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This Week in the 80s — Feb 14-20

February 14 – (1981) Billy Idol leaves the band Generation X to begin a solo career.

Billy Idol, 65, is still drawing sell out crowds to live shows.


(1990) 50,000 fans watch The Rolling Stones play the first of 10 concerts at Tokyo’s Korakuen Dome, the beginning of the Stones’ first ever tour of Japan. The group was originally scheduled to perform there in 1973 but a drug conviction prevented Mick Jagger from obtaining a visa at the time.


February 15 – (1987) Video Hits premieres on Australian television.


February 16 – (1985) Hezbollah is founded.


February 17 – (1989) Whitesnake’s David Coverdale marries Tawny Kitaen.

Tawny Kitaen and David Coverdale married on February 7, 1989.


February 18 – (1979) Richard Petty wins a then-record sixth Daytona 500 after leaders Donnie Allison and Cale Yarborough crash on the final lap of the first NASCAR race televised live flag-to-flag.

In front of brother Donnie Allison, Bobby Allison fights with Cale Yarborough, who had hit Bobby in the nose with his helmet at the Daytona 500 on Feb. 18, 1979.   Photo: Ric Feld / Associated Press


February 19 – (1980) Bon Scott, lead singer of AC/DC, dies in London. Although common folklore cites pulmonary aspiration of vomit as the cause of his death, the official cause is listed as “Acute alcohol poisoning” and “Death by Misadventure”.

(1982) Ozzy Osbourne is arrested after urinating on The Alamo, in San Antonio, Texas.


February 20 – (1982) Pat Benatar marries her guitarist, Neil Giraldo, on the Hawaiian island of Maui.

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