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In the midst of a UK tour, Mike Joyce of The Smiths wakens to find he has chicken pox. The Smiths abandon the tour, leaving The Go-Betweens to fill in for them.
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UK tv show Top Of The Pops celebrates its 20th birthday. By a happy coincidence, two artists in this week’s chart, Paul McCartney and Cliff Richard, were also in the Top 20 for the first show. The show is also memorable as the first TOTP appearance of Frankie Goes To Hollywood singing Relax.
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Madonna makes her first appearance on US tv show American Bandstand, miming to her first hit single, Holiday.
At the 11th American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California, USA, Michael Jackson wins in seven categories, including Favourite Male Pop/Rock Artist, Favourite Pop/Rock Album [Thriller], Favourite Soul/R'n'B Album. In addition he receives a special Award of Merit.
The Pretenders release their third album, Learning To Crawl, in the UK.
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Trouble Funk play at The Roxy, New York City, USA.
Madonna makes her first British appearance when tv show The Tube broadcasts from The Hacienda, Manchester, England, UK, Europe. The Factory All Stars (including Vini Reilly, New Order's Stephen Morris and Bernard Sumner and ACR's Donald Johnson) perform Shack Up, Confusion and Love Will Tear Us Apart. Morrissey of The Smiths also appears.
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Genesis release a new single, Illegal Alien / Turn It On Again on Virgin/Charisma Records in the UK.
The Cure play in the Alabamahalle, Munich, Germany, Europe.
New York City’s beloved Bottom Line club celebrates its 20th anniversary.
Hank Wangford plays at The Red Lion, Brentford, England, UK, Europe.
Magnum play at The General Wolfe, Coventry, England, UK, Europe.
Satan play at Shades, London, England, UK, Europe.
Diamond Head play at The Sherwood Rooms, Nottingham, England, UK, Europe.
Attila The Stockbroker plays at Teeside Polytechnic, Middlesborough, England, UK, Europe.
Spear Of Destiny play at The University, Newcastle, England, UK, Europe.
Manowar make a personal appearance at Shades, Soho, London, England, UK, Europe, at 12.30pm.
Simple Minds play at The City Hall, Cork, Ireland, Europe.
The Balham Alligators play at The Dublin Castle, Camden, London, England, UK, Europe.
The Smiths' Britsh tour plays at the University of Reading, Reading, England, UK, Europe.
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The Mystery Girls play at The Titanic, London, England, UK, Europe.
Anti-apartheid demonstrators stage a protest outside a hotel in Auckland, New Zealand, Oceania, whose guests include Elton John. They are angered that he has agreed to play a show in the controversial South African casino resort Sun City.
The Anti-Nowhere League, Sex Beat and GeschlechtAKT play at The Savoy At The Junction, Tufnell Park, London, England, UK, Europe.
Singer and songwriter James 'Roy' Hall dies aged 61, in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. His most famous composition was Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On.
The Stylistics play at The Arts Centre, Poole, England, UK, Europe.
The Smiths' British tour plays at Loughborough University, Loughborough, England, UK, Europe.
The videocassette The Making Of Michael Jackson's Thriller, goes on sale in the UK with advance orders of 80,000 units.
Queen release a new single, I Want To Break Free, in the UK.
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Marvin Gaye is buried in Forest Lawn Cemetary, Los Angeles, California, USA. Stevie Wonder sings and Smokey Robinson delivers the eulogy.
Lawyers acting on behalf of Michael Jackson obtain an injunction in New York City preventing the sale of unauthorized merchandise bearing his likeness.
On their End Of The Road tour Status Quo play the second of two nights at The Gaumont, Ipswich, England, UK, Europe.
On their End Of The Road tour Status Quo play the first of two nights at Trentham Gardens, Stoke On Trent, England, UK, Europe.
When Black Flag play at Club Lingerie, Hollywood, California, USA, frontman Henry Rollins has to disarm a knife-wielding fan in the front row.
The Bob Dylan/Carlos Santana tour of Europe arrives at Wembley Stadium in London, where guests onstage include Eric Clapton, Van Morrison and Chrissie Hynde.
Claiming that the hit single Ghostbusters plagiarises his song I Want A New Drug, Huey Lewis and co-writer Chris Hayes file suit against Ray Parker Jr.
The Monsters Of Rock Festival with AC/DC, Van Halen, Gary Moore, Y+T, Accept and Motley Crue plays at Schuetzenwiese, Winterthur, Switzerland, Europe.
Van Morrison plays at a benefit show for striking UK coal miners, at The Royal Albert Hall, London, England, UK, Europe.
Billy Ocean reaches No1 in the Billboard R'n'B Singles Chart in the USA with Caribbean Queen.
Icelandic post-punk band KUKL play a gig at Eldorado in Paris, France, Europe. The show will be released in July 1985 as the live album KUKL A Paris 14.9.84.
Bobby Womack plays the second of three nights at Hammersmith Odeon, London, England, UK, Europe.
Rod Stewart plays at The Riverbend, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
On his Born In The USA tour, Bruce Springsteen plays at The Morris Community Theater, Morristown, New Jersey, USA.
Rod Stewart plays in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.
Elvis Costello And The Attractions play at The Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK, Europe.
Husker Du, Regressive Aid and Dead Milkmen play at Friendship Station, Washington DC, USA.
Barclay James Harvest play at Wembley Arena, London, England, UK, Europe. (See Johnny Black's diary entry about this gig, attached)
On their The Top tour, The Cure play at The Bismarck Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
R.E.M. begin a British tour at Tiffany's, Newcastle, England, UK, Europe.
R.E.M. play at The Polytechnic, Manchester, England, UK, Europe.
Bronski Beat play at The Palais, Hammersmith, London, England, UK, Europe.