Van Halen

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer

Category: Performer

Inducted in: 2007

Inducted by: Velvet Revolver

Nominated in: 2007

First Eligible: 2004 Ceremony

Inducted Members: Michael Anthony, Sammy Hagar, David Lee Roth, Alex Van Halen and Eddie Van Halen


Inducted into Rock Hall Revisited in 2004 (ranked #84) .


Essential Albums (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3Amazon CD
Van Halen (1978)
1984 (1984)
5150 (1986)

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Runnin' With The Devil (1978)
Eruption (1978)
Ain't Talkin' About Love (1978)
Jump (1984)
Panama (1984)
Hot For Teacher (1984)
Why Can't This Be Love (1986)
Dreams (1986)
Right Now (1991)

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Eddie has had such an influence on guitarists everywhere. How could they not put Van Halen in?

Posted by stephen on Monday, 07.24.06 @ 22:01pm


That trailer is the ultimate combination of swirling mists, "dancing" hussies, that middle werewolf scene with Sadie Frost from "Bram Stoker's Dracula", and EVH's face computer-mapped onto a CG puppet that is clearly played by Andy Serkis.

fbr

Posted by Fibre Channel on Wednesday, 08.2.06 @ 17:53pm


Well, if that's so, how does that compare to the 21st century Michael Jackson circus?

Posted by S-Dub on Sunday, 08.6.06 @ 20:45pm


It's shocking that they weren't in on the first shot.

Posted by AZ Dave on Friday, 08.18.06 @ 23:17pm


Hey man Van Halen should of been inducted in
1995 !!! Forget Van Hagar Eddie Rule's, Dave rule's, Alex Rule's and Mike Rule's No im sorry eddie kicks ass!!!

Posted by Billy Branson on Sunday, 09.10.06 @ 09:12am


They weren't eligible in 1995, doofus.

Posted by Kit on Sunday, 09.10.06 @ 11:38am


The only reason they're not in that I can come up with is that nobody knows who'll show up for the induction. Will Roth feud with Eddie, will Hagar feud with Eddie, will Roth feud with Hagar, will Mike end up crying in the corner hugging himself? Aside from that, it's ridiculous that this band has not been nominated, let alone inducted. AC/DC and ZZ Top are in, so how can Van Halen be out?

Posted by A-Killa on Thursday, 10.19.06 @ 22:26pm


Van Halen from 1977-1984 Deserves to be in the rock hall, however the garbage they spewed after 5150 does not. I like Sammy hagar just fine, however the material the band produced during his time as a front man does not deserve induction into the rock hall of fame

Posted by Pigface on Monday, 10.23.06 @ 13:38pm


I can't believe the old Sammy/Dave crap always finds it way to anything about Van Halen. Have any of you ever seen Sammy live? I love them both. Why can't we all just appreciate a band with over 50 million records sold and the greatest rock guitarist ever. Hall of Fame at last. I wonder if all three singers will perform?

Posted by Marc Heymann on Sunday, 10.29.06 @ 18:01pm


I believe VH deserves to be in the RRHOF also. However, on a side note, while Eddie VH is a great guitarist, I certainly DO NOT ascribe to the notion that he is "the greatest rock guitarist ever"; That's a complete insult to Jimi Hendrix, Terry Kath, Duane Allman, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Dick Dale, Duane Eddy, Link Wray amd a few others of which Eddie still has miles & miles & miles to go before he catches up to them. Hell, even the mach-1 guitar riffs of Ernie Isley would probably befuddle Eddie Van Halen.

Posted by Terry on Sunday, 10.29.06 @ 20:27pm


I'm sitting on "go" as long as it's Dave and the boys.

Posted by Michael Boyd on Tuesday, 10.31.06 @ 09:29am


Eddie Van Halen and the band Van Halen should be put in the Rock Hall of Fame.

He had a HUGE influence on modern rock. That guy can play some of the sickest guitar on Earth. Check out Eruption. That is HARD to play. I know, ive tried. Im a guitar player too, so yea.

But anyways, he has influenced many rock styles with his aggressive playing and tone. He also created a totaly new type of tone all on his own! It's called BROWN SOUND

I vote for him.

Posted by Duncan on Wednesday, 11.1.06 @ 06:45am


vanhalen will be in the rock and roll hof
and when they walk on stage you are going to see an ovation like it was hendrix himself walking on stage.
ill bet it will just be the original members on stage with eddie thanking sammy hagar and cherone for their contributions over the years.

and then they will take america by storm again.

what a kickass band.


Posted by sean on Monday, 11.13.06 @ 19:30pm


Van Halen has been either #1 or #2 on the poll at:
http://www.rateitall.com/t-2529-deserving-of-the-rock-and-roll-hall-of-fame.aspx
for over 2 years. Rush and Van Halen are always in the top 2 spots for most overlooked artists that are deserving of the R&R HoF.

Posted by Garrett on Wednesday, 11.29.06 @ 16:07pm


I really can't believe that after all these years everybody still has this pissing contest going on over who was the better version of VH. Personally I was a VH fan and a Sammy Hagar fan, so when Dave left initially, although bummed out, I was happy that Sammy joined with them. Both VH era's are more than worthy RRHOF induction and definitely should be there regardless of the petty squabbles. As for the fans pettiness between Roth and Hagar..."Let it go, it all rocks"!

