February 17 – A 12-year old Mötley Crüe fan in Florida is badly burned while trying to imitate a stunt in the band's "Live Wire" music video. The boy suffered burns over ten percent of his body. Mötley Crüe said the band's stunts should not be tried at home.
May 1 – Citing the 1st Amendment, a judge drops all charges filed against singer Billy Joel. Joel was being sued by
Jack Powers for defamation following an interview with Playboy in which he called Powers a "creep".
Peter Ruzicka becomes director of the
Hamburg State Opera and State Philharmonic Orchestra
I Heard It Through the Grapevine" experiences a surge in popularity sparked by television commercials featuring claymation raisin figures dancing to the song.
The California Raisins version of the song peaks at No. 84 on Billboard's Hot 100.