Today’s Blimp Time-Hop: 1st Time Van Halen Headlines CCCC
Nearly a year after their first appearance in Portland opening for Black Sabbath, Eddie, Alex, Mike, and Dave returned to the Civic Center on August 10, 1979. This time they were the headliners! Van Halen was sold-out that night and would continue to sell ALL the tickets every time they came back, up to and including their final Portland performance with Sammy Hagar in 1991.
39 years ago today, Van Halen blew the roof off the CCCC touring in support of their latest album, Van Halen II on the World Vacation tour. With the (then new) sound of Eddie’s guitar wizardry and Dave’s one-of-a-kind flamboyant stage antics, Blimpsters witnessed rock n’ roll history in the making.
Dance the Night Away was the highlight of the night, on the strength of it being their first top 20 hit and getting a heaping helping of spins on WBLM in 1979. With Eddie’s cool ‘steel-drum’ guitar sound, it always takes us to the islands for a party and remains one of the most popular VH tunes in Blimpville today.