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 […]
Van Halen News
Van Halen is taking a break after wrapping up their 2012-2013 A Different Kind of Truth Tour. Despite lots of rumors, there is no solid evidence that suggests they will be touring and/or releasing anything in 2015. Time will tell.
Current members of the band are: Eddie Van Halen, Alex Van Halen, David Lee Roth, & Wolfgang Van Halen.
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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Kick off your weekend with this KICK ASS video for Van Halen’s “Romeo Delight!” A fan did an especially good job compiling a bunch of Van Halen concert footage into his own video for this classic track from Women And Children First. Although all the footage has previously circulated, he did a superb job editing […]
In early 1990, the editors of Guitar World magazine sat back, grabbed some coffee and painstakingly selected what they considered the top 50 guitar albums of the just-ended Eighties. Van Halen’s magnificent 1984 topped their list as the #1 album of the Eighties! And not only that—Van Halen was the only band that three albums that […]
The VH1 documentary “All Time Top Ten: Van Halen” counts down the top 10 Van Halen songs. Former MTV VJ Mark Goodman takes you through their wild history while he rolls out their top 10, which is basically a list of their favorite Van Halen music videos. “Few Rock bands have risen to the height of Van […]