Announcing the EVH 5150 Micro Stack!

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New from EVH Gear, The EVH 5150 III Micro Stack electric guitar amplifier is a convenient solution for the player who wants to take Eddie's guitar tone wherever they go. The Micro Stack boasts all of the aesthetics of its bigger brothers, right down to the chicken-head knobs and striped faceplate. The ability to run the amp on battery power means you can play no matter where … [Read more...]

EVH Releases 20 Piece Run of the Wolfgang USA Tour Relic Replica

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An extremely limited 20 piece run of Eddie Van Halen's Wolfgang USA Tour Relic Replica is being unveiled at NAMM this week: For the legion of fans who attended the 2015 Van Halen Tour, it’s unlikely they failed to notice the striking, aged-looking Ivory Wolfgang USA guitar that Eddie Van Halen played onstage. In exciting news, EVH Gear has announced that it will make … [Read more...]

See Alex Van Halen’s 2015 Ludwig Drum Set at NAMM

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The Ludwig Display at NAMM this weekend will showcase something very special... Alex Van Halen's 2015 Ludwig Classic Maple Drum Set! A huge thank you to Ludwig for giving this rare glimpse of Alex's "Heavy Artillery." If you're going to NAMM, visit booth 4224 in Hall C. Most of these photos are from Ludwig's Facebook page. And of course, we'll be featuring Edward … [Read more...]

Michael Anthony Addresses Van Halen Rumors

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Today on his Facebook page, Michael Anthony addressed rumors that he might be back in Van Halen: I want to clarify some confusion surrounding a recent picture from a video shoot for my new Schecter Signature Bass that will be debuting at NAMM next week. Apparently, because a road case with the name "Van Halen" on it is in the photo (which was taken by someone off to the side … [Read more...]

Van Halen Voted Best Live Act of 2015

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In the new issue of Guitar World featuring the Eddie Van Halen cover story, we see that our boys won "Best Live Act" in the Guitar World 2015 Reader's Poll! Congrats, guys! Van Halen’s 2015 tour may be over, but you can relive the memories by enjoying photos, videos, and reviews for each show on our 2015 Tour Page! … [Read more...]

Tribute To David Bowie: Van Halen Covers “The Jean Genie” & “Where Have All The Good Times Gone”

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Music legend David Bowie died Sunday after a battle with cancer. Ex-Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony expressed his condolences today on his Facebook page, and in doing so, revealed that David Bowie's treatment of a Kinks song was the reason Van Halen covered the song. So surprised and saddened to hear about David Bowie's passing. He was a big fashion and musical … [Read more...]

32nd Anniversary of 1984!

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Today (January 9) as the 32nd anniversary of the release of Van Halen's monumental album, '1984.' You may want to take a moment and recognize the significance of the date: January is the first month of the year and marked as "1." The ninth day of the month is marked as "9." The year is marked "84" in short, thus lining them up as "1/9/84." A pretty cool little fact about one … [Read more...]

Van Halen “Forced Entry” — Never-Before-Heard Original Song!

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When you woke up this morning, did you think you would hear a long lost original Van Halen song from the club days?? Well, get ready! The author of Van Halen Rising has unearthed yet another never heard recording! Listen to a very young Van Halen perform their "rock opera" -  live at Pasadena High School on April 25, 1975! Greg Renoff writes, "Here's a never-before-circulated … [Read more...]

Eddie Van Halen Reveals the Secrets Behind His Live Rig: Guitars, Amps, Effects and More

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Here's just a small taste of Guitar World's latest exclusive cover story. For the full interview—and all the intricacies, details and secrets behind Eddie Van Halen's live rig—pick up the February 2016 issue of GW. It's available at newsstands and the Van Halen Store. Eddie Van Halen smiles a lot when he’s playing guitar. That smile remains there constantly, whether he’s … [Read more...]

Eddie Van Halen’s 5150 Steinberger Guitar Restored!

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Last November, Eddie Van Halen reached out to Jeff Babicz, who built Eddie's iconic Steinberger 5150 striped GL2T, 30 years prior, and asked him to restore the guitar. Today Jeff posted a picture of the fully restored guitar, shown above. The best part of this news is that, when Eddie asked him to restore the historic guitar, Jeff says that Ed mentioned, "This guitar is as … [Read more...]

New Eddie Van Halen Cover Story – Guitar World’s Feb 2016 Issue

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Eddie Van Halen has once again made the cover of Guitar World magazine. It's the February 2016 issue, which is available at Van Halen Store and at newsstands very soon. Eddie Van Halen – WORLD EXCLUSIVE! --  Ed Van Halen reveals the secrets of his live rig! Every pedal setting, backstage photos, new interview and more! Plus – Dan Auerbach's custom "flying wedge" and much … [Read more...]

Review: MXR EVH 5150 Overdrive Pedal (Video)

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From Guitar World: PLATINUM AWARD For as long as I can remember, Eddie Van Halen’s unmistakable guitar sound is one of the most copied and revered tones that guitarists love to endlessly deliberate over. And it’s a good discussion to have, because some Van Halen aficionados are resolutely passionate for the romanticized “brown” sound of Eddie’s vintage Marshall Super … [Read more...]