Origin: Los Angeles, California, USA  
Genres: Hard Rock
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Last update/review: June 3, 2012

Van Halen

Van Halen is one of the most important hard rock bands to ever grace a stage, due both to their popularity (all but one of their albums have gone platinum) as well as the massive influence of guitarist Eddie Van Halen, the man almost singlehandedly rewriting the book on heavy guitar and influencing virtually every guitarist to emerge in the eighties and beyond. Discovered by none other than Gene Simmons in the mid-seventies, the band quickly rose to stardom, highlighted by the flashy guitarist Eddie, the ultimate showman David Lee Roth, and the group's uncanny knack for writing catchy tunes. The band ruled the early to mid-eighties, even surviving the acrimonious departure of Roth, the initially controversial recruiting of noted solo artist (and one-time Montrose singer) Sammy Hagar ushering in a new era for the band. Even as the band became less heavy (witness "Jump", one of the band's biggest hit, but hardly their most metallic), fans continued to support the group. By the mid-nineties the luster had started to fade a bit, and Hagar's departure marked the second time their vocalist left under less than friendly terms. Though Roth was at various times rumored to be returning, the job eventually fell to former Extreme frontman Gary Cherone. But the resulting album, Van Halen III, was a commercial and critical failure, and with Cherone's hasty exit, the band went quiet for some time as Eddie resolved personal issues. Since then, the band has only sporadically played live (some shows were done in 2004 with Hagar at the mic), and finally both Hagar and longtime bassist Michael Anthony officially departed, the latter position filled by Eddie's own son Wolfgang. Finally, around 2011 the band began to awaken, with Roth back on board, and 2012 marks a new beginning with a new album in February.

Current Members

David Lee Roth

vocals

Edward Van Halen

guitars

Wolfgang Van Halen

bass

Alex Van Halen

drums

Former Members/Guests

Sammy Hagar

vocals (ex-Montrose)

Gary Cherone

vocals

Michael Anthony

bass



Discography



Van Halen  
1978 Warner Bros.
  1. Runnin' With The Devil
  2. Eruption
  3. You Really Got Me
  4. Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love
  5. I'm The One
  6. Jamie's Cryin'
  7. Atomic Punk
  8. Feel Your Love Tonight
  9. Little Dreamer
  10. Ice Cream Man
  11. On Fire
  • David Lee Roth
  • Edward Van Halen
  • Michael Anthony
  • Alex Van Halen
1978 Readers' Album #2





Van Halen II  
1979 Warner Bros.
  1. You're No Good
  2. Dance The Night Away
  3. Somebody Get Me A Doctor
  4. Bottoms Up
  5. Outta Love Again
  6. Light Up The Sky
  7. Spanish Fly
  8. D.O.A.
  9. Women In Love
  10. Beautiful Girls
  • David Lee Roth
  • Edward Van Halen
  • Michael Anthony
  • Alex Van Halen
1979 Readers' Album #4





Women And Children First  
1980 Warner Bros.
  1. And The Cradle Will Rock
  2. Everybody Wants Some
  3. Fools
  4. Romeo's Delight
  5. Tora Tora
  6. Loss Of Control
  7. Take Your Whiskey Home
  8. Could This Be Magic
  9. In A Simple Rhyme
  • David Lee Roth
  • Edward Van Halen
  • Michael Anthony
  • Alex Van Halen



Fair Warning  
1981 Warner Bros.
  1. Mean Street
  2. "Dirty Movies"
  3. Sinner's Swing!
  4. Hear About It Later
  5. Unchained
  6. Push Comes To Shove
  7. So This Is Love?
  8. Sunday Afternoon In The Park
  9. One Foot Out The Door
  • David Lee Roth
  • Edward Van Halen
  • Michael Anthony
  • Alex Van Halen



Diver Down  
1982 Warner Bros.
  1. Have All The Good Times Gone
  2. Hang 'Em High
  3. Cathedral
  4. Secrets
  5. Intruder
  6. (Oh) Pretty Woman
  7. Dancing In The Street
  8. Little Guitars
  9. Big Bad Bill (Is Sweet William Now)
  10. The Full Bug
  11. Happy Trails
  • David Lee Roth
  • Edward Van Halen
  • Michael Anthony
  • Alex Van Halen



