36 Years Ago: Van Halen Conquers the Texxas Jam (Photos & Video)

36 Years Ago: Van Halen Conquers the Texxas Jam (Photos & Video)

After losing almost all their gear on their flight from Japan, Van Halen was forced to play rented, borrowed and begged-for equipment in front of the biggest crowd they ever played for at the time!  On July 1st, 1978, nearly 100,000 people crammed inside the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, during the hottest day of the decade […]

The Roth Show: The Oo-oka River Blues

The Roth Show: The Oo-oka River Blues

The video of “The World’s Most Interesting Man” playing slide guitar with ancient traditional salt shaker(!) and practicing some of his Iaido moves. The music, which could be right at home in a Quentin Tarantino film, features Dave on guitar, and the Kabuki Orchestra performing “The Oo-oka River Blues.” Recorded June 27, 2014, at Onkio Haus in […]

VHND’s All Access Photo: Eddie’s Porsche 911

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Eddie Van Halen poses with his new Porsche 911. He treated himself after the Fair Warning album and tour. “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 more!

Van Halen’s Stripper Invasion

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From KSHE95.com, by Beau Phillips From the first time I set the needle down on Van Halen’s debut album, I knew we’d struck gold. The band’s raw power jumped out of the speakers. Their songs grabbed you by the ears and refused to let go. Van Halen commanded your attention—no, they demanded it. The rock radio jocks […]

Exclusive: Eddie Van Halen’s “Peeping Tom” Instrumental from ‘The Wild Life’ Film Score

New 'The Wild Life' track—"Peeping Tom!"

Finally, we are kicking off Round 2 of music from The Wild Life! These are all Van Halen News Desk exclusives. Here’s what we call “Peeping Tom,” written and performed by Eddie Van Halen in 1983. This track is part of the musical score from the movie The Wild Life. Eddie wrote the entire musical score for the […]

One-Handed Guitarist Impressively Covers Van Halen’s “Eruption”

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A truly inspirational story! John Denner may have been born without a hand, but that didn’t stop him from wailing on the guitar like Eddie Van Halen. Working around his birth defect, he devised a homemade prosthetic that could hold a guitar pick. He started playing and began to capture the attention of audiences, winning […]

Foo Fighters Cover “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love”

Foo Fighters Cover “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love”

From NME: Foo Fighters headlined the Firefly Music Festival in Delaware Friday night, finishing their set with an encore filled with cover versions. Dave Grohl and his bandmates played their only scheduled date of the summer at the event. Click above to watch their cover Queen’s ‘Under Pressure’. Elsewhere in the encore, they covered School’s Out by Alice […]

VHND’S All Access Photo: Michael & Fans

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Michael Anthony jumps out of the tour bus and poses with some young fans during Van Halen’s “1980 Invasion” world tour. Michael Anthony just turned 60 yesterday! Happy Birthday, Michael. “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. […]

Happy Birthday, Michael Anthony!

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Happy Birthday, Michael Anthony! Join us in wishing the BAD ASS bass player and vocalist a great 60th birthday. You can also join thousands of others in wishing Michael a Happy Birthday on our Facebook page. Bottoms Up, Michael! Enjoy some great videos featuring Michael below!

The Gospel of David Lee Roth

The Gospel of David Lee Roth

Author and storyteller Kambri Crews tells the story of how, as a teenager growing up in a poor family, David Lee Roth became her unconventional life coach. She started off incredibly attracted to the Van Halen singer, and then opened her mind to his words of wisdom, which inspired her and change her life. “The only […]

Photos: Van Halen In Concert, 1979!

Photos: Van Halen In Concert, 1979!

Legendary rock photographer Ross Halfin has photographed Van Halen many times over the years. Here’s some of his incredible shots from Van Halen’s second world tour in 1979. Thanks for the fantastic shots, Ross! You can keep up with him on Ross Halfin Photography’s Facebook page.

Jan Van Halen’s Story

Jan Van Halen's Story

By VHND contributing writer Kevin Dodds, author of Edward Van Halen: A Definitive Biography Jan Van Halen—the patriarch of the entire, extended Van Halen family—was a perpetually working-class musician until the release of Diver Down in 1982. He was over sixty years old when he finally landed his biggest gig: tracking a song in a recording studio […]