Eddie Van Halen Sponsors Jennifer Hope’s New EP, X-Tremities (New Photos of Eddie)

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Jennifer Hope, Eddie Van Halen and Janie Liszewski Van Halen at the X-Tremities release party Saturday, April 12, 2014 at The Federal in North Hollywood, CA.  Eddie Van Halen is sponsoring the new 3 track EP from indie alternative recording artist Jennifer Hope. Her new EP X-Tremities was released April 8th on all major digital retailers […]

Van Halen Working on Mysterious “Project”

Van Halen Working on Mysterious “Project”

David Lee Roth mentions in the new episode of The Roth Show that his band is “Working on a great Van Halen project” but also that he “Can’t announce anything, or I’d have to come find you and swear you to secrecy.” You can watch the episode embedded below. (Though no clues are to be […]

Unearthed: Van Halen Photos From 1979 In-Store Appearance

Unearthed: Van Halen Photos From 1979 In-Store Appearance

We’ve uncovered a stash of never-before-seen photos from Van Halen’s appearance at a record store in Seattle, Washington, which took place 35 years ago today, on April 13th, 1979. The young and hungry band was quite busy at the time—within three weeks leading up to this in-store appearance, Eddie Van Halen painted his Frankenstrat red, the […]

Van Halen’s Early Days at Gazzarri’s—As Told by The Band, Bill Gazzarri, Rodney Bingenheimer, and Childhood Friends

Van Halen’s Early Days at Gazzarri’s—A Must-Read!

A must-read! Eddie and Alex Van Halen, David Lee Roth, Michael Anthony, Bill Gazzarri, Rodney Bingenheimer, and childhood friends discuss Van Halen’s formative years playing Gazzarri’s on the infamous Sunset Strip (1974-1976). . Bill Gazzarri: Van Halen was the best band that ever played here at Gazzarri’s. That’s my final statement on that one. Alex Van Halen: Back then, nobody knew […]

VHND’s All Access Photo: 1979 Radio Appearance

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During their 1979 “World Vacation” tour in support of Van Halen II, the band paid a visit to “Seattle’s Best Rock” KISW-FM. Here’s Eddie Van Halen and David Lee Roth with rock and roll disc jockey, Steve Slaton. Slaton hosted a nightly show on KISW called “Disco Destruction” during which he would “blow up” disco records. Van Halen were […]

35 Years Ago: Van Halen Plays the CaliFFornia World Music Festival

35 Years Ago: Van Halen Plays the California World Music Festival

Here’s a fun look back at the 35th anniversary of a giant rock concert in the late seventies, involving Van Halen, Aerosmith, Ted Nugent, Cheech and Chong, midget security guards, and a chimpanzee. Enjoy! . 35 years ago today, Van Halen co-headlined the 1979 CaliFFornia World Music Festival (held on April 7–8, 1979) at the Los […]

Video: Bruce Springsteen Covers Van Halen’s ‘Jump’ at Dallas Show (with Tom Morello)

Video: Bruce Springsteen Covers "Jump"

Update 4/7/14: Here’s a full version of the song, above. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band began their six week U.S. tour tonight (April 6th), opening with Van Halen’s #1 hit, “Jump.” It was the first time that song has ever been played by the E Street Band. The video is embedded above, but […]

VHND’s All Access Photo: Rehearsals, 1974

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Van Halen practicing in 1974, soon after Michael Anthony joined the band, and not long after they scored their first gig on the Sunset Strip. “All Access” Photos is a weekly feature at VHND.com. Every weekend we feature a photo from a roadie, friend, or band insider. Many are never-seen-before exclusives. Tune in every weekend for […]

Exclusive: David Lee Roth on Van Halen’s “College of Musical Knowledge” (Audio)

EXCLUSIVE: David Lee Roth on Van Halen’s “College of Musical Knowledge” (Audio)

David Lee Roth was inspired by our article 40 Years Ago Today – Van Halen Hits the Sunset Strip! so much so that he sent us an exclusive audio describing how important it was for Van Halen to spend years playing Gazzarris in the mid seventies. He calls it their ”college of musical knowledge.” Listen to Dave’s 5-minute […]

40 Years Ago Today – Van Halen Hits the Sunset Strip!

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  Forty years ago today, Van Halen broke out of the backyard party scene—playing their very first concert on the infamous Sunset Strip! Their gig at Gazzarri’s on April 4th, 1974 was their first performance in Hollywood. Landing this gig helped catapult the band out of Pasadena’s backyard beer bashes, and thrust them headfirst into Tinseltown! This […]

Unearthed: Earliest Known Van Halen Interview (1977)!

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Exclusive: Before Van Halen exploded in 1978 and started being featured in national music magazines, a small rock fanzine covering mostly local Los Angeles bands scored an interview with the lead singer of Van Halen. This interview took place backstage at the Whisky A Go-Go, in September of 1977, nearly half a year before Van Halen’s first album hit […]

35 Years Ago: Eddie Van Halen Paints His Main Guitar Red

35 Years Ago: Eddie Van Halen Paints His Main Guitar Red

Legend has it that Eddie Van Halen painted his Frankenstrat guitar (also known as The Frankenstein) with the iconic red/black/white color scheme sometime in early 1979. We’ve just figured out that it was almost certainly the last week of March when he painted it. That makes it 35 years ago this week that the famous guitarist transformed his white […]