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.
'Christmas Story' Bully Was Also in Van Halen's 'Hot For Teacher'
Grover Dill somehow reappeared as the childhood version of Michael Anthony.
Sammy Hagar Recalls Dangerous Night Race with Eddie Van Halen
They were “three abreast on a two-lane road” with producer Mick Jones after a '5150' recording session.
12 Landmark Eddie Van Halen Shows: First and Last Concerts
From grade-school concerts to his curtain call with Van Halen.
Sammy Hagar Says 'No F---ing Way' to Tour With David Lee Roth
Red Rocker says he's welcome to a guest slot only.
David Lee Roth Responds to Hagar's Tour Offer: 'Let's Do This'
"I'm ready to go," Roth said to his Van Halen successor.
19 Years Ago: Sammy Hagar Plays His Last Show With Van Halen
Hopes for a global resurgence ended in Arizona after 80 tense concerts.
Joe Satriani: Playing Van Halen Songs Is 'Really Frightening'
He'll be joining Sammy Hagar on a Van Halen-focused tour in 2024.
Sammy Hagar Invites David Lee Roth to Tour: 'Come on Motherf—er’
For his upcoming Van Halen-focused trek, the Red Rocker has an open invitation to Alex Van Halen and Diamond Dave.
Sammy Hagar Taps Joe Satriani for Van Halen-Focused 2024 Tour
"If you're gonna go deep into the Van Halen catalog, you need Joe Satriani," Hagar told Howard Stern.