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.
Wolfgang Van Halen Says Rumors Are 'Hurting Me and My Family'
"This is just a shitty lie attempting to capitalize on these awful times."
Why Gary Cherone Pushed Eddie Van Halen to Sing 'How Many Say I'
Extreme singer loved the quality of the guitarist's voice on the demo.
When Eddie Van Halen Invited Ozzy Osbourne to Sing in Van Halen
Van Halen's guitarist called late one night with an idea.
The Best Way to Watch or Hear Every Van Halen Tour: 1978-2015
Relive key on-stage moments from dates throughout the band's career.
Listen to Eddie Van Halen’s ‘Eruption’ on Two Stylophones
Creator denies it’s a “lame parody” and says it’s “one of the weirdest tributes” instead.
Underrated Van Halen: The Most Overlooked Song From Each Album
A dozen overlooked songs from the band's catalog.
The Day Vince Neil Bit Eddie Van Halen: 'Good Job, A--holes!'
The Crue's "crazy biting phase" was not well received by their tour mates.
Sammy Hagar Reveals More Details of Eddie Van Halen Reunion Call
Singer said his ex-bandmate had practically been waiting for him to call in the last few months of the guitarist's life.