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.
Sammy Hagar: Eddie Wanted to 'Make Some Noise' Together Again
Singer and guitarist reconnected a few months before Van Halen's death.
35 Years Ago: Van Halen Leave Planet Earth on 'Love Walks In'
This wasn't Sammy Hagar's first song about aliens, but it was by far the biggest.
40 Years Ago: How Van Halen's 'Unchained' Used Two Secret Weapons
It may seem like one of the band's more straightforward songs, but the details make all the difference.
Did Van Halen Almost Finish a David Lee Roth Reunion LP in 2000?
The temporarily reunited band wrote at least three new songs together.
Could A Year Off Have Saved Van Hagar? Sammy Thinks So
Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony discuss the personality and wardrobe failings of ‘Balance’ tour.
Why 'A Different Kind of Truth' Will Be Van Halen's Last Album
Eddie Van Halen once suggested they had sketched out as many as 35 demos during the original sessions.
Car Engineer Who Connected Sammy Hagar and Eddie Van Halen Dies
Claudio Zampolli played a crucial role in getting singer to join Van Halen.
Van Halen's '5150' vs. David Lee Roth's 'Eat 'Em and Smile'
They'd just debuted a new lead singer when the old one released his first solo album.
How Van Halen's 'So This Is Love?' Stands Apart on 'Fair Warning'
Poppy, upbeat song stands out on an otherwise dark, aggressive album.