Rank Van Halen's Headlining Tours
Follow us on...
Follow us on Twitter Follow us on Facebook Watch us on YouTube
Register
Likes Likes:  52

View Poll Results: Which VH Studio Album HeadliningTour Do You Think Is Their Best

Voters
23. You may not vote on this poll
  • Van Halen II Tour

    0 0%
  • WACF World Invasion Tour

    0 0%
  • Fair Warning Tour

    14 60.87%
  • Diver Down Tour

    2 8.70%
  • 1984 Tour

    0 0%
  • 5150 Tour

    2 8.70%
  • OU812 Tour

    0 0%
  • FUCK Tour

    3 13.04%
  • Balance Tour

    1 4.35%
  • ADKOT Tour

    1 4.35%
Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 42
  1. #1
    Soclal Media Manager
    Dave's Dreidel's Avatar
    Join Date
    01.10.05
    Age
    53
    Location
    P.F. Chang, South Korea
    Posts
    71,913
    Posts Per Day
    10.14
    Favorite VH Album

    Alex, Dave, Ed and Mike
    Favorite VH Song

    The songs with Ed on them
    Last Online

    Today @ 05:51 AM
    Likes (Given)
    4345
    Likes (Received)
    17192
    Thanks (Given)
    5473
    Thanks (Received)
    26012


    Premium Member
    Achievements:
    Master PraiserSupremely-LikedElite Daily PosterVHLinks Proud!Knight Of Da Roundtable200,000 VHL Life Points300,000 VHL Life Points
    Awards:
    The VHLinks Forum MAP (Most Active Poster)

    Default Rank Van Halen's Headlining Tours

    Thought this might be fun based upon a conversation in the 1981 thread. Based upon bootlegs, videos, personal experience, rank Van Halen's tour as a headliner, which eliminates the Van Halen I tour (yes, I know, they headlined a few shows, but they were mainly an opening act). Not splitting this out between different legs, let's keep it simple.

    1 - RHRN Tour - I just don't think I have ever seen or heard a tighter live act
    2 - Fair Warning Tour - Never saw this tour in person, so, I have to go by the limited amount of bootlegs available, but they sounded incredible and DLR still had his screams
    3 - 5150 Tour - off the wall energy and the camaraderie was a breath of fresh air
    4 - FUCK Tour - still great, but when I saw them Sam spent a lot of time complaining about different people during song breakdowns, got damn annoying
    5 - Van Halen II Tour - they sound great of the few quality bootlegs out there, so I stuck this here. Like the album, kinds of gets lost in the shuffle
    6 - Diver Down Tour - Feel they were starting to have sloppy shows at this point more often than not, but still some all time great shows. Largo comes to mind. My first show, so it has a nostalgia factor for me as well
    7 - 1984 Tour - DLR was sloppy live a lot on this tour
    8 - OU812 Tour - Band is tight, but I don't like this album very much and they played a lot of it, so, for me this is down on the list
    9 - 2007 Reunion Tour - DLR was great
    10 - Tokyo Dome Tour - Ed was great
    11 - ADKOT Tour - Ed was back to being his old self
    12 - Balance Tour - I know some people love this tour, but when I saw them, you could tell the wheels were coming off, it was a topic of conversation right after the show
    13 - VH3 Tour - sorry Gary
    14 - Best of Both Worlds Tour - one of the worst rock shows I have ever seen

    Polls were limited to ten, so I limited it to just headlining tours after studio albums, and I just dropped VH3 because, well, it was VH3, who cares.
    Last edited by Dave's Dreidel; 01.31.24 at 02:48 PM.
    If I don't respond to you it means I have you on ignore, which means you are a douchenozzle.

    Emperor Brett - "I can't believe you guys are analyzing song-by-song Van Halen III? What next, analyzing the script of Stroker Ace looking for some shred of Citizen Kane?"

    David Lee Roth did the impossible. He made Van Halen better. Deal with it!

    A man's rights rests in three boxes: the ballot box, the jury box, and the cartridge box

    Hurricane Halen - Let's all gingery touch our sword tips!!!

