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III Tour

III Tour
Tour by Van Halen
Start date March 12, 1998
End date November 2, 1998
Legs 8
Shows 78 played, 20 cancelled
Van Halen tour chronology
The Balance "Ambulance" Tour
III Tour
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The III Tour was a 1998 concert tour by hard rock band Van Halen. It was the band's first and only tour with vocalist Gary Cherone, in support of the only album he recorded with the band—the poor-selling Van Halen III.


The tour under-performed by Van Halen standards (albeit at a commercial level; reviews were positive), and was the last part of Van Halen's general decline after the early 1990s. It would be Van Halen's last tour until 2004, and last moment of stability (the 2004 tour was surrounded with controversy, and was the band's last until 2007). It was Van Halen's last tour outside of North America until the 2012-2013 A Different Kind of Truth Tour, with dates in Europe, Australia/New Zealand and Japan. The Australian and New Zealand concerts were the first in Van Halen's history, and despite poor sales in some regions, these concerts were very popular. The band brought all the equipment for their US arena tour with them, whereas many bands scale down for Oceanic tours.

One of the benefits of Gary Cherone, who joined Van Halen as a big fan of the band, was his willingness to include old David Lee Roth-era songs. Sammy Hagar had only allowed a few Roth-era classics into his sets while he sang for Van Halen, much to fan disappointment. Also Cherone's voice was deeper than Hagar's, making it more suited to Roth-era songs.

However, dissatisfaction with the new album and the band's various troubles in 1996 (big press arguments over Sammy Hagar's sudden departure, followed by a brief reunion with Roth which also ended abruptly) led to the tour's low popularity. Grunge had changed the face of rock music, and Van Halen's fame had endured due to their past heritage, which they lost when Hagar left.

Alex Van Halen was reported as looking sick throughout the first leg of the tour, because of an arm injury. This led to most of the European dates being cancelled, as well as other later dates. The Puerto Rico date was cancelled at first due to a hurricane, but also a second time due to Gary Cherone having tonsillitis - luckily this was the last date of the tour.

The tour was the first not to feature a Michael Anthony bass solo, but he did get to sing lead vocals on one song per night - Somebody Get Me a Doctor. On occasion, Eddie also took lead vocals for a song.

