Guns N' Roses plays their first gig at the Orphanage in North Hollywood in January.
Members of Guns N' Roses live in a one-room apartment on Sunset dubbed the Hell House. The place has no kitchen or bathroom.
Matt Dike and Mike Ross form Delicious Vinyl records, a label specializing in commercial hip-hop, in Dike's Hollywood apartment on Santa Monica Boulevard. Its first signing, Tone-Loc, soon nets the burgeoning label a No. 1 album.
Mötley Crüe regularly visits the Tropicana, a strip club that features women who wrestle in baby oil and mud. The band writes the 1987 anthem "Girls, Girls, Girls" in honor of the place.
Depeche Mode plays the Rose Bowl on June 18 to a crowd of more than 80,000. The concert forms the basis for the band's 101 concert album and documentary.
Metallica begins recording The Black Album at North Hollywood's One on One Studios in October. The album launches the group into the mainstream, selling 15 million copies in the U.S.
Stone Temple Pilots plays its first concert, under the name Mighty Joe Young, in August, when the band opens for Henry Rollins at the Whisky a Go-Go.
Ice-T announces at a July 24 press conference at the Burbank offices of Warner Bros. that he's pulling the controversial song "Cop Killer" off his album Body Count because of complaints from police organizations and actor Charlton Heston.
River Phoenix collapses outside the Viper Room on October 31, dying soon after. He is 23.
KXLU and KCRW are the first radio stations to play Beck's "Loser" in March.