Texas tour, ZZ Top play at The Hirsch Memorial Coliseum, Shreveport, Louisiana, USA, supported by Jay Boy Adams. The tour features an onstage menagerie of typically Texan live animals such as a longhorn steer, a black buffalo, two vultures and two rattlesnakes. Various Texan plants, such as yucca, agave and cacti, also decorate the stage, which has been built in the shape of Texas.
Bruce Springsteen's first public performance of Because The Night, takes place on stage with Patti Smith at CBGB's Theater, New York City, USA. During the show, the venue is closed by fire marshals, citing excess capacity as the reason.
On the fifth and final leg of their Worldwide Texas tour, ZZ Top play at The Convention Center, San Antonio, Texas, USA, supported by Muddy Waters and The Fools. The tour features an onstage menagerie of typically Texan live animals such as a longhorn steer, a black buffalo, two vultures and two rattlesnakes. Various Texan plants, such as yucca, agave and cacti, also decorate the stage, which has been built in the shape of Texas.
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