Listen to three songs from Van Halen today at 11am!
Van Halen, circa 1985, Michael Anthony, Alex Van Halen, Eddie Van Halen and Sammy Hagar. (Photo by Chris Walter/WireImage) More Photos
Van Halen's 1978 debut album - featuring guitarist Eddie Van Halen, vocalist David Lee Roth, drummer Alex Van Halen, and bassist Michael Anthony - is widely considered to be among the most "original" and "revolutionary" album to "change rock and roll." The band's chemistry owed much to Eddie Van Halen's technical guitar wizardry and David Lee Roth's flamboyant antics, strong points which later made them rivals.
Over the next few years, the band alternated album releases and touring, but Eddie's desire for more serious and complex songs were at odds with Roth's poppy style. 1984 was their commercial pinnacle and also a breaking point for the band. In the midst of the 1984 Tour the artistic and personal tensions among the musicians reached a fever pitch. On April 1, 1985, Roth and Van Halen parted ways.
A mutual friend introduced Eddie to Sammy Hagar, who was coming off a very successful year. Hagar agreed to join and also serve as a rhythm guitarist on stage to add to the Van Halen sound. The 1986 album 5150 was a hit, becoming the band's first No. 1 album on the Billboard charts. Van Halen continued to enjoy success throughout the mid-90s. Escalating tension between Hagar and the Van Halen brothers, stemming from a compliation album featuring new vocals by Roth, boiled over and Hagar departed on Father's Day, 1996.
The four original members of Van Halen made their first public appearance together in over eleven years at the 1996 MTV Video Music Awards, however Roth and Eddie almost started throwing punches backstage and hopes of a full-scale reunion were shattered. Former Extreme frontman Gary Cherone joined the band for one album, but amiably parted ways before a second album could be recorded. Since then, the band has reunited with Sammy Hagar, and then later with David Lee Roth. Currently Van Halen is comprised of Roth, the Van Halen brothers and Eddie's son Wolfgang.
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