Van Halen, considered by many to be one of the greatest and most influential band in hard rock history. Pioneered by the legendary skills of guitarist Eddie Van Halen and the shrieking vocals of David Lee Roth, Van Halen have had been through both good times, and bad times; but regardless of the situation, there seems to be no rolling over and dying for Van Halen – Get concert tickets here
Throughout their early teen and adult years, the dutch born brothers; Edward and Alexander Van Halen, played in various bands, including a band called Genesis with bassist Mark Stone. Eventually, vocal duties were moved from Eddie to the newly hired David Lee Roth and bassist Michael Anthony soon after replaced Mark Stone. In 1974, the band changed their name to Van Halen, and the “Classic Lineup” of Van Halen was born.
After playing in various clubs and backyards, the band gained success in 1977 when they were signed by Warner Brothers and released their debut self titled album the following year. Because of the then uncommon guitar techniques presented by Eddie, Van Halen gained the attention of everyone and gained a following through a year long tour to promote the album.
The band began pumping out an album each year from 1979 to 1982 and toured relentlessly each year as well. Throughout those four years, their style began to shift to a more serious and complex style and tensions between the band began to arise.
During the tour to promote the album 1984, considered their most important magnum opus, Roth exited the band because of Eddie’s decision to perform in various other projects without informing the rest of the band and his increased drug use. Roth was then replaced by vocalist Sammy Hagar, and the band was then dubbed “Van Hagar”.
Two years later 1986 saw the release of 5150, which showed the new mature song writing that Eddie had been trying to achieve, with the help of Hagar’s writing. Four studio albums were released during the Van Hagar years, but like before with Roth; tension arose once again. The Van Halen brothers drug and alcohol use began fueling tensions between them and Hagar. Eddie has been accused of saying negative comments about Hagar and when plans for a best of album that features both songs by Hagar and Roth. Both parties claim different reasons revolved around the exit of Hagar, who claimed he was kicked out; apposed to Eddie, who claims he quit.
Vocalist Gary Cherone joined after Hagar’s exit and saw the release if Van Halen III in 1998. The album sold far less than previous albums and as a result, no music from this album was featured on any future compilation albums.
It is the only album to feature Cherone to date, who is on good terms with the Van Halen brothers. Tensions began to grow during this album as Michael Anthony claims there is little to no bass done by him. From 1998 to 2004, Van Halen didnt release any new material; however a reunion was planned in 2004 that featured Hagar, Anthony and the Van Halen brothers.
Though the tour and reunion were successful, there were still tensions throughout it. Hagar and Anthony claimed Eddie’s drink was spiraling out of control. Hagar and Anthony began working together in various projects and would not be seen in Van Halen anymore. In 2006, David Lee Roth confirmed that he would be reuniting with Van Halen.
Eddie’s son Wolfgang would join soon after as the new bassist. Since then, the band has toured with this “07 Lineup” and have not skipped a beat since. An upcoming summer tour begins July 15 and will feature thirty nine shows all throughout Canada and the U.S. Regardless of the various problems in the past, it is safe to say that Van Halen isn’t going anywhere, but back to the top.