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.
Which Songs Have Van Halen Played the Most in Concert?
David Lee Roth-era cuts dominate the list, but Sammy Hagar and even Gary Cherone make an impact.
How a Crude Remark Inspired Van Halen’s 'Everybody Wants Some!!'
It all started with an off-color joke by David Lee Roth.
Visiting Wolfgang Van Halen's First Day as Van Halen's Bassist
Eddie Van Halen's son seems to have inherited his father's musicality and confidence.
Van Halen's 'Panama' Nearly Kills Peter on 'Family Guy'
Some people just can't handle the power of Van Halen.
Hear 25 Unreleased Van Halen Songs: A Hidden History
There are more than two albums' worth of tracks on YouTube.
Hear Van Halen's Druggy Parody of Nicolette Larson's 'Lotta Love'
The band's version - titled "It's Gonna Take a Lotta Drugs" - was included on 1977 demo tape.
When Eddie Van Halen’s ‘SNL’ Guest Spot Didn’t Go as Planned
Unplanned appearance that went perfectly in dress rehearsal left him “upset,” G.E. Smith recalled.
Watch Sammy Hagar and Joe Elliott Talk About Being Fired
Van Halen ex exchanges experiences with Def Leppard frontman in clip from ‘Rock & Roll Road Trip’ episode.
Sammy Hagar Rejects Blame for Van Halen’s Move to Keyboards
Former frontman says he stayed with guitar as Eddie explored synths.