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XTC play at The Bataclan, Paris, France, Europe.
Terry Kath, guitarist/vocalist of the jazz-rock group Chicago, kills himself in Woodland Hills, California, USA, by accidentally discharging a pistol he is holding to his head in a mock game of Russian roulette.
Ozzy Osbourne re-joins Black Sabbath because his replacement, Dave Walker, has proved unsuitable.
Johnny Thunders Allstars, featuring members of The Hot Rods and Snatch, play at The Speakeasy, London, UK.
Bob Dylan’s movie folly Renaldo And Clara premieres in Los Angeles, California, USA.
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At the start of a major tour of the Far East, Bob Dylan plays the second of three nights at The Budokan, Tokyo, Japan, Asia.
The Young Ones play at The Marquee Club, London, UK. They will not last long, but one member, Paul 'Wix' Wickens, will go on to a lengthy career as MD in Paul McCartney's band.
John Otway And Wild Willy Barrett play at Maxwell's Club, Tynemouth, England, UK, Europe.
Billy Joel plays his first live gig in Great Britain, at The Drury Lane Theatre, London, UK.
Queen play the second of two nights at The Forest Nationale, Brussels, Belgium, Europe.
Queen play the second of two nights at The Pavillion, Paris, France, Europe.
Queen play at The Deutschlandhalle, Berlin, Germany, Europe.
Queen play at The Olympiahalle, Munich, Germany, Europe.
Queen play the first of two nights at New Bingley Hall, Stafford, UK.
Squeeze play at the University Of East Anglia, Norwich, England, UK, Europe.
Dire Straits' Brothers In Arms Tour plays at The Plaza de Toros Vista Alegre, Bilbao, Spain, Europe.
Bob Dylan plays the second of seven nights at the Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles.
Touring in support of his album Bat Out Of Hell, Meat Loaf plays at The Apollo Theatre, Manchester, UK.
Georgia On My Mind by Willie Nelson reaches No1 in the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in the USA
Kenny Rogers records The Gambler in a morning session at Jack Clement Studios, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Later the same day, he records All I Ever Need Is You with Dottie West.
Bob Dylan plays the third of six nights live at Earl's Court, London, UK.
The Riverboat Coffee House in Yorkeville, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, closes down. Opened in October 1964, it was Canada's most celebrated coffee house, staging gigs by Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Bruce Cockburn, Gordon Lightfoot and countless others.
Singer/guitarist Joe Strummer and bassist Paul Simonon of The Clash are arrested in Glasgow, Scotland, UK, Europe, on charges of drunk and disorderly behaviour, following a gig at The Apollo. Support band is Suicide.
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Bass-player Bill Wyman falls offstage and hurts his wrist when The Rolling Stones play at The Civic Center Arena, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.
Bob Dylan plays the first of two nights at the Scandinavium, Gothenburg, Sweden.
Squeeze play at The Rat Club, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Squeeze play at C.B.G.B.'s, 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.
AC/DC, Aerosmith, Foreigner and Van Halen play in the Summer Jam at Comiskey Park, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Alternative TV (aka ATV) play at The Corn Exchange, Devizes, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe, supported by Patrik Fitzgerald.
Bob Dylan plays at the Cumberland Civic Center, Portland, Maine, USA.
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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Bob Dylan plays at the Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
During a massive 62-city trek, Bob Dylan plays at the War Memorial Auditorium, Rochester, New York State.
Bob Dylan plays the first of two nights in Madison Square Garden, New York City, USA.
Sid Vicious, formerly of The Sex Pistols, plays the last of three nights at Max’s Kansas City, New York City, USA.
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Wire play at Kent University, Kent, England, UK, supported by The Cure.
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Jacques Brel, whose songs were covered by David Bowie, Scott Walker and Marc Almond, dies of lung cancer. Brel was known as 'the Belgian Bob Dylan'.
With punk still the UK's ruling rock ethic, a curious duo takes the stage at Eric's in Liverpool, England, UK, Europe. The pair litter the stage with keyboards, oscillators, signal generators and synthesizers. They call themselves Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark.
In a New York City, USA, court, former Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious is charged with murdering his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen. Newspaper reports describe him as seeming to be in a trance. Bail is set at $50,000. He is admitted to the Detox Unit at Riker's Island prison.
Paul McCartney's post-Beatles band Wings enters the Billboard US Top 40 singles chart with London Town, which will peak at No39, during a two-week run.
Bob Dylan plays at Richfield Coliseum, Richfield, Ohio, USA.
On their Jazz tour, Queen play at The Mid-South Coliseum, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
Joe Jackson releases his solo debut single, Is She Really Going Out With Him?, in the UK.
Tubeway Army release their debut album in the UK. Their singer Gary Numan will go on to international success.
Bob Dylan releases his live album, Bob Dylan At Budokan, in Japan.
Generation X play at Tiffany's, Halesowen, UK, supported by The Cure.
Richard Hell And The Voidoids play at The Show Place, New York City, USA.
In the middle of a marathon concert tour, a series of one-nighters in 62 cities across the USA and Canada, Bob Dylan plays in the Coliseum, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.
Bob Dylan plays the last concert of a mammoth 62-date tour at The Hollywood Sportatorium, Hollywood, Florida, USA.