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Jesus Jones, including Devizes-born drummer and founder member Simon Matthews, enter the singles chart with International Bright Young Thing. It will be their biggest hit, peaking at No7.
Three teenagers die in the crush during an AC/DC gig at Salt Palace Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Having been fired in 1988, Prince's ex-managers Joseph Ruffalo, Robert Cavallo and Steve Fargnoli, bring a lawsuit against their former boss in The Superior Court, Los Angeles, California, USA, suing for severance pay and punitive damages, claiming he owes them $600,000.
On their Magic Summer tour, New Kids On The Block play at Rainbow Hall, Nagoya, Japan, Asia.
Prince is named Best Songwriter in the annual Rolling Stone Readers' Picks music awards in the USA.
Otis Clay and Robert Cray play at the Warfield Theater, San Francisco, California, USA.
The Sisters of Mercy play at The Agora, Cleveland, Ohio, USA, supported by Danielle Dax.
The Sisters of Mercy play at The Riviera Theater Chicago, Illinois, USA, supported by Danielle Dax.
Former lawyer Stephanie Dorgan opens the Crocodile Cafe in Seattle, Washington. The Posies, billed as P.O.T. (Posies On Tour), play on the opening night. Dorgan will, in due course, marry Peter Buck of R.E.M.
The Sisters of Mercy play at Irvine Meadows, Laguna Hills, California, USA, supported by Danielle Dax.
Jazz duo The Harper Brothers release a new album, Artistry, in the USA on Polygram Records.
Ozzy Osbourne is cleared in an Atlanta, Georgia, USA, court of 'culpably exciting' a young fan, John McCollum, to shoot himself by listening to Ozzy's 1986 song Suicide Solution.
MC Trouble, the first female rapper signed to Motown Records, dies in her sleep at the home of a friend in Los Angeles, California, USA. Having been born with epilepsy she required daily treatment to prevent seizures. Her death came while she was making her second LP.
Bob Dylan plays at the Freilichtbuhne, Stadtpark, Hamburg, Germany, Europe.
Sacrifice/Healing Hands by Elton John reaches No1 in the UK singles chart for the first of five weeks.
Sacrifice/Healing Hands by Elton John reaches No1 in the UK singles chart for the first of five weeks.
The Replacements play their final concert together, in The Petrillo Music Shell, Grant Park, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
John Mellencamp suffers a minor heart attack and passes out while singing Small Town during a live appearance on KXRX Radio in Seattle, Washington, USA.
Drummer Steven Adler files suit in Los Angeles, California, USA, against his former band, Guns N'Roses. He claims that band members pressured him to use heroin and then dropped him after he entered a rehabilitation program.
Unbelievable by EMF reaches No1 in the Billboard US Top 40 singles chart, while Right Here, Right Now by Jesus Jones is at No2, sparking a short-lived fantasy that a new British invasion of the American rock scene is underway.
The Sisters of Mercy, Public Enemy, Gang Of Four, Warrior Soul and Young Black Teen-Agers play at The Trocadero, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Mariah Carey, Debbie Gibson, Jon Bon Jovi and the Black Crowes play at the eighth birthday party of WHTZ Radio in New York City, USA.
The Dan Reed Network plays at Lake Compounce Festival Park, Bristol, Connecticut, USA.
Known car thief and burglar Spencer Goodman, who had murdered Cecile Ham, the wife of Bill Ham, manager of rock group ZZ Top, a month earlier, is arrested after a high-speed car chase in Colorado, USA. He will die by execution in 2000.
The Real World Week Of Recording begins at Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios complex in Box, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe. Artists taking part include Sinead O'Connor, The Holmes Brothers, The Grid and Van Morrison.
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Deep Purple begin the South American leg of their Slaves And Masters tour with a show at Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, Brazil.
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Deep Purple play the second of two nights at Ginásio do Ibirapuera, Sao Paulo, Brazil, South America.
Singer Billy Preston, who wrote the hit song You Are So Beautiful and played keyboards with The Beatles, is arrested at his home in Malibu, California, USA, on suspicion of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old boy.
Riot Grrrls arrive big time, as the International Pop Underground Convention in Olympia, Washington, gets underway with six days of performances mostly by women, including Seven Year Bitch, Jean Smith and Bikini Kill.
Jan Berry of of 60s surf duo Jan And Dean marries former waitress Gertie Filip onstage during the duo's live show in The Stardust Convention Centre, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
More To Life by Cliff Richard enters the singles chart where it will peak at No23. The song is written by Devizes, Wiltshire, UK-born Simon May.
The Monsters Of Rock '91 tour comes to an end at Tushino Airfield, Moscow, Russia, Europe. Described as "the first free outdoor Western rock concert in Soviet history", the line-up of AC/DC, Metallica, Pantera, Motley Crue, Queensryche and The Black Crowes attracts an audience estimated at between 150,000 and 500,000.
Ann Richards, governor of Texas, USA, proclaims that, from today, October 3 will be Stevie Ray Vaughan Day.
Little Feat release their tenth LP, Shake Me Up, on Morgan Creek Records in the UK.
When Nirvana play at The Fox Theatre in Portland, Oregon, they are told that their single, Smells Like Teen Spirit, has gone gold in the USA. Also on the bill are Mudhoney.
Looking slimmer and fitter than he has in many months, Grateful Dead leader Jerry Garcia returns to performing with his own Jerry Garcia Band, at a Halloween gig in Oakland, California, USA.
On their Magic Summer tour, New Kids On The Block play at The Scandinavium, Gothenburg, Sweden, Europe.
Kraftwerk play at The Transbordeur, Lyon, France.
Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys spends the day in San Francisco, Calfornia, USA, at a book-signing promotional appearance for his autobiography.
The film of Paul McCartney's Liverpool Oratorio has its UK tv premiere on Granada tv.
Donna Summer sings her new single, Work That Magic, on the tv show Wogan, on BBC1 tv in London, England, UK, Europe.
The Northern Pikes play at The Post Office, Augusta, Georgia, USA.
Black Or White by Michael Jackson reaches No1 in the UK singles chart.
Michael Jackson releases his fourth solo album, Dangerous. It will become the second Jackson record to debut at No1, selling 7m copies in the USA, and a further 25m worldwide. It will be the first album ever to spawn eight consecutive UK Top 20 hits.
Four teenage girls, Amy Ayres, Jennifer Harbison, Sarah Harbison and Eliza Thomas, are murdered in the I Can't Believe It's Yogurt shop in Austin, Texas, USA. This horrific killing spree will enter the annals of infamy as The Austin Yogurt Shop Murders but despite several confessions, no one will ever be sentenced for the crime. In 2002, Okkervil River will record and release the song Westfall, inspired by the incident.
Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana enters the Billboard Top 40 Singles Chart in the USA. It will peak at No6 during a nineteen-week run on the chart.
The single Diamonds And Pearls by Prince enters the UK singles chart at No25 but will rise no higher.
Heavy rock guitarist and celebrated animal hunter Ted Nugent serves up about 200 pounds of venison courtesy of the Michigan Sportsmen Against Hunger program at a soup kitchen in Detroit, Michigan, USA, telling the recipients, "I kill it, you grill it."
The Red Hot Chili Peppers, supported by Nirvana and Pearl Jam, play at the Cow Palace, San Francisco, California, USA.