1980 Van Halen Tour Dates
WACF Tour (1980 Invasion)
Van Halen's third world tour, and first full headlining tour! Opening acts included Rail, The Cats and Talas. Rail opened 34 shows including a 13-date run billed as the Lost Cities Tour prior to a stop in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
The band's stop in Cincinnati, OH on 4/24 was the first concert held at the Riverfront Coliseum after 11 fans were trampled to death at "The Who" gig there on December 3, 1979. During the 4/24 concert, David Lee Roth threw a lit joint into the crowd and was subsequently arrested once the gig had ended.
Date Location Venue Opening Act
3/19/80 Victoria, BC Victoria Memorial Arena Rail
3/21/80 Medford, OR Jackson County Expo Rail
3/22/80 Eugene, OR Lane County Fairgrounds Rail
3/24/80 Spokane, WA Spokane Coliseum Rail
3/25/80 Great Falls, MT Four Seasons Arena Rail
3/26/80 Missoula, MT Harry Adams Field House N/A
3/29/80 Fort Collins, CO Moby Gym (Colorado St. University) N/A
3/30/80 Pueblo, CO Massari Gym (University of Southern Colorado) N/A
4/02/80 Vancouver, BC Pacific Coliseum Rail
4/03/80 Portland, OR Portland Memorial Coliseum Rail
4/04/80 Seattle, WA Seattle Center Coliseum Rail
4/05/80 Seattle, WA Seattle Center Coliseum Rail
4/07/80 Calgary, AB Stampede Corral Rail
4/08/80 Edmonton, AB N/A Rail
4/11/80 Winnipeg, Manitoba Winnipeg Arena Rail
4/13/80 St. Paul, MN St. Paul Civic Arena N/A
4/14/80 Milwaukee, WI Milwaukee Arena Rail
4/15/80 Madison, WI Dane County Memorial Coliseum N/A
4/24/80 Cincinnati, OH Riverfront Coliseum Rail
4/26/80 Detroit, MI Cobo Arena Rail
4/27/80 Detroit, MI Cobo Arena Rail
4/29/80 Richfield, OH Richfield Coliseum Rail
4/30/80 Pittsburgh, PA Civic Arena Rail
5/01/80 Landover, MD Capitol Centre Rail
5/02/80 Binghampton, NY Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena N/A
5/03/80 South Yarmouth, MA Cape Cod Coliseum N/A
5/05/80 Buffalo, NY Buffalo Memorial Auditorium Rail
5/06/80 Rochester, NY War Memorial Rail
5/07/80 Philadelphia, PA The Spectrum Rail
5/08/80 New Haven CT Veterans Memorial Coliseum N/A
5/09/80 Philadelphia, PA The Spectrum Rail
5/23/80 Copenhagen, DE Fakloner Centre Cancelled (broken nose)
5/24/80 Bremen, GE Stadthalle Cancelled (broken nose)
5/26/80 Geleen, NL Burg. Damen Sportpark (Pinkpop Festival) Garland Jefferys/Raymond van het Groenewoud/Joe Jackson/
The Specials/Van Halen/J. Geils Band/The Jam
5/27/80 Ludwigshafen, GE Eberthalle N/A
5/29/80 Essen, GE Grugahalle N/A
5/30/80 Hamburg, GE Ernst-Merk-Halle N/A
6/01/80 Caen, FR Parc des Exposition Lucifer's Friend
6/03/80 Paris, FR Palais des Sportes Lucifer's Friend
6/04/80 Lyon, FR Palais des Sport N/A
6/04/80 Reims, FR Palais des Sport N/A
6/07/80 Wurzburg, GE Carl-Diem-Halle N/A
6/08/80 Nurnberg, GE Hemmerlein Halle N/A
6/10/80 Dusseldorf, GE Phillipshalle N/A
6/11/80 Sindelfingen, GE Messehalle N/A
6/14/80 Munich, GE Rudi-Sedlmayer-Halle N/A
6/17/80 Newcastle, UK Newcastle City Hall N/A
6/18/80 Glasgow, Scotland Apollo Theatre None
6/19/80 Manchester, UK Apollo Theater N/A
6/20/80 Leicester, UK DeMont Fort Hall N/A
6/21/80 Germany ZDF Rockpop N/A
6/22/80 Birmingham, UK Birmingham Odeon Lucifer's Friend
6/23/80 London, UK Rainbow Theatre Ballroom Lucifer's Friend
6/24/80 London, UK Rainbow Theatre Ballroom Lucifer's Friend
7/10/80 Kalamazoo, MI Wings Stadium N/A
7/11/80 Toledo, OH Sports Arena N/A
7/12/80 Fort Wayne, IN Memorial Coliseum N/A
7/13/80 Huntington, WV Huntington Civic Center N/A
7/15/80 Montreal, QC Montreal Forum N/A
7/16/80 Ottawa, ON Ottawa Civic Center The Cats
7/17/80 London, ON London Treasure Island Gardens Teenage Head
