Credited with "restoring hard rock to the forefront of the music scene",  Van Halen was known for its energetic live shows  and for the virtuosic talent of its prodigy lead guitarist, Eddie Van Halen. By the early s, Van Halen was one of the most successful rock acts of the day. In , Roth left the band to embark on a solo career and was replaced by former Montrose lead vocalist Sammy Hagar. With Hagar, the group released four U. Hagar left the band in shortly before the release of the band's first greatest hits collection, Best Of — Volume I. Van Halen then went on hiatus until reuniting with Hagar in for a worldwide tour in and the double-disc greatest hits collection The Best of Both Worlds.
How Eddie Van Halen corrupted — then saved — Valerie Bertinelli
Eddie Van Halen's 20 Greatest Solos - Rolling Stone
By Michael Kaplan. It was not the most auspicious of wedding-day omens: The drunken groom regurgitated into a toilet as his bride held back his shoulder-length hair. Of course, in April , guitar god Eddie Van Halen, then 26, and prime-time TV sweetheart Valerie Bertinelli were anything but your run-of-the mill couple. Miraculously, he managed to keep his white tuxedo spotless. For one thing, the guitarist got walloped with a paternity suit while they were dating. He insisted that, while he did have relations with the other woman, it was before he met Valerie — and that the indiscretions that went down in his car on the Pacific Coast Highway were limited.
How Van Halen Kicked Off Their First Headlining Tour
Van Halen were still firmly focused on performing, even though they had just released a highly anticipated follow-up to their multi-platinum debut. That was how Van Halen reached their fans, but it was also how they recorded. We applied all we ever knew, which was our live show.
Van Halen is the self-titled debut studio album by American hard rock band Van Halen. Released on February 10, , the album peaked at 19 on the Billboard and sold more than 10 million copies in the United States, receiving Diamond certification. The 1 minute and 42 second Eddie Van Halen instrumental " Eruption " is considered one of the best electric guitar solos of all time and popularized the technique of two-handed tapping. Van Halen began recording demos in