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.
Every David Lee Roth-Era Van Halen Song Sammy Hagar Sang: 1986-04
Watch the band's second singer tackle songs from the group's original lineup.
When David Lee Roth Used Alex Van Halen as Threat to Get Paid
Singer recounts taking advantage of drummer's physical presence when concert promoters came up short.
Roth: Working with Van Halen Was ‘Better than Any Love Affair'
Singer says he believes some of the songs he wrote with late bandmate will "last forever."
Sammy Hagar Admits to ‘Goofing Off’ While Writing Van Halen Songs
Singer says he delivered “silly” lyrics because having fun was more important.
Sammy Hagar Calls Unreleased Van Halen Song a 'Treasure'
Singer hopes 'Between Us Two' winds up on a future archival release.
Sammy Hagar: 'It Ain't Just One Guy' Blocking Van Halen Tribute
"I don't know why people put it on Roth."
Iconic Van Halen Burger Photo Installed at Missouri McDonalds
Giant print of Eddie and Dave unveiled at revamped restaurant in St. Louis.
When David Lee Roth Wouldn’t Let Van Halen Quit
Others thought they’d blown their big chance after Kiss rejection.
Joe Satriani Doesn't Think He Belongs on Van Halen Tribute Tour
He thinks Wolfgang Van Halen should handle guitar duties if long-rumored trek ever happens.