Van Halen – Fresno 1978-79 films

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June 21, 2014 at 12:06 am Quote #36667

guitard
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VAiN: My 2¢ – Let’s cut to the crash – will you be sharing these incredible recordings with the super-fans who collect every scrap we can find or do you plan on hoarding them until you die? In my experience it’s one or the other. Your stories are great, but are they leading to anything? What is your goal? You’ve come to the right place if you’re looking for a hub and help with artwork, etc…


If we approach this the right way, maybe single-8 will eventually release some of this stuff. Might be in weeks … or months … or years. Or maybe he’ll never release it. He owns it, so it’s his perogative.

Whatever the case, if we immediately start making demands and sound like a bunch of dicks screaming “gimme gimme you fucking hoarder” … single-8 will probably just disappear.


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June 21, 2014 at 4:08 am Quote #36676

thismusicsux
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good point ;-)
I completely love seeing these HD transfers 36 years later (as all of us do). Totally appreciate them.
And the details you are posting here are very cool. I’m sure we all can dig on the details that went into recording those legendary shows and the different stories over the years. So appreciate all the info. Amazing you got so many Selland shows taped over the years.


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June 21, 2014 at 5:10 am Quote #36678

PT5150
(5509)

How did you find out about VH Trading?


EDDIE’S fingers aren’t fingers they are muscle-powered pistons that hammer guitar strings to the fretboard with the force of a rivet gun”.


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June 21, 2014 at 6:52 am Quote #36685

Mink
(2611)

Thanks for clearing up the stories behind the Fresno shows single-8. I like hearing about how it all came about. Welcome to VHTrading also!



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June 21, 2014 at 1:07 pm Quote #36696

jroundy
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Whatever comes of this…. I am just happy to hear from the filmer.

Welcome to VHT!


The poor folks play for keeps down here…They’re the living dead. Nobody rules these streets at night like Van Halen!!


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June 21, 2014 at 2:55 pm Quote #36701

single-8
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I found VHT by chance..accident..etc…I feel out of place here since I only have a couple of VH items…well 7 or so..
S8S


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June 21, 2014 at 3:23 pm Quote #36703

ffoner
(1047)

Hi single-8-

Did you guys audio and/or film the Fresno 1980 or 81 Van Halen shows?

We’d all be thrilled here if you did.

Thanks for the info. The OKC 78 and the Fresno 78 and 79 audios are among my faves.


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June 21, 2014 at 3:26 pm Quote #36704

guitard
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single-8: I feel out of place here since I only have a couple of VH items…well 7 or so.. S8S


Well … it’s not like VH exists in a vacuum and we only like VH. VH is a favorite band for many of the members here (including yours truly), but I think I’m pretty typical in that I also listen to and enjoy a wide variety of music outside of VH.

In fact, you mentioned a show a few posts back … the British Lions, UFO, and Blue Oyster Cult in Fresno on August 9th 1978. I saw UFO warm up for BOC on September 10, 1978 (no other bands on the bill) at Wings Stadium in Kalamazoo, MI. I hadn’t ever heard of UFO before that. I was front row right in front of Michael Schenker and have been a life-long fan ever since. That was one of the last shows they did with Schenker before he left the band though. Still an absolutely amazing show. BOC had that full-blown laser light show at the time and it took over an hour between bands. I had started drinking beer out in line long before the show started and by the time BOC came on, I had been holding a bladder full of piss for so long, the lower half of my body felt like it had gone numb. After a couple of songs, I had to leave my spot to go and take a leak. Of course, back in the GA days, once you left – you could never get back up by the front. So I took a seat in the far end of the arena. As it turned out, that was a great seat from which to watch the laser light show. So all’s well that ends well.


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June 21, 2014 at 5:28 pm Quote #36712

PT5150
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Love the stories single-8 welcome to VHT.
Very keen to hear and see more of your stuff on VH.
Thanks..


EDDIE’S fingers aren’t fingers they are muscle-powered pistons that hammer guitar strings to the fretboard with the force of a rivet gun”.


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June 21, 2014 at 9:03 pm Quote #36717

kaloway
(1870)

single-8: I found VHT by chance..accident..etc…I feel out of place here since I only have a couple of VH items…well 7 or so.. S8S

We’re just a bunch of music nuts ourselves, of course VH is my primary band but I have a collection that covers everything that I enjoy from VH, to David Lee Roth (solo) and Sammy Hagar…just kidding
Beatles, Queen, Billy Joel, U2, Supertramp, Moody Blues, Police, Sting, Pink Floyd blah blah blah
The story of your footage is incredible and I am thrilled it exists out there somewhere. Welcome to the BBQ!


