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Touring in support of his album Bat Out Of Hell, Meat Loaf plays at Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York State, USA.
Dire Straits play at The Rock Garden, London, UK.
Adam Clayton of struggling Irish band The Hype places a fake advertisement in a local newspaper, which reads, "Manager seeks the whereabouts of The Hype after amazing Howth gig. Please ring Brian '450822.' The Hype will, in due course, become U2.
Black Sabbath singer Ozzy Osbourne’s father, Jack Osbourne, dies of cancer in hospital in the UK.
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Johnny Thunders Allstars, featuring members of The Hot Rods and Snatch, play at The Speakeasy, London, UK.
Leo Kottke plays at Cain's, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA.
Guitarist Robert Fripp performs a live Frippertronics concert at The Kitchen, New York City, USA.
Van Halen release their debut album, Van Halen, in the USA.
Bob Dylan records his album Live At Budokan, at the Budokan, Tokyo, Japan, Asia.
The album Weekend In LA by jazz and r'n'b guitarist George Benson is awarded a Gold Disc in the USA by the R.I.A.A.
Johnny Cash plays at Sportovni Hale, in Prague, Czech Republic, Europe.
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Because of background vocalist Debbie Dye leaving Bob Dylan's band after the recent tour of the Far East, two singers audition unsuccessfully in Santa Monica, California, USA.
Touring in support of his album Bat Out Of Hell, Meat Loaf plays at Cleveland Music Hall, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
Bob Dylan is working on Baby, Stop Crying, Is Your Love In Vain?, New Pony and Senor (Tales Of Yankee Power), at Rundown Studios, Santa Monica, California, USA.
Bob Dylan is working on Walk Out In The Rain, Coming From The Heart (The Road Is Long), Stop Now and New Pony, at Rundown Studios, Santa Monica, California, USA.
Duran Duran play one of their earliest gigs, at Barbarella’s, Birmingham, UK.
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Squeeze play at Alexandra's, Brownsville, New Jersey, USA.
Bob Dylan attends a Robert Gordon concert at the Music Machine, Camden Town, London. Sid Vicious attends the same gig and, according to some reports, threatens Dylan with a knife.
Squeeze play at The Madhatter, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA.
Bob Dylan's album Street Legal is awarded a gold disc in the USA.
When Television play at The Old Waldorf, San Francisco, California, USA, the concert is recorded for a radio broadcast and will eventually be released as the LP Live at the Old Waldorf.
The Boomtown Rats play at The City Hall, Newcastle, UK, supported by The Young Ones. The support band will not last long, but one member, Paul 'Wix' Wickens, will go on to a lengthy career as MD in Paul McCartney's band.
Squeeze come to the end of their first American tour with the second of two nights at Hurrah, New York City, USA.
Teddy Bunn, a top-rated American blues and jazz guitarist in the 1930s, dies in Lancaster, California, USA. In a long career, he had worked with Sidney Bechet, Hadda Brooks, Johnny Dodds, J.C. Higginbotham, Lionel Hampton, Jimmie Noone and others.
Fleetwood Mac and The Steve Miller Band play at JFK Stadium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Glen Goins, former vocalist and guitarist with George Clinton's Parliament-Funkadelic, dies at the age of 24 in New Jersey of complications relating to Hodgkinson's Disease.
Touring in support of his album Bat Out Of Hell, Meat Loaf plays in Calgary, Canada.
Touring in support of his album Bat Out Of Hell, Meat Loaf plays in Rockfield Community College Fieldhouse, Suffern, New York State, USA.
Stacy Sutherland, former lead guitarist of psychedelic rock pioneers The 13th Floor Elevators, is accidentally shot dead by his wife Bunny, in Houston, Texas, USA.
Sid Vicious, formerly bassist of the Sex Pistols, plays the first of several gigs at Max’s Kansas City, New York City, USA. His backing band includes former New York Dolls Jerry Nolan and Arthur Kane, and Clash member Mick Jones.
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Sixty five naked girls assemble in Wimbledon Stadium, London, England, UK, to take part in a naked bicycle race, as a publicity stunt to promote the new double A-sided Queen single, Fat Bottomed Girls/Bicycle Race.
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Black Sabbath play in Fresno, California, USA.
Yes play the first of three nights in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Black Sabbath release their eighth album Never Say Die! in the UK. This will prove to be the last full studio album featuring the entire original line-up of the group.
Gruppo Sportivo play at The Top Rank, Cardiff, Wales, England, UK, Europe.
Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones apologises to the Rev. Jesse Jackson for the racially offensive lyrics of Some Girls, but still refuses to remove the line 'Black girls just love to get fucked all night long'.
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When Wire play at London Polytechnic, London, England, UK, support band The Cure turn up too late to play.
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After The Fire play at The Brunel Rooms, Swindon, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe.
Bob Dylan plays at The Olympia, Detroit, Michigan.
Having just landed in New York City, The Police race across town in a cab in order to be in time to hit the stage at the legendary CBGB
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Bob Dylan plays at the Market Square Arena, Indianapolis, Indiana.
Young Parisians, the debut single by Adam and the Ants, hits the shops in the UK.
Bob Dylan plays at The Checkerdome, St. Louis, Missouri.
Elton John is rushed to a Harley Street, London, clinic, suffering from chest pains believed to be related to exhaustion caused by overwork.
Harry Chapin plays at The Arie Crown Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Bob Dylan plays at the Municipal Auditorium, Nashville, Tennessee. An early version of Slow Train is tried out at the soundcheck.
Tapper Zukie plays at Tiffany's, Edinburgh, Scotland, supported by Cygnus.
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At a cost of just £200 Iron Maiden record their first demos, at Spaceward Studios, Cambridge, England, UK, Europe.