Whether or not you’re a fan, you can’t deny Van Halen’s firepower.
The gargantuan rock band, fronted by guitar legend Eddie Van Halen, helped to usher rock ‘n’ roll into a new era in the ’70s and ’80s. At the height of their careers, they were forces to behold live. This 1995 concert falls almost two decades after their initial rise, but it’s still a viable snapshot of their finesse in a live setting.
This set, taped on this day (Aug. 19) in 1995 in Toronto, begins on a tender note. Sammy Hagar opens the show with an acoustic guitar solo and a performance of “Eagles Fly,” which then builds to a roaring electric guitar solo that could stand among the band’s best guitar moments.
Watch the whole show, which also features plenty of high-energy moments including their famous “Jump” and “Dreams,” below via the Paste vault.
For more Van Halen content, watch their famed 1981 Oakland Coliseum show right here.