III Tour

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III Tour
Tour by Van Halen
Start date March 12, 1998
End date November 2, 1998
Legs 7
No. of shows 86 played
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, 1998's Van Halen III.


Despite positive critical reviews, the tour underperformed commercially by Van Halen standards, 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 for some time (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.

In a change from Sammy Hagar-era tours, Gary Cherone, who had grown up a big fan of the band, was willing to include material from both previous Van Halen vocalists. Due to both differing vocal styles and personal animus between himself and David Lee Roth, Hagar had only allowed a few Roth-era classics into the setlists while he sang for Van Halen. 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 took a big hit with Hagar's departure.

Alex Van Halen was reported as looking sick throughout the first leg of the tour, due to 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, although he did 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.


Typical Setlist

  1. Unchained
  2. Without You
  3. One I Want
  4. Mean Steet
  5. When It's Love
  6. Fire In The Hole
  7. Why Can't This Be Love
  8. Romeo Delight
  9. Drum Solo
  10. Dance The Night Away
  11. Feel Your Love Tonight
  12. Humans Being
  13. Somebody Get Me A Doctor
  14. Year To The Day
  15. Guitar Solo
  16. Right Now
  17. Ain't Talkin Bout Love

Encore 1:

  1. Josephina
  2. Panama
  3. Jump

Encore 2:

  1. I'm The One


Tour dates[edit]

Date Venue City Country
(Pre-tour warm up gig)
March 12, 1998 Billboard Live Hollywood, CA United States
March 18, 1998 Sam the Record Man Toronto, ON Canada
Australian Leg
April 10, 1998 Queens Wharf Events Centre Wellington New Zealand
April 11, 1998 North Harbour Stadium Auckland New Zealand
April 14, 1998 Silverdome Launceston Australia
April 17, 1998 Rod Laver Arena Melbourne Australia
April 18, 1998 AIS Arena Canberra Australia
April 20, 1998 Sydney Entertainment Centre Sydney Australia
April 23, 1998 Newcastle Entertainment Centre Newcastle Australia
April 24, 1998 Brisbane Entertainment Centre Brisbane Australia
April 27, 1998 Adelaide Entertainment Centre Adelaide Australia
April 29, 1998 Perth Entertainment Centre Perth Australia
First North American Leg
May 13, 1998 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion The Woodlands, TX United States
May 14, 1998 Starplex Amphitheater Dallas, TX United States
May 16, 1998 Rosemont Horizon Rosemont, IL United States
May 17, 1998 Gund Arena Cleveland, OH United States
May 19, 1998 The Palace of Auburn Hills Auburn Hills, MI United States
May 21, 1998 FleetCenter Boston, MA United States
May 22, 1998 Madison Square Garden New York, NY United States
May 24, 1998 CoreStates Spectrum Philadelphia, PA United States
European Leg
May 27, 1998 Helsinki Ice Hall Helsinki Finland
May 29, 1998 Rock Im Park Nuremberg Germany
May 30, 1998 Halle Halle Germany
May 31, 1998 Rock Am Ring Nürburgring Germany
June 2, 1998 Huxley's Neue Welt Berlin Germany
June 3, 1998 Wembley Stadium Hamburg Germany
June 7, 1998 5-Øren Copenhagen Denmark
June 9, 1998 Wembley Arena London England
June 14, 1998 Bospop Festival Weert Netherlands
Second North American Leg
July 1, 1998 Blockbuster Desert Sky Pavilion Phoenix, AZ United States
July 3, 1998 Del Mar Fairgrounds Del Mar, CA United States
July 4, 1998 Blockbuster Pavilion San Bernardino, CA United States
July 5, 1998 Shoreline Amphitheatre Mountain View, CA United States
July 7, 1998 Concord Pavilion Concord, CA United States
July 8, 1998 ARCO Arena Sacramento, CA United States
July 10, 1998 Rose Garden Arena Portland, OR United States
July 11, 1998 The Gorge Amphitheatre George, WA United States
July 14, 1998 The Canyons Park City, UT United States
July 16, 1998 Coors Amphitheatre Greenwood Village, CO United States
July 18, 1998 Sandstone Amphitheater Bonner Springs, KS United States
July 19, 1998 Riverport Amphitheater Maryland Heights, MO United States
July 21, 1998 Riverbend Music Center Cincinnati, OH United States
July 22, 1998 Deer Creek Music Center Noblesville, IN United States
July 24, 1998 Starlake Amphitheater Burgettstown, PA United States
July 25, 1998 Polaris Amphitheater Columbus, OH United States
July 26, 1998 Star Pavilion at Hersheypark Stadium Hershey, PA United States
July 28, 1998 Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain Scranton, PA United States
July 30, 1998 Blockbuster Pavilion Charlotte, NC United States
July 31, 1998 Coca-Cola Lakewood Amphitheatre Atlanta, GA United States
August 2, 1998 Starwood Amphitheatre Antioch, TN United States
August 4, 1998 California Mid-State Fair Paso Robles, CA United States
Third North American Leg
August 12, 1998 Hard Rock Cafe Boston, MA United States
August 13, 1998 Great Woods Amphitheater Mansfield, MA United States
August 14, 1998 Great Woods Amphitheater Mansfield, MA United States
August 15, 1998 Jones Beach Theater Wantagh, NY United States
August 16, 1998 PNC Bank Arts Center Holmdel, NJ United States
August 18, 1998 Hardee's Walnut Creek Amphitheatre Raleigh, NC United States
August 19, 1998 GTE Amphitheatre Virginia Beach, VA United States
August 21, 1998 Nissan Pavilion Bristow, VA United States
August 22, 1998 Trump Marina Atlantic City, NJ United States
August 23, 1998 Saratoga Performing Arts Center Saratoga Springs, NY United States
August 25, 1998 Darien Lake Performing Arts Center Darien Center, NY United States
August 26, 1998 Molson Amphitheatre Toronto, ON Canada
August 28, 1998 Classic Amphitheater Richmond, VA United States
August 29, 1998 Meadows Music Theater Hartford, CT United States
August 31, 1998 State Fair Grandstand Syracuse, NY United States
September 2, 1998 Van Andel Arena Grand Rapids, MI United States
September 3, 1998 Pine Knob Music Theatre Clarkston, MI United States
September 5, 1998 Alpine Valley Music Theatre East Troy, WI United States
September 15, 1998 House of Blues North Myrtle Beach, SC United States
September 16, 1998 House of Blues Lake Buena Vista, FL United States
September 17, 1998 Sunrise Musical Theater Sunrise, FL United States
September 20, 1998 Coliseo Roberto Clemente San Juan, Puerto Rico Puerto Rico
Fourth North American Leg
October 2, 1998 The Joint Las Vegas, NV, USA United States
October 3, 1998 The Joint Las Vegas, NV, USA United States
October 13, 1998 Sullivan Sports Arena Anchorage, AK United States
October 16, 1998 Neal S. Blaisdell Arena Honolulu United States
Asian Leg
October 20, 1998 Hiroshima Sun Plaza Hiroshima Japan
October 21, 1998 Fukuoka Kokusai Center Fukuoka Japan
October 23, 1998 Osaka-jo Hall Osaka Japan
October 24, 1998 Rainbow Hall Nagoya Japan
October 26, 1998 Sangyo Bunka Kaikan Kawasaki Japan
October 28, 1998 Nippon Budokan Tokyo Japan
October 29, 1998 Nippon Budokan Tokyo Japan
October 30, 1998 Nippon Budokan Tokyo Japan
November 2, 1998 Yokohama Arena Yokohama Japan


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