It was this day in 1984 that Van Halen played a show in Montreal, Canada. At the time, that show was not anything unusual — just your typical sold out concert by The Mighty Van Halen.
But that one performance is now legendary. Why? Because it’s the only performance from that tour that has been recorded in its entirety for anyone to see. It’s the only full show from their 1984 tour that has circulated for bootleg collectors and YouTube-watching Van Halen enthusiasts.
So on the anniversary of that performance today, we have uploaded our copy of this show to YouTube, and it happens to be the best quality version that has been on YouTube, as far as we can tell.
If you were lucky enough to attend a show on the 1984 tour, you can relive the memories of the show you saw. If you discovered Van Halen after Dave left the band, you can see what their biggest tour was all about. Despite the iffy quality of the ancient, shoulder-mounted VHS camera that some guy smuggled into the venue, it is still an amazing and priceless document of rock history.
Watching the intro to this concert never gets old. From the opening Eddie riffage, to the awesome introduction shouted over the PA, to where you can see Eddie in position in the swirling lights, to the solo spotlight on Eddie as he hits the opening of “Unchained” perfectly after the introduction, to Dave’s amazing flying leap off the drum riser when the lights blast on, to the — and this may be our favorite part — the loud audible gasp from the sold out crowd, which comes a second or so after Dave comes into view and you can tell everyone is caught off-guard by seeing him flying through the air — holy fuck, what an opening to a rock show! Absolutely unbeatable! That’s The Mighty Van Halen!
We’ll always have Montreal. Watch the full concert, embedded above.
SETLIST (with direct links to songs)
Hot for Teacher 04:20
Drum Solo 08:16
On Fire 11:00
Runnin’ With the Devil 14:06
[Dave talking to crowd] 17:17
Little Guitars 20:35
House of Pain 27:03
Bass Solo 31:03
Jamie’s Cryin’ 35:22
I’ll Wait 38:49
[Tai Chi Solo & Keyboard Instrumental] 43:54
Everybody Wants Some!! 45:46
Girl Gone Bad 54:35
Guitar Solo 1:05:04
Oh, Pretty Woman 1:19:25
You Really Got Me 1:29:57
Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love 1:37:50
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