Van Halen

American rock band (1973–2020)

Van Halen was a hard rock group from Pasadena, California. They were formed in 1972. Guitarist Eddie Van Halen's style of playing changed the guitar world. He used lots of new techniques such as shredding and tapping. They made history with their first self-titled debut album in 1978, producing 4 major hits. The band released twelve studio albums, which have sold 80 million records worldwide.[1][2]

Van Halen
Van Halen performing onstage: David Lee Roth is wearing a sea captain's outfit with his arms outstretched, Woflgang Van Halen is jumping in the air with his bass guitar, Eddie Van Halen is also jumping while playing guitar, and Alex Van Halen is behind them drumming
Current Van Halen line-up: David Lee Roth, Wolfgang Van Halen, Eddie Van Halen, and Alex Van Halen
Background information
OriginPasadena, California, United States
GenresHard rock, heavy metal, glam metal
Years active1972–2020
LabelsWarner Bros., Interscope Records
MembersEddie Van Halen
Alex Van Halen
David Lee Roth
Wolfgang Van Halen
Past member(s)Mark Stone
Michael Anthony
Sammy Hagar
Gary Cherone

Eddie Van Halen died on October 6, 2020, from cancer. His son, bass guitarist Wolfgang Van Halen, confirmed that the band had broken up.[3]



Van Halen's influences include Cream, Alice Cooper, Black Oak Arkansas, Deep Purple, Grand Funk Railroad, Jimi Hendrix, The Kinks, Vanilla Fudge, AC/DC, Frank Zappa, Kiss, Queen, Led Zeppelin, Bad Company, Black Sabbath, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, The Dave Clark Five, The Who, ZZ Top, Aerosmith, Golden Earring and Montrose.


  1. "Van Halen Taps Kortchmar To Produce Next LP". MTV. Retrieved 2023-12-21.
  2. Mikkelson, David (2001-01-19). "Did Van Halen's Concert Contract Require the Removal of Brown M&Ms?". Snopes. Retrieved 2023-12-21.
  3. Hiatt, Brian (16 November 2020). "Van Halen Considered Reunion Tour With Both David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 16 November 2020.