Van Halen Fair Warning-era video of band performing in dinosaur park is unearthed

Who doesn't want to see prime Van Halen (opens in new tab) performing in front of a giant stone Brontosaurus on Italian TV? 

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Filmed in late 1981 and broadcast in early 1982 on Italian State TV show Happy Circus during Fair Warning promotional activities, the dinosaur clip has just surfaced on YouTube courtesy of the Van Halen Italia Fan Club and it's a beauty.

The band are miming of course but look at the fun Eddie Van Halen (opens in new tab), David Lee Roth, Michael Anthony (opens in new tab) and Alex Van Halen are having! 

The location was Prehistoric Park (opens in new tab) at Rivolta D'Adda, near Milan and it's still there if you want to grab your Frankenstein (opens in new tab) guitar, Where's Wally/Waldo outfit and recreate a wonderful obscure slice of rock history. 

Rob Laing
Guitars Editor, MusicRadar

I'm the Guitars Editor for MusicRadar, handling news, reviews, features, tuition, advice for the strings side of the site and everything in between. Before MusicRadar I worked on guitar magazines for 15 years, including Editor of Total Guitar. I've currently set aside any pipe dreams of getting anywhere with my own songs and I am enjoying playing covers in function bands.