1984  
1984 Warner Bros.
  1. 1984
  2. Jump
  3. Panama
  4. Top Jimmy
  5. Drop Dead Legs
  6. Hot For Teacher
  7. I'll Wait
  8. Girl Gone Bad
  9. House Of Pain
  • David Lee Roth
  • Edward Van Halen
  • Michael Anthony
  • Alex Van Halen



5150  
1986 Warner Bros.
  1. Good Enough
  2. Why Can't This Be Love
  3. Get Up
  4. Dreams
  5. Summer Nights
  6. Best Of Both Worlds
  7. Love Walks In
  8. 5150
  9. Inside
  • Sammy Hagar
  • Edward Van Halen
  • Michael Anthony
  • Alex Van Halen



OU812  
1988 Warner Bros.
  1. All Mine
  2. When It's Love
  3. A.F.U. (Naturally Wired)
  4. Cabo Wabo
  5. Source Of Infection
  6. Feels So Good
  7. Finish What Ya Started
  8. Black And Blue
  9. Sucker In A 3 Piece
  10. A Apolitical Blues
  • Sammy Hagar
  • Edward Van Halen
  • Michael Anthony
  • Alex Van Halen



For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge  
1991 Warner Bros.
  1. Poundcake
  2. Judgement Day
  3. Spanked
  4. Runaround
  5. Pleasure Dome
  6. In n' Out
  7. Man On A Mission
  8. Dream Is Over
  9. Right Now
  10. 316
  11. Top Of The World
  • Sammy Hagar
  • Edward Van Halen
  • Michael Anthony
  • Alex Van Halen



Right Here, Right Now  
1993 Warner Bros.
  1. Now
  2. One Way To Rock
  3. Why Can't This Be Love
  4. Give To Live
  5. Finish What Ya Started
  6. Best Of Both Worlds
  7. 316
  8. You Really Got Me
  9. Won't Get Fooled Again
  10. Jump
  11. Top Of The World
  12. Poundcake
  13. Judgement Day
  14. When It's Love
  15. Spanked
  16. Ain't Talkin' Bout Love
  17. In n' Out
  18. Dreams
  19. Man On A Mission
  20. Ultra Bass
  21. Pleasure Dome
  22. Panama
  23. Love Walks In
  • Sammy Hagar
  • Edward Van Halen
  • Michael Anthony
  • Alex Van Halen



Balance  
1995 Warner Bros.
  1. The Seventh Seal
  2. Can't Stop Lovin' You
  3. Don't Tell Me (What Love Can Do)
  4. Amsterdam
  5. Big Fat Money
  6. Aftershock
  7. Strung Out
  8. Not Enough
  9. Doin' Time
  10. Baluchitherium
  11. Take Me Back (Deja Vu)
  12. Feelin'
  • Sammy Hagar
  • Edward Van Halen
  • Michael Anthony
  • Alex Van Halen
1995 Readers' Album #67




Best Of Volume 1  COMPILATION
1996 Warner Bros.
  1. Eruption
  2. Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love
  3. Runnin' With the Devil
  4. Dance the Night Away
  5. And the Cradle Will Rock...
  6. Unchained
  7. Jump
  8. Panama
  9. Why Can't This Be Love?
  10. Dreams
  11. When It's Love
  12. Poundcake
  13. Right Now
  14. Can't Stop Lovin' You
  15. Humans Being
  16. Can't Get This Stuff No More
  17. Me Wise Magic



Van Halen III  
1998 Warner Bros.
  1. Neworld
  2. Without You
  3. One I Want
  4. From Afar
  5. Dirty Water Dog
  6. Once
  7. Fire In The Hole
  8. Josephina
  9. Year To The Day
  10. Primary
  11. Ballot Or The Bullet
  12. How Many Say I
  • Gary Cherone
  • Edward Van Halen
  • Michael Anthony
  • Alex Van Halen



A Different Kind Of Truth  
2012 Interscope
  1. Tattoo
  2. She's The Woman
  3. You and Your Blues
  4. China Town
  5. Blood and Fire
  6. Bullethead
  7. As Is
  8. Honeybabysweetiedoll
  9. The Trouble With Never
  10. Outta Space
  11. Stay Frosty
  12. Big River
  13. Beats Workin'
  • David Lee Roth
  • Edward Van Halen
  • Wolfgang Van Halen
  • Alex Van Halen
2012 Readers' Album #11





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