The Private Photo Shoot that Sparked a War Inside Van Halen

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In 1979 David Lee Roth met Helmut Newton, inciting an ego-fueled power struggle that ultimately split the group apart. Here’s a new article on some never-heard, behind-the-scenes drama that went on in Van Halen. Well get you started by featuring the article’s intro here on VHND, but be sure to click over to Medium.com to read the entire article. […]

Photos: Van Halen Plays Virginia, 1984

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Enjoy rare photos from 31 years ago this month, when Van Halen played Roanoke, Virginia, during their 1984 World tour. Eddie Van Halen on the 1984 tour: “Our live show for the 1984 tour just could not get any bigger, but it was so over the top that we never made any money from it. We had 18 trucks […]

Van Halen Albums, Ranked Worst to Best (Video)

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Our friends at Ultimate Classic Rock attempted the near-impossible feat of trying to rank all the Van Halen albums from worst to best. As they note in the introduction to their video, ‘“worst” in the context of one of the world’s greatest rock bands doesn’t necessarily mean bad.’ That’s for sure! We think there’s very, very little “filler” […]

Wolfgang Van Halen Making Solo Album

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Eddie Van Halen’s son is in the process of writing a solo album! That’s one of the more surprising things Eddie revealed during his hour-long interview at the Smithsonian National Museum Of American History in Washington, D.C. last week. “Wait until you hear his record! This is not pop talking, this is REAL talk. It […]

Van Halen Choose Atlas Music Publishing For Global Music Publishing Deal

Van Halen Choose Atlas Music Publishing For Global Music Publishing Deal

NEW YORK, NY (February 18, 2015) – Eddie Van Halen and Alex Van Halen of the legendary rock group Van Halen have signed an exclusive worldwide deal with Atlas Music Publishing, as announced today by Richard Stumpf, CEO of Atlas Music Publishing. The agreement covers the entire Van Halen catalog (excluding the most recent album), […]

Smithsonian Event a Major Milestone for Eddie Van Halen

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By VHND contributing writer Kevin Dodds, author of Edward Van Halen: A Definitive Biography Photos by National Museum of American History Smithsonian Institution On a bitter cold night in Washington D.C. on February 12, 2015, the atmosphere inside the Smithsonian Museum of American History was plenty warm. Fortunate enough to attend with a fellow superfan—my 12-year-old son—I […]

VIDEO: Eddie Van Halen’s Smithsonian Interview

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From WhatItMeansToBeAmerican.org: Necessity Is the Source of Eddie Van Halen’s Inventions THE PATH TO ROCK SUPERSTARDOM INVOLVES IMMIGRATION, EXPERIMENTATION, AND THE OCCASIONAL ELECTROCUTION BY SARAH ROTHBARD FEBRUARY 13, 2015 Rock legend Eddie Van Halen didn’t set out to change the way the guitar was played. But, as he explained to a standing-room-only crowd at the […]

Eddie Van Halen Donates More Guitars, Equipment, to the Smithsonian

Eddie Van Halen Donates More Guitars, Equipment, to the Smithsonian

Edward Van Halen donated some musical equipment to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington DC today. He donated an exact replica of his original black and white Frankenstein guitar, a Stealth, and an EVH amp and speaker cabinet during a closed ceremony, which took place right before his speech/interview. The folks at the Smithsonian […]

Eddie Van Halen Says He Wants To Tour

Eddie Van Halen Says He Wants To Tour

A new Eddie Van Halen interview came through the wire today. Nothing the big fans haven’t heard before, except that the writer probably did not recognize the one kernel of hard news in the whole thing: He mentions Eddie is “ready to get back on the road”…! Eddie Van Halen talks immigrant roots, innovation in music By […]

Van Halen’s Definitive Live Album & Remasters (UPDATED with Ordering Info)

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First, we apologize to our loyal readers for not addressing this news until now. Our hands were tied. We’ve had to sit on this info for a long time, and were counting on being the first music news site with this exciting news, but that’s not how it worked out. The news leaked early, and most […]

An Appreciation of ’1984′ as Eddie Van Halen Turns 60

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This great piece was written by Dan Benbow for VHND and his own site, Truth and Beauty. Enjoy. I was late to the party known as Van Halen. Throughout most of their vintage period I listened to the Beatles, Stevie Wonder, top 40 radio. I saw the classic “Fair Warning” concert videos in the early […]

No Esquire Interview

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We just spoke with Esquire magazine, and they do NOT have an interview with Van Halen in the works. It’s a widespread rumor as of last night, but it’s false. We apologize for the error.