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The album Double Fantasy by John Lennon and Yoko Ono goes platinum.
The Police play at The Ritz, New York City, USA.
Duran Duran record their first live session for BBC Radio 1 in London, England, UK, Europe.
The Police play at The Variety Arts Theater, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Steely Dan is awarded a US platinum disc by the R.I.A.A. in the USA for their seventh album, Gaucho.
Black Sabbath play at Queen's Hall, Leeds, England, UK, Europe, supported by Max Webster.
The Psychedelic Furs play at Rock City, Nottingham, England, UK, Europe.
When Jerry Lee Lewis plays live at The Ritz, New York City, USA, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards attends the show.
The Psychedelic Furs play the first of two nights at The Marquee, Soho, London, England, UK, Europe.
Rock movie Breaking Glass opens in Australia, starring Hazel O'Connor as punk singer Kate. Zoot Money and Gary Holton have featured roles in the film, while Rod Stewart and Paul McCartney are seen in brief cameos.
Singer and songwriter Jens Lekman is born in Angered, Sweden, Europe.
Eric Clapton plays the second of three nights at The Paramount, Seattle, Washington, USA, during a North American tour in support of his album Another Ticket.
Eric Clapton plays at The Four Seasons Arena, Great Falls, Montana, USA.
Bleeding ulcers cause severely alcoholic Eric Clapton to be hospitalised in St Paul, Minnesota, USA, forcing him to cancel all the remaining dates of his massive tour of the USA in support of the album Another Ticket.
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R.E.M. play at The Milestone, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.
XTC play at the B+L Warehouse, Athens, Georgia, USA, supported by local hopefuls R.E.M.
The Members and The Records play live on the BBC Radio 1 show Rock On Saturday.
Joan Armatrading plays at The Kongresshaus, Zurich, Switzerland, Europe.
On his Seriously, Live! tour, Phil Collins plays at PalaTrussardi, Milan, Italy, Europe.
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On their Fair Warning Tour [aka the W.D.F.A. (We Don't Fuck Around) Tour] Van Halen play at Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland, Maine, USA, supported by The Fools.
Diana Ross leaves Motown Records after twenty years and signs to RCA with a record-setting $20m contract.
Jazz-rock band Landscape enter the UK singles chart with Norman Bates which will peak at No40, and is their last chart hit.
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On their Fair Warning Tour [aka the W.D.F.A. (We Don't Fuck Around) Tour] Van Halen play at Wings Stadium, Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA, supported by The Fools.
Iron Maiden release their second LP, Killers, on Harvest / Capitol Records in the USA.
Illinois-based songwriter-performer Jason Ringenberg moves to Nashville, Tennessee, USA, where he will form Jason And The Scorchers.
On their Fair Warning Tour [aka the W.D.F.A. (We Don't Fuck Around) Tour] Van Halen play the first of two nights at The International Amphitheater, Chicago, Illinois, USA, supported by The Fools.
On the Shot Of Love tour Bob Dylan plays at the Freileichtb?hne, Loreley, West Germany.
On the Shot Of Love tour Bob Dylan plays at the Stadthalle, Vienna, Austria.
Sonny Til, leader of hit-making US doo-wop group Sonny Til and The Orioles, dies of a heart attack in Washington, DC, USA.
Iron Maiden play their final concert with their original singer, Paul Di’Anno, at Odd Fellow Palæet, Copenhagen, Denmark, Europe. He will be sacked barely one month later, and immediately replaced by former Samson vocalist Bruce Dickinson.
Adam and the Ants reach No1 in the UK singles chart with Prince Charming.
Simple Minds play at The City Hall, Newcastle, England, UK, Europe.
Altered Images enter the UK singles chart with Happy Birthday. It will peak at No2 in the UK Singles Chart for three weeks.
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Dexys Midnight Runners play at The Ush er Hall in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, Europe.
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Duran Duran play at Parkwest, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
On their Fair Warning Tour [aka the W.D.F.A. (We Don't Fuck Around) Tour] Van Halen play at El Paso County Coliseum, El Paso, Texas, USA.
Showaddywaddy play the second of three nights at Goldiggers, Chippenham, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe.
On the Shot Of Love tour Bob Dylan plays at The Forum de Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Gillan play at Rock City, Nottingham, England, UK, Europe.
Frank Zappa plays at The Palladium, New York City, USA.
Judas Priest play the first of two nights at The Odeon, Birmingham, England, UK, Europe.
The Cult play at Dundee University, Dundee, Scotland, UK, Europe.
Judas Priest play at The Apollo, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, Europe.
Frank Zappa plays at Painter's Mill Music Fair, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
While filming the movie Brimstone And Treacle, Sting of The Police accidentally cuts his hand by pushing it through a window pane.
Queen play the first of two nights in Montreal, Canada.
The Cure begin a UK tour at the Lyceum, Sheffield, England, UK, Europe, supported by And Also The Trees and 1313.
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On his 55-date Controversy Tour Prince plays at The Civic Center, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
Frank Zappa plays at The Uptown Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
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