Posted by John on Wednesday, 12.20.06 @ 09:44am


AC/DC, ZZ Top, and Black Sabbath are metal acts that have made it in. Fan of metal or no fan of metal, one would have to agree that Van Halen ranks with these acts in terms of influence. VH were never a huge critics' favorite (even in the Roth era) and it can be argued that Eddie Van Halen influenced way too many players that valued speed and hot technique over innovation. Still, the influence is definitely there are they will get in. Tough call to say whether it will be in '07, however. Would voters be swayed if they do in the next few weeks announce areunion tour with Roth?

Posted by TJWood59 on Wednesday, 12.20.06 @ 23:30pm


I wish eddie would turn his back on this whole rediculous cluster####. eddie & the boys should have been in long ago. after some of the stuff that has occured at the RRHOF I wish Eddie flips you off and walks away.

Posted by vistadelrey on Monday, 12.25.06 @ 14:32pm


I'm sure they will be inducted!!! I can't wait to see what will happen onstage when they all the band members past and present are there to accept their awards and then jam together. Remember last year when Blondie was inducted? Debbie did not allow some of the ex members to jam with "her band?" Remember when John Fogerty of CCR made sure that Stu Cook and Doug Clifford weren't onstage for the jam after they accepted their awards? Well I predict that this time Eddie Van Halen is going to stop Michael Anthony or Sammy Hagar or David Lee Roth or that guy from Extreme from joining in this year. We will just have to wait and see!!

Posted by Barry on Wednesday, 12.27.06 @ 17:11pm


VH won't make it in this year I'm afraid.

Posted by Sue on Friday, 12.29.06 @ 19:24pm


Van halen is ten times better than REM!!! NOT VAN HAGAR, VAN Halen. David still has the voice and the energy to go and perform with Van halen, they have one of the biggest sound and mainly guitar influences. There is no reason that they should not be in the hall of fame.

Posted by Guy on Tuesday, 01.2.07 @ 17:47pm


Hey Guy,
Wouldn't matter if they were a thousand times better than The Banana Splits or Josie & The Pussycats! Their problem, amongst many, is that they limited themselves.

Posted by Oliver on Sunday, 01.7.07 @ 16:45pm


Eddie is one of the best guitar players ever no doubt. He is in the company of such gods as Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Paige, Tom Morello etc. Im just glad to see them get in!

Posted by ed on Monday, 01.8.07 @ 15:15pm


VH - easily one of the best bands of all time...Jamie's Cryin? Beautiful Girls? Dance The Night Away? Mean Street? Jump? Panama? (hell, the whole 1984 Album) Dreams? Eruption, 316, Newworld? .....are you kidding me?....how could they not go in?

As a lifelong fan I can honestly say - just play the damn music fellas; drop the Egos; and listen to the 1984 album and Fair Warning before bringing out anything new! Guaranteed Success!

Would love to see DLR front in the induction jam, but I'd even settle for Michael Stipe to step up and sing as long as Ed, Alex and Mike (not Wolfie) jam with their hearts!

Posted by Sharkboy on Friday, 01.12.07 @ 20:23pm


Van Halen made a few decent records and alot of crap. The only thing that saved them was the guitar playing. They should not have gotten into the Hall of Fame so quickly. There are several other acts that have been waiting too long. "What a joke" VH got in so quickly.

Posted by Z on Thursday, 01.18.07 @ 08:30am


Just shut up and enjoy their awesome music!

Posted by John on Saturday, 02.3.07 @ 20:08pm


VanHalen definitley belongs in the H.O.F.
Wether your a Hagar or Roth fan remember this,
This band helped rock-n-roll live through the
80's and 90's and both versions helped make V.H.
what they are,a H.O.F. member and one of rocks
all time best bands!!!

Posted by Bryan on Wednesday, 02.28.07 @ 11:54am


Did one of you actuall say "dave has the voice"? Give me a break! He never had much of a voice to begin with, and it is worse now. Haggar has an incredible rock n' roll voice. Van Halen could play circles around anyone that was inducted with them...

Posted by dave on Monday, 03.19.07 @ 12:09pm


van halen deserved better than the induction they got. it was so badly planed out. with eddie in rehab, they should've called up steve vai to stand in. then maybe roth would've showed up.

Posted by thomas johnson on Monday, 04.9.07 @ 05:42am


R.I.P. Eddie.....Still Hot for Teacher!!!

Posted by Joe-Skee on Tuesday, 03.4.08 @ 11:40am


Oooops....My bad. I think he survived this time.

Posted by Joe-Skee on Tuesday, 03.4.08 @ 11:56am


Hello all--wow-- van halen is in the hall of fame?WOW-what about their band contemporaries liek band such as be bop deluxe,the village peeps "aka village people",the archies?right said fred?david lee roth solo?what about the village people play van halen???And eddie-you are one of my favorite slowest guitarist i have seen in quite sometime,wow your a slow guitar player but you still, rock!haha peace all db in the gentile hall of house!...

Posted by dan barcan on Thursday, 05.8.08 @ 14:02pm


I love how all these people rave so much about Dave. Look, he was a major part of the bands success but without this backing band he sucked. He tried it on his own and failed terribly. Ed, Al, and Mike are 3 of the best ever to play. When Sammy joined the band I believe they matured. They stopped singing about sex which is all Dave could write about and added substance. With Sammy every album went to #1. The best Dave could do was #2 w/1984. Still every Lp was GREAT!

