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1978 – Van Halen (album)

Released: Feb. 10, 1978 Source: Wikipedia Shortly after its release, Van Halen became regarded as one of rock and roll’s greatest debut albums, by both fans and critics; however, on its immediate release in February 1978 – much like Led Zeppelin’s eponymous debut – Van Halen met with mostly negative reviews from rock critics. In 1978, music critic Robert Christgau facetiously wrote, […]

1978 – Tour Dates

1978/03/03 Chicago, IL United States Aragon Ballroom 1978/03/04 Springfield, IL United States Nelson Center 1978/03/05 Indianapolis, IN United States Convention Center 1978/03/07 Madison, WI United States Shuffle Inn 1978/03/08 Madison, WI United States The Orpheum Theater 1978/03/09 Milwaukee, WI United States Riverside Theater 1978/03/10 Detroit, MI United States Masonic Auditorium 1978/03/11 Dayton, OH United States […]

1978 Review – Sounds magazine

Article written about VH in their early days, this comes from Sounds magazine, May 13, 1978. They were just about to conquer the world… Columbus, Ohio (3/16/1978). Van Halen, just called back for an encore, are basking in the unexpected adulation. The support band takes a bow. “Thank you Cleveland”, yells their frontman. Cleveland? Silence. You could hear […]

1978 Interview – Eddie Guitar Player Magazine

Edward Van Halen’s clean, powerful lead playing was first recorded earlier this year on his band’s predominately heavy-metal debut album, Van Halen [Warner Bros.]; at the time he was 21. Eddie immigrated to the U.S. from the Netherlands during the rock and roll heyday of the late ’60s and soon abandoned his piano for drums and electric […]

1979 – Van Halen II (album)

Released: Mar 23, 1979 Source: Wikipedia Van Halen II is the second album by  Van Halen, released in 1979. It peaked at #6 on the Billboard charts and spawned the singles “Dance the Night Away” and “Beautiful Girls”. To date, it has sold over five million copies in the U.S. Critical reaction to the album has been […]

1979 Tour Dates

*Source: Wikipedia Date City Country Venue 1st North American Leg March 25, 1979 Fresno, California United States Selland Arena March 26, 1979 Redding, California Redding Civic Auditorium March 28, 1979 Medford, Oregon Compton Arena March 30, 1979 Caldwell, Idaho Simplot Stadium March 31, 1979 Logan, Utah USU Spectrum Stadium April 3, 1979 Tacoma, Washington University […]

1979 – Rolling Stone review of Van Halen II

Van Halen II Van Halen Warner Bros. 3312 Released: April 1979 Chart Peak: #6 Weeks Charted: 47 Certified 3x Platinum: (10/22/84) 7/12/1979 Rolling Stone album review: _____ Rock archaeologists have recently unearthed conclusive evidence (some liner notes contained in the ancient Dead Weight Scrolls) that the subspecies of heavy metal known as thud rock was born way back in the […]

1980 – Women And Children First Demos

Studio sessions for Women and Children First, the 3rd Van Halen album.  Some of the music sounds like they could be the final take used on the album (Cradle, Romeo).  Others sound pretty early.  Dave is loose on most of it, probably Dave’s scratch vocals while the band recorded.  Amazing to see how rough some […]

1980 Tour Dates

1980 World Invasion “Party ’til You Die Tour” Tour Date City Country Venue First North American Leg March 19, 1980 Victoria, British Columbia Canada Victoria Memorial Arena March 21, 1980 Medford, Oregon United States Compton Arena March 22, 1980 Eugene, Oregon Lane County Fair Grounds March 24, 1980 Spokane, Washington Spokane Coliseum March 25, 1980 […]

1980 – Women And Children First (album)

Released: Mar 26, 1980 Source: Wikipedia The opening track, “And the Cradle Will Rock…”, begins with what sounds like a guitar, but is, in fact, a phase shifter-effected Wurlitzer electric piano played through Van Halen’s 1960s model 100-watt Marshall Plexiamplifier. The album is somewhat different from their first two albums in the way that it features more studio overdubs, and […]

1980 – Interview Eddie Van Halen w Jas Obrecht

“Young Wizard of Power Rock” By: Jas Obrecht Guitar Player (April 1980) Very few guitarists have had as intense an impact in as short a time as Eddie Van Halen. The sparkplug of the band that bears his family name, he exploded into ears around the world in February 1978 with the release of Van Halen. On this […]

1980 – St. Paul, MN @ St. Paul Civic Center

Some of the only known video footage from Van Halen’s 1980 World Invasion Tour.  Even though quality isn’t great…this video is pure gold to see the band destroying in 1980.  This version has different audio source (from 1980 Pittsburgh show) because the original audio is pretty bad.

