Formed in 1974 in Pasadena, California, Van Halen is one of America’s most successful heavy metal bands. With Eddie Van Halen’s virtuoso guitar playing and the phenomenal stage presence of David Lee Roth, the band quickly attracted widespread interest. Its self-titled 1978 debut album was met with excellent reviews and sold encouragingly. The band broke into the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 with its second album, and each and every studio album since then has charted at number 6 or higher. The peak of the band's popularity came in the mid to late 80s and early 90s, when it sold tens of millions of albums and produced some of the most memorable tunes in heavy metal history. Van Halen has endured numerous line-up changes, including four different lead vocalists. In the new millennium, both David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar have assumed vocal duties, with neither committing to the role full-time, while bandleader Van Halen’s son Wolfgang has replaced Michael Anthony on bass. Although the last studio album was in 1998, Van Halen is still regarded as one of the planet’s premier heavy rock bands and remains capable of filling the very biggest venues.
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Influenced By: Led Zeppelin, The Who, Black Sabbath, Jimi Hendrix, Bad Company, Cream, ZZ Top, Deep Purple, Thin Lizzy, Aerosmith...