Van Halen Return to the Stage
The performance was the band's first ever show with David Lee Roth on Australian soil: they never toured Oz with either Dave or Sammy Hagar back in the day. Their only Australian run was with Gary Cherone on vocals at the start of the Van Halen III tour.
And the Stone appearance was their only Australian date. Noise 11's Paul Cashmere reports, "Considering this was the first and maybe even the last time Roth and Van Halen will ever perform in Australia attendance was poor. Maybe 5000 punters witnessed the rare Van Halen show in Sydney. A cold and rainy night at an outdoor gig did nothing to entice people out of their homes for this show either. Not even the late addition of Aerosmith to the bill took Stone Fest off life support. Those who did see it witnessed something special."