Tour dates


Date City Country Venue
Pre-tour warm up gig
March 12, 1998 Hollywood, California United States Billboard Live
Australian Leg
April 10, 1998 Wellington New Zealand Queens Wharf Events Centre
April 11, 1998 Albany North Harbour Stadium
April 14, 1998 Launceston Australia Silverdome
April 17, 1998 Melbourne Rod Laver Arena
April 18, 1998 Canberra AIS Arena
April 20, 1998 Sydney Sydney Entertainment Centre
April 23, 1998 Newcastle Newcastle Entertainment Centre
April 24, 1998 Brisbane Brisbane Entertainment Centre
April 27, 1998 Adelaide Adelaide Entertainment Centre
April 29, 1998 Perth Perth Entertainment Centre
First North American Leg
May 13, 1998 The Woodlands, Texas United States Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
May 14, 1998 Dallas, Texas Starplex Amphitheater
May 16, 1998 Rosemont, Illinois Rosemont Horizon
May 17, 1998 Cleveland, Ohio Gund Arena
May 19, 1998 Auburn Hills, Michigan The Palace of Auburn Hills
May 21, 1998 Boston, Massachusetts FleetCenter
May 22, 1998 New York City, New York Madison Square Garden
May 24, 1998 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania CoreStates Spectrum
European Leg
May 27, 1998 Helsinki Finland Helsinki Ice Hall
May 29, 1998 Nuremberg Germany Rock Im Park
May 30, 1998 Halle Eissport Halle
May 31, 1998 Nürburgring Rock Am Ring
June 2, 1998 Berlin Huxley's Neue Welt
June 3, 1998 Hamburg Alsterdorfer Sporthalle
Second North American Leg
July 1, 1998 Phoenix, Arizona United States Desert Sky Pavilion
July 3, 1998 Del Mar, California Del Mar Fairgrounds
July 4, 1998 San Bernardino, California Blockbuster Pavilion
July 5, 1998 Mountain View, California Shoreline Amphitheatre
July 7, 1998 Concord, California Concord Pavilion
July 8, 1998 Sacramento, California Arco Arena
July 10, 1998 Portland, Oregon Rose Garden Arena
July 11, 1998 George, Washington The Gorge Amphitheatre
July 14, 1998 Park City, Utah The Canyons
July 16, 1998 Greenwood Village, Colorado Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre
July 18, 1998 Bonner Springs, Kansas Sandstone Amphitheater
July 19, 1998 Maryland Heights, Missouri Riverport Amphitheater
July 21, 1998 Cincinnati, Ohio Riverbend Music Center
July 22, 1998 Noblesville, Indiana Deer Creek Music Center
July 24, 1998 Burgettstown, Pennsylvania Starlake Amphitheater
July 25, 1998 Columbus, Ohio Polaris Amphitheater
July 26, 1998 Hershey, Pennsylvania Star Pavilion
July 28, 1998 Scranton, Pennsylvania Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain
July 30, 1998 Charlotte, North Carolina Blockbuster Pavilion
July 31, 1998 Atlanta, Georgia Lakewood Amphitheater
August 2, 1998 Antioch, Tennessee Starwood Amphitheatre
August 4, 1998 Paso Robles, California California Mid-State Fair
Third North American Leg
August 12, 1998 Boston, Massachusetts United States Hard Rock Cafe
August 14, 1998 Mansfield, Massachusetts Great Woods
August 15, 1998 Wantagh, New York Jones Beach Amphitheater
August 16, 1998 Holmdel, New Jersey PNC Bank Arts Center
August 18, 1998 Raleigh, North Carolina Walnut Creek Amphitheater
August 19, 1998 Virginia Beach, Virginia Virginia Beach Amphitheater
August 21, 1998 Bristow, Virginia Nissan Pavilion
August 22, 1998 Atlantic City, New Jersey Mark G. Etess Arena
August 23, 1998 Saratoga Springs, New York Saratoga Performing Arts Center
August 25, 1998 Corfu, New York Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
August 26, 1998 Toronto, Ontario Canada Molson Amphitheater
August 28, 1998 Richmond, Virginia United States Classic Amphitheatre at Strawberry Hill
August 29, 1998 Hartford, Connecticut Meadows Music Theatre
August 31, 1998 Syracuse, New York New York State Fair
September 2, 1998 Grand Rapids, Michigan Van Andel Arena
September 3, 1998 Clarkston, Michigan Pine Knob Music Theater
September 5, 1998 East Troy, Wisconsin Alpine Valley Music Theatre
September 15, 1998 Myrtle Beach, South Carolina House of Blues
September 16, 1998 Lake Buena Vista, Florida House of Blues
September 17, 1998 Fort Lauderdale, FL Sunrise Musical Theater
Fourth North American Leg
October 2, 1998 Paradise, Nevada United States The Joint
October 3, 1998
October 13, 1998 Anchorage, Alaska Sullivan Arena
October 16, 1998 Honolulu, Hawaii Neal S. Blaisdell Center
Asian Leg
October 20, 1998 Hiroshima Japan Hiroshima Sun Plaza
October 21, 1998 Fukuoka Kokusai Center
October 23, 1998 Osaka Osaka Castle Hall
October 24, 1998 Nagoya Nagoya Rainbow Hall
October 26, 1998 Iwate Sangyo Bunka Center
October 28, 1998 Tokyo Budokan
October 29, 1998
October 30, 1998
November 2, 1998 Yokohama Yokohama Arena


External links

  • - The official Van Halen website
  • Van Halen NewsDesk
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