Photo credit: YouTube/oryo
Nowadays, it’s run of the mill to see fan footage from a concert. Everyone carries a camera in their pockets at all times now. You can’t go to a show anymore without seeing at least one (and who are we kidding? Only one?) fan watching the entire concert through the screen of their phone.
However, as we all know, back in 1980 it wasn’t nearly as common. Thankfully, when Van Halen played the St. Paul Civic Center on April 13, 1980, there was at least one person (maybe 3 or more) in attendance who was able to record parts of the show. As you’ll see from the setlist below, out of the 17 songs they played, 8 of them were from their debut album. (Guitar solo contains “Eruption” from the debut in addition to “Spanish Fly” and “Cathedral”)
There’s is also THIS footage. The video is from the St Paul Civic Center (April 13, 1980), however, the audio is from April 30, 1980 in Pittsburgh. It syncs up pretty well, though.
The YouTube user made the video “unembeddable”. You can view the footage HERE