Posted by BR5150 on Thursday, 09.25.08 @ 13:55pm


There'd be no Van Halen if it were not for Coven.
Do the research!

~ St. Jimmy ~

Posted by ~ St. Jimmy ~ on Thursday, 09.25.08 @ 14:19pm


St Jimmy, now you are being ridiculous. You need to shut the f**k up.

Posted by Brian on Thursday, 09.25.08 @ 14:37pm


Plus I think you need to listen to Liam and do some research of your own on Link Wray, St. Jimmy. Plus how can we take you serious when you said yes to the Backstreet Boys on one of your posts.

Posted by Brian on Thursday, 09.25.08 @ 14:40pm


Hey Jimmy, you joined another thread. That is great to see. There would be no Van Halen, no NY Dolls, probably no 80's or 90's w/o Coven

Posted by Dameon on Thursday, 09.25.08 @ 14:57pm


St Jimmy, now you are being ridiculous. You need to shut the f**k up.
Posted by Brian on Thursday, 09.25.08 @ 14:37pm

Me: Where do you think Van Halen got the idea for the song Runnin With The Devil they stole it from Coven!
Not one of you asses can do proper research!

~ St. Jimmy ~


Posted by ~ St. Jimmy ~ on Thursday, 09.25.08 @ 18:03pm


Actually, the song "Runnin' With The Devil"'s lyrics were inspired by an Ohio Player's song called "Runnin' From The Devil"...per Van Halen.

Sorry, Jimmy...wrong!!!!

Posted by Gitarzan on Thursday, 09.25.08 @ 18:18pm


I know I am going to be sorry for asking this; but okay, here goes. Jimmy, I will give you the benefit of the doubt that you are correct that this song was inspired by Coven. But I will ask you now to prove it. Something definitive and not speculation from various boogie men. Maybe some research link; whatever you can provide to back up this statement, that would be helpful. The only reference I found anywhere on the web was some idiot named 10 west who sounded a lot like you. He pretty much got bashed on-site. That was songmeanings.net

So now it is in your hands. Show your cards dude!

Posted by Dameon on Thursday, 09.25.08 @ 18:23pm


So now it is in your hands. Show your cards dude!
Posted by Dameon on Thursday, 09.25.08 @ 18:23pm

Me:
Not one of you can do proper reaserch,no one!
Steve Ross from Coven was at the Rainbow Bar and Grill once and Michael Anthony was there too.
I have my suspions he overheard him mentioning Coven wanted to record a song called Runnin With The Devil.
Do the research!!

~ St. Jimmy ~

Posted by ~ St. Jimmy ~ on Thursday, 09.25.08 @ 18:28pm


Actually, the song "Runnin' With The Devil"'s lyrics were inspired by an Ohio Player's song called "Runnin' From The Devil"...per Van Halen.

Sorry, Jimmy...wrong!!!!

Posted by Gitarzan on Thursday, 09.25.08 @ 18:18pm

ME: Wrong!
Do the research,don't believe everything you read! duh

~ St. Jimmy ~

Posted by ~ St. Jimmy ~ on Thursday, 09.25.08 @ 18:33pm


If you shouldn't believe everything you read then why should I believe you Jimmy

Posted by Mr. Octagon on Thursday, 09.25.08 @ 18:35pm


Since the song has to do with free wheeling and hard living, and very little (if anything) to do with the actual "devil", I think I'll take Van Halen's word over yours...

You've proven yourself to be the biggest fountain of misinformation to grace this site, so what else is new. Oh look...now "Jinx" herself has shown up to praise you...SWELL!!!!

Posted by Gitarzan on Thursday, 09.25.08 @ 18:40pm


Once again you are doing your tap-dance. All you ever have is that someone was at the Rainbow and you suspect that some person overheard another person. Prove it, just once, prove your claims. I searched every obscure "lyrical meaning" website and all I came up with is what I posted a few minutes ago. Show your cards or get off the table.

Here is something for you, I know that Jinx Dawson was at Club Wah in the Village back in the mid-60's and overheard someone talking to Dylan and he mentioned that he wished he believed in Santa. She was stoned at the time and incorrectly wrote Satan on a napkin and then formed Coven. Do your research.

Posted by Dameon on Thursday, 09.25.08 @ 18:46pm


To all you naysayers; Gitarzan, Dameon, Brian, Mr. Octagon, Bobby, Randy and especially blah-blah-blah:

There is a special place for you all. You have no understanding of anything outside your little materialistic world. But you will learn soon.

Posted by Jinx Dawson on Thursday, 09.25.08 @ 18:55pm


Here is something for you, I know that Jinx Dawson was at Club Wah in the Village back in the mid-60's and overheard someone talking to Dylan and he mentioned that he wished he believed in Santa. She was stoned at the time and incorrectly wrote Satan on a napkin and then formed Coven

Posted by Dameon on Thursday, 09.25.08 @ 18:46pm


Me: Hardy har har asshole!
There's a lot of us who have had a great deal of exposure in and around the music industry. If I state a "fact", I'll state it in such a way (dates, places, etc...) that leaves very little room for doubt. Otherwise, I just give an opinion, which people can debate all they want...

~ St. Jimmy ~

Posted by ~ St. Jimmy ~ on Thursday, 09.25.08 @ 18:57pm


Dameon...at least I could get my information from an actual Van Halen interview...but since I "read" it, I shouldn't believe it...

