Watch Van Halen Perform "So This Is Love?" in an Italian Dinosaur Park

The shelved footage from 1981 has surfaced online

BY Calum SlingerlandPublished Jun 7, 2021

After 40 years, a rare promotional video of Van Halen lip-syncing their 1981 single "So This Is Love?" in Italy surrounded by life-size prehistoric creatures has surfaced online.

The grainy footage, uploaded by Van Halen Italia Fan Club yesterday (June 6), finds the band set up at the feet of a towering brontosaurus for their performance in Italy's Parco della Preistoria, located on the outskirts of the Rivolta d'Adda commune about 20 kilometres east of Milan.

As it happens, the hunt for this footage has been on since 1995. Lethal Amounts shared last month that Van Halen fan zine The Inside had first published stills from the video shoot that year.

The zine called them "rare, never before published photos of Van Halen in 1981 while on location for a video shoot for the Fair Warning album, " adding, "We're not quite sure which song the video concept was for, but we do know that the dinosaurs never made it off the cutting room floor."

Van Halen Italia Fan Club writes in their video description that the footage was shot during a European tour behind 1981's Fair Warning. They add, "These videos aired on Italian state television, RAI 1, during a TV show called Happy Circus."

It is unclear how the clip was secured, but you can take in the performance below, for which the band are also joined by a stegosaurus and woolly mammoth. Not unlike how David Lee Roth treats his massive fibreglass friends here, the Van Halen frontman recently went "Giddy-Up" on a new single.

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