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Van Halen

About

Van Halen ( van HAY-len) was an American rock band formed in Pasadena, California, in 1972. Credited with "restoring hard rock to the forefront of the music scene", Van Halen was known for its energetic live shows and for the virtuosity of its lead guitarist, Eddie Van Halen. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.

From 1974 until 1985, Van Halen consisted of Eddie Van Halen; Eddie's brother, drummer Alex Van Halen; vocalist David Lee Roth; and bassist/vocalist Michael Anthony. Upon its release in 1978, the band's self-titled debut album reached No. 19 on the Billboard pop music charts and would sell over 10 million copies in the U.S. By 1982, the band released four more albums (Van Halen II, Women and Children First, Fair Warning, and Diver Down), all of which have since been certified multi-platinum. By the early 1980s, Van Halen was one of the most successful rock acts of the day. The album 1984 was a commercial success with U.S. sales of 10 million copies and four hit singles; its lead single, "Jump", was the band's only U.S. number one single.

In 1985, Roth left the band to embark on a solo career and was replaced by former Montrose lead vocalist Sammy Hagar. With Hagar, the group released four U.S. number-one, multi-platinum albums over the course of 11 years (5150 in 1986, OU812 in 1988, For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge in 1991, and Balance in 1995). Hagar left the band in 1996 shortly before the release of the band's first greatest hits collection, Best Of – Volume I. Former Extreme frontman Gary Cherone replaced Hagar and recorded the commercially unsuccessful album Van Halen III with the band in 1998, before parting ways in 1999. Van Halen then went on hiatus until reuniting with Hagar in 2003 for a worldwide tour in 2004 and the double-disc greatest hits collection The Best of Both Worlds. Hagar again left Van Halen in 2005. In 2006 Roth returned, but Anthony was replaced on bass guitar by Eddie's son, Wolfgang Van Halen. In 2012, the band released their final studio album A Different Kind of Truth, which was commercially and critically successful; it was also Van Halen's first album with Roth in 28 years and the only one to feature Wolfgang.

As of March 2019, Van Halen is 20th on the RIAA list of best-selling artists in the United States; the band has sold 56 million albums in the States and more than 80 million worldwide, making them one of the best-selling groups of all time. As of 2007, Van Halen is one of only five rock bands with two studio albums to sell more than 10 million copies in the United States and is tied for the most multi-platinum albums by an American band. Additionally, Van Halen has charted 13 number-one hits on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart. VH1 ranked the band seventh on a list of the top 100 Hard Rock artists of all time.Eddie was diagnosed with cancer in 2001, and died of the disease on October 6, 2020. A month after his father's death, Wolfgang confirmed that Van Halen had disbanded.

Articles

July 3, 2022

Inside a Superfan’s Secret Friendship With Eddie Van Halen

Over the last five years of his life, the rock icon had a clandestine correspondence with a former music journalist, spilling gossip, gripes, hopes, fears — and revealing himself like never before

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June 2, 2022

Wolfgang Van Halen Slams ‘Autopsy’ Episode About His Father Eddie: ‘Pathetic and Heartless’

"Fuck [Reelz Channel], fuck everyone that works on this show, and fuck you if you watch it," Mammoth WVH frontman tweets of episode

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June 2, 2022

Wolfgang Van Halen criticises “disgusting” episode of ‘Autopsy’ about his father Eddie

"Fuck everyone that works on this show, and fuck you if you watch it" The post Wolfgang Van Halen criticises “disgusting” episode of ‘Autopsy’ about his father Eddie appeared first on NME.

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June 1, 2022

Wolfgang Van Halen Slams Upcoming Documentary About Father Eddie Van Halen’s Death: ‘Pathetic & Heartless’

"F---ing disgusting trying to glamorize someone’s death from cancer," Wolfgang tweeted.

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April 25, 2022

Eddie Van Halen left a $1million donation to US music education organisation

The guitarist had been a supporter of the organisation for over a decade The post Eddie Van Halen left a $1million donation to US music education organisation appeared first on NME.

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April 19, 2022

The Rumored Van Halen Tribute Tour: 7 Questions We Have

The idea of a Van Halen tribute tour with Alex Van Halen and Joe Satriani is quite intriguing, but we have some serious questions about how it might go down

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April 18, 2022

Watch The Ohio State Athletic Band pay emotional tribute to Van Halen

The band played a medley of Van Halen songs The post Watch The Ohio State Athletic Band pay emotional tribute to Van Halen appeared first on NME.

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April 18, 2022

OSU Band Pay Epic Tribute to Van Halen With Rockin’ Halftime Show

The performance included the songs "Runnin' With the Devil," "Dreams," "Panama" and "Jump."

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April 17, 2022

See Ohio State Athletic Band’s Amazing Halftime Tribute to Van Halen

University's spring band performs "Runnin' With the Devil," "Dreams," "Panama" and "Jump," as well as complex VH-inspired formations

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April 17, 2022

Jason Newsted says he was approached for a Van Halen tribute tour

"There’s nobody that can top it" The post Jason Newsted says he was approached for a Van Halen tribute tour appeared first on NME.

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April 6, 2022

Mammoth WVH Cancels 6 Shows After Band & Crew Members Test Positive for COVID-19

“Mammoth WVH will do our very best to make up the dates that we missed," Wolfgang Van Halen said.

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March 28, 2022

Wolfgang Van Halen, Slash Pay Tribute to Taylor Hawkins: ‘We Lost a Really Close Friend’

Wolfie played 'My Hero' and Slash dedicated 'Starlight' to the late Foo Fighters drummer.

