Watch: Van Halen Kick Off 2015 Summer Tour With Rare Tracks + Never-Before-Performed Songs
Two days before Van Halen kicked off their 2015 summer tour in Seattle, Wolfgang Van Halen wrote on Twitter, “This is by far the best setlist I’ve made for us. Can’t wait for everyone to hear it. Ya’ll are gonna flip.” And flip, they did. The first show of the tour was last night (July 5) and the band performed live song debuts and rare tracks throughout the night. We’ve included videos of some of their songs above and below.
The first tune of the night was “Light Up the Sky,” a song from their 1979 album Van Halen II. Ultimate Classic Rock reports that the group hasn’t played that track live for 35 years (enjoy it above).
During the show, the band also performed two tracks live for the first time ever, one was their song “Drop Dead Legs,” off their album 1984 and the other was “Dirty Movies,” from their 1981 disc Fair Warning. You can watch them below. The group also performed “Feel Your Love Tonight” and “In a Simple Rhyme.” The night included their classic hits and fan-favorites too, but the rare and never-performed-live songs were certainly a treat.
After the gig, Wolfgang posted on Twitter that he thought the show was “killer” and “amazing” and then tweeted “How bout that setlist?” This is just the beginning for the group. They head to Portland, Ore., tomorrow (7/7) and are slated to travel throughout the United States and Canada playing shows through Oct. 10, when they wind things down at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.