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

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...

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...

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...

1984 - 1984

2/3/1984 – Greensboro, NC @ Greensboro Coliseum

Van Halen live in Greensboro, NC.  Great, clear quality bootleg (Grade A).   Date: 2/3/1984 Location: Greensboro, NC Venue: Greensboro Coliseum Opener: Autograph Source: Audience bootleg (Quality: A) ...

1984 – "Panama" (music video) released

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3/21/1984 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Spectrum

Van Halen live on their second night in Philly on the 1984 Tour where they filmed for the "Panama" video. Audio Bootleg Quality: C   Unchained...
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 Interview Dave with Martha Quinn

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

1980 Interview: Dave with Allan Handelman

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-NvfEnTqx8 It’s was Sex, Drugs and Rock n Roll. Recorded at the Hampton Coliseum in Virginia during...

1980 – Interview Eddie Van Halen w Jas Obrecht

"Young Wizard of Power Rock" By: Jas Obrecht Guitar Player (April 1980) Very few guitarists have had as intense an impact in as short a time as Eddie...

Videos

1978 – Portland, OR @ Portland Memorial Coliseum

Wow!! New unearthed video footage of Van Halen on their first tour in 1978!!! Massive thanks to Paul Fletcher/B2B Productions for releasing this footage...

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

1983 – Devore, CA @ US Festival

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XBrwfwaleQ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igdZKgESbJU People say they were wasted...and especially rag on Dave thinking he actually...

5/13/1979 – Boston, MA

Not the greatest quality, but any video footage from the early tours is still pure gold. You sorta get to see...