1981 Interview: Eddie Guitar Player Magazine

Eddie Van Halen made his first Guitar Worldcover appearance with the January 1981 issue. The cover asked readers if the young EVH was the world’s greatest guitarist, while the original headline dubbed him The New King of Heavy Metal Guitar. Here’s part one of the interview. Just give me some of that rock ‘n’ roll […]

1981 – Fair Warning (album)

Released: Apr. 29, 1981 Source: Wikipedia Fair Warning is the fourth studio album by Van Halen. Released in 1981, it sold more than two million copies, but was still the band’s slowest-selling album of the David Lee Roth era. Despite the album’s commercially disappointing sales, Fair Warning was met with mostly positive reviews from critics. The cover artwork features a detail from The Maze, […]

1981 – Tour Dates

Date City Country Venue First North American Leg May 12, 1981 Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada Halifax Metro Centre May 15, 1981 Providence, Rhode Island United States Providence Civic Center May 16, 1981 Portland, Maine Cumberland County Civic Center May 17, 1981 Glens Falls, New York Glens Falls Civic Center May 18, 1981 Rochester, New York […]

1981 – “So This Is Love?” (Music Video)

The holy grail. Pro-shot Van Halen at the peak of greatness. The infamous 1981 Oakland shows where Van Halen filmed their 3 classic music videos from Fair Warning. We can only dream that the full show is still sitting around waiting for a proper release on DVD. But hope is dwindling 30+ years later… I […]

1981 – “Hear About It Later” (Music Video)

The holy grail. Pro-shot Van Halen at the peak of greatness. The infamous 1981 Oakland shows where Van Halen filmed their 3 classic music videos from Fair Warning. We can only dream that the full show is still sitting around waiting for a proper release on DVD. But hope is dwindling 30+ years later… I […]

1981 – “Unchained” (Music Video)

The holy grail. Pro-shot Van Halen at the peak of greatness. The infamous 1981 Oakland shows where Van Halen filmed their 3 classic music videos from Fair Warning. We can only dream that the full show is still sitting around waiting for a proper release on DVD. But hope is dwindling 30+ years later… I […]

1981 Fair Warning Review: NME

Van Halen: Fair Warning Cynthia Rose, NME, 20 June 1981 The worst thing about labels is their sticky side. But the next worst thing about them is that they attract flies, and that can put a consumer right off his or her natural, subjective curiosity about music of a specific ‘genre’. Fair Warning is the fourth LP from […]

1981 – Chicago, IL @ International Amphitheater

Rare and elusive live footage of The Mighty Van Halen at the height of greatness.  Even though we have 3 great pro-shot music videos from 1981, somehow it’s not enough knowing (or speculating and assuming) there is more footage from the 1981 Oakland shows to be had. So the bits and pieces of bootleg video […]

1981 – NYC, NY @ Madison Square Garden

_____ Review _____ HARD ROCK: VAN HALEN AT THE GARDEN By Stephen Holden Published: July 20, 1981 DESPITE all the talk about a commercial resurgence of prerock styles of pop, the music that is keeping the record business afloat is the heavy-metal brand of hard rock established by Led Zeppelin in the late 1960′s. And […]

1982 Tour Dates

Van Halen Diver Down / Hide Your Sheep Tour Source: Wikipedia Date City Country Venue First North American Leg July 14, 1982 Augusta, Georgia United States Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center July 16, 1982 Greensboro, North Carolina Greensboro Coliseum July 17, 1982 Charlotte, North Carolina Charlotte Coliseum July 18, 1982 Columbia, South Carolina Carolina Coliseum July […]

1982 – Largo, MD @ The Capital Center

The first pro-shot Van Halen concert to surface many years ago.  This venue almost always recorded every concert with in-house video system.   Romeo Delight 4:16 Unchained 4:39 Drum Solo 3:33 Full Bug 3:46 Runnin’ With The Devil 3:15 Dave Raps 3:15 Jamie’s Cryin’ 3:48 Little Guitars 4:36 Where Have All The Good Times Gone 3:34 […]

1984 Tour Dates

Source: Wikipedia Date City Country Venue First North American Leg January 18, 1984 Jacksonville, Florida United States Jacksonville Coliseum January 20, 1984 Pembroke Pines, Florida Hollywood Sportatorium January 21, 1984 January 22, 1984 Lakeland, Florida Lakeland Civic Center January 24, 1984 Little Rock, Arkansas Barton Coliseum January 25, 1984 Memphis, Tennessee Mid-South Coliseum January 26, […]

1984 – Hollywood, FL @ The Sportatorium

Van Halen live on January 21, 1984 at The Hollywood Sportatorium, Pembroke Pines, FL. This is the first known recording from 1984 Tour that kicked off 3 days earlier on Jan. 18th. This setlist differs from the rest of the tour.  Here they flip/flop “On Fire” and “Unchained” — This one is an incomplete show missing […]

1984 – Van Halen’s Split Personality: Rolling Stone’s 1984 Feature

Rolling Stone article: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/van-halens-split-personality-rolling-stones-1984-feature-19840621 It’s a cold March day in Cincinnati. Snow is drifting up against the back door, wind is seeping through the windows, and David Lee Roth is on a picnic. This is his outfit: a hooded sweat shirt with polar bears all over it, a red down vest, a pair of jungle-animal-skin […]

1984 – New Haven, CT @ Veterans Memorial Coliseum

Van Halen live just 2 months into the massive 1984 Tour on 3/24/1984 in New Haven, CT.   This is a 2016 remaster that helps with low volume problem from the original. Check out the last song ATBL, Eddie starts playing the “Good Enough” riff in the intro and again in the breakdown around 2:35.

1984 Interview: Dave with Lisa Robinson

Post date is a loose estimate “David Lee Roth” By: Lisa Robinson Rock Video Magazine (July 1984) He’s the front man for one of rock’s most spectacular bands – Van Halen – and he’s nothing short of shocking. Since the last time David Lee Roth and I got together to talk, Van Halen had a #1 […]