Rare Video: Eddie Van Halen Jams with G.E. Smith & The Saturday Night Live Band, 1987

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Here’s a video of one of our favorite Eddie Van Halen jams ever. Embedded below is the elusive footage of Eddie Van Halen playing with G. E. Smith and the Saturday Night Live band in 1987. The video always get’s taken down from youtube, so it’s hard to find. Classic stuff! Eddie Van Halen and Valerie Bertinelli appeared […]

VHND’s All Access Photo: Cocktails in ’78

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The band grabs some cocktails somewhere on their first world tour. Can you guess which one is the lead singer?? “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!

When Van Halen’s Bass Tech’s Mother Gave David Lee Roth Advice

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DLR in 1981 and Kevin Dugan’s Mother Grace in 1989 This is a special story brought to us by Kevin Dugan. Some fans will know his name—he’s perhaps the most publicly well-known Van Halen crew member—he’s been Michael Anthony’s bass tech from 1981 through the present day. He was on Van Halen’s crew from ’81 […]

Eddie Van Halen on How He Created His Signature Sound Using MXR’s Phase 90 and Flanger Pedals

Eddie Van Halen on How He Created His Signature Sound Using MXR's Phase 90 and Flanger Pedals

From GuitarWorld.com: This is an excerpt from the all-new November 2014 issue of Guitar World. For the rest of this story, plus Guitar World’s cover feature on Jeff Beck and ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, not to mention features on Weezer, George Thorogood, the guitar pick revolution, Nita Strauss and Black Veil Brides, plus gear reviews (Epiphone, […]

VHND’s All Access Photo: Dave Signing Child’s Cast

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Here’s some never seen shots from seven years ago today. This was Sept 28th, 2007, the beautiful morning after Van Halen’s first reunion concert with David Lee Roth in Charlotte, NC. As David was leaving his hotel he was greeted by a group of fans who had been patiently waiting outside. He stopped,  and was glad to […]

7 Years Ago: Van Halen Launches First Tour with David Lee Roth Since 1984!

7 Years Ago: Van Halen Launches First Tour with David Lee Roth Since 1984!

Photos by ROBERT YEAGER Seven years ago tonight, Van Halen launched their first tour with original singer David Lee Roth since 1984! The 2007-2008 tour was the highest grossing tour in the bands history, with arena sellouts all across the country, grossing more than $93 million. Nearly a million fans journeyed from all over the world to witness […]

This Day in 1978: Van Halen Supposedly Parachutes Into Anaheim Stadium & Eddie Meets Sammy Hagar!

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(UPDATE: Short Video added, above). On this day in 1978, (Sept 23rd), Van Halen stole the show at the huge outdoor concert of 56,000 at California’s Anaheim Stadium by hiring look-a-likes to parachute from an airplane into the stadium. It was also the day that Eddie met future Van Halen singer Sammy Hagar. It was a brilliant stunt […]

Van Halen’s Cover of Wilson Pickett’s “In The Midnight Hour”

You can hear one minute of David Lee Roth sounding absolutely fantastic on a cover of “Mustang Sally” in the teaser video for The Roth Show below. The video was shot recently in his Pasadena home. We would love to hear the entire song some day! (The R&B song was written and first recorded by Mack Rice in 1965, named by […]

VHND’s All Access Photo: Backstage ’79

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A never seen shot of Van Halen backstage at the Masonic Temple Theatre on May 2, 1979 in Detroit, Michigan during the band’s “World Vacation” tour. The Motor City was about to get their very first headlining Van Halen show! “All Access” Photos is a weekly feature at VHND.com. Every weekend we feature a photo from a […]

Top 5 Underrated Songs In Van Halen History

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From: Stereo Embers Magazine. Written by: Michael Sandler Everyone knows a Van Halen song. Eddie Van Halen, the band’s guitarist and namesake, is one of the most celebrated musicians of the past half-century or so. From the innovative shred-fest “Eruption,” to synthesizer-heavy “Jump,” to the sing-along, classic rock of “Right Now,” Van Halen is the man behind […]

VHND’s All Access Photo: Eddie Tied Up

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Eddie Van Halen gettin’ nutty backstage during the band’s “1980 Invasion” World 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! For tons of live photos from this tour, see this: Photos: Van Halen […]

David Lee Roth’s Race Across America

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In early September of 1985, the MTV Video Music Awards were coming up, and David Lee Roth was planning on attending. After all, his Crazy From The Heat solo EP had come out in January, and his music videos for “California Girls” and “Just a Gigolo/I Ain’t Got Nobody” were in huge rotation on MTV that year. Van Halen […]