  2. #2
    Emperor of VHLinks.com
    Brett's Avatar
    Join Date
    09.02.99
    Location
    So Cal
    Posts
    87,529
    Posts Per Day
    9.67
    Favorite VH Album

    Fair Warning
    Favorite VH Song

    Unchained
    Last Online

    Today @ 05:30 PM
    Likes (Given)
    3317
    Likes (Received)
    12232
    Thanks (Given)
    2125
    Thanks (Received)
    14173

    Achievements:
    Pic PosterMaster PraiserSupremely-LikedElite Daily PosterThee King400,000 VHL Life Points350,000 VHL Life Points

    Default

    So youíve officially changed your name to Coulda?
    Webmaster
    VHLinks.com - The Internet's Largest Van Halen Fan Forum
    http://www.vhlinks.com

    Check Out My YouTube Guitar Videos!
    http://www.youtube.com/banoneguitar
    Direct Link To Subscribe To My Channel!
    http://www.youtube.com/banoneguitar?sub_confirmation=1

    Join the VHLinks Facebook Group!



  3. #3
    Soclal Media Manager
    Dave's Dreidel's Avatar
    Join Date
    01.10.05
    Age
    53
    Location
    P.F. Chang, South Korea
    Posts
    71,913
    Posts Per Day
    10.14
    Favorite VH Album

    Alex, Dave, Ed and Mike
    Favorite VH Song

    The songs with Ed on them
    Last Online

    Today @ 05:51 AM
    Likes (Given)
    4345
    Likes (Received)
    17192
    Thanks (Given)
    5473
    Thanks (Received)
    26012


    Premium Member
    Achievements:
    Master PraiserSupremely-LikedElite Daily PosterVHLinks Proud!Knight Of Da Roundtable200,000 VHL Life Points300,000 VHL Life Points
    Awards:
    The VHLinks Forum MAP (Most Active Poster)

    Default

    He is probably sending me a sternly worded PM saying "polls and lists are my turf mother-trucker!"
    If I don't respond to you it means I have you on ignore, which means you are a douchenozzle.

    Emperor Brett - "I can't believe you guys are analyzing song-by-song Van Halen III? What next, analyzing the script of Stroker Ace looking for some shred of Citizen Kane?"

    David Lee Roth did the impossible. He made Van Halen better. Deal with it!

    A man's rights rests in three boxes: the ballot box, the jury box, and the cartridge box

    Hurricane Halen - Let's all gingery touch our sword tips!!!

  4. #4
    Emperor of VHLinks.com
    Brett's Avatar
    Join Date
    09.02.99
    Location
    So Cal
    Posts
    87,529
    Posts Per Day
    9.67
    Favorite VH Album

    Fair Warning
    Favorite VH Song

    Unchained
    Last Online

    Today @ 05:30 PM
    Likes (Given)
    3317
    Likes (Received)
    12232
    Thanks (Given)
    2125
    Thanks (Received)
    14173

    Achievements:
    Pic PosterMaster PraiserSupremely-LikedElite Daily PosterThee King400,000 VHL Life Points350,000 VHL Life Points

    Default Rank Van Halen's Headlining Tours

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave's Dreidel View Post
    He is probably sending me a sternly worded PM saying "polls and lists are my turf mother-trucker!"
    I mean, Iím sure heís trademarked or copyrighted this kind of shit dude. You really need to get permission first. Gotta go through the proper channels. Lol.
    Webmaster
    VHLinks.com - The Internet's Largest Van Halen Fan Forum
    http://www.vhlinks.com

    Check Out My YouTube Guitar Videos!
    http://www.youtube.com/banoneguitar
    Direct Link To Subscribe To My Channel!
    http://www.youtube.com/banoneguitar?sub_confirmation=1

    Join the VHLinks Facebook Group!



  5. #5
    I'm The One
    Sam Vs. Dave's Avatar
    Join Date
    03.09.19
    Location
    Oahu
    Posts
    2,998
    Posts Per Day
    1.56
    Favorite VH Album

    VH1
    Favorite VH Song

    Mean Street
    Last Online

    06.09.24 @ 09:21 PM
    Likes (Given)
    802
    Likes (Received)
    1239
    Thanks (Given)
    543
    Thanks (Received)
    775

    Achievements:
    15,000 VHL Life PointsVeteranMaster PraiserSupremely-Liked

    Default

    How about Monsters of Rock with Metallica and Dokken, etc? Was that a tour? That was the only time I saw them with Sammy and I didn't care for it.

    For me:
    Fair Warning Tour
    Diver Down (Does that include the US Festival? I love that US Festival show - it's so Van Haleny)
    1984
    2007
    2012
    2015
    Monsters of Rock

    Can't speak to the rest, although I'd imagine the 5150 tour was pretty good.

