1978 – Tour Dates

Start Date: 3/3/1978 – End Date: 12/3/1978
Locations: North America, Europe, Japan

Van Halen’s first tour was in support of the debut album in 1978. The tour covered mainly North America with 124 shows in the United States and two shows in Canada, 39 shows in Europe, and nine shows in Japan. At 174 shows total over a 10-month period, the tour was one of the band’s most extensive overall. Throughout the tour Van Halen was mostly a supporting act.  They started the year opening for Montrose and Journey and then for Black Sabbath, however, they headlined shows in Europe and Japan.

Note: Dates below in red are links to bootlegs, photos or interviews that are posted on this site. Just click to view for the specific date.
Date City Country Venue
North America
March 3, 1978 Chicago United States Aragon Ballroom (Live premiere)
March 4, 1978 Springfield Nelson Center
March 5, 1978 Indianapolis Indiana Convention Center
March 7, 1978 Madison Shuffle Inn
March 9, 1978 Milwaukee Riverside Theater
March 10, 1978 Detroit Masonic Temple Theater
March 11, 1978 Trotwood Hara Arena
March 12, 1978 Homestead Leona Theater
March 14, 1978 Toronto Canada Massey Hall
March 15, 1978 Cleveland United States Cleveland Music Hall
March 16, 1978 Columbus Columbus Veterans Memorial Auditorium
March 17, 1978 Louisville Louisville Gardens
March 18, 1978 Evansville Evansville Coliseum
March 19, 1978 South Bend Morris Civic Auditorium
March 20, 1978 Schaumburg B’Ginnings
March 21, 1978 Utica Utica Memorial Auditorium
March 22, 1978 Albany Palace Theatre
March 23, 1978 Buffalo New Century Theatre
March 24, 1978 Upper Darby Tower Theater
March 25, 1978 New York City Palladium
March 26, 1978 Hempstead Calderone Concert Hall
March 27, 1978 Boston Paradise Theater
March 29, 1978 Duluth Duluth Auditorium
March 30, 1978 Saint Paul St. Paul Civic Center Theater
March 31, 1978 Kansas City Memorial Hall
April 1, 1978 St. Louis Kiel Opera House
April 2, 1978 Omaha Omaha Music Hall
April 3, 1978 Wichita Pogo’s
April 4, 1978 Tulsa Cain’s Ballroom
April 5, 1978 Indianapolis Murat Temple Theater
April 6, 1978 Flint IMA Auditorium
April 7, 1978 Nashville War Memorial Auditorium
April 8, 1978 Murray MSU Field House
April 9, 1978 Birmingham Boutwell Memorial Auditorium
April 11, 1978 Corpus Christi Corpus Christi Memorial Coliseum
April 12, 1978 Austin Austin Municipal Auditorium
April 13, 1978 Shreveport Shreveport Memorial Auditorium
April 14, 1978 Fort Worth Will Rogers Memorial Auditorium
April 15, 1978 Houston Houston Music Hall
April 16, 1978 New Orleans The Warehouse
April 18, 1978 Memphis Ellis Memorial Auditorium
April 20, 1978 Tallahassee Ruby Diamond Auditorium
April 21, 1978 Pembroke Pines Hollywood Sportatorium
April 22, 1978 Tampa Curtis Hixon Hall
April 23, 1978 Atlanta Fox Theatre
April 25, 1978 Virginia Beach Rogues’ Gallery
April 26, 1978
April 27, 1978 Norfolk The Scope
April 28, 1978 New York City Palladium
Europe
May 4, 1978 Poperinge Belgium The Joyful Makeover Salon
May 5, 1978 Delft Netherlands De Stads Doelen
May 6, 1978 Amsterdam Paradiso
May 8, 1978 Hamburg Germany Markthalle Hamburg
May 9, 1978
May 10, 1978
May 12, 1978 Paris France Théâtre Mogador
May 16, 1978 Sheffield England Sheffield City Hall
May 17, 1978 Southport Southport Theatre
May 18, 1978 Glasgow Scotland Glasgow Apollo
May 19, 1978 Aberdeen Capitol Theatre
May 21, 1978 Newcastle England Newcastle City Hall
May 22, 1978 Manchester Manchester Apollo
May 23, 1978 Stoke Victoria Hall
May 25, 1978 Portsmouth Portsmouth Guildhall
May 26, 1978 Bristol Colston Hall
May 27, 1978 London Lewisham Odeon
May 28, 1978 Ipswich Ipswich Gaumont Theatre
May 30, 1978 Coventry Coventry Theatre
May 31, 1978 Leicester De Montfort Hall
June 1, 1978 London Hammersmith Odeon
June 2, 1978 Oxford Apollo Theatre Oxford
June 3, 1978 Southampton Southampton Gaumont Theatre
June 5, 1978 Birmingham Birmingham Odeon
June 6, 1978
June 7, 1978 Bradford St George’s Hall
June 8, 1978 Preston Preston Guild Hall
June 10, 1978 London Hammersmith Odeon
June 11, 1978
Asia
June 17, 1978 Tokyo Japan Tokyo Cultural Hall
June 19, 1978
June 21, 1978 Nakano Sun Plaza Hall
June 22, 1978
June 24, 1978 Nagoya Nagoya Civic Assembly Hall
June 25, 1978 Osaka Festival Hall
June 27, 1978 Osaka Cultural Hall
North America
July 1, 1978 Dallas United States Cotton Bowl (Texxas Jam)
July 2, 1978 San Antonio San Antonio Municipal Auditorium
July 3, 1978 Austin Armadillo World Headquarters
July 6, 1978 Phoenix Celebrity Theatre
July 7, 1978
July 8, 1978 San Diego San Diego Sports Arena
July 9, 1978 Long Beach Long Beach Arena
July 13, 1978 New Orleans The Superdome
July 15, 1978 Kansas City Royals Stadium (Summer Jam)
