Hard Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Heavy Metal, Arena Rock, Album Rock, Pop-Metal
Rebellious, Rousing, Energetic, Bravado, Swaggering, Party/Celebratory, Outrageous, Fun, Rambunctious, Raucous, Irreverent, Spicy, Theatrical, Freewheeling, Sleazy, Silly, Rowdy, Confident, Brash, Boisterous
Van Halen is an American rock band formed in Pasadena, California, in 1972. From 1974 until 1985 the band comprised guitarist Eddie Van Halen, vocalist David Lee Roth, drummer Alex Van Halen and bassist Michael Anthony. This line-up was changed when David Lee Roth was replaced as vocalist by Sammy Hagar.
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Van Halen is a hard rock band formed in Pasadena, California in 1974. They enjoyed success from the release of their self titled debut album in 1978. As of 2007 Van Halen has sold more than 80 million albums worldwide and have had the most number one hits on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart. During the 1980s they also had more Billboard Hot 100 hits than any other hard rock or heavy metal band. According to the Recording Industry Association of America, Van Halen is the 20th best selling band/artist of all time with sales of over 56 million albums in the USA and is one of five rock bands that have had two albums sell more than 10 million copies in the USA. In 2008 they became one of the best paid acts in the world.
In addition to being recognized for success, the band is known for the drama surrounding the exits of former members. The (multiple) exits of singers David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar were surrounded in controversy and mass press coverage with various contrasting press statements between them and the band. More recently, Michael Anthony was kicked out of the band for controversial reasons. Following their 2004 concert tour the band was on a hiatus from the public until September 2006, when new bassist Wolfgang Van Halen's place was confirmed and Roth-reunion rumors began to re-surface coinciding with the band's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction on March 12, 2007. After years of speculation, Van Halen began a tour with Roth in late 2007 across North America. The tour continued into 2008. An album was proposed to follow. Along with this, a live tour DVD was announced at their May 13, 2008 concert at the Izod Center that would contain recordings from several performances on their current tour.
David Lee Roth era (1974?1985)
The Van Halen brothers started playing music together when Eddie took up the drums and Alex took up the guitar, but secretly, while Eddie would deliver newspapers on his paper route, Alex would sneak over and play on Eddie's drumset. Eventually Eddie found out about Alex playing his drum set, he was so frustrated that he said, "OK, . I'll go play your guitar" and started playing Alex's guitar. In 1972 the Van Halen brothers formed a band called "Mammoth" which featured Eddie as lead vocalist/guitarist, Alex Van Halen on drums and Mark Stone on bass. They initially rented a sound system from David Lee Roth but decided to save money by letting him join as lead vocalist even though he had previously auditioned unsuccessfully. By 1974 the band decided to replace Stone. Then Michael Anthony, bassist and lead vocalist from local band "Snake" was auditioned. Following an all night jam session he was hired for bass and backing vocals.
Mammoth discovered in 1974 that their name was already being used and changed to "Van Halen". According to Roth, this was his idea. They played backyard parties and on a flatbed truck at Hamilton Park. Van Halen played clubs in Pasadena and Hollywood to growing audiences, increasing their popularity through self promotion: before each gig they would pass out fliers at local high schools. This soon built them a major following.
In 1974, the band got their break out of Pasadena, with their first job at Gazzarri's on the Sunset Strip, a formerly famous but down-at-the-heels night club. They had earlier auditioned for Bill Gazzarri, the owner, but he claimed they were "too loud", and would not hire them. However, their new managers, Mark Algorri and Mario Miranda, who had coincidently taken over Gazzarri?s hiring, did the deal. Shortly afterwards, with their managers, they recorded their first demo tape at the now defunct Cherokee Ranch Studios, in Northridge, where Steely Dan had just completed an album. They then became a staple on Hollywood's Sunset Strip during the mid-1970s, consistently playing at well-known clubs like the Whisky a Go Go. In 1977 Paul Stanley of the rock band Kiss saw Van Halen play in front of a small crowd at the Starwood Club in Los Angeles. He brought Gene Simmons to see them and The Boyz play on the next night. Within two songs of Van Halen's opening set, Simmons "was waiting for them backstage and immediately offered to sign them and take them into the studio ... I flew them to New York, signed them to my Man of 1,000 Faces production company and took them into Electric Lady Studios to do a thirteen-song demo tape" which included "House of Pain" and "Runnin' With The Devil". Eddie disliked the demo because he was not using his own equipment and had to overdub guitar parts. Simmons wanted to change the band's name to "Daddy Shortlegs" and had designed cover art (a daddy longlegs wearing a top hat), but the band stuck with Van Halen. Simmons then opted out of further involvement after taking the demo to Kiss' manager and receiving the words of denial. He told Gene that "They had
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Pasadena, California, United States
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Hard rock, heavy metal
Warner Bros., Interscope Records
Montrose, Chickenfoot, Mad Anthony Xpress, Extreme, The David Lee Roth Band
Eddie Van Halen, Alex Van Halen, David Lee Roth, Wolfgang Van Halen
Past Group Members
Mark Stone, Michael Anthony, Sammy Hagar, Gary Cherone
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