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.
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David Lee Roth Says He Helped Design Van Halen's Frankenstrat
Singer said guitarist "developed an industry" with iconic design.
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Duo nods to song's original video in playful clip, recorded for their "Hanukkah Sessions" series.
25 Years Ago: Van Halen Release 'Me Wise Magic' Amid Reunion Fail
Band reconnected with David Lee Roth for the single, but things did not sail along smoothly.
When Van Halen Took a Victory Lap Opening for the Rolling Stones
Van Halen wrapped 'Fair Warning' tour with spectacular double-header on Oct. 24 and 25, 1981.
12 Landmark Eddie Van Halen Shows: First and Last Concerts
From grade-school concerts to his curtain call with Van Halen.
One Year Later: How the World Reacted to Eddie Van Halen's Death
The revolutionary guitarist succumbed to cancer on Oct. 6, 2020.
When David Lee Roth Was Arrested on 1980 Van Halen Tour: Excerpt
New book 'Van Halen: The Eruption and the Aftershock' digs into band's history.