Van Halen 2007–2008 North American Tour

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Van Halen 2007–2008 North American Tour
Tour by Van Halen
Location North America
Start date September 27, 2007 (2007-09-27)
End date July 3, 2008 (2008-07-03)
Legs 4
No. of shows 76 played, 25 postponed, all rescheduled
Van Halen concert chronology

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]


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.[5]


Van Halen perform at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, October 12, 2007.
  1. "You Really Got Me" (The Kinks cover)
  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" (Roy Orbison cover)
  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"
  20. "Jamie's Cryin'"
  21. "Ice Cream Man" (John Brim cover)
  22. "Panama"
  23. Eddie Van Halen guitar solo" [and "Eruption", "Spanish Fly", "Cathedral", "Women in Love..." (Intro), and "316"]
  24. "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love"
  25. "1984" and "Jump" [Encore]



Tour dates[edit]

Date[6] City Country Venue
North America (1st leg)
September 27, 2007 Charlotte United States Charlotte Bobcats Arena
(David Lee Roth's first show with Van Halen since September 2, 1984)
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 28, 2007 St. Louis Scottrade Center
October 30, 2007 Boston TD Banknorth Garden
November 1, 2007 Washington, D.C. Verizon Center
November 3, 2007 East Rutherford Meadowlands Arena
November 6, 2007 Worcester DCU Center
November 8, 2007 Uniondale Nassau Coliseum
November 10, 2007 Montreal Canada Centre Bell
November 13, 2007 New York City United States Madison Square Garden
November 15, 2007 Toronto Canada Air Canada Cente (Private BlackBerry Limited show)
November 20, 2007 Los Angeles United States Staples Center
November 23, 2007 Glendale 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 Arena
December 3, 2007 Seattle KeyArena
December 5, 2007 Vancouver Canada GM Place
December 7, 2007 Calgary Pengrowth Saddledome
December 9, 2007 Edmonton Rexall Place
December 11, 2007 Calgary Pengrowth Saddledome
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 Las Vegas MGM Grand Garden Arena
December 30, 2007
North America (2nd 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 [7]
February 22, 2008 Duluth Gwinnett Arena
North America (3rd leg)
March 3, 2008 Dallas United States American Airlines Center
March 5, 2008 Cincinnati U.S. Bank Arena
March 7, 2008 Raleigh RBC Center
March 9, 2008 Baltimore 1st Mariner Arena
March 11, 2008 Charlottesville John Paul Jones Arena
March 13, 2008 East Rutherford Meadowlands Arena
March 15, 2008 Manchester Verizon Wireless Arena
March 17, 2008 New York City Madison Square Garden
March 19, 2008 Hershey Giant Center
March 21, 2008 Pittsburgh Mellon Arena
March 24, 2008 Providence Dunkin' Donuts Center
March 26, 2008 Uncasville Mohegan Sun Arena
March 28, 2008 Atlantic City Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall
March 30, 2008 St. Louis Scottrade Center
April 1, 2008 Columbus Value City Arena
April 3, 2008 Rosemont Allstate Arena
April 5, 2008 Grand Rapids Van Andel Arena
April 7, 2008 Milwaukee Bradley Center
North America (4th leg)
April 17, 2008 Reno United States Reno Events Center
April 19, 2008 Las Vegas 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 Columbus Value City Arena
May 9, 2008 Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall
May 11, 2008 Duluth Gwinnett Arena
May 13, 2008 East Rutherford Meadowlands Arena
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
Quebec City Summer Festival (2008)
July 3, 2008 Quebec City Canada Plains of Abraham


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