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After twenty years with Status Quo, drummer John Coghlan finally leaves, and will be replaced by Pete Kircher.
John Sharples of Preston, Lancashire, England, UK, Europe, sets a new world record by disco dancing non-stop from this day, for the next 371 hours.
The Police play at Cobo Hall, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Kraftwerk become the first German act to top the UK charts with their re-released single, The Model.
The Ozark Mountain Daredevils play at Cain's, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA.
Former Velvet Underground vocalist Nico plays in Rome, Italy, Europe, with The Faction.
Richie Havens plays the second of two nights at the Bottom Line, New York City, USA, supported by Gary Yudman.
Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney release their new duet single, Ebony And Ivory, in the USA.
Sammy Hagar plays in Bakersfield, California, USA, supported by Quarterflash.
Ronny, a cross-dressing French girl singer produced by Pete Townshend of The Who headlines her first London concert at the Old Vic Theatre in Waterloo Road. Her band includes former Buggles keyboardist Hans Zimmer and Ultravox drummer Warren Cann.
Acclaimed rock journalist Lester Bangs is found dead in his New York City apartment. His heart had stopped after an overdose of stimulants.
Laurie Anderson plays the second of two nights at The Kabuki Nightclub, San Francisco, California, USA.
Dr. John plays at The Keystone, San Francisco, California, USA.
The American Livin' Blues Festival 1982, featuring Jimmy Dawkins, Lester Davenport, Queen Sylvia Embry, Lafayette Leake and Smokey Smothers takes place at La Maison des Arts, Creteil, France, Europe.
Van Halen is awarded a US platinum disc by the R.I.A.A. for the album Diver Down.
In the midst of a holiday in Italy, Europe, Paul Weller decides to leave The Jam.
Cathy Newell of the girl group Bellefire is born in Ireland, Europe.
On their Hide Your Sheep Tour [aka the K.A.T.N. (Kicking Ass and Taking Names tour) Tour], Van Halen play at Charlotte Coliseum, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, supported by After The Fire.
The Prince's Tust Gala Benefit at The Dominion Theatre, London, England, UK, Europe, features a supergroup including Pete Townshend of The Who, Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin, Kate Bush, Gary Brooker of Procol Harum, Phil Collins and others.
On their Hide Your Sheep Tour [aka the K.A.T.N. (Kicking Ass and Taking Names tour) Tour], Van Halen play at Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center, Birmingham, Alabama, USA, supported by After The Fire.
Asylums In Jerusalem/Jacques Derrida by Scritti Politti, enters the UK pop singles chart where it will peak at No43 during a five week stay.
On their Hide Your Sheep Tour [aka the K.A.T.N. (Kicking Ass and Taking Names tour) Tour], Van Halen play the second of two nights at Cobo Hall, Detroit, Michigan, USA, supported by After The Fire.
Dance Floor by Zapp is the new No1 R'n'B single in the Billboard Charts in the USA.
On their Hide Your Sheep Tour [aka the K.A.T.N. (Kicking Ass and Taking Names tour) Tour], Van Halen play at Vancouver Coliseum, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, supported by After The Fire.
Gang Of Four play at Adam's Avenue Theater, San Diego, California, USA, supported by R.E.M.
Gang Of Four play at The Wild Cat House, Tucson, Arizona, USA, supported by R.E.M.
The Blasters play in Providence, Rhode Island, USA.
The Clash re-issue their recent single, Should I Stay Or Should I Go, in the UK. This edition has a different cover than the original, and is a double A-side with Straight to Hell, plus Cool Confusion as the b-side.
On their Hide Your Sheep Tour [aka the K.A.T.N. (Kicking Ass and Taking Names tour) Tour], Van Halen play the second of two nights at The Aladdin Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, supported by After The Fire.
A special featuring Pete Townshend of The Who runs on MTV in the USA, focussing on his solo album All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes.
Duran Duran play the first of two nights at The Draken Theatre, Stockholm, Sweden, Europe.
On their Hide Your Sheep Tour [aka the K.A.T.N. (Kicking Ass and Taking Names tour) Tour], Van Halen play at The Events Center, Casper, Wyoming, USA, supported by After The Fire. [N.B. This concert may have been cancelled].
The Jam play at Whitley Bay Ice Rink, Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear, England, UK, Europe.
Folk singer and song collector A.L. Lloyd dies aged 74 at his home in Greenwich, London, England, UK, Europe.
Depeche Mode begin a 22 date tour at Neeld Hall, Chippenham, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe, to promote their album A Broken Frame.
After being found guilty of cocaine possession, Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page gets a 12 month conditional discharge and is fined £100 for costs.
On their Hide Your Sheep Tour [aka the K.A.T.N. (Kicking Ass and Taking Names tour) Tour], Van Halen play the second of two nights at The Spectrum, Philadelphia, USA.
On their Hide Your Sheep Tour [aka the K.A.T.N. (Kicking Ass and Taking Names tour) Tour], Van Halen play the first of three nights at The Centrum, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA, supported by Joe Whiting And The Bandit Band.
At a Peter Frampton gig in Hermann Park, Houston, Texas, USA, one fan is stabbed to death, a second is killed by a gunshot, and a third seriously injured in another knifing incident.
The Beatles compilation album 20 Greatest Hits enters the UK albums chart where it will peak at No10, during a 30-week run.
Elton John begins a 42-date British tour at City Hall, Newcastle, England, UK, Europe.
A Flock Of Seagulls, remembered more for their coiffure than their music, enter the UK singles chart with Wishing (If I Had A Photograph Of You).
Squeeze play at Hammersmith Palais, London, England, UK, Europe.
Although still suffering from anorexia nervosa, Karen Carpenter of The Carpenters leaves the Manhattan Hospital, New York City, USA, after a short stay.
John Cougar plays in Lakeland, Florida, USA.
Heart play in Houston, Texas, USA.
Linda Ronstadt plays in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA.
In New York City, USA, Miles Davis is married to actress Cicely Tyson, with Bill Cosby as their best man. This is Davis' third marriage.
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On what they have declared to be their Farewell Tour, The Who play at Jefferson Civic Center Coliseum, Birmingham, Alabama, USA. They will be back.
U2 begin two days of filming a video for their song New Year's Day in deep snow and -10 degrees temperature at the Salen Ski Resort in Sweden, Europe.
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