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.
'Superbad': When Bill Hader Did Donuts to Van Halen's 'Panama'
Actor's hilarious improv wound up leading to a memorable — but expensive — scene from the 2007 comedy.
Van Halen Fans ‘Got Three Extra Tours’ Because of Wolfgang
Valerie Bertinelli says her son was the only person who could push Eddie into action.
Wolfgang Says COVID Ruined 'Master Plan' for Van Halen Farewell
Mammoth WVH leader was looking forward to sharing stage with late father during solo sets.
30 Years Ago: Van Halen Cook Up a Hit With 'Poundcake'
First single from 'For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge' arrived with some new six-string tricks up its sleeve.
How Black Sabbath's Opening 'Bar Band' Turned Out to be Van Halen
Ozzy Osbourne just wanted "a bar band from L.A." to open his band's 1978 'Never Say Die!' tour. He got a whole lot more.
Alex Van Halen Posts New Tribute to Brother Eddie: 'VH Forever!'
"The view from my drum set will never be the same."
Van Halen's 'Fair Warning': A Track-by-Track Guide
Band's 1981 album remains its darkest work, but it's also a fan favorite.
Van Halen Longboxes and Deluxe Packages: Photo Gallery
Band's first nine albums were all released in the now-extinct packaging format.
How 'Humans Being' Spelled Disaster for Van Halen and Sammy Hagar
Their initial 11-year association ended slowly, and then all at once.
Sammy Hagar 'Would Have Been Embarrassed' to Be in 'Van Hagar'
Singer recalls record-label executive suggesting name change during band meeting.