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...

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...

1979 - Van Halen II

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...

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...

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

10/19/1982 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Spectrum (Night 1)

After the 10/12 show in Largo, MD, Eddie fractured his wrist on 10/15 and they have to postpone the next (3) shows giving them...

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...

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

4/2/1984 – East Rutherford @ Meadowlands Arena

Van Halen live for the 1st of two nights in East Rutherford, NJ.  Good quality bootleg (Grade B+).   Date: 4/2/1984 Location: East Rutherford, NJ Venue:...

1984 – Cincinnati, OH @ Cincinnati Gardens

Van Halen live in Cincinnati, OH on March 9th, 1984. This one is kinda funny because Eddie is playing loose in several spots. Hot...

1984 Interview: Dave with Lisa Robinson

"David Lee Roth" By: Lisa Robinson Rock Video Magazine (July 1984)He's the front man for one of rock's most spectacular bands - Van Halen - and he's...
Van Halen Tour Date Archive

Tour Date Archive 1978-1984

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Interviews

1984 – Interview on Rockline with Bob Coburn

Van Halen interview on 2/20/1984 with Dave, Alex and Mike from Atlanta, GA. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHxLgv3jEyM

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...

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
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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.
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1982 Interview: Rockline David Lee Roth, Alex Van Halen

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-Zm7M3Gbok&feature=emb_title

Videos

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. ...

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...

1981 – Memphis, TN @ Mid-South Coliseum

Rare and elusive video from Van Halen's 1981 Fair Warning tour. Finding any video footage from 1978-81 is tough and even though this is...

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...