Van Halen was an American rock band formed in Pasadena, California, in 1972. From 1974 until 1985,
the band comprised guitarist Eddie Van Halen, vocalist David Lee Roth, drummer Alex Van Halen,
and bassist Michael Anthony.
In 2007, Van Halen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Pasadena, California, United States
Hard rock, heavy metal, glam metal
Montrose, Chickenfoot, Mad Anthony Xpress, Extreme, The David Lee Roth Band
Eddie Van Halen - lead guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
Alex Van Halen - drums
David Lee Roth - lead vocals
(1974-85, 1996, 2006-2020)
Wolfgang Van Halen - bass, backing vocals
Sammy Hagar - lead vocals, rhythm guitar
Mark Stone - bass, backing vocals
Michael Anthony - bass, backing vocals
Gary Cherone - lead vocals
Estimated at over 75 million units
Did You Know:
• 1 of 6 rock groups that have had 2 albums sell more than 10 million copies in the United States
Van Halen Quotes
I wasn't writing the music. Ed would write a piece of music. I'd listen to it and come up with a melody and then we would arrange it. We'd put it together and I would write lyrics to my melodies.
I've never met or spoken to David Lee Roth, yet it's rather ironic that even he's saying Eddie's lying about things. I'm saying he's not telling the truth, yet Eddie insists that the two of us are lying! You be the judge.
If there's one thing I'm going to be my whole life besides a singer-guitar player-songwriter, it's going to be a father. I can see myself at 75 years old playing football if we have a son.
It's hard to say this about a guy like Eddie Van Halen, one of the greatest guitar players who ever lived, but he's really limited to a style and they're locked into it.
Overall, we had about 50 meetings where the brothers would say that I couldn't do any solo records, I couldn't write for other people, I couldn't do this and I couldn't do that. These guys were trying to nail my feet to the ground.
A string of broken promises ensued that saw Eddie and Alex going straight into the studio to work on music for a film soundtrack, and I was conned into working on it.
By including two new songs for the Unboxed project, I got Geffen to pay me exactly the amount of money I owed my wife for our divorce settlement. I paid her off with all the money I received for that album and didn't make a dime off it.
Everything I've learned, felt and experienced with Van Halen is solid within me. There is no longer a hang-up with it.
I know for a fact that Eddie and Alex had already been in the studio with Sass Jordan, telling her that if she didn't have tits, she would be the new lead singer in Van Halen.
Everything that Eddie has said about me is the total opposite of what really happened. Eddie says I wanted to be a solo artist. No, Eddie wanted to be a solo artist.
Van Halen Awards
MTV Video Music Award for Best Stage Performance Video
American Music Award for Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Album (For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge)
3 MTV Video Music Awards for Video of the Year, Best Direction (Mark Fenske), and Best Editing (Mitchell Sinoway), ("Right Now")
Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance (For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge).