LONDON - 27th MAY: Van Halen perform live on stage at Lewisham Odeon in London on 27th May 1978. Left to Right: Michael Anthony, David Lee Roth, Eddie Van Halen
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WATCH: Previously lost performance of Van Halen's first world tour in 1978 recovered!

Watch 23/09/2019

41 years after the tour took place, previously lost footage of Van Halen's first-ever world-tour has surfaced.

Clips from the band's 25-minute set at the Sellend Arena in Fresno, Calif., from Sept. 22, 1978, had previously appeared, but the entire show had never previously been available until now.

You can watch the performance below.

The tour, during which Van Halen opened for Black Sabbath, took place after the release of their debut album.

The only thing that sells us is our live show

"David Lee Roth, Michael Anthony and Eddie and Alex Van Halen – unleashed upon the world at an average age of just 24 – were already rock gods, as this footage proves. The amazing video shows what an unstoppable force the band was in the early years. You can see that no rock band was ever as fierce, energetic and as entertaining as these four boys from Pasadena. There's precious little footage that proves this, making these clips a real treat!" said Van Halen News Desk.

The recording isn't quite complete though – it was shot on an 8mm film camera that used reels that lasted for only around three minutes, so gaps in the footage appear while the reels are changed.

The success of the album and tour meant that the following year, the band was able to hit the road as a headline act, securing its future.

"The only thing that sells us is our live show," said Eddie Van Halen back in 1980. "Actually, everything we do is the complete reverse of other people. We applied all we ever knew, which was our live show. We never knew much about recording [and] overdubbing."