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The Police play at the Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.
Paul McCartney is spending the eighth of nine days in jail In Tokyo, Japan, on a marijuana possession charge. [outlaw]
Actor John Belushi jams with the Dead Boys at the Whiskey A Go Go in Hollywood, California, USA.
The Ramones play in The University, Leeds, England, UK, Europe.
The Pretenders play at Loughborough University, Loughborough, England, UK, Europe.
The Ramones play in Bournemouth, England, UK, Europe.
The Ramones play in Amsterdam, Holland, Europe, supported by The UK Subs.
The Pretenders play at Dundee University, Dundee, Scotland, UK, Europe.
Janet Vogel of hit-making 60s vocal group The Skyliners commits suicide in her car in her garage at home in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
Def Leppard play at The Boat Club, Nottingham, England, UK, Europe.
XTC play the first of two nights at The Old Waldorf, San Francisco, California, USA.
Bob Seger And The Silver Bullet Band release their eleventh studio LP, Against The Wind, on Capitol Records in the USA.
Two top executives of the Sam Goody record retailing chain in the USA are indicted on charges of selling bootleg records and tapes.
The Ramones play at The Electric Ballroom, Camden, London, England, UK, Europe.
Leonard Cohen plays at The Comedy Theatre, Melbourne, Australia, Oceania.
Dexys Midnight Runners play at University College, Dublin, Eire.
The Boomtown Rats play in Ottawa, Canada.
The Police play at the US University, Cairo, Egypt, Africa.
Elton John completes recording of his next single, Little Jeannie, in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Thin Lizzy play at The Carlton, Kilkenny, Ireland.
Gary Numan, Andy Gibb, The Spinners and Kool And The Gang appear on tv show Midnight Special in the USA.
Rick James plays at The Civic Center, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, supported by Prince.
Genesis play at The Brighton Centre, Brighton, England, UK, Europe.
Secret Affair play at The Victoria Hall, Stoke, UK.
On their World Invasion Tour, Van Halen play in Mecca Arena, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.
B.A. Robertson plays at The Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Brand X, voted the world's Number One jazz-rock band in the Melody Maker Polls for 1978 and 1979, play at The Venue, London, UK.
The Hollies are working on the songs Peggy Sue and Love's Made A Fool Of You at Odyssey Studios, London, England, UK, Europe.
Linda Ronstadt plays at The Forum, Inglewood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
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Rush play the last of three nights in The Palladium, New York City, USA.
Pat Travers plays at Tucson Community Center Arena, Tucson, Arizona, USA.
Songwriters Lee Oskar, Keri Oskar and Greg Errico file a $3m copyright infringement lawsuit in Manhattan Federal Court, New York City, USA, alleging that the hit single Timber by Pitbull and Ke$ha has borrowed its harmonica riff from their 1978 song San Francisco Bay.
The highest new entry in the Billboard US Jazz LPs Chart is Rhapsody And Blues by The Crusaders, entering at No23.
AC/DC release their seventh studio album, Back in Black. It will eventually sell over 49m copies worldwide.
On their World Invasion Tour, Van Halen play at Chicago International Amphitheater, Chicago, Illinois, USA, supported by Rail.
Pink Floyd begin a six night stint, performing The Wall live in the UK for the first time at Earls Court, London, UK.
People for Ethical Treatment of Animals [PETA] is incorporated. PETA's work in alerting the world to the suffering of animals, usually as part of our food chain, has influenced and/or inspired many artists to compose songs on the same theme, notably The Smiths' Meat is Murder [1985], Nirvana's Something In The Way [1991] and NOFX's Clams Have Feelings Too [2000].
Christopher Cross reaches No1 in the Billboard US Top 40 singles with Sailing.
Bauhaus play at The Music Machine, Camden, London, UK, supported by Dead Or Alive.
Queen's latest album, The Game, peaks at No1 in the Billboard US albums chart for the first of five weeks.
The Jacksons, including Michael Jackson, play the third of four non-consecutive nights at The Forum, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Specials play the first of two nights at Lanchester Polytechnic, Coventry, England, UK, Europe, supported by the Swinging Cats.
The Grateful Dead play the sixth night of a fifteen night season at The Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, California, USA, during which the band revives its acoustic set and records tracks for the album Dead Set.
Echo And The Bunnymen play at The F Club, Leeds, UK, supported by The Sound.
The Grateful Dead play the thirteenth night of a fifteen night season at The Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, California, USA, during which the band revives its acoustic set and records tracks for the album Dead Set.
Kenny Rogers reaches No1 in the Billboard Top 40 singles chart in the USA with Lady, for the first of six weeks.
Echo And The Bunnymen play at Les Bains Douches, Paris, France.
A naked 16-year-old girl, found in the Los Angeles, California, USA, home of Eagles member Don Henley, has to be treated for drug intoxication. Henley is arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, cocaine and quaaludes, plus contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
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Dire Straits play at Park West, Chicago, Illinois, USA.