On October 6, 2020, news broke that the virtuoso guitarist Eddie Van Halen had passed away. In this infographic we review the history of his band Van Halen:
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The band was formed in 1972, but they were called Genesis. As there was already a well-known band with that name, they opted for the last name of the founding brothers, Eddie and Alex: Van Halen. In 1977 Gene Simmons (Kiss) saw them live and decided to produce a demo for them. The following year the band’s recording career began with David Lee Roth on vocals, Michael Anthony on bass, Alex Van Halen on drums and the great Eddie Van Halen on guitar.
Studio discography of Van Halen
The band recorded 12 studio albums.
First era with David Lee Roth on vocals:
- 1978. Van Halen
- 1979. Van Halen II
- 1980. Women and children first
- 1981. Fair warning
- 1982. Diver down
- 1984. 1984
Second era with Sammy Hagar on vocals:
- 1986. 5150
- 1988. OU812
- 1991. For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge
- 1995. Balance
They released only one album with their third lead singer, Gary Cherone, ex Extreme:
- 1998. Van Halen III
And his latest album, with David Lee Roth again on vocals and with Eddie Van Halen‘s son Wolfgang Van Halen on bass, replacing Michael Anthony:
- 2012. A different kind of truth
Hisatory details: David Lee Roth vs. Sammy Hagar
The first stage, with David Lee Roth at the helm, is considered by many to be the best time. These are six albums that managed to solidify Van Halen as a benchmark within hard rock. The tapping technique invented by Eddie Van Halen, notoriously appears on the track Eruption of the group’s first album, the self-titled Van Halen.
After the album 1984 a confident David Lee Roth went solo. His replacement was Sammy Hagar, with whom Van Halen managed to continue his successes. Sammy Hagar already had a solo career that continued alongside his career with Van Halen.
For his part, David Lee Roth resented that Van Halen could successfully carry on without him, sparking a feud with the band’s new lead singer. Sammy Hagar in turn only admitted to playing the best-known songs in the first stage of the band.
By 1996, after four successful studio albums, the relationship between Eddie Van Halen and Sammy Hagar was worn down so they invited the singer to leave.
David Lee Roth returned to Van Halen very briefly, I would say solely to take advantage of the release of a greatest hits album. After this, 1998 would be Gary Cherone‘s (Extreme) failed attempt as a singer. Neither the fans nor the critics were comfortable with this formula, so the following year again the group found itself without a singer.
From 2003 to 2004 they toured with Sammy Hagar, to promote another compilation album.
In 2009, what was left of David Lee Roth returned (who was no longer successful) and in 2012 they recorded Van Halen‘s last album: A Different kind of truth. For this work they had already dispensed with the services of the original bassist Michael Anthony, who played with Hagar. Anthony‘s replacement is Eddie‘s son, Wolfgang Van Halen.
Finally, after a years-long battle with throat cancer, Eddie Van Halen passed away on October 6, 2020.
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