Blimp Time-Hop: Van Halen Gives Portland ‘Fair Warning’ At CCCC
39 years ago, Van Halen returned to Portland for a third time. On May 16, 1981, the ‘Noize Boyz’ "hit the ground runnin" bringing their Fair Warning Tour to Blimpville.
Fans got to hear unleashing 'new' songs like Unchained, Mean Street and Hear About It Later unleashed live for the first time.
It was their second show as a headliner with a capacity crowd at the CCCC. The first sellout there was on August 10, 1979.
They rocked it wicked hahd that night in the early 80s. Heavy Friggin' Duty!
It was also especially historic because it was the last time the original line-up of Eddie, Alex, Michael and Dave played here.
Van Halen returned to Maine in August of 1986 for two nights with their new lead singer Sammy Hagar. David Lee Roth followed with an appearance as a solo artist 3 months later.
Here's Van Halen sonic assault of 3 songs from the Oakland show about a month after they conquered Portland. Let's crank up Hear About It Later, So This Is Love, and Unchained.
Sadly, gone are the days of Mikey chugging Jack Daniels straight from the bottle and Alex banging a gong in flames. Fortunately, we can feel the fire of all the past glory right here.
"Change, nothin' stays the same."
You can almost feel the heat on your face from the giant lighted VH logo behind Eddie as he plays the opening notes of Hear About It Later.
My friend and longtime Blimpster, Joe Royland was at the Fair Warning Portland show in the front row when he was 16. You can read his awesome story here from the Van Halen News Desk. .