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...

5/27/1978 – Lewisham, UK @ Lewisham Odeon

Date: 5/27/1978 Location: Lewisham, UK Venue: Lewisham Odeon Headliner: Black Sabbath Bootleg: Quality C (2019 Remaster) Audio Bootleg Quality C On Fire ...

5/6/1978 – Amsterdam, Holland @ The Paradiso

Van Halen live in Eddie and Alex's homeland for the first time on tour. Date: 5/6/1978 Location: Amsterdam, Holland Venue: The...

1979 - Van Halen II

10/2/1979 – Tuscon, AZ @ Tucson Convention Center

Here's a rare live soundboard recording from Van Halen's final 4 dates of the 1979 Van Halen II Tour.  

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...

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*...

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...

4/26/1980 – Detroit, MI @ Cobo Hall (Photos)

Soundboard bootleg from the 1980 World Invasion Tour. 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...

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.

1981 - Fair Warning

6/19/1981 – Los Angeles, CA @ LA Sports Arena

Van Halen live on June 19, 1981 at the LA Sports Arena. This is one of the better quality bootlegs from 1981. Photo above...

1981 – “So This Is Love?” (Dinosaur video) Italy TV RAI 1

June 6, 2021 -- WOW!!! This is huge!!! Just unearthed for the first time ever by Van Halen Italia Fan Club. ...

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

Van Halen kick off the 1981 Fair Warning Tour.  Here are fan-shot photos from the opening night and the likely setlist. Setlist On Fire Sinner’s Swing Drum Solo Hear...

1982 - Diver Down

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...

1982 – Diver Down (album)

Released: Apr. 14, 1982 Source: Wikipedia The album cover artwork displays the "diver down" flag used in many US jurisdictions (which indicates aSCUBA diver is currently submerged in the area). Asked about...

1982 Interview Dave with Martha Quinn

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

1984 - 1984

3/20/1984 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Spectrum

The 2 Philly shows (3/20 and 3/21) at The Spectrum were filmed for live footage in the "Panama" music video.  This bootleg is a...

1984 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden

Van Halen live in New York on March 30, 1984. The first night of 2 shows at Madison Square Garden. Audio Bootleg Quality: B+...

1984 – Reno, NV @ Lawlor Events Center

Van Halen live in Reno, NV on 5/7/1984. This is the first time Van Halen plays Reno since the 1979 Tour. Audio Bootleg...
Van Halen Tour Date Archive

Tour Date Archive 1978-1984

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Interviews

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1978 – Interview in London

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

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...

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...

1978 – Interview w David Lee Roth & Alex Van Halen – Bradford, UK

Interview with David Lee Roth and Alex Van Halen after their show in Bradford, UK on 6/7/1978. Interview David Lee Roth, Alex Van Halen...

Videos

1984 – Dave releases ‘California Girls’ single

David Lee Roth released his cover of a Beach Boys classic, one which took him into the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100...

1981 – “Mean Street” Italian TV Performance

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1978 – Fresno, CA @ Selland Arena

Van Halen live bootleg from 9/22/1978 in Fresno, CA at the Selland Arena.  Solid A quality on this audio. The video is the infamous...

1978 – Interview in London

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