1986 Tour

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1986 Tour
Tour by Van Halen
Start date March 27, 1986
End date November 3, 1986
Legs 3
Number of shows 112
Van Halen concert chronology

The 5150-1986 Tour was a concert tour by hard rock band Van Halen.


This was the band's first tour with Sammy Hagar on lead vocals (and second electric guitar), following the acrimonious departure of original singer David Lee Roth. It was also a tour to promote the band's first album with Hagar, 5150.

Like many Van Halen tours, the routing only took the band across North America, as travelling internationally was hard for the band's complicated and heavy stage set. Furthermore, Hagar wanted to establish himself as the band's new singer in their homeland. The first leg of the tour was entirely USA dates, though a few Canadian ones slipped into the second and third legs.

The 1986 Tour took place in the context of the great David Lee Roth-Van Halen split, with former Van Halen fan base being split as well. Those who had gone onto the new Van Halen's side of the split used the concerts as an opportunity to voice their stance, frequently via unison chants of "Fuck Dave!" The tour set a trend later Hagar-era ones would follow: the number of pre-Hagar Van Halen songs was kept to a minimum, with Hagar only being willing to play that era's best-known songs. An Eddie/Sammy guitar duel was also a frequent part of the concerts. "Rock and Roll", by Led Zeppelin was the closing song every night. Canadian rock legends Bachman–Turner Overdrive and Loverboy were support acts on many of the outdoor stadium gigs in North America.

The tour was supposed to start with dates in Hawaii and Alaska, but they were cancelled at the last minute, due to the band finishing the mixing of the album.

The group's biggest hit, "Jump", was usually omitted from the set list, or sung by the audience instead of Hagar. To fill in the set list almost all the songs from the 5150 album were used, as well as covers and some of Sammy's pre-Van Halen work. This included solo work like his recent MTV hit "I Can't Drive 55" and Montrose songs. Indeed, the addition of Hagar's guitar gave Eddie Van Halen more room to move, or to play keyboards on certain songs.

The 1986 Tour was a major high for the band, although they had a couple a low moments during the tour. The first blow was when their new manager Ed Leffler was hospitalized in Texas after an altercation in a hotel elevator. The second blow was when Eddie's wife Valerie Bertinelli suffered a miscarriage; she didn't reveal to Eddie that she was pregnant at the time, until it was too late.

The second concert at New Haven Coliseum was filmed and shown live on television and released on VHS with the title Live Without a Net; it has subsequently been released on DVD.

Tour Dates[edit]