  6. #6
    Emperor of VHLinks.com
    Brett's Avatar
    Join Date
    09.02.99
    Location
    So Cal
    Posts
    87,529
    Posts Per Day
    9.67
    Favorite VH Album

    Fair Warning
    Favorite VH Song

    Unchained
    Last Online

    Today @ 05:30 PM
    Likes (Given)
    3317
    Likes (Received)
    12232
    Thanks (Given)
    2125
    Thanks (Received)
    14173

    Achievements:
    Pic PosterMaster PraiserSupremely-LikedElite Daily PosterThee King400,000 VHL Life Points350,000 VHL Life Points

    Default Rank Van Halen's Headlining Tours

    Iím only going to rank tours that I saw. Which is everything from 1984 on minus the 2007 reunion thing. So I mostly saw the Sam era.

    1. RHRN
    2. FUCK
    3. 5150
    4. 1984
    5. Balance
    6. OU812/MOR
    7. ADKOT
    8. 2015 Tour
    9. VH 3
    10. 2004 Mess
    Webmaster
    VHLinks.com - The Internet's Largest Van Halen Fan Forum
    http://www.vhlinks.com

    Check Out My YouTube Guitar Videos!
    http://www.youtube.com/banoneguitar
    Direct Link To Subscribe To My Channel!
    http://www.youtube.com/banoneguitar?sub_confirmation=1

    Join the VHLinks Facebook Group!



  7. Dave's Dreidel, VH1986, Number 47 Liked This Post
  8. #7
    Soclal Media Manager
    James in New York's Avatar
    Join Date
    06.17.00
    Location
    ShangriLa
    Posts
    11,602
    Posts Per Day
    1.32
    Favorite VH Album

    Fair Warning
    Favorite VH Song

    Hear About it Later
    Last Online

    Today @ 05:14 PM
    Likes (Given)
    5160
    Likes (Received)
    5373
    Thanks (Given)
    4006
    Thanks (Received)
    3415


    Premium Member
    Achievements:
    Master PraiserSupremely-LikedVHLinks Proud!Thee KingPic Poster50,000 VHL Life Points150,000 VHL Life Points
    Awards:
    Uploader Supreme

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave's Dreidel View Post
    He is probably sending me a sternly worded PM saying "polls and lists are my turf mother-trucker!"
    Quote Originally Posted by Brett View Post
    I mean, I’m sure he’s trademarked or copyrighted this kind of shit dude. You really need to get permission first. Gotta go to through the proper channels. Lol.
    Its true.
    Beauty is life when life unveils
    her holy face.

    But you are life and you
    are the veil.

    Beauty is eternity gazing at itself
    in a mirror.

    But you are eternity
    and you are the mirror.

    -Kahil Gibran

  9. Brett, I Coulda Hada VH Liked This Post
  10. #8
    Take Your Whiskey Home
    Little Intruder's Avatar
    Join Date
    03.25.22
    Age
    59
    Location
    Highway to Hell
    Posts
    6,063
    Posts Per Day
    7.47
    Favorite VH Album

    Fair Warning
    Favorite VH Song

    Mean Street
    Last Online

    @
    Likes (Given)
    3930
    Likes (Received)
    3492
    Thanks (Given)
    0
    Thanks (Received)
    0


    Premium Member
    Achievements:
    VHLinks Proud!RookieElite Daily PosterMaster PraiserSupremely-Liked25,000 VHL Life Points

    Default

    Ok, I'll play. Here's my ranking from the ones I saw:

    WACF
    Diver Down
    1984
    5150
    FUCK
    RHRN
    2007 Reunion
    2015 Tour
    VH III
    2004 Mess

  11. #9
    Light Up The Sky
    Raldo's Avatar
    Join Date
    01.11.00
    Location
    Cromwell, CT USA
    Posts
    24,405
    Posts Per Day
    2.74
    Favorite VH Song

    Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love
    Last Online

    Today @ 09:51 AM
    Likes (Given)
    3407
    Likes (Received)
    2855
    Thanks (Given)
    3357
    Thanks (Received)
    2409

    Achievements:
    Master PraiserSupremely-LikedVHLinks Proud!Thee King50,000 VHL Life Points100,000 VHL Life Points

    Default

    RHRN was probably my favorite.
    Remember the Heroes - 9/11/01

    In 2012, the phoenix has risen!!

    "High speed, low drag."

    "Look at all the people here tonight!!!" - 10/5/07, 5/20/08 Mohegan Sun

    Congratulations to Van Halen as part of the Class of 2007 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!

