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

9/6/1980 – Norman, OK @ Roklahoma (Photos)

Setlist *No known recording from this show Romeo DelightBottoms Up!Drum SoloRunnin' With the DevilTora! Tora! / Loss of ControlTake Your Whiskey HomeDance the...

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...

1981 - Fair Warning

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...

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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1982 - Diver Down

9/9/1982 – Inglewood, CA @ The Forum (Photos)

Van Halen bring the massive Diver Down tour to their hometown for the first of three shows on 9/9/1982 at The Forum.  There is...

1982 – Interview: Rockline David Lee Roth, Alex Van Halen, Michael Anthony

David, Alex and Michael interview, taking fan calls in 1982 on Rockline https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_ffy6AAcjA&feature=emb_title

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...

1984 - 1984

1984 – Detroit, MI @ Cobo Hall

Van Halen live in Detroit for the famous MTV Lost Weekend with Van Halen.  These were the 2 shows (4/5 and 4/6) that the...

1984 – San Francisco, CA @ Cow Palace

Van Halen live on 5/10/1984. Second night of a 3-night stand in San Francisco, CA. Audio Bootleg Valerie Bertinelli Message Unchained Hot For Teacher / Drum...

5/21/1984 – 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*...

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...

4/24/1980 – Cincinnati, OH (incindent)

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...

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...

Videos

4/8/1979 – Los Angeles, CA @ Califfornia World Music Festival

Footage from 4/8/1979 synced with audio bootleg by fasterpdiddy. Light Up The Sky 3:18 Somebody Get Me A Doctor 4:48 Runnin' With The Devil 4:21 Dance The Night...

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...

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

1978 – Interview in London

Earliest interview footage of Van Halen. Band was wrapping up tour thru UK opening for Black Sabbath.