New Discovered Video From Van Halen’s First World Tour

LAS VEGAS, NV – MAY 17: Singer David Lee Roth of Van Halen performs during the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 17, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)


A lost performance from Van Halen’s first-ever world tour 41 years ago was recently uploaded to YouTube.

On September 22nd, 1978, Van Halen performed at the Sellend Arena in Fresno, CA. Video clips from Van Halen’s 25-minute set had existed but the entire show had never seen the light of day.

The World Tour featured Van Halen opening up for Black Sabbath, following the release of their debut album. The video recording isn’t complete because the performance was filmed on an 8mm film camera that used reels that lasted for only around three minutes, which created gaps while they changed in and out film.

As we all know, with the success of Van Halen’s debut album and their 1978 tour lead to the band to have their own headline tour the following year.

Watch Van Halen’s September 22nd, 1978 live performance below.

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