VHND’s All Access Photo: Davesickle


For our 80th “All Access” Photo, here’s Diamond Dave goofing around backstage with his ‘Davesickle’ guitar at the Cobo Hall on July 4, 1980 in Detroit, Michigan. The hilarious Davesickle guitar was used for live performances of “Ice Cream Man” during the 1980 World Invasion and 1981 Fair Warning/W.D.F.A. tours. This steel-stringed electric/acoustic was shaped and painted like […]

Jason Becker Talks ALS Ice-Bucket Challenge & Eddie Van Halen

Jason Becker Talks ALS Ice-Bucket Challenge & Eddie Van Halen

Jason Becker, a former guitarist for David Lee Roth who has lived with ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease) for 25 years, is thrilled to see what the ice-bucket challenge is doing in the fight against the disease. “I love it. It is amazing,” Becker tells Billboard via phone from his home […]

Photos: Van Halen at the Philadelphia Spectrum, Aug 29, 1978


In 1978, the members of Van Halen were thrilled to be opening for the legendary Black Sabbath. “The Sabs,” as they called them, were part of their musical youth. To share the stage with them was a dream come true. Ozzy Osbourne, Sabbaths singer at the time, remarked many years later that Van Halen had a profound effect […]

Photos: Van Halen at the Sam Houston Coliseum—Aug 28, 1980


Enjoy these AMAZING Van Halen photos from 34 years ago today! Van Halen’s performance at the Sam Houston Coliseum in Texas is captured in these photos by Rockin’ Houston. These are extra special because the 1980 tour is probably the least photographed early Van Halen tour, despite how visually awesome the band and stage was. These […]

VHND’s All Access Photo: Clowning Around During The 1980 Invasion

All Access Photo: Clowning Around During The 1980 Invasion

Coincidently, the best frontman of the ’80s and the best guitarist of the ’80s just happened to be in the same band. Here they are putting up their dukes somewhere during the band’s 1980 INVASION world tour, in support of the monstrous Women And Children First album. “All Access” Photos is a weekly feature at VHND.com. Every weekend we feature […]

Eddie Van Halen’s “Spanish Fly” Guitar Solo Covered on Piano! (Video)


This is amazing! Watch the video below of famous keyboardist Derek Sherinian cover Eddie Van Halen’s acoustic guitar instrumental “Spanish Fly.” Derek says he recorded this on his iPhone on 7/27/14 and adds, “God bless EVH!” Hearing this on a piano is like hearing it in a whole new light. It really shows what an incredible piece of […]

30 years Ago: Van Halen Plays Monsters of Rock Festival, Castle Donington, England


On this day in 1984, Van Halen performed for 65,000 sweaty heavy metal fans at the ‘Monsters of Rock’ Festival at Donington Park in Castle, Donington, Leicestershire, England. This show was the first Monsters of Rock show out of five the band played to wrap up the 1984 tour. This was also Van Halen’s first U.K. appearance since […]

VHND’s All Access Photo: Eddie Ready To Rock Japan!


Another never seen photo — Eddie Van Halen ready to rock a sold out crowd in Japan in 1978. He’s proudly wearing the original Van Halen logo tee from the band’s club days. To this day, that very shirt that he wore during the band’s first world tour hangs on display at 5150 Studios. “All Access” […]

Backstage Van Halen Photos From 1979

Backstage Van Halen Photos From 1979

Legendary rock photographer Ross Halfin has shot Van Halen many times over the years. Here’s his backstage shots from Newcastle upon Tyne’s City Hall, June 26th, 1979. The band was three months into their second world tour—their first full tour as headliners. Van Halen II had already gone platinum, and their third work, Women And Children First, would come […]

Never Seen Photos of Eddie Van Halen’s Guitar Collection at 5150!

Never Seen Photos of Eddie Van Halen's Guitar Collection at 5150!

“Pretty maids, all in a row…” Feast your eyes on a real treat! Here’s some incredibly cool photos from 5150 studios that have just emerged, offering glimpses of many of Eddie Van Halen’s rarely seen guitars. These are definitely some of the very best (and only!) photos of Eddie’s axe collection that have ever come out of […]

Van Halen Plays a Converted Barn on This Day in ’78!

Van Halen's gig at a BARN on this day in '78!

On this day in 1978, Van Halen played a gig at a small bar in Wisconsin that was a actually converted barn. Yes, a BARN! The band arrived in a van and played on a small stage up in the hay loft! Tickets were six bucks, burgers were a dollar, and hay covered the floor. […]

VHND’s All Access Photo: Mike & Playboy Bunny Backstage


We’d like to think that if you were to walk into the hallowed backstage area of an early Van Halen gig at any given time, you’d be greeted by something like this. “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 […]