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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 Red Hot Chili Peppers play at The Markthalle, Hamburg, Germany, Europe.
George Michael wins Best British Male Artist at the BRIT Awards in The Royal Albert Hall, London, England, UK, Europe. Pet Shop Boys are Best Band. Alison Moyet is Best Female Singer, Rick Astley's Never Gonna Give You Up is Best Single and Sting's Nothing Like The Sun is Best Album. Best British Newcomer is Wet Wet Wet. The Who win the Outstanding Contribution to British Music Award. Eric Clapton is among the guests, but wins nothing.
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Doc McGhee, manager of Bon Jovi and Motley Crue, faces a possible five year stretch after pleading guilty to smuggling twenty tons of marijuana into the USA.
The 30th Annual Grammy Awards are held in Radio City Music Hall, New York City, USA. Bruce Springsteen's album Tunnel Of Love scoops Best Rock Solo Vocal Performance. Whitney Houston gets Best Pop Vocal Performance (female). U2's album The Joshua Tree gets two Grammies. Paul Simon gets Record Of The Year for Graceland, curiously, as he also won it for the same album a year earlier. Prince is among the onlookers, but wins nothing.
Bruce Springsteen's Tunnel Of Love Express Tour plays the second of two nights in The Dean Smith Center, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA.
German radio DJ Ruth Rockensachaub plays every track on Prince's 'bootleg', The Black Album, which has allegedly been sneaked out to her from WEA sources.
On his Bad World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the second of three nights at The Summit, Houston, Texas.
On his Bad World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the last of three nights at The Rosemont Horizon, Chicago, Illinois.
The Christians enter the UK singles chart with Born Again, which will peak at No25 during a seven-week run.
On his Bad World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the last of three nights at the Metropolitan Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The European leg of Prince's Sign O'The Times tour begins with the first of three nights at the Isstadion, Stockholm, Sweden, Europe.
On a brief visit to New Orleans, Louisiana, Bruce Springsteen stops into the Maple Leaf Club and gets up on stage with local band Blues Department to play five songs. Meanwhile, in Atlanta, Georgia, Roger McGuinn plays at The Uptown, where he is backed by a quartet of local musicians calling themselves The Southern Gentlemen. They are, in fact, R.E.M.
Atlantic Records celebrates its 40th Anniversary with a concert in Madison Square Garden, New York City, USA. The Bee Gees, Led Zeppelin, Yes, Genesis, Iron Butterfly, The Rascals, Crosby, Stills And Nash, Foreigner, Paul Rodgers, Bob Geldof, Booker T. Jones, Wilson Pickett, The Coasters, The Spinners, Peabo Bryson, Dan Aykroyd, Roberta Flack, Manhattan Transfer, Debbie Gibson, Ruth Brown, LaVern Baker, Ben E. King, and Vanilla Fudge are among the performers.
Leonard Cohen plays the first of three sold-out nights at The Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London, UK.
Bob Dylan releases the album Down In The Groove in the UK on CBS Records.
Bob Dylan releases the album Down In The Groove in the UK on CBS Records.
The albums Bad and Off The Wall by Michael Jackson are both awarded six-times platinum discs by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
On his Bad World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the first of two nights at Eriksbergsvarvet, Gothenburg, Sweden, to an audience of 53,000.
While on tour in Italy, Europe, Bruce Springsteen meets a group of street musicians in the Piazza Di Spagna, Rome, and joins the group on acoustic guitar to perform I’m On Fire and The River for an audience of passers-by.
The Bob Marley compilation album Legend is awarded a Platinum disc by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
Stevie Ray Vaughan plays the first of two nights at Hammersmith Odeon, London, England, UK, Europe.
Hank Williams, Jr. plays at The World Music Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Motown Records is purchased by MCA for $61m.
On his Bad World Tour, Michael Jackson plays at the Olympic Stadium, Munich, Germany, to an audience of 72,000.
The album Tear Down These Walls by Billy Ocean is certified as a Platinum disc by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
A US entry visa is denied to Boy George, while immigration officials check his medical records.
AC/DC play in San Antonio, Texas, USA.
Pete Seeger and Arlo Guthrie play at The Oakdale Theater, Wallingford, Connecticut, USA.
Roy Buchanan plays a gig in Guilford, Connecticut, USA.
The Moody Blues play at The Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, New York State, USA.
Neil Young And The Bluenotes play at the Poplar Creek Music Center, Hoffman Estates, Illinois, USA.
When electric guitar pioneer Les Paul plays a concert at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York City, USA, his guest performers include Rita Coolidge, David Gilmour of Pink Floyd, Jan Hammer, Waylon Jennings, Stanley Jordan, B.B. King, Steve Miller, The Les Paul Trio, Carly Simon, The Stray Cats, and Eddie Van Halen.
Neil Young And The Bluenotes play at The Cayuga County Fairground, Weedsport, New York State, USA.
The Sundays play at The Falcon, London, UK.
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Neil Young And The Bluenotes play at Lake Compounce Festival Park, Bristol, Connecticut, USA.
Papa Dee Allen, drummer for 70s funky-rock band War dies of an aneurysm while playing at the Talk Of The Town, Vallejo, California, USA.
Talk Talk release a new album, Spirit Of Eden, in the UK.
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Blow Up play in the foyer at the The City Hall, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe, supported by Jane From Occupied Europe.
Metallica play at The Newport Centre, Newport, Wales.
Big Country play the second of four nights at The Palace Of Sports, Moscow, Russia, Europe.
Rakim Athelaston Mayers is born in Harlem, New York City, USA. He will find success as rapper A$AP Rocky.
The LP Traveling Wilburys Vol 1, featuring a supergroup comprised of Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne and Roy Orbison, is released worldwide on Wilbury Records/Warner Bros.
Cud play at the The Arts Centre, Salisbury, Witlshire, England, UK, Europe.
When Bon Jovi play at the RDS Stadium, Dublin, Ireland, Europe, they are joined for one song by Joe Elliott of Def Leppard. Support act for the show is Lita Ford.
Run DMC, Public Enemy and Derek B play at De Montfort Hall, Leicester, England, UK, Europe.
When John Prine plays at the Music Hall, Tarrytown, New York State, USA, Bruce Springsteen unexpectedly joins him on stage during the song Paradise.
Sade plays the first of two nights at Wembley Arena, London, England, UK, Europe.
A one-night supergroup is created at The Hard Rock Café in London, England, UK, Europe, when Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck play with the Jimi Hendrix Experience rhythm section of Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell.
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.