    Cinco de Cabo @ Foxwoods: "A giant party with live music" - S. Hagar

    got tequila?

    http://keepitaliveforever.com

  12. VH1986, Brett, Little Intruder Liked This Post
  13. #10
    Emperor of VHLinks.com
    Brett's Avatar
    Join Date
    09.02.99
    Location
    So Cal
    Posts
    87,529
    Posts Per Day
    9.67
    Favorite VH Album

    Fair Warning
    Favorite VH Song

    Unchained
    Last Online

    Today @ 05:30 PM
    Likes (Given)
    3317
    Likes (Received)
    12232
    Thanks (Given)
    2125
    Thanks (Received)
    14173

    Achievements:
    Pic PosterMaster PraiserSupremely-LikedElite Daily PosterThee King400,000 VHL Life Points350,000 VHL Life Points

    Default

    Now I will say this. In 2004, I saw two shows. I saw one pretty early on in the tour in New Jersey because my wife and I happened to be out there for a wedding, so we saw Van Halen at the same time. That show was a trainwreck. Then we saw them back later on in the tour at Staples Center and Ed was much better. Clearly being home probably got him under some control. So that show was light years better. He played more like himself.
    Webmaster
    VHLinks.com - The Internet's Largest Van Halen Fan Forum
    http://www.vhlinks.com

    Check Out My YouTube Guitar Videos!
    http://www.youtube.com/banoneguitar
    Direct Link To Subscribe To My Channel!
    http://www.youtube.com/banoneguitar?sub_confirmation=1

    Join the VHLinks Facebook Group!



  14. Little Intruder Liked This Post
  15. #11
    IT'S 5150 TIME!
    VH1986's Avatar
    Join Date
    03.05.19
    Posts
    6,190
    Posts Per Day
    3.21
    Favorite VH Album

    5150
    Favorite VH Song

    Why Can't This Be Love
    Last Online

    Today @ 12:32 PM
    Likes (Given)
    8019
    Likes (Received)
    3253
    Thanks (Given)
    1665
    Thanks (Received)
    622


    Premium Member
    Achievements:
    Master PraiserVHLinks Proud!15,000 VHL Life PointsSupremely-LikedVeteran50,000 VHL Life PointsElite Daily Poster

    Default

    1. RHRN (DD said it best.)
    2. F.U.C.K
    3. 5150
    4. OU812/MOR
    5. 1980 Invasion
    6. 1984
    7. III
    8. 2007
    9. 2015
    10. 2012
    11. 2004
    <VH>

    "I'm not like this because I'm in Van Halen. I'm in Van Halen because I'm like this."

  16. Little Intruder Liked This Post
  17. #12
    Take Your Whiskey Home
    Little Intruder's Avatar
    Join Date
    03.25.22
    Age
    59
    Location
    Highway to Hell
    Posts
    6,063
    Posts Per Day
    7.47
    Favorite VH Album

    Fair Warning
    Favorite VH Song

    Mean Street
    Last Online

    @
    Likes (Given)
    3930
    Likes (Received)
    3492
    Thanks (Given)
    0
    Thanks (Received)
    0


    Premium Member
    Achievements:
    VHLinks Proud!RookieElite Daily PosterMaster PraiserSupremely-Liked25,000 VHL Life Points

    Default

    2004, the year EVH turned into a drunken master samurai. There is footage of the show I saw on YT but it's best forgotten.

  18. #13
    bat wing ball sack
    Number 47's Avatar
    Join Date
    10.08.06
    Posts
    69,317
    Posts Per Day
    10.73
    Last Online

    Today @ 05:10 PM
    Likes (Given)
    3569
    Likes (Received)
    8707
    Thanks (Given)
    2544
    Thanks (Received)
    11834


    Premium Member
    Achievements:
    Pic PosterMaster PraiserSupremely-LikedElite Daily PosterVHLinks Proud!Knight Of Da Roundtable250,000 VHL Life Points
    Awards:
    The Keyboard Warrior

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Brett View Post
    Iím only going to rank tours that I saw. Which is everything from 1984 on minus the 2007 reunion thing. So I mostly saw the Sam era.

    1. RHRN
    2. FUCK
    3. 5150
    4. 1984
    5. Balance
    6. OU812/MOR
    7. ADKOT
    8. 2015 Tour
    9. VH 3
    10. 2004 Mess
    Thanks Brett you made that easier.

    No order. I never saw them live till 1991.

    It was all VH every time.

