The highest quality audience-filmed footage of early Van Halen is BACK, and it’s INCREDIBLE!
We’re talking about the Fresno, 1979 amateur video. A few years ago, some ultra-upgraded footage of this gig hit YouTube and fans went crazy. But soon after, it got taken down from YouTube, and it’s mostly gone ever since. Until now.
Back in 2014, apparently out of the blue, newly upgraded footage of Van Halen’s 1978 and 1979 performances at the Selland Arena in Fresno, California appeared on Youtube. The 1979 Fresno footage was released into a few short teaser clips.
One YouTuber has now edited all the 1979 clips together into one 15-minute video, embedded below.
The original YouTube channel boasted that the footage has been “Remastered Frame by Frame HD Uncompressed…from my original Fuji single-8 films.”
Before this upgrade surfaced, all fans had of this footage was ultra-blurry stuff footage. But the 2014 version was MUCH better – straight from the master reels.
Just don’t hope for the complete shows to come out, because the original taper didn’t film the complete shows. (He filmed only around 25 minutes of each of the two shows.)
This amazing footage shows what an unstoppable force the band was in the early years. Granted, the clip below is only 15 minutes, but when you watch any of the old VH footage, you see that no rock band was EVER as fierce, energetic, and as entertaining as these four boys from Pasadena. There’s precious little footage that proves this, making these teaser clips a real treat! So crank it up, crack open a beer, set your setting to widescreen and 720p, and ENJOY!