OH, BROTHER!!!???

Posted by Gitarzan on Thursday, 09.25.08 @ 18:57pm


To all you naysayers; Gitarzan, Dameon, Brian, Mr. Octagon, Bobby, Randy and especially blah-blah-blah:

There is a special place for you all. You have no understanding of anything outside your little materialistic world. But you will learn soon.

Also,If anyone wants to loan me a few bucks $75-$100 would be greatly appreciated.
You can contact me care of my web page.

Posted by Jinx Dawson on Thursday, 09.25.08 @ 19:00pm


Steve Ross from Coven was at the Rainbow Bar and Grill once and Michael Anthony was there too. (Jimmy)

If I state a "fact", I'll state it in such a way (dates, places, etc...) that leaves very little room for doubt (Jimmy)

What date this this happen? You know, month, day, year. Because so far, this comment has more doubts that St. Thomas.

Jimmy - is it true that the song "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" by the Charlie Daniels Band was inspired by Coven? I heard that when he went to the West Coast, he would stop by the Rainbow.

Posted by Dameon on Thursday, 09.25.08 @ 19:44pm


Steve Ross from Coven was at the Rainbow Bar and Grill once and Michael Anthony was there too. (Jimmy)

What date this this happen? You know, month, day, year. Because so far, this comment has more doubts that St. Thomas.
Posted by Dameon on Thursday, 09.25.08

Me:Just like when Ronnie James Dio was there and he asked Steve Ross to join his band
Connect the dots...

~ St. Jimmy ~

Posted by ~ St. Jimmy ~ on Thursday, 09.25.08 @ 19:59pm


You should change your name from "St. Jimmy" to "Aunt Jemima"...as much as you waffle!!!

Posted by Guitarzan on Thursday, 09.25.08 @ 20:12pm


You should change your name from "St. Jimmy" to "Aunt Jemima"...as much as you waffle!!!

Me: your head is so far up your arse all you can smell and see is shit


~St. Jimmy ~

Posted by ~St. Jimmy ~ on Thursday, 09.25.08 @ 20:40pm


Yeah, people who get caught knee-deep in theirs always seem to result to insults. Any more of your "statements" will be cause to consider the source. I'm comfortable with what I say as to not resort to such "juvenile" behavior because I can seperate my presented facts from what is simply my opinion.

Your statements used to at least be entertaining...now you're just boorish.

Posted by Gitarzan on Thursday, 09.25.08 @ 22:21pm


Me:Just like when Ronnie James Dio was there and he asked Steve Ross to join his band
Connect the dots (Jimmy)

And still no dates. You need dots to connect them. Here are three dots . . .

Let's connect them. . (coven) . (jimmy) . (prozac)

Posted by Dameon on Friday, 09.26.08 @ 03:41am


Van Halen's really got me now.

Posted by Mike on Wednesday, 12.24.08 @ 17:45pm


ANGUS YOUNG IS MUCH BETTER THEN VAN HALEN!

Posted by Mike on Wednesday, 12.24.08 @ 17:47pm


Sorry, Mike...but you're talking about two entirely different players. Angus is very blues driven, while Eddie never plays the blues because "I've never had the blues" (which could be open for debate since he made that statement).

Besides being rock guitarists, I can't think of two players more different...but that's what makes them great...!!!

Posted by Gitarzan on Wednesday, 12.24.08 @ 19:46pm


Eddie has more speed on the frets. Angus is good though.

Posted by Joe-Skee on Friday, 12.26.08 @ 14:51pm


Just for the record, some guitarists say that it was George Lynch who started tapping and not Eddie. I don't know if that is true or not, but I thought I would just throw it out there. IMO - G.L. is a better guitarist than EVH everyday of the week.

Posted by Dameon on Friday, 01.30.09 @ 13:28pm


On a interview on Disc 2 of Plug Me In there is an interview with Angus Young and Brian Johnson. The interviewer was talking about a face off between Eddie Van Halen and Angus Young. Angus replied Eddie played pop. I don't get what Angus is trying to say because Eruption sounds nothing like pop. You Really Got Me I could probably understand. David Lee Roth can sing a little pop or blues sometimes. I don't agree that Angus is a type of Bluezy guitarist. There are a few albums (such as High Voltage and Ballbreaker) that Angus can be a little bluezy but does not occur alot. Don't think though ethier that Angus is techno (you can say that about the new Guns N' Roses) because he's not. Robin Fink is, Tom Morello is, and sadly to say Buckethead is. The point is Angus plays pure rock

Posted by Mike on Thursday, 02.12.09 @ 18:30pm


Actually Mike, most everything Angus plays is souped-up blues...he just plays it heavier than wet carpet. Lots of pentatonic scales...

Posted by Gitarzan on Thursday, 02.12.09 @ 20:30pm


Whatever.

Posted by Mike on Saturday, 02.14.09 @ 12:17pm


Well, Mike...since I've been playing for a little over 40 years, why don't you explain to me the nuances of playing the blues, rock, pop, etc... and what exactly seperates them, if anything. Clapton says he incorporates the blues into almost every song he plays...can you give an example of when he didn't? Van Halen says he doesn't play the blues because he'd never had them (of course, he might change his tune by now)... do you detect the blues in his playing at all? Do you know what a pentatonic scale is? I'd be real interested in hearing this. I can't say I've ever heard of "techno guitar", either...sounds a bit like an oxymoron.

