1979 Tour Dates – World Vacation Tour

Start Date: 3/25/1979
End Date: 10/7/1979
Locations: North America, Europe, Japan

Van Halen’s 1979 World Vacation Tour was the band’s first headline tour taking them all around the world.

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Date City Country Venue
North America (1st leg)
March 25, 1979 Fresno United States Selland Arena
March 26, 1979 Redding Redding Civic Auditorium
March 27, 1979 Central Point Compton Arena
March 29, 1979 Missoula Adams Field House
March 30, 1979 Caldwell O’Connor Field House
March 31, 1979 Logan Smith Spectrum
April 3, 1979 Tacoma UPS Memorial Field House
April 5, 1979 San Rafael Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium
April 6, 1979 San Jose San Jose Performing Arts Theater
April 7, 1979
April 8, 1979 Los Angeles Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (California World Music Festival #2)
April 10, 1979 Reno Centennial Coliseum
April 12, 1979 Seattle Seattle Center Arena
April 13, 1979
April 14, 1979 Spokane Spokane Coliseum
April 16, 1979 Portland Jantzen Beach Ice Arena
April 17, 1979
April 18, 1979 Vancouver Canada Pacific Coliseum
April 19, 1979 Spokane United States Spokane Coliseum
April 21, 1979 Boulder Balch Fieldhouse
April 22, 1979
April 24, 1979 Kansas City Kansas City Music Hall
April 26, 1979 Chicago Aragon Ballroom
April 27, 1979
April 28, 1979 St. Louis Checkerdome
April 29, 1979 Indianapolis Market Square Arena
May 1, 1979 Detroit Detroit Masonic Temple
May 2, 1979
May 3, 1979 Kalamazoo Wings Stadium
May 5, 1979 Cincinnati Riverfront Coliseum
May 6, 1979 Louisville Louisville Gardens
May 7, 1979 Pittsburgh Stanley Theatre
May 8, 1979 Toledo Toledo Sports Arena
May 9, 1979 Buffalo Buffalo Memorial Auditorium
May 11, 1979 Washington, D.C. Warner Theatre
May 12, 1979 New York City Palladium
May 13, 1979 Boston Orpheum Theatre
May 15, 1979 Toronto Canada Maple Leaf Gardens
May 16, 1979 London London Gardens
May 17, 1979 Syracuse United States Manley Field House
May 18, 1979 Rochester Rochester Community War Memorial Arena
(“Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert”)
(Promo-Vids of “Dance the Night Away”, “You’re No Good” and “Bottoms Up!”)
May 19, 1979 Philadelphia Spectrum
May 30, 1979 Atlanta Fox Theatre
May 31, 1979 Charlotte Charlotte Coliseum
June 1, 1979 Norfolk Scope Arena
June 2, 1979 Raleigh Carter–Finley Stadium (June Jam)
June 4, 1979 Knoxville Knoxville Civic Coliseum
June 5, 1979 Birmingham Boutwell Memorial Auditorium
June 7, 1979 Memphis Mid-South Coliseum
June 8, 1979 Little Rock Barton Coliseum
June 9, 1979 Dallas Cotton Bowl (Texxas Jam)
June 10, 1979 New Orleans The Superdome (A Day of Rock ‘N’ Roll)
June 14, 1979 Brussels Belgium Forest National
June 15, 1979 Amsterdam Netherlands Jaap Edenhal
June 17, 1979 Düsseldorf Germany Philips Hall
June 18, 1979 Offenbach Stadthalle Offenbach
June 19, 1979 Munich Circus Krone Building
June 21, 1979 Lyon France Palais des Sports de Gerland
June 22, 1979 Paris Pavillon de Paris
June 25, 1979 Birmingham England Birmingham Odeon
June 26, 1979 Newcastle Newcastle City Hall
June 27, 1979 Manchester Manchester Apollo Theatre
June 28, 1979 London Rainbow Theatre
June 29, 1979
North America (2nd leg)
July 5, 1979 Jacksonville United States Jacksonville Exhibition Hall
July 6, 1979 West Palm Beach West Palm Beach Auditorium
July 7, 1979 Miami Miami Jai-Alai Fronton Arena
July 8, 1979 Lakeland Lakeland Civic Center
July 10, 1979 Corpus Christi Corpus Christi Memorial Coliseum
July 11, 1979 Houston Houston Music Hall
July 12, 1979
July 14, 1979 Amarillo Amarillo Civic Center
July 15, 1979 Midland Chaparral Center
July 16, 1979 Austin Austin Municipal Auditorium
July 17, 1979 San Antonio San Antonio Convention Center
July 19, 1979 Wichita Century II Concert Hall
July 20, 1979 Tulsa Tulsa Assembly Center
July 21, 1979 Oklahoma City Gaylord Performing Arts Theater
July 22, 1979 Lincoln Pershing Memorial Auditorium
July 24, 1979 Saint Paul St. Paul Civic Auditorium
July 25, 1979
July 26, 1979 Dubuque Five Flags Arena
July 27, 1979 Springfield Illinois State Armory
July 28, 1979 Trotwood Hara Arena
August 10, 1979 Portland Cumberland County Civic Center
August 11, 1979 Asbury Park Asbury Park Convention Hall
August 12, 1979 New Haven New Haven Coliseum
August 14, 1979 Cleveland Cleveland Music Hall
August 15, 1979
August 17, 1979 Springfield Springfield Civic Center
August 18, 1979 South Yarmouth Cape Cod Coliseum
August 20, 1979 Madison Dane County Veterans Memorial Coliseum
August 21, 1979 Milwaukee Milwaukee Auditorium
August 25, 1979 Oakland Oakland Civic Auditorium
August 26, 1979
September 3, 1979 Kyoto Japan Kyoto Kaikan
September 5, 1979 Fukuoka Fukuoka Kyuden Kinen Gymnasium
September 7, 1979 Nagoya Nagoya Civic Assembly Hall
September 8, 1979 Kurashiki Kurashiki Civic Cultural Hall
September 10, 1979 Osaka Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium
September 11, 1979
September 13, 1979 Tokyo Nippon Budokan
North America (Final leg)
September 18, 1979 Edmonton Canada Northlands Coliseum
September 19, 1979 Calgary Stampede Corral
September 22, 1979 Regina Agridome
September 23, 1979 Winnipeg Winnipeg Convention Centre
September 25, 1979 Duluth United States Duluth Arena
September 27, 1979 Bismarck Bismarck Civic Center
September 28, 1979 Rapid City Rushmore Plaza Civic Center
September 29, 1979 Billings MetraPark Arena
October 2, 1979 Tucson Tucson Community Center
October 3, 1979 Phoenix Phoenix Exhibition Hall
October 6, 1979 San Diego San Diego Sports Arena
October 7, 1979 Inglewood The Forum

