Van Halen 1984 Soundcheck Audio!


The internet is pretty cool sometimes. Back in 1984, a fan who somehow had access to the venue Van Halen was playing that night (San Francisco's Cow Palace) recorded a few minutes of the band's soundcheck. Hearing Eddie casually noodle around a bit is just great! Listen above. … [Read more...]

Gene Simmons Talks Lost Seventies Van Halen Demos


While speaking with Rolling Stone about the 40th anniversary of Kiss' Destroyer earlier this month, Gene Simmons digressed to reflect on the anniversary of some other recordings he made in 1976: his demos with Van Halen. It was 40 years ago this summer that Simmons discovered Van Halen and recorded several demos with the band, including one electrifying session (which … [Read more...]

Van Halen Brothers Donate to The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation


Edward Van Halen at the The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation party Thursday night. "Not only did Eddie donate 75 guitars four years ago, he and his brother Alex just made a $100,000 donation to MHOF, which will keep instruments flowing to more kids and more schools for a long time! Tricia Steel, our Program Director just told Eddie that he’s as much of a rock star off stage to … [Read more...]

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


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...]

VIDEO: Alex Van Halen’s 2015 Ludwig Classic Maple Drum Set


Here's a special announcement from The Nashville Drummers Jam 7 Alex Van Halen Tribute, coming Dec. 14th. Alex's drum tech, John Douglas, was asked if he could bring a replica of Alex's 2015 Ludwig Classic Maple Drum Set to the event. Watch JD's video above! The Nashville Drummers Jam 7 is a charity event that pulls in top players in Nashville that honors a drummer while … [Read more...]

Alex Van Halen To Be Honored For Charity


The Nashville Drummers Jam 7 is a charity event that pulls in top players in Nashville that honors a drummer while donating to a charity. Past drummers have been Stewart Copeland, Neil Peart, Jeff Porcaro, Jerry Gaskill, and John Bonham. This year it's Alex Van Halen! And the organizers say it's gonna be the most epic Nashville Drummers Jam yet. Al was cool enough to send … [Read more...]



Van Halen Rising: How a Southern California Backyard Party Band Saved Heavy Metal is a new book coming this October that solely focuses on Van Halen’s incredible rise during the ‘70s.  We have an advance copy, and trust us — this book is absolutely loaded with wild and interesting details on Van Halen’s beginnings that even the most knowledgeable fans have never heard. It's … [Read more...]

Photos: Alex Van Halen Inducted into Hollywood Rockwalk Hall Of Fame


The most individual and under-celebrated drummer in the world, and a man who simply and sincerely enjoyed pounding on things — Alex Van Halen — was inducted into the Hollywood Rockwalk Hall Of Fame on this day in 1991, alongside Ginger Baker, Carmine Appice , John Bonham, Keith Moon, and Buddy Rich. Thats pretty good company!  Alex Van Halen places his handprints in cement as … [Read more...]

Eddie Van Halen’s Smithsonian Interview (Video)

VIDEO: Eddie Van Halen's Smithsonian Speech

From 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 … [Read more...]