Throwback Concert: Van Halen at New Haven Coliseum 1981

Throwback Concert: Van Halen at New Haven Coliseum 1981

99.1 PLR celebrates 50 years! This week we are celebrating another great year in our history: 1981!

That year PLR welcomed Van Halen to New Haven Coliseum. Eddie and the boys hit the road in 1981 to support their fourth studio album, “Fair Warning,” which featured such hits as So This Is Love?, Mean Street and Unchained.

Van Halen was no stranger to New Haven. Between the years 1978 and 1986, VH played the Coliseum 8 times. That’s perhaps the reason why many people called them “Van Haven” when they came to New Haven!


Van Halen

Tour: Fair Warning

Thursday July 16, 1981

New Haven Veterans Memorial Coliseum

Band Lineup: David Lee Roth, Eddie Van Halen, Michael Anthony, Alex Van Halen


  1. On Fire
  2. Sinner’s Swing!
  3. Drum Solo
  4. Hear About It Later
  5. So This Is Love?
  6. Jamie’s Cryin’
  7. Bass Solo
  8. Runnin’ With The Devil
  9. Dance The Night Away
  10. Sunday Afternoon In The Park
  11. Romeo Delight
  12. Everybody Wants Some!!
  13. Ice Cream Man (John Brim cover)
  14. Mean Street
  15. Guitar Solo
  16. Feel Your Love Tonight
  17. You Really Got Me (The Kinks cover)
  18. Unchained (encore)
  19. Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love (encore)



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