Van Halen – 1984-05-20 – San Diego, CA (Marco)

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June 29, 2014 at 9:18 am Quote #36926


Band name: Van Halen
Date: May 20, 1984
Venue: Sports Arena
Location: San Diego, California, USA
Tour name: 1984

Media: 2 CDs
Recording type: Audience
Taper: Marco
Recording Equipment: Unconfirmed
Lineage: 1st Generation Analog (Maxell UD120)>Sony TC-WE475>PC>AUDACITY>WAV (16bit)>TLH>FLAC (8)
Transfer/Mastering: June 2014
Audio format: FLAC
Total running time: 108:42
Audio quality: 4+
Artwork: Yes

Track listing:
Hot For Teacher
Alex Van Halen Drum Solo
On Fire
Runnin’ With The Devil
Little Guitars
House of Pain
Michael Anthony Bass Solo
Jamie’s Cryin’
I’ll Wait
Keyboard Solo
Everybody Wants Some
Girl Gone Bad
Edward Van Halen Guitar Solo
(Oh) Pretty Woman
You Really Got Me
Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love

David Lee Roth – Vocals
Edward Van Halen – Guitars, Keyboards
Michael Anthony – Bass Guitar
Alex Van Halen – Drums

Show comments:
Well, where do i begin for this one. All of us have special concerts that we look back on with the fondest memories and these two shows are it for me. The mighty VH has always been my all time favorite band. These two shows from the 1984 tour were my 4th and 5th VH shows at the time. I was extremely fortunate to see them in ’79 (my second concert ever), ’80 & ’81 (they didn’t play SD in ’82 for some reason) and all of them are the greatest concerts i’ve ever been too. These two in ’84 however stick out the most because we were able to score 6th row dead center for both shows thanks to my best friend Paul who’s father was the controller at the Sports Arena (he scored those kind of seats all the time). When they booked the two shows months ahead of time we were so excited that we were going to get two nights that all we talked about for those months was we can’t wait.
Waiting was by far the hardest thing and it seemed like years till the time finally came. Well the time finally came and we made it an entire event, partying everyday the week of the shows, we even got hotel rooms the two nights of the shows even though it was our home town. We were all so hyped up when it came to showtime because we were about to see the mighty VH with such amazing seats which just took it up a whole ‘nother level. Lights go out and the roar of Edward’s guitar comes at us like nothing we’ve ever heard, the trademark intro comes “Hello San Diego, i give you the MIGHTY VAN HALEN” and they launch into Unchained (my all time favorite VH song), Dave does his classic jump off the drum riser (see photo #1) and we all go fucking nuts for 2 hours (I’m getting goosebumps writing this just from remembering back on it). What an amazing two nights. It’s hard to believe it was 30 years ago last month. Paul had taken a ton of pictures from the shows and i’ve included a few in the torrent. The photos used for the artwork are also from the shows. I was surprised he got one off at the moment Dave jumped off the riser because at that point it was pure kaos. So sit back crank it up and enjoy the magic of Van Halen.

Recording comments:
Here’s the story on how i was able to get these recordings. One day shortly after the shows i was out and about and i ran into my old girlfriend and we got to talking about some of the shows we had gone to, she mentioned to me that the guy she was living with had taped the two VH shows and i was like no way. I asked her if there was any way i could get a copy of them, I didn’t care how good or bad they were i just wanted to get a copy of the shows. She said she didn’t know but would ask him. A couple days go by and i call her and she said he was ok with me getting a copy. So i run over to their house and meet him and he lets me look through his tapes, at this point i just about lose it. He’s got all these shows he taped of concerts i had gone to and was blown away. He let me borrow anything i wanted, he actually let me take the master tapes home and copy them. I get home throw them in my tape deck and was blown away by the sound quality of these two shows, i couldn’t believe how good they were. Well i ended up copying as many of his shows as i could which was about 20 shows in all. I will try and share all of them in time, some of them i have never transfered. Unfortuantly i have no idea what type of equipment he used but it was good, probably a Sony D6 and a good mic for sure.



June 30, 2014 at 6:55 pm Quote #36966


When you turn on your stereo, does it return the favor?

June 30, 2014 at 8:23 pm Quote #36973


decided to sweeten this one…anyway to post a sample I’ve done not to youtube?

boldly going nowhere

June 30, 2014 at 11:55 pm Quote #36982


mjk2112: decided to sweeten this one…anyway to post a sample I’ve done not to youtube?

You can try for free. Or upload file to Dropbox ?

July 1, 2014 at 9:12 am Quote #36995


let me know what your thoughts are..

boldly going nowhere

July 1, 2014 at 2:12 pm Quote #37000



did you EQ more?
I was listening to this 5/20 show last night. Was stoked the quality is pretty damn good on this show already.

July 1, 2014 at 2:32 pm Quote #37001


i used a few filters in adobe audition cs5 to just give it a little more clarity and low end.. as you said a smoking show either way..!

boldly going nowhere

July 1, 2014 at 3:42 pm Quote #37002


mjk2112: i used a few filters in adobe audition cs5 to just give it a little more clarity and low end.. as you said a smoking show either way..!

cool…extra low end, and less high end hiss is always welcome.
gonna take a listen today.

July 9, 2014 at 12:01 pm Quote #37107


Listened to this one and 5/21 as well over the long weekend. Smokin’ quality!! I agree that it definitely needs some low end, but overall, a great quality recording from ’84! Eddie was on FIRE on the first night, too. Some great moments there. One highlight that sticks out is Eddie’s solo on “I’ll Wait”. I backed it up and listened to it about 5 times in a row while driving down the highway. Brilliant. It always amazed me how fast they played those songs back then, too. Unchained is blistering, Runnin’ with the Devil is almost too bouncy to Little Guitars is pushed a little too hard, but they pull it off and it’s a great listen. I’d love to hear something of this quality from ’80 and ’81! :)

July 10, 2014 at 5:39 pm Quote #37124


Yeah most 1984 boots are super-speed.

81 Greensboro is close to this quality. Or 6/21 LA sports arena
80 Largo soundboard is nice too


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