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III Tour
Tour by Van Halen
Start date 12 March 1998
End date 2 November 1998
Legs 8
Shows 78 played, 20 cancelled
Van Halen tour chronology
The Balance "Ambulance" Tour
III Tour
Van Halen Summer Tour 2004

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 (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, 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



Pre-tour warm up gig

  • United States March 12, 1998: Hollywood, CA, USA - Billboard Live

Australasian leg

First US leg

European leg

  • Finland May 27, 1998: Helsinki, Finland - Helsinki Ice Hall
  • Germany May 29, 1998: Nuremberg, Germany - Rock Im Park
  • Germany May 31, 1998: Nurburgring, Germany - Rock Am Ring
  • Germany June 2, 1998: Berlin, Germany - Huxley's Neue Welt
  • Germany June 3, 1998: Hamburg, Germany - Alsterdorfer Sporthalle CANCELLED
  • Sweden June 5, 1998: Karlslhamn, Sweden - Sweden Rock Festival CANCELLED
  • Denmark June 6, 1998: Esbjerg, Denmark - Esbjerg Rock Festival CANCELLED
  • Denmark June 7, 1998: Copenhagen, Denmark - Copenhagen Forum CANCELLED
  • England June 9, 1998: London, England - Wembley Arena CANCELLED
  • England June 10, 1998: Birmingham, England - NEC Arena CANCELLED
  • Switzerland June 12, 1998: Zurich - Switzerland - Hallenstadion CANCELLED
  • Italy June 13, 1998: Milan, Italy - Filaforum CANCELLED
  • Netherlands June 14, 1998: Weert, Netherlands - Sportpark Boshoven CANCELLED
  • Belgium June 16, 1998: Leuven, Belgium - Brabanthal CANCELLED
  • France June 17, 1998: Paris, France - Le Zenith CANCELLED

North American leg

North American Leg 2

Latin America Leg

North American Leg 3 (USA)

Japanese leg

Rescheduled date


  1. ^ http://www.vhnd.com/98tour/index.shtml Accessed on August 30 2007

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