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 Sammy Hagar 'Ruined Everything' at Van Halen's Farm Aid Debut
A swear word forced singer and guitarist's first live appearance off the air.
Kiss Vetoed Working With Van Halen to Rein in Gene Simmons
"We were trying to hold Gene in check," Paul Stanley says in new Eddie Van Halen biography.
Why Van Halen Needed Two Nights to Get 'Live Without a Net' Right
"The first night [of filming] management told Eddie [Van Halen] he had to be completely sober because there was so much money on this shoot.”
35 Years Ago: Van Halen Shoot Their 'Live Without a Net' Video
Band revealed "great chemistry" while battling technical issues during 1986 concerts recorded for home-video release.
Wolfgang Van Halen: 'I'm Not F---in' Playing 'Panama' for You'
"I honor my dad by existing and doing what I do every day."
How Kool and the Gang Won Over Skeptical Van Halen Fans
"Hey, rock head, you better get up and get down on it, too."
Sammy Hagar Says ‘A Few Jams’ Remain in the Van Halen Vault
“There were two songs that we actually finished,” the singer admits to UCR, adding that Eddie Van Halen left behind a million "jams and pieces."
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.