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Van Halen fans recall where they were in 1984

As you might have heard, Van Halen played the Pepsi Center in Denver last night, dusting off a few hits from its mega-selling album, 1984. Roving photographer Brandon Marshall hit the Pepsi Center parking lot asking fans to share where they were in 1984. Here are some of the people he talked to, and you can see the rest of the highlights from the evening in the full Van Halen in Denver photos slide show.

This Van Halen fan, on the right, spent 1984 in the Oklahoma correctional facility for burglary. This Fort Collins resident was graduating high school in 1984.

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This tail-gater remembers being in junior high and listing to Van Halen for the very first time in 1984.

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In 1984, this Van Halen fan was waiting for the MTV video premiere of "Jump." When asked what this Van Halen fan was doing in 1984, he wanted to know himself.

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In 1984, a Van Halen fan, right, was sulking at home in Fort Collins after her mother did not let her attend Van Halen at McNichols Sports Arena.

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Anita and Heinz of Cape Town, South Africa are on holiday across America and following Rammstein though several cities. Heinz said it was a dream-come-true to see Van Halen for the first time right here in Denver after the band has been an obsession of his more than twenty years. Sharing a story that her mother had never heard before, this Van Halen fan was throwing up tequila and salad in the McNichols Sports Arena parking lot in 1984 before Van Halen even took to the stage.

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While this fan was in Salt Lake City Utah, he fondly remembers buying 1984 on the album's release date.

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In 1984, this Van Halen fan was jumping. Back in 1984, this fan was working in Mothers Tapes and Records in Fargo North Dakota listing to the advanced copy of 1984.

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This fan was graduating from high school in Wisconsin in 1984.

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In 1984, hair was big, literality, and this fan was at the hairdresser's. Another graduation year in 1984 from Holyoke High.

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This Van Halen was at two sold-out nights of Van Halen at the McNichols Sports Arena back in 1984.

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When where he was in 1984, and what did he do, this fan replied, "fucked up!" 1984 gave this fan his first cassette tape purchased by his Grandmother, the cassette was 1984.

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Back in 1984, this Van Halen fan was stoned and 28 years later still is.



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