THE MIGHTY VAN HALEN 1978-1984

The ultimate Van Halen archive celebrating the original band from 1978 to 1984. Includes live audio, video, bootlegs, interviews and photos. This site attempts to chronicle those legendary years. [Disclaimer]

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8/27/1980 - San Antonio, TX

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Tour Date Archive

1978 – Tour Dates

Start Date: 3/3/1978 - End Date: 12/3/1978Locations: North America, Europe, Japan Van Halen's first tour...

1979 Tour Dates – World Vacation Tour

Start Date: 3/25/1979End Date: 10/7/1979Locations: North America, Europe, JapanVan Halen's 1979 World...

1980 Tour Dates – World Invasion Tour

Start Date: Mar 19, 1980 – End Date: Nov 15, 1980 Locations: North America, Europe The...

1981 Tour Dates – Fair Warning Tour

Start Date: May 12, 1981End Date: Oct 25, 1981Locations: North America (US, Canada)Promo Tour:...

1982 Tour Dates – Hide Your Sheep Tour

Start Date: Jul 14, 1982 - End Date: May...

1984 Tour Dates

Start Date: Jan 18, 1984 - End Date: Sep 2, 1984Locations: North...

1978 - Van Halen I

1978 – Van Halen debut goes platinum! (Photos)

Van Halen's debut album was released on Feb 10, 1978 and was certified 1x platinum on Oct 10, 1978.  They had a party at...

8/19/1978 – Bay City, MI @ Summer Celebration (Photos)

Date: 8/19/1978 Location: Bay City, MI Venue: Summer Celebration / Bay City Central High School's Elmer Engel Stadium Lineup: Bandit, Van Halen, Bob Segar (Cheap...

1978 – Tour Dates

Start Date: 3/3/1978 - End Date: 12/3/1978Locations: North America, Europe, Japan Van Halen's first tour was in support of the debut album in 1978. The...

1979 - Van Halen II

1979 Tour Dates – World Vacation Tour

Start Date: 3/25/1979End Date: 10/7/1979Locations: North America, Europe, JapanVan Halen's 1979 World Vacation Tour was the band's first headline tour taking them...

10/6/1979 – San Diego, CA @ San Diego Sports Arena

The 2nd to last show on the Van Halen II World Vacation Tour. Some great photos from Mike Romano and Colleen Bracken. Date: 10/6/1979 Location: San...

5/15/1979 – Toronto, Canada @ Maple Leaf Gardens

Van Halen in Toronto on the World Vacation Tour. Some pretty rare live video footage (although dark and not great quality bootleg). Date: 5/15/1979 Location: Toronto,...

1980 - Women and Children First

1980 Tour Dates – World Invasion Tour

Start Date: Mar 19, 1980 – End Date: Nov 15, 1980 Locations: North America, Europe The tour for Women and Children First, 1980 World Invasion Tour...

7/26/1980 – Uniondale, NY @ Nassau Coliseum (Photos)

Photos from 7/27/80 show at Nassau Coliseum (Photos by Bill O'Leary). Prints and other merch from Fine Art America below can...

4/4/1980 – Seattle, WA @ Seattle Center Coliseum

Date: 4/4/1980 and 4/5/1980 Location: Seattle, WA Venue: Seattle Center Coliseum Opening band: Rail Bootleg: Not great quality Setlist Romeo Delight Bottoms Up Drum Solo Runnin' With The Devil Tora!...

1981 - Fair Warning

1981 Tour Dates – Fair Warning Tour

Start Date: May 12, 1981End Date: Oct 25, 1981Locations: North America (US, Canada)Promo Tour: Nov 1981 (Germany, Italy, Spain, France) Van Halen's 1981 tour, dubbed...

7/17/1981 – NYC, NY @ Madison Square Garden

Van Halen live in NYC, July 17, 1981. Their first time headlining at Madison Square Garden. This is decent quality and gets a little better...

5/18/1981 – Rochester, NY (Photos)

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1982 - Diver Down

1983 – Devore, CA @ US Festival

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XBrwfwaleQ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igdZKgESbJU People say they were wasted...and especially rag on Dave thinking he actually...

2/5/1983 – Montevideo, Uruguay

Van Halen live on their last date of the 1983 South American tour in Montevideo, Uruguay. There's radio broadcast audio of this concert and...
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1982 Interview: Rockline David Lee Roth, Alex Van Halen

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-Zm7M3Gbok&feature=emb_title

1984 - 1984

1984 – Cincinnati, OH @ Cincinnati Gardens

Van Halen live in Cincinnati, OH on March 9th, 1984. This one is kinda funny because Eddie is playing loose in several spots. Hot...

1984 Tour Dates

Start Date: Jan 18, 1984 - End Date: Sep 2, 1984Locations: North America, Europe (Monsters of Rock) Van Halen's...

2/1/1984 – Charlotte, NC @ Charlotte Coliseum

Van Halen on their first stop to Charlotte, NC on the 1984 tour. They would play a 2nd show here about two weeks later....
Van Halen Tour Date Archive

Tour Date Archive 1978-1984

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Interviews

1985 – David Lee Roth Interview on Good Morning America

David Lee Roth interview on 3/7/1985.  He would split from Van Halen in the next month or so. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffxkY3fd5BY

1979 – David Lee Roth Interview

* 4/9 date is loose approximation. Interview with David Lee Roth shortly after Van Halen II was released. Audio Interview David Lee Roth Interview...

1982 Interview Dave with Martha Quinn

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkKwIm8M6D4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwuUNLpXq1o

1978 – Interview w David Lee Roth & Alex Van Halen – Bradford, UK

Interview with David Lee Roth and Alex Van Halen after their show in Bradford, UK on 6/7/1978. Interview David Lee Roth, Alex Van Halen...

4/29/1980 – Van Halen Interview – Cleveland, OH

Van Halen interview on 4/29/1980 in Cleveland, OH. Dave, Alex and Mike stop by WMMS with Kid Leo before their Richfield show. They talk...

Videos

1981 – German TV “Unchained”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ld2URWiinfQ Van Halen on German TV show lip sync performance of "Unchained" (*Post date is a loose guess)

1982 – Detroit, MI @ Cobo Hall

Van Halen live in 1982. This is super 8mm film that says Florida, but some clues suggest this could be in Detroit. Mainly during...

9/22/1978 – Fresno, CA @ Selland Arena

Van Halen live bootleg from 9/22/1978 in Fresno, CA at the Selland Arena.  Solid A quality on this audio. The video is the infamous...

1/30/1982 – “Pretty Woman” @ San Remo Festival Italy

Van Halen TV performance in Italy at the Sanremo Music Festival. Info seems like they filmed this on 1/30/1982 and it aired around 3/16/1982. Broadcaster Rai...