July 16, 1978 Davenport Credit Island Park (Mississippi River Jam)
July 17, 1978 La Crosse Mary E. Sawyer Auditorium
July 18, 1978 Seymour Seymour Speedway
July 20, 1978 Tulsa Tulsa Assembly Center
July 21, 1978 Jackson Carl Perkins Civic Auditorium
July 23, 1978 Oakland Oakland Coliseum (Day on the Green 1978 #3)
July 24, 1978 Redding Redding Civic Center
July 25, 1978 Reno Washoe County Fairgrounds
July 31, 1978 Alexandria Rapides Parish Coliseum
August 2, 1978 Wichita Falls Wichita Falls Memorial Auditorium
August 3, 1978 Lubbock Lubbock Municipal Auditorium
August 4, 1978 Amarillo Hollywood Bowl (West Texas Jam 1978)
August 5, 1978 Great Bend ? Raceway (Summer Jam 1)
August 6, 1978 Oklahoma City Oklahoma State Fairgrounds Grandstand
(Oklahoma Jam 1978)
August 7, 1978 Wichita Pogo’s
August 9, 1978 Peoria Second Chance
August 10, 1978 Salem Hooker Lake Inn
August 12, 1978 Landover Capital Centre
August 13, 1978 Binghamton Broome County Arena
August 19, 1978 Bay City Engel Stadium (Summer Celebration)
August 22, 1978 Milwaukee MECCA Arena
August 23, 1978 Chicago International Amphitheatre
August 24, 1978
August 25, 1978 Terre Haute Hulman Arena
August 27, 1978 New York City Madison Square Garden
August 28, 1978 Hempstead Nassau Coliseum
August 29, 1978 Philadelphia Spectrum
August 30, 1978 Poughkeepsie Mid-Hudson Civic Center
August 31, 1978 Erie Erie County Field House
September 1, 1978 Hampton Hampton Coliseum
September 2, 1978 Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Civic Arena
September 4, 1978 South Yarmouth Cape Cod Coliseum
September 5, 1978 Portland Cumberland County Civic Center
September 7, 1978 Utica Utica Memorial Auditorium
September 8, 1978 Niagara Falls Niagara Falls Convention Center [65]
September 9, 1978 Baltimore Baltimore Civic Center
September 10, 1978 New Haven New Haven Coliseum
September 12, 1978 Indianapolis Indianapolis Convention Center
September 14, 1978 Detroit Cobo Arena
September 15, 1978 Richfield Richfield Coliseum
September 16, 1978 St. Louis Checkerdome
September 17, 1978 Kansas City Kansas City Municipal Auditorium
September 18, 1978 Tulsa Tulsa Assembly Center
September 21, 1978 Bakersfield Bakersfield Civic Auditorium
September 22, 1978 Fresno Selland Arena
September 23, 1978 Anaheim Anaheim Stadium (Summerfest 1978)
September 26, 1978 Vancouver Canada Pacific Coliseum
September 27, 1978 Portland United States Portland Memorial Coliseum
September 28, 1978 Spokane Spokane Coliseum
September 29, 1978 Seattle Seattle Center Arena
September 30, 1978
Europe
October 9, 1978 Hamburg Germany Audimax Theatre
October 10, 1978 Essen Grugahalle
October 11, 1978 Offenbach Stadthalle Offenbach
October 13, 1978 Uhingen Haldenberg Hall
October 14, 1978 Ludwigshafen Friedrich-Ebert-Halle
October 15, 1978 Kuernach Kuernach Hall
October 17, 1978 Neunkirchen Hemmerleinhalle
October 18, 1978 Bad Rappenau Bad Rappenau Sports Hall
October 20, 1978 Cambrai France Grottos Palace
October 22, 1978 London England Rainbow Theatre
October 27, 1978 Koekelare Belgium Koekelare Sports Hall
United States
November 3, 1978 St. Petersburg United States Bayfront Center
November 4, 1978 Jacksonville Jacksonville Coliseum
November 5, 1978 Pembroke Pines Hollywood Sportatorium
November 7, 1978 Columbus Municipal Auditorium
November 8, 1978 Birmingham Boutwell Memorial Auditorium
November 9, 1978 Nashville Nashville Municipal Auditorium
November 10, 1978 Memphis Mid-South Coliseum
November 11, 1978 Cincinnati Riverfront Coliseum
November 12, 1978 Nashville Nashville Municipal Auditorium
November 13, 1978 Atlanta Omni Coliseum
November 14, 1978 Mobile Mobile Municipal Auditorium
November 15, 1978 Huntsville Von Braun Civic Center
November 17, 1978 Austin Austin Municipal Auditorium
November 18, 1978 Midland Chaparral Center
November 19, 1978 Amarillo Amarillo Civic Center
November 20, 1978 Oklahoma City Myriad Convention Center
November 22, 1978 Corpus Christi Corpus Christi Memorial Coliseum
November 23, 1978 Houston Sam Houston Coliseum
November 24, 1978 San Antonio San Antonio Convention Center
November 25, 1978 Dallas Dallas Convention Center
November 26, 1978
November 28, 1978 Denver McNichols Sports Arena
November 29, 1978 Ogden Dee Events Center
December 1, 1978 San Bernardino Swing Auditorium
December 2, 1978 Oakland Oakland Arena
December 3, 1978 San Diego San Diego Sports Arena
December 4, 1978 Long Beach Long Beach Arena
December 5, 1978 Phoenix Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum
December 7, 1978 Abilene Taylor County Expo Center
December 8, 1978 El Paso El Paso County Coliseum
December 10, 1978 Albuquerque Johnson Gymnasium
December 11, 1978

*Source: Wikipedia

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