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 – 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...

3/4/1978 – Springfield, IL (Photos)

Van Halen on the 2nd night of their first tour in 1978 with Ronnie Montrose and Journey. Date: 3/4/1978 Location: Springfield, IL Venue: Nelson Center Lineup: Van Halen,...

3/3/1978 – Chicago, IL @ The Aragon Ballroom (Photos)

Photos of Van Halen on the first show of their very first tour with Montrose and Journey. Date: 3/3/1978 Location: Chicago, IL Venue: Aragon Ballroom Lineup: Van Halen...

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...

5/9/1979 – Buffalo, NY

Bootleg Video Fan footage of this show synced to different bootleg audio from another show. Filmed by Dave Gullberg, shared by...

4/22/1979 – Boulder, CO @ Balch Fieldhouse (Photos)

Date: 4/22/1979 Location: Boulder, CO Venue: Balch Fieldhouse * No known bootleg exists for this show Photos and Media Photos: © Bill O’Leary...

1980 - Women and Children First

7/27/1980 – 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...

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...

10/31/1980 – Macon, GA @ Macon Coliseum (Photos)

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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...

5/18/1981 – Rochester, NY (Photos)

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5/12/1981 – Halifax, NS, Canada (Photos)

Van Halen kick off the 1981 Fair Warning Tour for the first night in Canada.  Here are fan-shot photos from the opening night and...

1982 - Diver Down

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...

1982 Tour Dates – Hide Your Sheep Tour

Start Date: Jul 14, 1982 - End Date: May 29, 1983Locations: North America, South America The tour kicked off July...

1983 – Sao Paulo Brazil

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2qvfH0yJMQ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oiem7qY_srg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJmb2EtlBKk Van Halen takes their Diver Down...

1984 - 1984

5/9/1984 – San Francisco, CA @ The Cow Palace

First show of a 3-night stand in San Francisco, CA on Van Halen's 1984 World Tour. Audio Bootleg Radio Promo Unchained Hot For Teacher / Drum...

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 – San Diego, CA @ San Diego Sports Arena

Van Halen live on 5/20/1984 in San Diego, CA @ The San Diego Sports Arena.   This is a great sounding bootleg. Audio Bootleg Quality:...
Van Halen Tour Date Archive

Tour Date Archive 1978-1984

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Interviews

1981 Interview: Eddie Guitar World Magazine

Eddie Van Halen made his first Guitar World cover appearance with the January 1981 issue. The cover asked readers if the young EVH was the...

1982 – David Lee Roth interview w Jim Ladd

For this two part interview Jim Ladd sits down with David Lee Roth for Part 1 (September 12, 1982 - one day after their...

1980 – Alex Van Halen Interview w Marc Allan

Van Halen recently returned from Europe, the interview date (7/12) is guesstimate when they played Fort Wayne, IN.

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...

1982 – Phone Interview Eddie Van Halen with Jas Obrecht

July 30, 1982 - a couple weeks into the tour for Diver Down, Eddie talks to Jas Obrecht for Guitar Player Magazine. Ed talks...

Videos

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...

1982 Interview Dave with Martha Quinn

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

1980 – "Loss of Control" Music video

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7/13/1984 – Eddie Plays ‘Beat It’ with Michael Jackson

Van Halen's final city on the 1984 in Dallas, TX, Eddie joins The Jacksons Victory Tour to play "Beat It" at Texas...