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The Beach Boys, The Grateful Dead and Jefferson Starship play at a benefit for the boat people of Kampuchea, in California, USA.
The Clash spend the first of two days in Pluto Studios, Manchester, UK, recording Bankrobber.
The Stranglers play a gig at The Rainbow, Finsbury Park, London, UK, as a protest against the arrest of their singer, Hugh Cornwell, on drug-related charges. Robert Smith of The Cure plays guitar with The Stranglers during this show.
Split Enz and The Sports play at The Regent Theatre, Albury, Australia, Oceania.
Sad Cafe play at The Wessex Hall, Poole, UK.
Madness play at The Glen Ballroom, Llanelli, Wales.
B.A. Robertson plays at The Spa Hall, Bridlington, UK.
Genesis play at The Assembly Rooms, Derby, UK.
ZZ Top play at The Grugahalle, Essen, Germany, Europe, during the Rockpalast Nacht Festival.
X and The Last play the first of two nights at The Starwood, Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, California, USA.
When black children in South Africa adopt Another Brick In The Wall by Pink Floyd as their anthem, censorship rears its ugly head - the single is banned by the apartheid regime.
On their Heaven And Hell tour, Black Sabbath play at Hammersmith Odeon, London, England, UK, Europe.
On their Tusk tour, Fleetwood Mac play at Dane County Coliseum, Madison, Wisconsin, USA.
Bruce Cockburn plays at My Fathers Place, Roslyn, New York State, USA.
On his The Concert tour, Mike Oldfield plays the second of two nights at The Ush er Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, Europe.
Diana Ross releases a new album, Diana, produced by Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers of Chic. It will peak at No2 in the Billboard Albums Chart in the USA.
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Rush play in Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York State, USA.
U2 release their first single for Island Records, 11 O'Clock Tick Tock, in the UK, Europe.
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Joan Armatrading plays the second of two nights at The Odeon, Birmingham, England, UK, Europe, supported by Kim Beacon.
The Osmonds spend the first of two days in Sydney, Australia, Oceania, doing media interviews.
Frank Zappa plays at The Drammenshallen, Drammen, Norway, Europe.
Twenty thousand fans turn out for the Crystal Palace Garden Party in London, England, UK, Europe, to see Bob Marley And The Wailers, Joe Jackson, The Average White Band and Q-Tips.
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Rush play the second of two nights at The Apollo, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, Europe.
Slade play at The New Webbington Hotel And Country Club, Edingworth, England, UK, Europe.
Babooshka by Kate Bush enters the UK singles chart.
Blues guitarist, singer, songwriter and band leader JW-Jones is born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Dexys Midnight Runners play at The Original Club, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe.
The Brothers Johnson play in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.
The Chords are recording demos at Polydor Studios, London, England, UK, Europe.
America play at The Circle Star Theatre, San Carlos, California, USA.
The Elton Dean Quintet play at The 100 Club, London, England, UK, Europe.
Devo play at The California Theatre, San Diego, Calfornia, USA.
Firefall play at Red Rocks Amphiteatre, Morrison, Colorado, USA.
As part of the Edinburgh Rock Festival, The Ramones play at The Playhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, Europe, supported by The Spectres, whose line-up includes former Sex Pistols bassist Glen Matlock.
On their Back In Black tour, AC/DC play at Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston, Texas, USA.
On their The Game tour, Queen play at Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland, Maine, USA.
On their Departure tour, Journey play at Hara Arena, Dayton, Ohio, USA.
The Cure play at Raffles Hotel, Applecross, Perth, Australia, Oceania.
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Yes play at Madison Square Garden, New York City, USA.
The Specials begin a British tour at The Cornish Riviera, St Austell, Cornwall, England, UK, Europe, supported by The Swinging Cats.
Queen's tour of the USA ends with the last of three nights at Madison Square Garden, New York City, USA.
On their Drama tour, Yes play at Selland Arena, Fresno, California, USA.
Motorhead perform their current single, Ace Of Spades, on weekly UK chart-oriented tv show Top Of The Pops.
The Police play at the Rudi Sedler-Mayer Halle, Munich, Germany, Europe, supported by The Photos.
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The single Hungry Heart is released in the USA, and will give Bruce Springsteen his first Top Ten hit, peaking at No5.
Dire Straits perform live on the tv show Fridays, in Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Police reach No1 in the UK albums chart with Zenyatta Mondatta and, on the same day, they play a gig at Warnors Theater, Fresno, California, USA.
Bob Marley, suffering from terminal cancer, is undergoing treatment at the Issels Clinic in the Bavarian Alps, Germany, Europe.
The album Paris by Supertramp, featuring Swindon-born vocalist Rick Davies, is awarded a US Gold Disc by the R.I.A.A.
Dire Straits, Mike Oldfield, Roxy Music and Talking Heads play the second of two nights in Rock Pop In Concert at Westfalenhalle, Dortmund, Germany, Europe.
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