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...

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...

8/6/1978 – Oklahoma Jam

Van Halen live on 8/6/1978 at the Oklahoma Jam. Great quality although a little fuzzy at times. Date: 8/6/1978 Location: Oklahoma City, OK Venue: Super...

1979 - Van Halen II

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...

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...

1980 - Women and Children First

10/9/1980 – Oakland, CA @ Oakland Arena

The night before David Lee Roth's 26th birthday, Van Halen live in Oakland, CA (Oct 9, 1980). Decent quality audience recording. Date: 10/9/1980 Location: Oakland, CA Venue:...

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...

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...

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 – Dallas, TX @ Reunion Arena

Pro soundboard from the Diver Down / Hide Your Sheep Tour in 1982. Date: 11/18/1982 Location: Dallas, TX Venue: Reunion Arena Source: Soundboard Audio Bootleg Quality: Soundboard A+   Romeo...

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...

1984 - 1984

3/18/1984 – Providence, RI @ The Providence Civic Center

Van Halen live on 3/18/1984 for the 2nd night in Providence, RI @ the Providence Civic Center.  It's said that some live footage for...

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...

1984 – San Diego, CA @ San Diego Sports Arena #2

Van Halen live on 5/21/1984 in San Diego, CA @ The San Diego Sports Arena.   Another great sounding bootleg (Grade A). Audio Bootleg Quality:...
Van Halen Tour Date Archive

Tour Date Archive 1978-1984

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Interviews

7/25/1979 – St. Paul, MN (Photos & Interview)

Interview with Eddie and Alex on 7/25/1979 before their second show in St. Paul, MN. Date: 7/25/1979 Location: St. Paul, MN Venue: St. Paul Civic Auditorium Support: Screams*...

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...

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

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...

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...

Videos

1979 – Fresno, CA @ Selland Arena

Opening night of Van Halen II World Vacation Tour. Doesn't get much better than this! Date: 3/23/1979Location: Fresno, CAVenue: Selland ArenaBootleg Source: Audience (Quality B+)Attendance...

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...

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...

7/1/1978 – Dallas, TX @ Texxas Jam

Van Halen play at the Texxas Jam in Dallas, TX at the Cotton Bowl. After their last show in Japan 3 days earlier, they...