Van Halen 2007–2008 North American Tour

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Van Halen 2007-2008 North American Tour
Tour by Van Halen
Start date September 27, 2007
End date July 3, 2008
Legs 4
Shows 76 played, 25 postponed, all rescheduled
Van Halen concert chronology
Van Halen Summer Tour 2004
(2004)
Van Halen 2007-2008 North American Tour
(2007-08)
Viva La Van Halen Tour
(2012)

Van Halen 2007-2008 Tour was a North American concert tour occurring in the fall of 2007 and winter and spring of 2008 for hard rock band Van Halen. It was Van Halen's first tour since 2004 (which itself was the band's only tour since 1998), and the first one with original singer David Lee Roth since he left the band in 1985. Roth was with the band from 1974–1985, when the band rose to prominence.

The tour was originally going to be a fifty date summer tour in 2007. When re-scheduled, it was announced as a twenty-five date tour in Winter 2007. Gradually, dates were added, bringing it up to forty dates. In November 2007, the band announced an extension of the tour into 2008, eventually adding thirty-four new dates to the tour, bringing the total up to seventy-four, ending in April [1]. Ultimately, the tour was then re-branded as the "Van Halen 2007-2008 North American Tour". A number of dates were postponed in early March, due to a reported illness Eddie Van Halen appeared to be suffering from.[1]

History[edit]

A Van Halen tour with Roth was rumoured for months beforehand, and there had been discussions about a reunion with him for years (in part fueled by Roth's first public attempt at a reunion with Van Halen going wrong) but there had never been success before. Three times in 2000-2001, Roth entered the 5150 studio (Eddie Van Halen's personal recording studio) with the Van Halen brothers to jam.

An angle to the tour was that Eddie Van Halen's 16-year-old son Wolfgang Van Halen was the band's new bassist, the first time any slot other than the vocalist one has changed since 1974. This offended many fans because original bassist Michael Anthony was not asked to be a part of this reunion. Wolfgang was a mere 17 years old at the time. However the tour sold well, selling out several dates. Initially 25 dates across the USA/Canada were announced, but 50 more have been added due to this demand.[2]

The tour started on September 27, 2007 and finished on July 3, 2008 with a total of 76 dates. The band's last tour, with Sammy Hagar in 2004 (against which this tour was compared directly), was originally set to be 50 dates and was extended to 80.

Ky-Mani Marley, son of reggae artist Bob Marley, supported the band as the opening act for each show but the final two during the first three legs of the tour.[3] R&B singer Ryan Shaw announced that, beginning on February 22, he would be the band's opening act for the remainder of the tour.[4] Shaw began to tour with the band starting with the Las Vegas show on April 19.

The tour was officially named the "Van Halen Fall 2007 Tour" during early announcements, and indeed, the "Merry Christmas" message on the Van Halen website referred to the "2007 tour", with no new title yet given for the 2008 tour. The website merely stated "As Van Halen readies for a much needed holiday break, it's back on the road in 2008 to continue the tour". Extra dates were added repeatedly, and all postponed dates were made up for at later stages too, with no information on if the "2007 tour" actually had a scheduled ending.

Ultimately, the tour grossed over $93 million, the band's most profitable to date.[4]

Set list[edit]

Van Halen perform at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, October 12, 2007.
  1. You Really Got Me
  2. I'm the One
  3. Runnin' With the Devil
  4. Romeo Delight
  5. Somebody Get Me A Doctor
  6. Beautiful Girls
  7. Dance the Night Away
  8. Atomic Punk
  9. Everybody Wants Some!!
  10. So This Is Love?
  11. Mean Street
  12. Oh, Pretty Woman
  13. Alex Van Halen Drum solo
  14. Unchained
  15. I'll Wait
  16. And The Cradle Will Rock...
  17. Hot for Teacher
  18. Little Dreamer
  19. Little Guitars (Dropped on the 2008 leg)
  20. Jamie's Cryin'
  21. Ice Cream Man
  22. Panama
  23. Eddie Van Halen Guitar solo
  24. Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love
  25. 1984
  26. Jump

Several of the songs, notably "Romeo Delight" and "Somebody Get Me A Doctor" almost always included the band doing various covers, such as The Who's "Magic Bus" and Cream songs such as "Crossroads" during the slower parts of those songs. The ending of "And The Cradle Will Rock..." contained the riff from Smoke on the Water. Also, David Lee Roth would spend several minutes telling stories to the crowd before starting "Ice Cream Man".

With the exception of the covers played during "Romeo Delight" and "Somebody Get Me A Doctor", which changed several times, the set list remained the same for nearly the entire tour. The only major change was "Little Guitars", which was dropped during the Fourth Leg by the start of May.

