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

9/8/1978 – Niagra Falls, NY

Van Halen opening for Black Sabbath at Niagra Falls Convention Center.  This is a pretty solid bootleg.  A more recent source for songs 1-9...

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...

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...

1979 - Van Halen II

9/10/1979 – Osaka, Japan

Van Halen live bootleg from 9/10/1979 on the Van Halen II Tour at Furitu Taiikukan, Osaka, Japan. This is a 2014 remaster that improves...

8/11/1979 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Park Convention Hall

Date: 8/11/1979 Location: Asbury Park, NJ Venue: Asbury Park Convention Hall Opening band: Screams Source: Audience bootleg (Quality: C/B) - 2020 Remaster Audio Bootleg Quality: C/B...

6/9/1979 – Dallas, TX @ Texxas Jam

There's no known bootleg from this show, but lots of great photos. Photos and Media {"copyRProtection":true,"copyRAlert":"Van...

1980 - Women and Children First

5/21/1980 – Rome, Italy @ The Piper Club (TV)

Van Halen in Rome, Italy at The Piper Club. This was for a TV performance but this footage has never surfaced...

4/27/1980 – Detroit, MI @ Cobo Hall (Photos/Interview)

Date: 4/26/1980 and 4/27/1980 Location: Detroit, MI Venue: Cobo Hall Opening band: Rail Bootleg: There is a horrible sounding bootleg from this show, you can hardly make out...

9/19/1980 – Los Angeles Sports Arena (Photos)

Van Halen plays 2 nights in their hometown at the LA Sports Arena. Most of these photos are from Sep. 19, 1980. A couple...

1981 - Fair Warning

6/20/1981 – Inglewood, CA @ The Forum

^ Photo Credit: Mike Romy Van Halen live on 6/20/1981 at The Forum in Inglewood, CA on Michael Anthony's 27th birthday. Audio BootlegQuality: B   On...

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)

1981 – Providence, RI @ Providence Civic Center

photo unknown location First US date on Van Halen's 1981 Fair Warning Tour.  Quality is solid B+ on this one.

1982 - Diver Down

1982 – The Source: Van Halen Special

Alex Van Halen and David Lee Roth are guests on the radio program WNBC Young Adult Network presents The Source: The Van...

1982 – Hollywood, CA @ Roxy Theater (Eddie w Allan Holdsworth)

A great meeting of musical style, Eddie's guitar struts and screams like some sort of deranged playboy while Holdsworth glides through the musical ether...

1982 Interview Dave with Martha Quinn

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

1984 - 1984

8/18/1984 – Monsters Of Rock England @ Castle Donington

First show of the 1984 Monsters of Rock Tour at Castle Donington in England. This audio is a 2014 remaster that helps...

1984 – Madison, WI @ Dane County Coliseum

Van Halen live on 7/3/1984 in Madison, WI. Audio Bootleg Quality: B Unchained Hot For Teacher / Drum Solo On Fire Runnin' With The...

1985 – David Lee Roth Interview on Letterman Show

David Lee Roth appearance on the David Letterman Show on 1/2/1985. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwS72f2gxmY
Van Halen Tour Date Archive

Tour Date Archive 1978-1984

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Interviews

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12/31/1984 – David Lee Roth – MTV New Year’s Eve

Dave co-hosts the MTV New Year's Eve special with Martha Quinn closing out 1984. They world premiere his video for "California...

8/9/1980 – Hollywood, FL @ Sportatorium (Interview & Photos)

Van Halen interview from WSHE radio and some photos from the show that night.  Dave, Eddie, Alex and Mike radio interview before the show...

1983 – Interview: Eddie with Steven Rosen

July 1st date is a loose approximation By: Steven Rosen The year is 1983. Six albums ago, including the one yet to be released, Van Halen, the...

1978 – Interview: Eddie with Steven Rosen

(Dec 28 is a guesstimate for date) Here you hear a young and hungry Eddie Van Halen talking about the new album coming out (VH...

Videos

1981 – “Mean Street” Italian TV Performance

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5Gk79FazKs Photos and Media {"copyRProtection":true,"copyRAlert":"themightyvanhalen.net","sliderScrollNavi":true,"sliderNextPrevAnimation":"animation","galleryScrollPositionControll":false,"sliderItemCounterEnable":true,"sliderCaptionSrc":"caption","sliderItemTitleEnable":true,"sliderItemTitleFontSize":18,"sliderItemTitleTextColor":"rgba(255,255,255,1)","itemCounterColor":"rgba(255,255,255,1)","sliderThumbBarEnable":true,"sliderThumbBarHoverColor":"rgba(240,240,240,1)","sliderBgColor":"rgba(0,0,0,0.9)","sliderPreloaderColor":"rgba(240,240,240,1)","sliderHeaderFooterBgColor":"rgba(0,0,0,0.4)","sliderNavigationColor":"rgba(0,0,0,1)","sliderNavigationIconColor":"rgba(255,255,255,1)","sliderSlideshow":true,"sliderSlideshowDelay":8,"slideshowIndicatorColor":"rgba(255,255,255,1)","slideshowIndicatorColorBg":"rgba(255,255,255,0.5)","sliderThumbSubMenuBackgroundColor":"rgba(255,255,255,0)","sliderThumbSubMenuBackgroundColorOver":"rgba(255,255,255,1)","sliderThumbSubMenuIconColor":"rgba(255,255,255,1)","sliderThumbSubMenuIconHoverColor":"rgba(0,0,0,1)","sliderSocialShareEnabled":true,"sliderZoomEnable":true,"sliderFullscreenEnabled":true,"modaBgColor":"rgba(0,0,0,0.8)","modalIconColor":"rgba(255,255,255,1)","modalIconColorHover":"rgba(255,255,255,0.8)","shareFacebook":true,"shareTwitter":true,"sharePinterest":true,"sliderItemDownload":false,"shareCopyLink":false,"deepLinking":false,"useLightbox":"true","linkTargetWindow":"_self","galleryPreloaderColor":"rgba(230,230,230,1)","galleryBgColor":"rgba(0,0,0,0)","galleryBorderRadius":0,"lastRowFill":false,"collectionThumbRecomendedHeight":300,"thumbSpacing":10,"captions":false,"captionSrc":"caption","captionHAlign":"top","collectionthumbHoverTitleFontSize":18,"collectionthumbRoundedCorners":10,"collectionthumbHoverTitleTextColor":"rgba(255,255,255,1)","collectionthumbHoverTitleTextBgColor":"rgba(0,0,0,0.8)","collectionthumbHoverBgColor":"rgba(0,0,0,0.4)","collectionThumbSubMenuDownload":false,"collectionThumbSubMenuShare":false,"collectionThumbSubMenuBgColor":"rgba(0,0,0,0.4)","collectionThumbSubMenuBgColorHover":"rgba(255,255,255,1)","collectionThumbSubMenuIconColor":"rgba(255,255,255,1)","collectionThumbSubMenuIconColorHover":"rgba(0,0,0,1)","galleryType":"pgc_sgb_justified","galleryId":"53ee71fa_1598079055189","images":,"useClobalSettings":true,"loading":false,"needUpdate":false,"orderBy":"custom","ordrerDirection":"1","selections":,"startPosIndex":0,"gutIsSelected":true}

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

1981 – Memphis, TN @ Mid-South Coliseum

Rare and elusive video from Van Halen's 1981 Fair Warning tour. Finding any video footage from 1978-81 is tough and even though this is...

1984 – Dave releases ‘California Girls’ single

David Lee Roth released his cover of a Beach Boys classic, one which took him into the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100...