    RHRN
    FUCK
    Balance
    VH 3
    2004 Mess

  19. VH1986, Brett Liked This Post
  20. #14
    Emperor of VHLinks.com
    Brett's Avatar
    Join Date
    09.02.99
    Location
    So Cal
    Posts
    87,529
    Posts Per Day
    9.67
    Favorite VH Album

    Fair Warning
    Favorite VH Song

    Unchained
    Last Online

    Today @ 05:30 PM
    Likes (Given)
    3317
    Likes (Received)
    12232
    Thanks (Given)
    2125
    Thanks (Received)
    14173

    Achievements:
    Pic PosterMaster PraiserSupremely-LikedElite Daily PosterThee King400,000 VHL Life Points350,000 VHL Life Points

    Default Rank Van Halen's Headlining Tours

    Quote Originally Posted by Number 47 View Post
    Thanks Brett you made that easier.

    No order. I never saw them live till 1991.

    It was all VH every time.

    RHRN
    FUCK
    Balance
    VH 3
    2004 Mess
    That is the correct order, sir. Lol.
    Webmaster
    VHLinks.com - The Internet's Largest Van Halen Fan Forum
    http://www.vhlinks.com

    Check Out My YouTube Guitar Videos!
    http://www.youtube.com/banoneguitar
    Direct Link To Subscribe To My Channel!
    http://www.youtube.com/banoneguitar?sub_confirmation=1

    Join the VHLinks Facebook Group!



  21. Number 47 Liked This Post
  22. #15
    The Full Bug
    Destructo3's Avatar
    Join Date
    05.18.15
    Location
    Redding
    Posts
    2,024
    Posts Per Day
    0.61
    Favorite VH Album

    Van Halen
    Favorite VH Song

    Mean Street
    Last Online

    Yesterday @ 10:14 PM
    Likes (Given)
    45
    Likes (Received)
    226
    Thanks (Given)
    105
    Thanks (Received)
    1088


    Premium Member
    Achievements:
    Padawan PraiserVeteranWell-LikedVHLinks Proud!15,000 VHL Life Points

    Default

    I can only rate what I saw, like many here

    1. Fair Warning, because Dave was still signing lyrics. What a show.
    2. 5150.
    3. Fuck.
    4. 1979 my first in a 2500 seat arena. Amazing.
    5. 1984. Roth cared less about lead singer, singing. His schtick just got tired. However, BY FAR, the best I’ve seen Mike, AL and especially Ed play. Truly the best, tightest, most incredible any guitarist could hope to play with. Poof they had taken over as the rulers of the rock world for decades to come.
    6. 2015. Not only was Ed once again on top of his game, got to take my 23 year old daughter and 15 year old son. Stayed in the same hotel (by pure chance) as the band in Concord. Daughter got a selfie with Ed despite warnings from security not to approach. Ed saw her EVH shoes and VH shirt. He made ONE exception out of about 100 people begging for him to acknowledge them. Came over and took a selfie with her. He had his faults, but clearly a huge, kind. heart. (Son was crushed; but loved the show.)
    7. 2007. Ed sober when I saw them and so awesome hearing those Dave era songs again despite his well documented vocal cord issues.
    8. 2004. Just sad. However the Vegas crowd still LOUDLY shouted “Eddie, Eddie, Eddie walking out of the arena through the Casino post show, 15,000 strong. Casino going gamblers had no clue why the mob was yelling nuts for him. Speaks volumes how beloved he was even at his worst.

    Kills me I’ll never get to see the GOAT ever again. (Sorry for the editorial. Didn’t catch the easier check the box of studio album tours. (Sue me, I can rep myself given I am a lawyer. Although representing yourself in my profession is a clear indication you’re an idiot! ��)
    Last edited by Destructo3; 01.31.24 at 08:54 PM.

  23. Brett, Little Intruder Liked This Post
 

 

Similar Threads

  1. If Van Halen ever tours again...
    By Bob_R in forum Main VH Discussion
    Replies: 76
    Last Post: 07.26.05, 07:07 AM
  2. Eddie Van Halen: No More Tours
    By Van Squalen in forum Main VH Discussion
    Replies: 79
    Last Post: 07.26.05, 05:19 AM
  3. If Van Halen ever tours again...
    By Shumway in forum Main VH Discussion
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 08.27.02, 05:21 AM
  4. Flashback: Van Halen headlining the US Festival 1983
    By Fontcow in forum Main VH Discussion
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 03.03.02, 07:38 PM
  5. Van Halen Tours
    By Panama in forum Main VH Discussion
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 08.18.00, 09:24 AM

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •