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.

1977 – Valencia, CA @ Magic Mountain

Van Halen live bootleg from August 15, 1977 at Magic Mountain (Valencia, CA). 2014 Remaster. On Fire One More Time Runnin' With The Devil Atomic Punk Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love Loss...

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...

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:...