Posted by Gitarzan on Saturday, 02.14.09 @ 13:43pm


Do you know what a pentatonic scale is? I'd be real interested in hearing this. I can't say I've ever heard of "techno guitar", either...sounds a bit like an oxymoron.

Posted by Gitarzan on Saturday, 02.14.09 @ 13:43pm
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Gitar - To be honest w/you, I don't have a clue either as to just what a pentatonic scale is. I am assuming that you are speaking about finger-tapping or shredding here, but using a technical term for it.

If I may be so bold, here, I believe that Mike's term of "techno guitar" is his way of describing finger-tapping as well (and if it's not, Mike, then I apologize for jumping in like that).

For the record, maybe you could explain just what pentatonic scales are (am I correct w/what I said???) lol!

Posted by Cheesecrop on Saturday, 02.14.09 @ 17:22pm


Cheeseman...a pentatonic (or blues) scale is probably the most prevelant scale in rock. It's a very versatile scale because even though it has a set pattern, you can add "blue" notes (which I usually do by bending) to add a bit of character to what you're playing, plus it can be played in a "major" or "minor" mode in any given key...kind of a "no rules" scale (like all scales,if you play it off-key or out of context it can sound pretty bad). SRV used pentatonics a lot out of an E-A-D 12-bar blues progression, and he changed octaves a lot, as did Hendrix. I know a lot of "scales" but when I'm actually playing, I don't venture too far away from it.

I don't think fret tapping could be construed as "techno"...it's kind of it's own little entity that, even though it sounds cool, isn't all that difficult (the first time I actually saw someone do it at all was Billy Gibbons), and there's all sorts of tricks that will enable someone to "shred", like sweep-picking, etc... The real "burners" that really impress me are guys like Al DiMeola and Eric Johnson, who just play very fast and pick every note. I sometimes "hammer-on" notes to improve my speed.

Now, to conclude this impromptu lesson, always remember what notes your strings are;

Easter
Bunnies
Get
DRunk
At
Easter

...unless you're playing something like "Kashmir", when your tuning will be DADGAD. Are you getting all of this????

Posted by Gitarzan on Saturday, 02.14.09 @ 18:17pm


Cheeseman...a pentatonic (or blues) scale is probably the most prevelant scale in rock. It's a very versatile scale because even though it has a set pattern, you can add "blue" notes (which I usually do by bending) to add a bit of character to what you're playing, plus it can be played in a "major" or "minor" mode in any given key...kind of a "no rules" scale (like all scales,if you play it off-key or out of context it can sound pretty bad).

Etc., Etc., on...

Posted by Gitarzan on Saturday, 02.14.09 @ 18:17pm
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Thanks for the technical readout. I've always been the 'play by the record" sort, so the hightech jargon has eluded me.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Sunday, 02.15.09 @ 15:30pm


Sorry man! I just had to do that to you, but not at the cost of having you go into another episode, of course...LOL!!!!

Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 02.15.09 @ 19:48pm


By the way, if all else fails...PLAY ALONG WITH THE RECORD!!!!

Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 02.15.09 @ 21:00pm


Ted Templeton

Posted by Joe-Skee on Tuesday, 06.16.09 @ 10:41am


Ice Cream Man...

Posted by Joe-Skee on Tuesday, 08.18.09 @ 13:33pm


"There'd be no Van Halen if it were not for Coven.
Do the research!

~ St. Jimmy ~"

Wow, I'm glad I wasn't here when this nut job was around.

Posted by Dude Man on Saturday, 09.26.09 @ 19:52pm


If I remember correctly, the quote from either Eddie or Alex goes, "When we saw the Dave Clark Five playing on the Ed Sullivan show, we stopped playing classical and started playing rock'n'roll. So, forget Coven, if you like Van Halen, thank the DC5!

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 09.26.09 @ 22:51pm


Van Halen RULEZ!!!!!!xD Maybe they are not in the Rock and Roll Legends...but they are deep inside in my heart and they are simply the best ROCK LEGENDS!!!

Posted by Alex on Sunday, 12.20.09 @ 14:42pm


Hey Alex, in case you didn't notice it says on the top of the page

INDUCTED IN 2007

Posted by Keebord on Sunday, 12.20.09 @ 14:45pm


Good thing it didn't take too long to get VH in. So, I'm supposed to believe that there would be no Van Halen, no Led Zep, no Sabbath, no Alice Cooper and no Aerosmith without Coven? Nonsense, all of it.

Posted by Sam on Tuesday, 03.2.10 @ 18:31pm


I noticed some people (including the band themselves) pretty much act like VH3 never happened and consider Balance to be their last "real" album. So it got me wondering, what do you consider to be the true last VH album? I'm gonna go with For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge, hugely underrated album with good hard rock songs all around, and its appropriate that the final song its "Top of the World", which i guess sums them up nicely.

Posted by Jim on Monday, 06.14.10 @ 23:32pm


"I love how all these people rave so much about Dave. Look, he was a major part of the bands success but without this backing band he sucked. He tried it on his own and failed terribly."

hahaha what

Dave had Eat Em & Smile + Skyscraper, both of which were pretty awesome records, while Van Halen were off playing adult contemporary music with sammy fagar and becoming a laughingstock of their former selves.

