10/25/1981 – Orlando, FL @ Tangerine Bowl (Photos)

Van Halen ended their 1981 Fair Warning tour with 2 shows opening for The Rolling Stones (10/24 and 10/25/1981). This is the show where the epic b&w photo was taken on the back of Diver Down LP.

Date: 10/25/1981
Location: Orlando, FL
Venue: Tangerine Bowl
Lineup: The Henry Paul Band / Van Halen / The Rolling Stones

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Scooter Bryan

I was at the sold-out Sunday 10/25/81 Orlando show. Tangerine Bowl was packed! It was a very hot October day. Mick kept spraying water from hoses on each end of stage into the front crowd, where I was. Van Halen was on fire for their hour+, (should’ve been more!). Stones opened w/ “Under my Thumb” and later the crowd sang happy b-day to Bill Wyman (40th) w/Mick. Still have some pics and my ticket stub! Memories!


Would you be able to share the photos?

Rodney de Freitas

I went both days had tickets for day 1 and they were scalping tickets for day 2 crazy cheap, so what the hell,Van Halen twice, nothing wrong with that!

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Lisa Moates

I seen Van Halen play on Saturday when they opened for The Rolling Stones at Tangerine Bowl in Orlando, Fl in 1981. That was a BAD ASS SHOW!!! Then seen them again at Lakeland Civic Center in 1984!!!

David Neckman

I was their in 1981.i was 15 yrs old.my brother and his friend ,mark, took me to the show.saturday or sunday.i dont remember.i still wonder how the henry paul band got this opening spot!

Karen Shain

I was there too!


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Christopher Lee Helton

lol which shot? Several I took, but I see there is no credit on them

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Christopher Lee Helton

Does this account still exist? I tried the email and nothing!