When Van Halen released their self-titled debut album in 1978, fans hadn’t heard a guitar hero with such singular style since Jimi Hendrix shuffled off onto his final experience. Eddie Van Halen did things with his guitar that didn’t seem humanly possible – he could make it hum like a helicopter one minute and crush like a bulldozer the next. Backed by one of the hardest bands to ever plug in and turn the amps to 11, Eddie wasn’t Van Halen’s only star. With singer David Lee Roth at the mic, the group had a natural showman who wrapped 70 years’ worth of stage entertainment into one motor-mouthed fireball. Following ‘1984,’ which introduced synths to the group’s arsenal of instruments, Roth quit the band and was replaced by Sammy Hagar, a rock-music vet who gave the group some much needed melodic thrust and provided them with a series of hit records.
Eddie Van Halen’s Guitar Tech Explains That ‘Jump’ Disaster
Roadie recalls drama and aftermath of “sore point” 2007 incident.
Watch Wolfgang Van Halen Debut With His Band Mammoth WVH
He performs “Distance,” his tribute to Eddie Van Halen, on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live.’
Why Mitch Malloy Was ‘Not Attracted' to 'Van Halen III' Songs
Singer who briefly worked with the band recalls his negative reaction to 1996 demos.
Van Halen Wouldn't Let Crystal Pepsi's Super Bowl Ad Rip Them Off
Band members recall deal with Pepsi, who used their song "Right Now" for a Super Bowl commercial.
Alex Van Halen: 'There’s Nothing Left in the Music Business'
"In the old days you’d get a dollar a record, and now you get 50 cents for 275,000 streams. It’s insane. It’s wrong."
Alex Van Halen Compares David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar
Drummer celebrates “strange chemistry” with original singer.
Alex Van Halen Is 'Not in the Business of Bulls---ting' Online
Drummer insists only he and Eddie knew the true inner workings of Van Halen.
How Van Halen's 'Balance' Album Art Foreshadowed the Band's Split
Composite shot was designed to reflect "the duality of the human psyche."
Watch a Parrot Sing Along With Led Zeppelin, Van Halen and More
Clips of Tico joining in while his owner plays classic rock on guitar have gone viral.