At the time Van Halen went from "coolest band on earth" to "those guys who suck now" almost overnight. Most of their fans went on to the burgeoning metal scene (Metallica/Slayer etc) which was happening around then, but Dave's solo stuff was still well received (yankee rose, etc) . I was in high school then and that's how it was where I lived.

Dave's supposedly a jerk, but then everyone in VH seems to have been an asshole. But the band sure was never remotely the same without him.

Posted by Bob on Saturday, 06.19.10 @ 17:56pm


Eddie Van Halen talks about guitars, people listen. It’s like LeBron James waxing poetic on the art of the assist, or Kate Winslet on getting acting awards. Van Halen is that highly regarded in the guitar world. In fact, in a recent article in USA Today, he was referred to as “the Jimi Hendrix of his generation.”
Surfaris was his early influance So Eddie say... ALL YOU NEED IS EARS

High praise indeed. What does Eddie think of accolades like that? “I say it’s a hell of a compliment, but at the same time I’m really nothing like Jimi Hendrix,” he says, quickly adding that he doesn’t mean any disrespect.

Growing up in Southern California, Van Halen got turned on to the six-string by surf music. “The first song I ever learned was Pipeline and the Surfaris, ‘Wipeout.’

Posted by mrxyzomg on Thursday, 08.5.10 @ 15:12pm


Did Sammy Hagar ever perform Jump, Panama or Hot For Teacher at a Van Halen concert? Songs that were originally sung by David Lee Roth?

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 11.23.10 @ 08:33am


I'm just double posting the way Roy does!

Hey Roy, here's one for you...

In recent years, Van Halen has toured with both David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar together at the same time. David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar have also toured together without the rest of Van Halen.

Chicago has yet to tour with both Peter Cetera and Jason Scheff together at the same time. Peter Cetera and Jason Scheff have not toured together without the rest of Chicago.

Posted by 6996 on Tuesday, 11.23.10 @ 09:12am


van halen is the most overrated band of all time. they were nothing more than an over-glorified precursor to 80's arena hair metal.

Posted by tim on Sunday, 12.19.10 @ 16:28pm


Precursor to hair metal, yes. In fact, they may have been the first hair band. However, they had the chops, which is what plenty of hair bands lacked.

Posted by Sam on Saturday, 01.1.11 @ 15:10pm


How Could You Say That About Them There The One Of Greatest Bands I've Ever Heard In My Life Especially Eddie Van Halen On The Guitar He's F*ckin' Insane He Sounds Like He Playing Four Guitars At Once And That's Incredible.

Posted by Louis on Saturday, 01.8.11 @ 05:49am


Song?(125)Eddie Van Halen Dismisses Jimi Hendrix
Eddie Van Halen talks about guitars, people listen. It's like LeBron James waxing poetic on the art of the assist, or Kate Winslet on getting acting awards. Van Halen is that highly regarded in the guitar world. In fact, in a recent article in USA Today, he was referred to as "the Jimi Hendrix of his generation."

High praise indeed. What does Eddie think of accolades like that? "I say it's a hell of a compliment, but at the same time I'm really nothing like Jimi Hendrix," he says, quickly adding that he doesn't mean any disrespect. "I'm just saying I'm very different than Hendrix because I create stuff. He used so many effects and stuff that I was the complete opposite. I wanted the guitar to do things, but nobody built the guitar that I wanted. Hendrix didn't do things like that. He was an amazing player, but if you ever heard any live bootlegs of him, even some of the Woodstock stuff, it's hard for him to keep that thing even tuned."

Growing up in Southern California, Van Halen got turned on to the six-string by surf music. "The first song I ever learned was 'Pipeline,' by the Surfaris, and 'Wipeout.' Then I hear this song on the radio -- it was the 'Blues Theme' on the soundtrack to 'Easy Rider,'" he says. "It was the first time I heard a distorted guitar, and I'm going, 'God, what is that?' I didn't really have an amp then. I went to Dow Radio in Pasadena, and I jerry-rigged this plug to plug into the stereo. I just turned the damn thing all the way up, and it distorted. So every amp I've ever used, I just turn it all the way up."

Posted by Jimmywho on Monday, 01.24.11 @ 11:37am


Just read excerpt of Sammie Hagar memoir in Rolling Stone. Very sad for anyone who likes VH. Evidently, Eddie is on meth now. If it keeps up, he'll be dead in a few years. He's also a bad alcoholic.

The Red Rocker says the Eddie he toured with in 2004 was a sad, sad, sight compared to the Eddie he met in 1985.

Posted by Paul in KY on Tuesday, 03.8.11 @ 12:15pm


Samamy Hagar's book is out, and it is mentioned on the cover of Rolling Stone, now in stores. He calls Van Halen the most depraved band ever.

Posted by Roy on Thursday, 03.17.11 @ 06:42am


Depraved? What do you mean, Roy? Do you have any additional info on that statement?

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Thursday, 03.17.11 @ 06:52am


"Dave had Eat Em & Smile + Skyscraper, both of which were pretty awesome records, while Van Halen were off playing adult contemporary music with sammy fagar and becoming a laughingstock of their former selves."

Van Hagar was cringeworthy at their worst, but David Lee Roth's solo stuff was pop metal at its abosolute nadir. Van Hagar never recorded anything as horiffically crappy as "Just Like Paradise".

