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After MTV edits secenes of semi-naked girls fondling phallic crucifixes from his Hot In The City video, Billy Idol refuses to let the channel air it, claiming they have "eliminated every scrap of meaning".
Tahliah Debrett Barnett is born in Gloucestershire, UK. She will find success as singer-songwriter and musician FKA Twigs
Bob Dylan is inducted into the Rock'n'Roll Hall Of Fame at the Waldorf-Astoria, New York City.
Kurt Cobain, later to lead Nirvana, sends a tape of demos he had recorded the previous day to a number of record labels in the USA. None of them will even reply.
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When Guns N'Roses play at The Limelight, New York City, USA, Axl Rose leaves the stage angrily because what had been planned as an acoustic show has become electric.
The Shrubs and The Badgeman play at the The Arts Centre, Salisbury.
The Second Annual Soul Train Music Awards take place at the Civic Center, Santa Monica, California, USA. Whitney Houston wins Album Of The Year (female). Michael Jackson gets Best Single (male) and Album Of The Year (male). Janet Jackson has to content herself with Best New Video.
On his Bad World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the last of three nights at the Civic Center, Hartford, Connecticut.
Singer Carolyn Franklin dies of breast cancer in the home of her sister, Aretha Franklin, in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, USA.
Poison release a new album, Open Up and Say...Ahh!, in the USA.
On his Bad World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the first of three nights at the Metropolitan Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
As Milli Vanilli begin a five month promotional trip through Europe, Charles Shaw reveals on German radio that he sang on their hit single, Girl You Know It’s True. Producer Frank Farian allegedly pays him $155,000 to desist.
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Leonard Cohen plays the second of three sold-out nights at The Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London, UK.
Heloise Letissler is born in Nantes, France, Europe. She will find success as leader of Christine And The Queens.
Pink Floyd play at RFK Stadium, Washington D.C., USA.
Bob Dylan begins his Never Ending Tour at Concord Pavilion, Concord, California, USA, supported by The Alarm. Neil Young shows up and plays during Dylan's electric set.
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Rock movie Eddie And The Cruisers, starring Tom Berenger and Michael Pare, is released in Portugal, Europe.
Thomas Dolby plays at the Fillmore, San Francisco, California, USA.
On his Bad tour, Michael Jackson returns to play at the Mungersdorfer Stadium, Cologne, Germany, Europe, for the second time in this month.
Steve Winwood reaches No1 in the Billboard Top 40 Singles Chart in the USA with Roll With It.
Erasure play at The Fillmore, San Francisco, California, USA.
Debbie Gibson's Out Of The Blue tour plays at Concord Pavilion, Concord, California, USA.
Elton John puts most of his massive art and pop collection up for auction at Sothebys Auction House in London, England, UK, Europe.
An early three-member line-up of Smashing Pumpkins plays at The Avalon, Chicago, Illinois. Their future drummer Jimmy Chamberlin is in the audience but is not impressed.
Pink Floyd play the second of two nights at The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, USA.
When electric guitar pioneer Les Paul plays a concert at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York City, USA, his guest performers include Rita Coolidge, David Gilmour of Pink Floyd, Jan Hammer, Waylon Jennings, Stanley Jordan, B.B. King, Steve Miller, The Les Paul Trio, Carly Simon, The Stray Cats, and Eddie Van Halen.
Pink Floyd's last of five shows at Nassau Coliseum, Long Island, New York State, USA, is filmed for their concert video Delicate Sound of Thunder.
The Everly Brothers are greeted with a main street parade when they visit Central City, Kentucky, USA, close to their hometown of Brownie. Mayor Hugh Sweatt proclaims that Central City's Chestnut Street "will henceforth be known as Everly Brothers Boulevard"
On his Bad World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the second of two nights at Wembley Stadium, London, England, U.K., Europe, to an audience of 72,000.
Eric Clapton starts a month-long American tour at The Starplex Amphitheatre, Dallas, Texas, USA, with Mark Knopfler sharing lead guitar chores.
Michael Jackson receives a special award from Wembley Stadium, London, UK, for setting a new record for playing more dates at the venue than any other artist. His seven sell-out concerts were attended by 504,000 people, earning him another entry in The Guinness Book Of World Records.
Rakim Mayers is born in Harlem, New York City, USA. He will find success as rapper ASAP Rocky.
Eric Clapton plays at The Arena, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, with Mark Knopfler sharing lead guitar chores.
The Christians enter the UK singles chart with their version of The Isley Brothers' Harvest For The World. It will peak at No8 during a seven-week run.
The Traveling Wilburys, a supergroup comprised of George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty and Geoff Lynne, enters the UK singles chart with Handle With Care, which will peak at No21 during a thirteen-week run.
When Eric Clapton plays at the Budokan, Tokyo, Japan, Asia, with a band featuring Elton John on keyboards and Mark Knopfler on guitar, the all-star line-up is further bolstered by the unexpected arrival of Sting during their rendition of Money For Nothing.
Twenty two years after their last chart-topping single in the USA, Good Vibrations, The Beach Boys return to No1 with the single Kokomo.
Leonard Cohen plays at Park West, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Siouxsie and the Banshees play at The Community Theater, Berkeley, California, USA.
Rattle And Hum by U2 reaches No1 in the Billboard Albums Chart in the USA.
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The Ramones play at The Club Xcess, Houston, Texas, USA.
Rolling Stones' guitarist Keith Richards does an autograph signing session at Tower Records, Broadway, New York City, USA, to promote his solo album Talk Is Cheap.
James Vance, one of two American teenagers who shot himself three years earlier after listening to the Judas Priest album Stained Class, dies.
Guns N'Roses release their second album, G N'R Lies, on Geffen Records in the UK.
Neil Young's second annual Bridge Benefit fund-raising concert is held at Oakland Coliseum, California, USA. Artist's participating include Bob Dylan, Crosby, Stills, Nash And Young, The Grateful Dead and Tracy Chapman.
A 1964 Facel Vega Facel II two-door coupe, formerly owned by Ringo Starr of The Beatles, is sold at auction by Sotheby's in London, England, UK, Europe, fetching a price of $78,350.
On his Bad World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the second of nine dates in this month at Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan, to an audience of 45,000.
Michael Jackson releases his Moonwalker video in Sweden.
Michael Jackson releases his Moonwalker video in Australia.