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March 28, 2022

Watch Wolfgang Van Halen cover Foo Fighters’ ‘My Hero’ in tribute to Taylor Hawkins

"We lost somebody really important yesterday" The post Watch Wolfgang Van Halen cover Foo Fighters’ ‘My Hero’ in tribute to Taylor Hawkins appeared first on NME.

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March 27, 2022

See Mammoth WVH Honor Taylor Hawkins With ‘My Hero’ Cover

Drummer "was a hero to me, and a hero to all of us," Wolfgang Van Halen tells Boston crowd before Foo Fighters cover

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March 25, 2022

Dave Grohl Unleashes His Metal Album ‘Dream Widow’: Stream It Now

"Dream Widow" is a throw-back to the heavy metal of old, it’s dragged from the belly of the beasts that are Metallica and Motorhead, two of Grohl’s influences, with a touch of Ministry and Van Halen.

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March 15, 2022

Hall & Oates’ Daryl Hall confirms he was once asked to sing for Van Halen

"He was half-joking, but I think he was serious" The post Hall & Oates’ Daryl Hall confirms he was once asked to sing for Van Halen appeared first on NME.

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February 17, 2022

Flashback: Van Halen Tear Through ‘Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love’ on First Van Hagar Tour

Take a trip back to 1986 now that Sammy Hagar has finally decided to embrace the David Lee Roth–era Van Halen catalog at his solo gigs

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February 10, 2022

Listen to members of Fall Out Boy, High On Fire and Russian Circles cover Van Halen

Listen to the cover here The post Listen to members of Fall Out Boy, High On Fire and Russian Circles cover Van Halen appeared first on NME.

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February 9, 2022

Mammoth WVH Tease Upcoming Young Guns Tour With ‘Epiphany’ Video

"It is also one of the most fun to play live and I can’t wait to get back out on the road and play it," Wolfgang Van Halen says of latest single

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January 18, 2022

Valerie Bertinelli Looks Back on Relationship With Eddie Van Halen: ‘We Went Through a Lot of Hell’

"We weren’t really good to each other at a lot of points in our lives," the actress told Hoda Kotb.

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January 6, 2022

Eddie Van Halen’s ex-wife Valerie Bertinelli recalls his final words

"I can't explain the feelings Ed and I had for each other" The post Eddie Van Halen’s ex-wife Valerie Bertinelli recalls his final words appeared first on NME.

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January 5, 2022

Valerie Bertinelli Reveals Eddie Van Halen’s Final Words and Their Eternal Bond: ‘I Loved His Soul’

The late guitarist's final words to his ex and their son will break your heart.

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January 4, 2022

David Lee Roth’s farewell Las Vegas residency has been called off due to COVID

The former Van Halen frontman announced his retirement with the residency last October The post David Lee Roth’s farewell Las Vegas residency has been called off due to COVID appeared first on NME.

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December 13, 2021

Eddie Van Halen set to be honoured with new Funko Pop! figure

The late guitarist signed off on the design of the figure before his death last year The post Eddie Van Halen set to be honoured with new Funko Pop! figure appeared first on NME.

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December 9, 2021

Barney Kilpatrick, Veteran Radio Promo Exec and Artist Manager, Dies at 65

He worked with acts including Van Halen and Madonna over a career spanning more than 35 years.

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December 2, 2021

Watch Dave Grohl and Greg Kurstin get some air covering Van Halen’s ‘Jump’

Grohl called David Lee Roth "the loudest and proudest of hard-rocking Jews" The post Watch Dave Grohl and Greg Kurstin get some air covering Van Halen’s ‘Jump’ appeared first on NME.

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December 2, 2021

Dave Grohl and Greg Kurstin ‘Jump,’ Break Out Keytar for Van Halen Cover

Musicians dedicate Night Four of their 'Hanukkah Sessions' to "Diamond Dreidel DLR"

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November 15, 2021

Mammoth WVH, Dirty Honey Ready to Prove the Heart of Rock & Roll Is Still Beating on 2022 Tour

"We’re raw and we’re live. If it was perfect all the time, it would be boring as hell," Van Halen says

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November 15, 2021

Mammoth WVH, Dirty Honey Ready to Prove the Heart of Rock & Roll Is Still Beating on 2022 Tour

"We’re raw and we’re live. If it was perfect all the time, it would be boring as hell," Van Halen says

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Discs

Jump (Armin van Buuren Remix)

May 17, 2019

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Tokyo Dome in Concert

March 27, 2015

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Hot for Teacher (Live at the Tokyo Dome June 21, 2013)

March 24, 2015

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A Different Kind Of Truth

February 7, 2012

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Van Halen III

March 17, 1998

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Balance

January 24, 1995

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Van Halen Live: Right Here, Right Now

February 23, 1993

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For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge

June 17, 1991

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OU812

May 24, 1988

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5150

March 24, 1986

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1984 (Remastered)

January 4, 1984

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Panama / Drop Dead Legs (Digital 45)

January 1, 1984

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Jump / House of Pain (Digital 45)

January 1, 1983

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Diver Down (Remastered)

April 14, 1982

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Fair Warning (Remastered)

May 6, 1981

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Women and Children First (Remastered)

March 26, 1980

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Van Halen II (Remastered)

March 23, 1979

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Van Halen (Remastered)

February 10, 1978

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You Really Got Me / Atomic Punk (Digital 45)

January 1, 1978

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Runnin' with the Devil / Eruption (Digital 45)

January 1, 1978

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