Posted by Jim on Tuesday, 03.29.11 @ 22:37pm


http://www.futurerocklegends.com/blog_files/Rock_Hall_denies_snubbing.html

Rock Hall denies snubbing David Lee Roth
March 10, 2007 10:36 PM Filed in: Van Halen

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame responded to David Lee Roth's allegations that he is not allowed to perform during this Monday's Induction Ceremony. Rock Hall president and CEO, Joel Peresman, sent an e-mail to the L.A. Times:

"The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is sorry that David Lee Roth will not attend this year's induction of Van Halen. We offered him opportunities to play and sing a Van Halen song of his choice with our House band, including his own guitar player or a song with Velvet Revolver and he refused those opportunities."

Peresman concluded the e-mail with a curt denial that the Hall is somehow the bad guy in all this: "We made every effort and the decision not to come was solely his, not ours."

That obviously differs from David Lee Roth's version of the story.

The Roth camp says that the only offer they had received before Friday was an invitation to perform "You Really Got Me" with Velvet Revolver. Roth balked in part because that song, off Van Halen's first album, was originally recorded by the Kinks and is not a "true" Van Halen song.

Roth wanted to do his trademark tune, "Jump," but that was a curveball for Velvet Revolver, apparently, with rehearsal time limitations. On Friday, according to sources close to the show, event producer Joel Gallen offered Roth a chance to do "Jump" with Paul Schaffer and some players of Roth's picking but, for Roth, that came too late, apparently, to allow travel and needed rehearsal time.

Hall officials, privately, were surprised and wondered if Roth really wanted to perform at all. They also said if he had traveled east to New York to work with the producers on site, everything would have worked out.

It's hard to imagine a scenario where David Lee Roth will pass up a chance to be the center of attention, but sadly it looks like this could be one of those times.

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 09.13.11 @ 13:11pm


http://www.futurerocklegends.com/blog_files/Van_Halen_will_not_perform.html

Van Halen will not perform at Rock Hall Ceremony
March 02, 2007 01:43 AM Filed in: Van Halen

The reunion everyone has been waiting for won't happen at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. David Lee Roth and the Van Halen brothers have decided not to perform during their induction to the Hall of Fame on March 12th. It's still unclear if they will even attend the ceremony.

Scott Weiland and Slash from Velvet Revolver have been selected to induct Van Halen. Velvet Revolver will then perform a selection of Van Halen songs during the ceremony, similar to how Metallica performed in place of Black Sabbath in 2006. Sammy Hagar had openly lobbied for his friends in the Red Hot Chili Peppers to be the ones to induct Van Halen, but apparently his voice doesn't carry much weight with Eddie and Alex Van Halen these days.

Posted by Roy on Thursday, 09.15.11 @ 20:25pm


http://www.futurerocklegends.com/blog_files/Eddie_Van_Halen_to_rehab.html

Eddie Van Halen to rehab; David Lee Roth boycotting ceremony
March 08, 2007 11:32 PM Filed in: Van Halen

Eddie Van Halen won't be attending the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Monday after all. He released a statement today announcing he is going into rehab.

In a note addressed to fans he stated: "I have always and will always feel a responsibility to give you my best. At the moment I do not feel that I can give you my best. That's why I have decided to enter a rehabilitation facility to work on myself, so that in the future I can deliver the 110% that I feel I owe you and want to give you."
Alcohol has been cited as Eddie's addiction.
Meanwhile, David Lee Roth has decided to boycott the event because he is not being allowed to perform. After Eddie and Alex Van Halen chose not to attend, the Rock Hall didn't want David Lee Roth, Michael Anthony and Sammy Hagar to be the only ones peforming VH songs, so they brought in Velvet Revolver to do the honors. Roth isn't happy about the situation:

"I don't make speeches for a living; I sing and dance for my dinner," Roth said, adding that the decision to skip the event "rips my heart out."
Roth said he had been preparing since December for the chance to perform for the industry elite and the audience watching on VH1 Classics.

"It's just not an option for me to go and watch some other band — who are only performing because they have some new record coming out — do our music," Roth said. "I have nothing against Velvet Revolver — I'm not familiar with their music — but that was my 3 minutes and 22 seconds up there."

Music industry critic, Bob Lefsetz believes this is the last nail in the coffin for the Rock Hall, "When you don't even let the INDUCTEES perform." He continues, "Let every table at the Waldorf-Astoria be adorned with a bowl of brown M&M’s. And when it comes time for Van Halen to be inducted, let everybody THROW THEM AT THE DAIS!"
A reunited Van Halen was going to be the highlight of the 2007 ceremony. It's too bad that it probably won't happen now, but who knows -- things could change over the weekend.

Posted by Roy on Thursday, 09.15.11 @ 20:30pm


With Josh K of the Chili Peppers getting in despite only performing on one album (and being 4 years old when they released their first record), will the Rock Hall go induct Wolfgang Van Halen now?

I mean, he's been with his band longer than Josh K, performed on an album with a higher score on Metacritic (and that will probably have similar sales)...

Posted by Casper on Friday, 02.10.12 @ 19:20pm


http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/False%20Religions/Wicca%20&%20Witchcraft/satan_sign-van_halen.jpg

Just read excerpt of Sammie Hagar memoir in Rolling Stone. Very sad for anyone who likes VH. Evidently, Eddie is on meth now. If it keeps up, he'll be dead in a few years. He's also a bad alcoholic.

