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

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...

1983 Interview: Dave with Felicia Jeter

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11/15/1982 – East Rutherford, NJ @ Meadowlands

Eddie fractured his wrist on 10/15 and they had to postpone the next (3) shows giving them a full week off. The (2) New...

1984 - 1984

8/25/1984 – Monsters Of Rock Sweden @ Rasunda Stadium

Van Halen live (8/25/1984) at the Monsters of Rock in Stockholm, Sweden. This audio is a 2014 Remaster. Date: 8/25/1984 Location: Stockholm, Sweden Venue: Monsters...

1984 – Montreal, Quebec, Canada @ The Forum

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PITQlCL4WXQ Van Halen live video in Montreal. The best and only known *full-length bootleg (video) from the 1984 tour. Unchained Hot...

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

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

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...

1984 – Interview Eddie and Dave with Lisa Robinson

A few weeks after the release of 1984, Lisa Robinson interviews Eddie Van Halen and David Lee Roth. .tdb_single_bg_featured_image {display: none;}
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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...

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...

Videos

1981 – Oakland Live Music Videos

The holy grail. Pro-shot Van Halen at the peak of greatness. The infamous 1981 Oakland shows where Van Halen filmed their 3 classic music...

1978 – Interview in London

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

7/10/1981 – Chicago, IL @ International Amphitheater

Rare and elusive live footage of The Mighty Van Halen at the height of greatness.  Even though we have 3 great pro-shot music videos...

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