III Tour

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III Tour
Tour by Van Halen
Start date March 12, 1998
End date November 2, 1998
Legs 8
Number of shows 78 played, 20 cancelled
Van Halen concert chronology

The III Tour was a 1998 concert tour by hard rock band Van Halen. It was the band's first and only tour with vocalist Gary Cherone, in support of the only album he recorded with the band: Van Halen 3

History[edit]

The tour under-performed by Van Halen standards (albeit at a commercial level; reviews were positive), and was the last part of Van Halen's general decline after the early 1990s. It would be Van Halen's last tour until 2004, and last moment of stability (the 2004 tour was surrounded with controversy, and was the band's last until 2007). It was Van Halen's last tour outside of North America until the 2012–2013 A Different Kind of Truth Tour, with dates in Europe, Australia/New Zealand and Japan. The Australian and New Zealand concerts were the first in Van Halen's history, and despite poor sales in some regions, these concerts were very popular. The band brought all the equipment for their US arena tour with them, whereas many bands scale down for Oceanic tours.

One of the benefits of Gary Cherone, who joined Van Halen as a big fan of the band, was his willingness to include material from both previous Van Halen vocalists. Sammy Hagar had only allowed a few Roth-era classics into his sets while he sang for Van Halen, much to fan disappointment. Also Cherone's voice was deeper than Hagar's, making it more suited to Roth-era songs, yet he possessed enough vocal range to perform Hagar-era songs as well. (Subsequently, when Roth rejoined Van Halen in 2007, he did not allow any Hagar-era material on the concert set lists.)

However, dissatisfaction with the new album and the band's various troubles in 1996 (big press arguments over Sammy Hagar's sudden departure, followed by a brief reunion with Roth which also ended abruptly) led to the tour's low popularity. Grunge had changed the face of rock music, and Van Halen's fame had endured due to their past heritage, which they lost when Hagar left.

Alex Van Halen was reported as looking sick throughout the first leg of the tour, because of an arm injury. This led to most of the European dates being cancelled, as well as other later dates. The Puerto Rico date was cancelled at first due to a hurricane, but also a second time due to Gary Cherone having tonsillitis – luckily this was the last date of the tour.

This was the first tour that did not feature an instrumental Michael Anthony bass solo. He did however sing lead vocals on "Somebody Get Me a Doctor" nightly. On occasion, Eddie shared lead vocals for a song.

Additionally, the April 20th show in Sydney Australia was recorded live for an MTV special, Live From The 10 Spot. It aired on May 1, 1998.

Tour dates[edit]

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Date City Country Venue
Pre-tour warm up gig
March 12, 1998 Hollywood United States Billboard Live
Australian Leg
April 10, 1998 Wellington New Zealand Queens Wharf Events Centre
April 11, 1998 Albany North Harbour Stadium
April 14, 1998 Launceston Australia Silverdome
April 17, 1998 Melbourne Rod Laver Arena
April 18, 1998 Canberra AIS Arena
April 20, 1998 Sydney Sydney Entertainment Centre
April 23, 1998 Newcastle Newcastle Entertainment Centre
April 24, 1998 Brisbane Brisbane Entertainment Centre
April 27, 1998 Adelaide Adelaide Entertainment Centre
April 29, 1998 Perth Perth Entertainment Centre
First North American Leg
May 13, 1998 The Woodlands United States Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
May 14, 1998 Dallas Starplex Amphitheater
May 16, 1998 Rosemont Rosemont Horizon
May 17, 1998 Cleveland Gund Arena
May 19, 1998 Auburn Hills The Palace of Auburn Hills
May 21, 1998 Boston FleetCenter
May 22, 1998 New York City Madison Square Garden
May 24, 1998 Philadelphia CoreStates Spectrum
European Leg
May 27, 1998 Helsinki Finland Helsinki Ice Hall
May 29, 1998 Nuremberg Germany Rock Im Park
May 30, 1998 Halle Eissport Halle
May 31, 1998 Nürburgring Rock Am Ring
June 2, 1998 Berlin Huxley's Neue Welt
June 3, 1998 Hamburg Alsterdorfer Sporthalle
Second North American Leg
July 1, 1998 Phoenix United States Desert Sky Pavilion
July 3, 1998 Del Mar Del Mar Fairgrounds
July 4, 1998 San Bernardino Blockbuster Pavilion
July 5, 1998 Mountain View Shoreline Amphitheatre
July 7, 1998 Concord Concord Pavilion
July 8, 1998 Sacramento ARCO Arena
July 10, 1998 Portland Rose Garden Arena
July 11, 1998 George The Gorge Amphitheatre
July 14, 1998 Park City The Canyons
July 16, 1998 Greenwood Village Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre
July 18, 1998 Bonner Springs Sandstone Amphitheater
July 19, 1998 Maryland Heights Riverport Amphitheater
July 21, 1998 Cincinnati Riverbend Music Center
July 22, 1998 Noblesville Deer Creek Music Center
July 24, 1998 Burgettstown Starlake Amphitheater
July 25, 1998 Columbus Polaris Amphitheater
July 26, 1998 Hershey Star Pavilion
July 28, 1998 Scranton Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain
July 30, 1998 Charlotte Blockbuster Pavilion
July 31, 1998 Atlanta Lakewood Amphitheater
August 2, 1998 Antioch Starwood Amphitheatre
August 4, 1998 Palo Robles California Mid-State Fair
Third North American Leg
August 12, 1998 Boston United States Hard Rock Cafe
August 14, 1998 Mansfield Great Woods
August 15, 1998 Wantagh Jones Beach Amphitheater
August 16, 1998 Holmdel Township PNC Bank Arts Center
August 18, 1998 Raleigh Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
August 19, 1998 Virginia Beach Virginia Beach Amphitheater
August 21, 1998 Bristow Nissan Pavilion
August 22, 1998 Atlantic City Mark G. Etess Arena
August 23, 1998 Saratoga Springs Saratoga Performing Arts Center
August 25, 1998 Corfu Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
August 26, 1998 Toronto Canada Molson Amphitheater
August 28, 1998 Richmond United States Classic Amphitheatre at Strawberry Hill
August 29, 1998 Hartford Meadows Music Theatre
August 31, 1998 Syracuse New York State Fair
September 2, 1998 Grand Rapids Van Andel Arena
September 3, 1998 Clarkston Pine Knob Music Theater
September 5, 1998 East Troy Alpine Valley Music Theatre
September 15, 1998 Myrtle Beach House of Blues
September 16, 1998 Lake Buena Vista House of Blues
September 17, 1998 Fort Lauderdale Sunrise Musical Theater
Fourth North American Leg
October 2, 1998 Paradise United States The Joint
October 3, 1998
October 13, 1998 Anchorage Sullivan Arena
October 16, 1998 Honolulu Neal S. Blaisdell Center
Asian Leg
October 20, 1998 Hiroshima Japan Hiroshima Sun Plaza
October 21, 1998 Fukuoka Kokusai Center
October 23, 1998 Osaka Osaka Castle Hall
October 24, 1998 Nagoya Nagoya Rainbow Hall
October 26, 1998 Iwate Sangyo Bunka Center
October 28, 1998 Tokyo Nippon Budokan
October 29, 1998
October 30, 1998
November 2, 1998 Yokohama Yokohama Arena

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