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Fairport Convention play at The Half Moon, Putney, London, England, UK, Europe.
France introduces a new copyright law making provisions regarding the payment of royalties for home taping of audio and audiovisual works.
Elton John plays the first of two nights at Glasgow Centre, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, Europe.
Luther Vandross is seriously injured when his Mercedes Benz goes out of control and crashes on Laurel Canyon Boulevard, Los Angeles, California, USA. Because his passenger is killed in the crash, Vandross is charged with manslaughter.
AC/DC play at The NEC, Birmingham, England, UK, Europe.
Hinds and Slotface play at Tomorrow Never Knows 2018 in Lincoln Hall, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Feargal Sharkey plays at The Apollo, Manchester, England, UK, Europe.
The album Highwayman by Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson is certified as a gold disc by the R.I.A.A. in the USA. The superstar quartet is also known as The Highwaymen.
The Bears, including virtuoso guitarist Adrian Belew, play at Berkeley Square, Berkeley, California, USA.
Bob Dylan's world tour with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers plays at the Entertainment Centre, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
Jermaine Jackson releases a new LP, Precious Moments, on Arista Records in the USA.
Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue overdoses at a dealer's house in London, England, UK, Europe. The dealer allegedly tries to beat the life back into Sixx with a bat, then throws the unconscious rocker into a nearby dumpster.
Feargal Sharkey plays at The Guildhall, Portsmouth, England, UK, Europe.
Cabaret Voltaire play at Sheffield Poly, Sheffield, England, UK, Europe.
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The UK's Sun newspaper alleges that Suggs, vocalist with left-leaning 2 Tone band Madness, is a close friend of skinhead racist band Skrewdriver.
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble arrive in New Zealand for a performance at The Town Hall, Wellington.
Prince's film soundtrack album, Parade - Music From Under The Cherry Moon, enters the UK Albums Chart at No4, but will rise no further.
It is announced that Cleveland, Ohio, USA, has been chosen as the city where the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame will be built.
The album So by Peter Gabriel, recorded at Real World Studios, Box, enters the UK chart at No1.
Lyricist Alan Jay Lerner dies of lung cancer in New York City, USA. His partnership with composer Frederick Loewe produced many enduring classics, including I Could Have Danced All Night, and On The Street Where You Live.
Chris Farlowe, Brian Auger, Pete York And Colin Hodgkinson play in the Blues Reunion Tour at The Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, Wiltshire, UK.
Bob Dylan, Etta James, Brother Jack McDuff, Shuggie Otis and others take part in a jam at the Marriot Hotel, Providence Rhode Island, USA.
Raising Hell by Run-DMC becomes the first rap album to be certified Platinum by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
On their Slippery When Wet tour, Bon Jovi play at Northlands Coliseum, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The headline band for this show is Judas Priest.
When The Golden Palominos play at the Milano Suono Festival, in Velodromo Vigorelli, Milan, Italy, Europe, their membership includes Michael Stipe, moonlighting from R.E.M..
On their Slippery When Wet tour, Bon Jovi play at Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The headline band for this show is Judas Priest.
Sledgehammer by Peter Gabriel, recorded at Real World Studios, Box, reaches No1 in the USA.
New York City hard rock station WAPP is replaced by a new radio station, WQHT HOT 103, which is the first in the city to program specifically Dance And Club music in the genre known as Freestyle. The first song played on HOT 103 is Point Of No Return by Nu Shooz.
The Smiths play at The Smith Center, Washington DC, USA.
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Anita Dobson enters the UK pop singles chart with Anyone Can Fall In Love, which will peak at No4. The song is based on the Eastenders tv theme, written by Devizes-born Simon May. The track is produced by Brian May of Queen.
Anotherloverholenyohead by Prince peaks at No63 in the Billboard US Hot 100 Singles Chart.
The Smiths play at The Music Hall, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
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On their Slippery When Wet tour, Bon Jovi play at Fukuoka San Paresu, Fukuoka, Japan, Asia.
On their Slippery When Wet tour, Bon Jovi play at Kobe Kokusai Kaikan, Kobe, Japan, Asia.
John Fogerty, former leader of Creedence Clearwater Revival, starts his Rockin' All Over The World tour in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
The Smiths play at the MESA Amphitheater, Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
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No less than 450 projectors are used by Jean-Michel Jarre for his multi-media spectacular show, Rendezvous Lyons - A Concert For The Pope.
UB40 play the fifth of six nights at the 8,500 seat Lubileini Sports Arena, Leningrad, Russia.
Roger Waters instigates legal proceedings in London, England, UK, Europe, to prevent his former colleagues David Gilmour and Nick Mason from using the name Pink Floyd.
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The massive hit single Mull Of Kintyre by Paul McCartney's band Wings is awarded double-platinum status in the UK by the BPI.
Liza Minelli plays the third of eight days at The Chicago Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Liza Minelli plays the seventh of eight days at The Chicago Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
On their Slippery When Wet tour, Bon Jovi play at The Odeon Theatre, Birmingham, England, UK, Europe.
Howard Jones, Holly Johnson, Pete Wylie and The Icicle Works contribute to the charity album Live In World, released today. Funds go to the Phoenix House charity for drug and alcohol addicts.
Paul McCartney attends the Bambi Awards in Munich, Germany, Europe.
On their Slippery When Wet tour, Bon Jovi play at Le Zenith, Paris, France, Europe.
Lee Dorsey, who enjoyed hits in the 60s with Holy Cow, Workin' In The Coalmine and others, dies in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, of emphysema, aged 61.
District Six play at Tim Mullen's, Swansea, Wales.
On their Slippery When Wet tour, Bon Jovi play the second of two nights at Stabler Arena, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA.