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.
How Van Halen Tightened Up Their Act for 'Live Without a Net'
Band's first concert video was filmed during their '5150' tour with Sammy Hagar.
Sammy Hagar Wants to 'Do Some Shows' With Wolfgang Van Halen
Singer gives Eddie’s son “full support” for handling recent pressure and not making music that sounds like his dad’s.
The Van Halen Vault Tape Sammy Hagar 'Would Love to Hear' Again
Singer says there are four completed songs from his era - but they’re not the highlight for him.
Sammy Hagar: Van Halen 'Kitchen Sink' Tour ‘Was Going to Happen'
Red Rocker was ready to hit the road with Van Halen once more.
How Sammy Hagar Regrouped Onstage After Eddie Van Halen's Death
"We had work to do, and that was carry on the music."
Will Van Halen Ever Release a Concert Film With David Lee Roth?
Doubt remains whether “Holy Grail” Oakland show from 1981 is hidden in the vaults.
Van Halen Pulled Beach Ball Prank on David Lee Roth at Final Show
They took advantage of one of their frontman's biggest pet peeves.
Why Wolfgang Van Halen Won’t Play Van Halen Songs Live
Eddie’s son says he wants to avoid making “mockery of his legacy.”
The Day Wolfgang Van Halen Learned His Dad Was Famous: Interview
Eddie Van Halen's son recalls the music they both loved and the ones Dad just didn't get.
Wolfgang Van Halen Was Ready for Michael Anthony’s Return
He says Van Halen bassists never had chance to speak but looks forward to it.