Date City Country Venue
First North American leg
March 27, 1986 Shreveport, Louisiana United States Hirsch Memorial Coliseum
March 28, 1986 Little Rock, Arkansas Barton Coliseum
March 29, 1986 Memphis, Tennessee Mid-South Coliseum
March 31, 1986 Birmingham, Alabama Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center
April 1, 1986 Huntsville, Alabama Von Braun Civic Center
April 3, 1986 Jackson, Mississippi Mississippi Coliseum
April 4, 1986 Baton Rouge, Louisiana Baton Rouge River Center Arena
April 5, 1986 Biloxi, Mississippi Mississippi Coast Coliseum
April 7, 1986 Pembroke Pines, Florida Hollywood Sportatorium
April 8, 1986 Fort Myers, Florida Lee County Civic Center
April 10, 1986 Lakeland, Florida Lakeland Civic Center
April 11, 1986
April 12, 1986 Jacksonville, Florida Jacksonville Coliseum
April 14, 1986 Atlanta, Georgia Omni Coliseum
April 15, 1986 Columbia, South Carolina Carolina Coliseum
April 18, 1986 Louisville, Kentucky Freedom Hall
April 19, 1986 Evansville, Indiana Roberts Municipal Stadium
April 20, 1986 Nashville, Tennessee Nashville Municipal Auditorium
April 22, 1986 Rosemont, Illinois Rosemont Horizon
April 23, 1986[2]
April 24, 1986 Rockford, Illinois Rockford MetroCentre
April 26, 1986 Carbondale, Illinois SIU Arena
April 27, 1986 Peoria, Illinois Peoria Civic Center
April 29, 1986 Saint Paul, Minnesota St. Paul Civic Center
April 30, 1986 Cedar Rapids, Iowa Five Seasons Center
May 2, 1986 Fort Wayne, Indiana Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
May 3, 1986 Indianapolis, Indiana Market Square Arena
May 6, 1986 Cincinnati, Ohio Cincinnati Gardens
May 7, 1986
May 9, 1986 Detroit, Michigan Joe Louis Arena
May 10, 1986
May 11, 1986
May 13, 1986 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Civic Arena
May 14, 1986 Charleston, West Virginia Charleston Civic Center
May 16, 1986 Greensboro, North Carolina Greensboro Coliseum
May 17, 1986 Hampton, Virginia Hampton Coliseum
May 18, 1986 Roanoke, Virginia Roanoke Civic Center
May 20, 1986 Atlanta, Georgia Omni Coliseum
May 21, 1986 Knoxville, Tennessee Knoxville Civic Coliseum
May 23, 1986 East Troy, Wisconsin Alpine Valley Music Theatre
May 24, 1986
May 26, 1986 Des Moines, Iowa Veterans Memorial Auditorium
May 27, 1986 Omaha, Nebraska Omaha Civic Auditorium
May 28, 1986 Valley Center, Kansas Kansas Coliseum
May 30, 1986 Kansas City, Missouri Kemper Arena
May 31, 1986
June 2, 1986 Indianapolis, Indiana Market Square Arena
June 11, 1986 Oakland, California Oakland Coliseum
Second North American leg
June 28, 1986 San Diego, California United States San Diego Sports Arena
June 29, 1986
July 2, 1986 Inglewood, California The Forum
July 3, 1986
July 5, 1986
July 8, 1986 Chandler, Arizona Compton Terrace
July 10, 1986 Las Vegas, Nevada Thomas & Mack Center
July 12, 1986 Boulder, Colorado Folsom Field
July 14, 1986 Albuquerque, New Mexico Tingley Coliseum
July 16, 1986 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Myriad Convention Center
July 19, 1986 Dallas, Texas Cotton Bowl
July 21, 1986 St. Louis, Missouri St. Louis Arena
July 22, 1986
July 23, 1986
July 25, 1986 Richfield, Ohio Richfield Coliseum
July 26, 1986
July 28, 1986 East Rutherford, New Jersey Brendan Byrne Arena
July 29, 1986
July 31, 1986
August 1, 1986
August 2, 1986 Uniondale, New York Nassau Coliseum
August 4, 1986 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Spectrum
August 5, 1986
August 6, 1986
August 8, 1986 Largo, Maryland Capital Centre
August 9, 1986
August 11, 1986 Worcester, Massachusetts Worcester Centrum
August 12, 1986
August 14, 1986
August 15, 1986
August 18, 1986 Toronto, Ontario Canada CNE Grandstand
August 20, 1986 Montreal, Quebec Montreal Forum
August 22, 1986 Providence, Rhode Island United States Providence Civic Center
August 23, 1986
August 24, 1986 Portland, Maine Cumberland County Civic Center
August 25, 1986
August 26, 1986 New Haven, Connecticut New Haven Coliseum
August 27, 1986
August 29, 1986 Niagara Falls, New York Niagara Falls Convention and Civic Center
September 1, 1986 Rochester, New York Silver Stadium
Third North American leg
September 27, 1986 Lafayette, Louisiana United States Cajundome
September 29, 1986 Houston, Texas The Summit
September 30, 1986 Fort Worth, Texas Tarrant County Convention Center
October 1, 1986
October 3, 1986 San Antonio, Texas HemisFair Arena
October 4, 1986 Austin, Texas Frank Erwin Center
October 6, 1986 Las Cruces, New Mexico Pan American Center
October 8, 1986 Salt Lake City, Utah Salt Palace
October 10, 1986 Casper, Wyoming Casper Events Center
October 11, 1986 Rapid City, South Dakota Rushmore Plaza Civic Center
October 14, 1986 Billings, Montana MetraPark Arena
October 16, 1986 Pullman, Washington Beasley Coliseum
October 18, 1986 Pocatello, Idaho ASISU Minidome
October 19, 1986 Boise, Idaho BSU Pavilion
October 21, 1986 Seattle, Washington Seattle Center Coliseum
October 22, 1986
October 23, 1986 Vancouver, British Columbia Canada BC Place Stadium
October 25, 1986 Portland, Oregon United States Portland Memorial Coliseum
October 26, 1986
October 29, 1986 Reno, Nevada Lawlor Events Center
October 31, 1986 Daly City, California Cow Palace
November 1, 1986
November 2, 1986
November 3, 1986


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