The Red Rocker says the Eddie he toured with in 2004 was a sad, sad, sight compared to the Eddie he met in 1985.

Posted by Paul in KY on Tuesday, 03.8.11 @ 12:15pm


This is what happens when you serve Satan instead of Jesus by singing a song called "Running With The Devil." It becomes self-fulfilling prophecy.

"I live my life like there's no tomorrow
and all I've got, I had to steal"

"Runnin' with the devil
(G** damn it lady. You know I ain't lyin' to ya)"

"Got no love, no love you'd call real
Got nobody, waitin' at home"


I don't know what is more evil. The people would would sing such lyrics to impressionable children, parents who would let their children listen to such despicable lyrics or the radio stations and record stores and concert promoters who would market such evil to innocent children. May they all rot in hell unless they repent from their sinful ways.

If you look at the Van Halen logo you can see the satanic upside down pyramid in a band of gold.

Posted by Evangelist on Saturday, 04.28.12 @ 17:33pm


Someone please tell me that Evangelist is merely a gimmick and not someone who is for real.

Posted by Zach on Thursday, 09.27.12 @ 13:26pm


I certainly hope so.

Posted by GFW on Thursday, 09.27.12 @ 14:03pm


Look how Mr. Van Halen's hedonistic ways cost him his marriage and even his musical talent. Please, don't idolize these people.
As I told you before, I am here to testify my beliefs in the Lord Jesus Christ and to warn you that behavior by such as that exhibited by Mr. Van Halen will only separate you from the grace of God Almighty. Pray that he repents from his sin. I encourage all those that feel as I do to join me in my testimony.

Posted by Evangelist on Thursday, 09.27.12 @ 16:18pm


yea we're being tricked.

Posted by GFW on Thursday, 09.27.12 @ 16:50pm


http://www.futurerocklegends.com/blog_files/Velvet_Revolver_sabotaged.html

Velvet Revolver sabotaged David Lee Roth's moment
March 24, 2007 10:29 PM Filed in: 2007 Ceremony

Backstage at the 2007 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Scott Weiland of Velvet Revolver attempted to explain the reason why David Lee Roth wasn't there:

"We were asked to perform. Kinda what happened was, [David Lee Roth] wanted to sing the song 'Jump.' We felt from an artistic standpoint, and I'm being totally honest with you, that it wasn't a song we felt comfortable with. We don't have keyboards. To bring a keyboard on stage wouldn't work for us. We said we'd do 'Janie's Cryin' ' or 'You Really Got Me,' and he was adamant that wasn't OK."

Weiland, how about you pick the songs you want to play when you get inducted into the Hall?

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 07.7.13 @ 22:20pm


Van Halen is the Greatest Band of the 1980's

Posted by Karl Singleton on Thursday, 05.29.14 @ 16:35pm


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UX28IyKPzH8

David Lee Roth pissed off at Van Halen (1986)

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 07.30.14 @ 17:32pm


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UX28IyKPzH8

David Lee Roth pissed off at Van Halen (1986)

When the Van Halen boys and Diamond Dave split in 1985, it was easy to blame David Lee Roth. He's made a career of being a professional narcissist, a hyperbolic cartoon of a man. It was quite easy to believe that Eddie Van Halen was dying to be an artist and Dave only cared about testosterone-driven silliness. But as another 30 years would reveal, that's probably very wrong. Instead, it seems there's a lot of truth to that David Lee Roth clip. It might be the only clip of Roth where he is so completely focused, articulate, and angry. It's Dave minus the "boz-de-boz-de-bop" goofiness, and he makes a very compelling argument that the Van Halen brothers are little brats who make people needlessly pick sides and draw battle lines.

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 07.30.14 @ 17:43pm


They stopped singing about sex

Posted by BR5150 on Thursday, 09.25.08 @ 13:55pm
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Lol. I'm guessing Poundcake really was about baked goods?

Posted by dmg on Friday, 08.21.15 @ 23:44pm


While I don't share the enthusiasm of most here I do agree that there should be a footnote in the HOF of them. I have never seen the evidence that Eddie was the God some claim, he isn't in the league if Hendrix, Page, Rhodes, or even Gilmour. To me the only stand out in the Band is Alex! Their Body of work is average compared to most popular Bands, and in fact they would have been History if it wasn't for efforts of the Red Rocker. Sammy save the Band from certain DEATH! All this being said, VH was an average band at a time when the real innovators were like the B52's, Elvis Costello, and others were paving the way for the Future! just my thoughts, I could me wrong......

Posted by Kevin on Wednesday, 04.6.16 @ 15:09pm


http://www.celebritynetworth.com

TOTAL NET WORTH

VAN HALEN: $400,000,000 Million

NET WORTH RANKINGS

01. Sammy Hagar: $120 Million
02. Eddie Van Halen: $85 Million
03. Alex Van Halen: $75 Million
04. Michael Anthony: $60 Million
05. David Lee Roth: $60 Million

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 07.2.16 @ 17:41pm


Now Sammy Hagar's name is missing from the list of inducted members of Van Halen on the Rock Hall website.

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 07.19.16 @ 13:55pm


Van Halen had a few good albums (most notably the first four), but after that their creativity took a downward spiral. I don't think they deserve the Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame.

Posted by Luke Madigan on Monday, 05.8.17 @ 19:46pm


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