*Source: Wikipedia and VHarchives.com

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Some of these tour dates are incorrect.
Wikedpedia probably got these dates from VH Archives, which has some innacurracies.
These are the actual dates that I know.
April, 16, – Seattle.
April, 17- Portland
April, 18 – Vancouver,
April, 19 – Spokane
One of the Spokane shows was rescheduled due to DLR passing out from exhaustion.
The June 30, Vancouver date is totally wrong. They were in England the night before. The correct date is April, 18th.

This Music Sux

Damn Wikipedia!!!


The tour date lists from the official VH site and Wikedpedia, ( as well as the official Black Sabbath and Journey sites,) are pretty much 90% correct. But just contain a few ommissions and improper dates. Some shows were cancelled, then rescheduled, so that might have something to do with it.
I only noticed this mainly on the 1979 tour date listings. There are very few mistakes to my knowledge on most other tour listings. Aside from a couple unlisted shows, and maybe a few odd incorrect listings.
I just know for sure about the ’79 shows in the Pacific Northwest. As I wondered which Vancouver date was correct. I was pretty sure they didnt do two shows here.
It can get confusing, because one list specifies one date, then another says a different one.
Here is a link to another short listing . I believe these are correct.
At times I have cross-referanced different listings, and websites such as Setlist.com, and a few others.
I’ll compile some other links in a different post later on. There is a really good thread at Jam To This.com, where Greg posted quite a few corrections out based upon his ticket stub collection.


That Vancouver bootleg is how I first noticed the conflicting tour dates in the first place.
Whoever put that June, 30th date on the bootleg was wrong. It caused a fair amount of confusion.
It was explained to me, that Brad Starks might have used some of the bootleg dates as a referance while composing the tour date lists for the official VH website. It is no big deal really, people make mistakes, but if one date is wrong, then that means another is also incorrect, then it gets really confusing.
It is really no big deal I guess. Most fans wouldnt notice or care anyways. I guess I’m just a stickler for details. No idea why. Ha, Ha.
Here is a link to the April, 18, 1979 show review from Google newspapers.

HecThe Wreck

The July 7, 1979 venue is wrong here is my stub.comment image

The Mighty Van Halen

Thanks for the correction and ticket stub. Always looking to update w accurate info when possible.

HecThe Wreck

No problem, here is a set of Michael Anthony picks from the show I was right in front of him so I got the whole set.comment image

Jim Donovan

i can’t recall who opened for VH in San Diego in Oct 79 at the Sports Arena ANYONE?

Chris Gill

The opening act was Screams. Fortunately I always immediately wrote the names of the bands on the ticket stubs that I saved. I took some pretty good photos at the 79 show, one of which will be in my book coming out later this year.

Chris Gill

Front and back of tickets from 78/79 VH shows
(edit: images won’t attach for some reason?)

Last edited 3 years ago by Chris Gill
Meghann Robinson

There is a May date missing. My dad told me about his most epic night ever on his 19th birthday seeing Van Halen on May 30th, 1979. Ticket stub pictured.comment image

ahh thank you!


March 29, 1979, Adams Fieldhouse, Missoula, MT.

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marcelo romero

Van Halen did a show at the Capital Theatre in Passaic, New Jersey on the 1979 tour.

Tour Date Archives

1979 – Fresno, CA @ Selland Arena

Opening night of Van Halen II World Vacation Tour. Doesn't get much better than this! Date: 3/23/1979Location: Fresno, CAVenue: Selland ArenaBootleg Source: Audience (Quality B+)Attendance...

1979 – Vancouver, Canada @ Pacific Coliseum

The quality on this bootleg is pretty GREAT. The first song starts a bit crappy, but couple minutes in taper must have changed mic...

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...

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...

6/9/1979 – Dallas, TX @ Texxas Jam

There's no known bootleg from this show, but lots of great photos. Photos and Media {"copyRProtection":true,"copyRAlert":"Van...