Eddie Van Halen's solo also changed several times, with only "Eruption" and "Cathedral" being part of his solo during every night. In fact, during the Fourth Leg, his solos were considerably shorter and consisted only of those two songs.

Personnel[edit]

Tour dates[edit]

[5]

Date City Country Venue
First North American Leg - "Van Halen Fall 2007 Tour"
September 27, 2007 Charlotte United States Charlotte Bobcats Arena
September 29, 2007 Greensboro Greensboro Coliseum
October 1, 2007 Philadelphia Wachovia Center
October 3, 2007
October 5, 2007 Uncasville Mohegan Sun Arena
October 7, 2007 Toronto Canada Air Canada Centre
October 10, 2007 Cleveland United States Quicken Loans Arena
October 12, 2007 Toronto Canada Air Canada Centre
October 14, 2007 Indianapolis United States Conseco Fieldhouse
October 16, 2007 Rosemont Allstate Arena
October 18, 2007 Chicago United Center
October 20, 2007 Detroit Joe Louis Arena
October 22, 2007 Auburn Hills The Palace of Auburn Hills
October 24, 2007 Minneapolis Target Center
October 26, 2007 Kansas City Sprint Center
October 30, 2007 Boston TD Banknorth Garden
November 1, 2007 Washington, D.C. Verizon Center
November 3, 2007 East Ruterford Izod Center
November 6, 2007 Worcester DCU Center
November 8, 2007 Uniodale Nassau Coliseum
November 10, 2007 Montreal Canada Bell Centre
November 13, 2007 New York City United States Madison Square Garden
Second North American Leg - "Van Halen Fall 2007 Tour"
November 20, 2007 Los Angeles United States Staples Center
November 23, 2007 Glendale Jobing.com Arena
November 25, 2007 San Diego Cox Arena
November 27, 2007 Sacramento Arco Arena
November 29, 2007 Fresno Save Mart Center
December 1, 2007 Portland Rose Garden
December 3, 2007 Seattle KeyArena
December 5, 2007 Vancouver Canada General Motors Place
December 7, 2007 Calgary Pengrowth Saddledome
December 9, 2007 Edmonton Rexall Place
December 14, 2007 Los Angeles United States Staples Center
December 16, 2007 San Jose HP Pavilion at San Jose
December 18, 2007 Anaheim Honda Center
December 20, 2007
December 22, 2007 Oakland Oracle Arena
December 28, 2007 Paradise MGM Grand Garden Arena
December 30, 2007
Third North American Leg
January 22, 2008 Oklahoma City United States Ford Center
January 24, 2008 San Antonio AT&T Center
January 26, 2008 Dallas American Airlines Center
January 28, 2008 Houston Toyota Center
January 30, 2008 North Little Rock Alltel Arena
February 1, 2008 Denver Pepsi Center
February 4, 2008 Omaha Qwest Events Center
February 6, 2008 Des Moines Wells Fargo Arena
February 8, 2008 New Orleans New Orleans Arena
February 10, 2008 Atlanta Philips Arena
February 12, 2008 Sunrise BankAtlantic Center
February 14, 2008 Orlando Amway Arena
February 16, 2008 Jacksonville Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
February 18, 2008 Tampa St. Pete Times Forum
February 20, 2008 Sunrise BankAtlantic Center[6]
Fourth North American Leg
April 17, 2008 Reno United States Reno Events Center
April 19, 2008 Paradise Mandalay Bay Events Center
April 22, 2008 Cincinnati U.S. Bank Arena
April 24, 2008 Dallas American Airlines Center
April 26, 2008 St. Louis Scottrade Center
April 28, 2008 Milwaukee Bradley Center
April 30, 2008 Pittsburgh Mellon Arena
May 2, 2008 Charlottesville John Paul Jones Arena
May 5, 2008 Raleigh RBC Center
May 7, 2008 Columbis Value City Arena
May 9, 2008 Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall
May 11, 2008 Duluth Arena at Gwinnett Center
May 13, 2008 East Rutherford Izod Center
May 15, 2008 Baltimore 1st Mariner Arena
May 18, 2008 Hershey Giant Center
May 20, 2008 Uncasville Mohegan Sun Arena
May 23, 2008 New York City Madison Square Garden
May 25, 2008 Providence Dunkin' Donuts Center
May 28, 2008 Manchester Verizon Wireless Arena
May 30, 2008 Rosemont Allstate Arena
June 2, 2008 Grand Rapids Van Andel Arena
July 3, 2008 Quebec City Canada Plains of Abraham

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