7/18/80 Toronto, ON Maple Leaf Gardens N/A
7/21/80 Hampton, VA Hampton Coliseum The Cats
7/22/80 Baltimore, MD Baltimore Civic Center The Cats
7/24/80 Hartford, CT Hartford Civic Center N/A
7/25/80 Boston, MA Boston Gardens The Cats
7/26/80 Uniondale, NY Nassau Coliseum N/A
7/27/80 Uniondale, NY Nassau Coliseum N/A
7/28/80 Louisville, KY Freedom Hall The Cats
7/29/80 Chicago, IL International Amphitheater Rail
7/30/80 Indianapolis, IN Market Square Arena The Cats
7/31/80 St. Louis, MO Checkerdome The Cats
8/01/80 Memphis, TN Mid-South Coliseum The Cats
8/02/80 Little Rock, AR Barton Coliseum The Cats
8/04/80 Birmingham, AL Birmingham Civic Center The Cats
8/05/80 Nashville, TN Nashville Municipal Auditorium The Cats
8/06/80 Atlanta, GA The Omni N/A
8/08/80 Lakeland, FL Lakeland Civic Center N/A Postponed
8/08/80 Ft. Myers, FL Lee County Arena The Cats
8/09/80 Hollywood, FL Hollywood Sportatorium The Cats
8/10/80 Jacksonville, FL Jacksonville Coliseum N/A
8/12/80 St. Petersburg, FL Bayfront Center N/A Postponed
8/15/80 San Juan, PR Roberto Clemente Stadium N/A
8/16/80 San Juan, PR Roberto Clemente Stadium N/A
8/22/80 Kansas City, MO Kemper Arena N/A
8/23/80 Omaha, NE Civic Auditorium N/A
8/24/80 Salina, KS Bicentennial Center The Cats
8/26/80 Corpus Christi, TX Coliseum N/A
8/27/80 San Antonio, TX San Antonio Convention Center The Cats
8/28/80 Houston, TX Sam Houston Coliseum The Cats
8/29/80 Shreveport, LA Hirsch Memorial Coliseum The Cats
8/30/80 Baton Rouge, LA Centroplex The Cats
9/01/80 Mobile, AL Mobile Coliseum N/A
9/02/80 Jackson, MS Mississippi Coliseum The Cats
9/03/80 Beaumont, TX Fairpark Coliseum The Cats
9/04/80 Dallas, TX Reunion Arena N/A
9/06/80 Norman, OK University of Oklahoma (Owen Field) Doobie Brothers/Pat Benatar/Sammy Hagar/Van Halen (order unknown)
9/07/80 Amarillo, TX Civic Center N/A
9/08/80 Lubbock, TX Municipal Coliseum N/A
9/09/80 El Paso, TX El Paso Civic Center N/A
9/10/80 Albuquerque, NM University of New Mexico Arena (or was it Tingley Coliseum?) N/A
9/12/80 Denver, CO McNichols Arena N/A
9/15/80 Phoenix, AZ Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum The Cats
9/16/80 Tuscon, AZ Community Center Arena N/A
9/18/80 Fresno, CA Selland Arena N/A
9/19/80 Los Angeles, CA Sports Arena The Cats
9/20/80 Los Angeles, CA Sports Arena The Cats
9/27/80 Toronto, ON N/A N/A
10/03/80 Rapid City, SD Rushmore Plaza Civic Center The Cats
10/04/80 Bismarck, ND Bismarck Civic Center N/A
10/06/80 Salt Lake City, UT Salt Palace N/A
10/09/80 Oakland, CA Oakland Coliseum Talas
10/10/80 Oakland, CA Oakland Coliseum Talas
10/12/80 San Diego, CA San Diego Sports Arena N/A
10/15/80 Sioux Falls, SD Sioux Falls Arena N/A
10/16/80 Des Moines, IA Veterans Memorial Auditorium Talas
10/17/80 Lincoln, NE Pershing Auditorium Talas
10/19/80 Macomb, IL Western Illinois University (Western Hall) Talas
10/21/80 Terre Haute, IN Hulman Center N/A
10/22/80 Lexington, KY Rupp Arena Talas
10/24/80 Knoxville, TN Knoxville Coliseum N/A
10/25/80 Johnson City, TN Freedom Hall Civic Center N/A
10/31/80 Macon, GA Macon Coliseum Talas
11/01/80 Augusta, GA Augusta Civic Center Talas
11/02/80 Asheville, NC Asheville Civic Center N/A
11/05/80 Champaign, IL Assembly Hall Talas
11/06/80 South Bend, IN Athletic & Convocation Center N/A
11/07/80 Evansville, IN Roberts Stadium Talas
11/08/80 Huntsville, AL Von Braun Civic Center Arena N/A
11/11/80 Winston Salem, NC Winston-Salem Memorial Coliseum N/A
11/12/80 Savannah, GA Savannah Civic Center Talas
11/14/80 St. Petersburg, FL Bayfront Center Talas
11/15/80 Lakeland, FL Lakeland Civic Center Talas