Best Bootlegs

Here are some of the best quality bootlegs from each year listed chronologically.  There aren’t a ton of soundboard bootlegs out there, but some years have more than others.

1978 has lots of great quality and a handful of soundboard recordings.

1979 there’s 2 or 3 soundboard recordings that have surfaced in recent years.

1980 there’s really only 1 soundboard — or it’s the audio track from the pro-shot video for 5/1/1980 Largo (although the video has never surfaced).

1981 sadly there are ZERO soundboards — although probably one of the very best audience bootlegs from any year, 8/25/1981 Greensboro.

1982 there’s 1 soundboard (11/18/1982 Dallas), but also a handful of audio from pro-shot in-venue video like 10/12/1982 Largo and a few from the South American tour in 1983.

1984 there are ZERO soundboards in circulation, although a handful of really great quality audience bootlegs.

8/1/1977 – Valencia, CA @ Magic Mountain

Van Halen live bootleg from August 1, 1977 at Magic Mountain (Valencia, CA). 2014 Remaster. This show has been dated incorrectly as 10/15/77 before. Date:...

1978 – Manchester, England @ Manchester Apollo

Van Halen live bootleg from 5/22/1978. This was on their first run thru England opening for Black Sabbath. Date: 5/22/1978 Location: Manchester, England Venue: Manchester Apollo Headliner: Black...

1978 – Ipswich, UK @ Gaumont Theatre

Date: 5/28/1978 Location: Ipswich, UK Venue: Gaumont Theatre Headliner: Black Sabbath Source: Audience bootleg (Quality: A) Audio Bootleg On Fire I'm The One Bass Solo Runnin' With The...

1978 – London, England @ Hammersmith Odeon

Date: 6/1/1978 Location: London, England Venue: Hammersmith Odeon Headliner: Black Sabbath Source: Audience bootleg (Quality: A) Audio Bootleg On Fire 3:32 I'm The One 4:31 Runnin' With The Devil 5:01 Atomic Punk...

8/6/1978 – Oklahoma Jam

Van Halen live on 8/6/1978 at the Oklahoma Jam. Great quality although a little fuzzy at times. Date: 8/6/1978 Location: Oklahoma City, OK Venue: Super...

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...

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...

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.

1980 – Milwaukee, WI @ Milwaukee Arena

Van Halen live in Milwaukee, WI on their 1980 World Invasion Tour (4/14/1980).  Decent quality bootleg especially from that year. Date: 4/14/1980 Location: Milwaukee, WI Venue: Milwaukee...

1980 – Largo MD @ Capitol Centre

Soundboard bootleg from the 1980 World Invasion Tour. Date: 5/1/1980 Location: Largo, MD Venue: The Capital Centre Source: Soundboard bootleg Audio Bootleg Quality: A Romeo Delight *Missing Bottoms Up *Missing Drum...

1980 – London, UK @ Rainbow Ballroom

Van Halen live in London on the 1980 World Invasion Tour. Pretty good quality especially for 1980 bootlegs. Date: 6/23/1980 Location: London, UK Venue: Rainbow Ballroom Source:...

1981 – Greensboro, NC @ Greensboro Coliseum

Van Halen live on 8/25/1981 in Greensboro, NC. MUST LISTEN, excellent audio bootleg and is the #1 best quality from the Fair Warning tour....

1982 – San Francisco, CA @ The Cow Palace

Van Halen live on 9/15/1982 for their first shows in San Francisco, CA at The Cow Palace. Date: 9/15/1982Location: San Francisco, CAVenue: The Cow PalaceSource:...

1982 – Dallas, TX @ Reunion Arena

Pro soundboard from the Diver Down / Hide Your Sheep Tour in 1982. Date: 11/18/1982 Location: Dallas, TX Venue: Reunion Arena Source: Soundboard Audio Bootleg Quality: Soundboard A+   Romeo...

1984 – Quebec City, Canada @ Le Colisee de Quebec

Van Halen live on 4/21/1984. Great quality bootleg from the massive 1984 Tour. Notes from the bootleg below:---One of the best show of the...

1984 – Inglewood, CA @ The Forum

Van Halen live on May 13, 1984 at The Fabulous Forum in Inglewood, CA. This is a 2014 EQ/Remaster that helps get rid of...

1984 – San Diego, CA @ San Diego Sports Arena

Van Halen live on 5/20/1984 in San Diego, CA @ The San Diego Sports Arena.   This is a great sounding bootleg. Audio Bootleg Quality:...

1984 – San Diego, CA @ San Diego Sports Arena #2

Van Halen live on 5/21/1984 in San Diego, CA @ The San Diego Sports Arena.   Another great sounding bootleg (Grade A). Audio Bootleg Quality:...