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June 21, 2014 at 11:24 pm Quote #36719

ks34vh
(2119)

Fantastic information, Thank you for shedding light on these historic shows.


Laughing at the Days Garbage Through Loud Volume, This is “Laughing At Reality”..

VHT Member since 2001


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June 21, 2014 at 11:52 pm Quote #36720

mrmojohalen
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Welcome single-8 to VHTrading.

You said that there were 3 or more of you involved in the recording process. What did each of you do? Do the others all have copies of everything that was recorded or are you the sole person with all of the recordings ? I really enjoyed the Def Leppard & Lynyrd Skynyrd clips that you posted on Youtube. I would also like to take a moment & thank you for your service to our country (USA). Guitard is our resident military man. I think that you will find many things in common with him. Thank you for answering our questions.


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


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June 22, 2014 at 1:35 am Quote #36732

single-8
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mrmojohalen: Welcome single-8 to VHTrading.

You said that there were 3 or more of you involved in the recording process.What did each of you do?Do the others all have copies of everything that was recorded or are you the sole person with all of the recordings ?I really enjoyed the Def Leppard & Lynyrd Skynyrd clips that you posted on Youtube.I would also like to take a moment & thank you for your service to our country (USA). Guitard is our resident military man. I think that you will find many things in common with him.Thank you for answering our questions.

there were 2 main people involved one did all of the filming which was very complicated, another did the audio recordings ,which was nowhere near as involved as shooting film..another person had a job just as important ,helping smuggling things in or out,but mainly crowding in the front of the line and making a mad dash in to save the seats (everything was GA),always in the same section of the arena,it was the loge,section 12 I don’t remember the row,but it was behind the rail the first section behind the metal bleachers..section 12 was on the west side of the arena,but on 2 occasions the filmer was on the east side,by himself(section 11),those were vanhalen 1978 and ted nugent 1978..all the others were in the same section for the whole time which was from 1976 until 2011 when I hung it up for good..2 of us are all that’s left and we are partners in the fresno,concerts,the other has “left the building” so to speak
S8S
that’s a lotta bootleggin’


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June 22, 2014 at 2:06 am Quote #36733

PT5150
(5509)

single-8: there were 2 main people involved one did all of the filming which was very complicated, another did the audio recordings ,which was nowhere near as involved as shooting film..another person had a job just as important ,helping smuggling things in or out,but mainly crowding in the front of the line and making a mad dash in to save the seats (everything was GA),always in the same section of the arena,it was the loge,section 12 I don’t remember the row,but it was behind the rail the first section behind the metal bleachers..section 12 was on the west side of the arena,but on 2 occasions the filmer was on the east side,by himself(section 11),those were vanhalen 1978 and ted nugent 1978..all the others were in the same section for the whole time which was from 1976 until 2011 when I hung it up for good..2 of us are all that’s left and we are partners in the fresno,concerts,the other has “left the building” so to speak S8S that’s a lotta bootleggin’

Thanks for the insights.
Its great that someone filmed gigs back that early to show how good VH were in the early days.

Any times when you were caught by security or anyone from the various bands roadies etc..?


EDDIE’S fingers aren’t fingers they are muscle-powered pistons that hammer guitar strings to the fretboard with the force of a rivet gun”.


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June 22, 2014 at 2:30 am Quote #36735

single-8
(218)

PT5150: Thanks for the insights. Its great that someone filmed gigs back that early to show how good VH were in the early days.

Any times when you were caught by security or anyone from the various bands roadies etc..?

when we were going in for a show at the warnors theatre,there was an incident before they opened the doors which resulted it us getting maced in the face..when we were checked by security, a security dick told us to wait while he went to get the band’s tour manager(that band being Nazareth)..while he was going to get the guy,we made a mad dash to the seats fading into the crowd..and had to disguise ourselves as the guy was going up and down the aisles looking for us all night…there was always this stress and tension but that night was something else…once at selland arena as I was being pushed in the wheelchair to the the elevator,the operator asked us”DIDJA GET IT ALL?”
that tweeked us out….there were other times as well,only once did I not get in to a show
S8S


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