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Friends of the Boys: Visiting Jan Van Halen (35 Years Ago Today)

Friends of the Boys: Visiting Jan Van Halen (35 Years Ago Today)

The home where Eddie and Alex Van Halen grew up in Pasadena, as it looked in 2013. (Photo: Karen Nuremberg Sonner) A very unique story from 35 years ago today, by VHND contributing writer, Doug Fox. Written for VHND and The Editing Room Floor: Click, snap, clack, pop, clink … There’s a lot of things that go through […]

VHND’s All Access Photo: Returning to Holland, 1978

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The Van Halen brothers in Holland on May 5th, 1978. This stop, two months into their first world tour, was their first visit back to their home country. Photo by Kees Baars. “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 […]

Jan Van Halen’s Story

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By VHND contributing writer Kevin Dodds, author of Edward Van Halen: A Definitive Biography Jan Van Halen—the patriarch of the entire, extended Van Halen family—was a perpetually working-class musician until the release of Diver Down in 1982. He was over sixty years old when he finally landed his biggest gig: tracking a song in a recording studio […]

7-Year-Old drummer Avery Rocks Van Halen’s “Everybody Wants Some!!”

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Our favorite little drummer is back! And this time Avery is kicking some butt on the Van Halen drums-filled classic, “Everybody Wants Some!!” Avery says, “Playing the same fill pattern over and over again was really hard to do. Hope you like it.” How do you think he did? Share your thoughts in the comments section. Avery’s […]

Let’s Make a Deal!—Alex Van Halen’s Crazy Cash for Locks Program

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Happy Birthday, Alex Van Halen! For his birthday today, we’ve got a never-seen photo and never-heard crazy story from the band’s 5150 tour! Many people don’t realize that Alex Van Halen has always been the biggest prankster in the band. He was arguably the most wild and out of control during the band’s 1986 5150 tour—he even shaved […]

VHND’s All Access Photo: Alex Chained

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Alex Van Halen chained up! What do you think he did to deserve this? Another never-seen shot from Neil Zlozower. “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!

VHND’s All Access Photo: Van Halens Backstage at Black Sabbath Concert Last Night

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Eddie, Alex, and Wolfgang Van Halen with Tony Iommi backstage at the Black Sabbath concert last night at the Hollywood Bowl! “Had an amazing time last night at the Sabbath show.” —Wolfgang “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 […]

VHND’s All Access Photo: Men Only

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The Van Halen brothers on their tour bus enjoying some cans of Colt 45 lager and salivating over a copy of Men’s Only magazine. This was May 27th, 1978 in Lewisham Odeon, right in the middle of their European tour opening for Black Sabbath. Their first UK tour consisted of an entire month, from May 16th […]

VHND’s All Access Photo: The Van Halen Family On a Boat to America

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Today marks a historic anniversary for the Van Halen family! On this day in 1962 (February 22), the Van Halen family left Holland on a boat for America, after receiving several letters from relatives describing the wonders of California. In their possession were a few suitcases, 75 Dutch guilders (the equivalent of about 15 American […]

VHND’s All Access Photo: Spaghetti Time

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The Van Halen brothers eating spaghetti. (“Hey, they’re just like us! They eat spaghetti!”) Seriously, THIS is an “All Access” photo. What’s more behind-the-scenes than Van Halen eatin’ spaghetti? This is a another never-seen shot from an former VH roadie. By the way, the guy in the orange shirt is Dennis from the lighting crew. […]

VHND’s All Access Photo: Young Van Halen Brothers At Home

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Priceless photo of young Alex and Eddie Van Halen in their childhood home in Pasadena. Photo Credit: The Roth Show. “All Access” Van Halen photos is a weekly feature at VHND.com. Every weekend we will be posting a photo from a roadie, friend, or band insider. Many will be exclusives that have never been seen anywhere […]

VHND’s All Access Photo: Ready to hit the Stage!

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This week’s photo is a never-before-seen candid taken backstage by a roadie in 1982. “All Access” Van Halen photos is a weekly feature at VHND.com. Every weekend we will be posting a photo from a roadie, friend, or band insider. Many will be exclusives that have never been seen anywhere before, and some will be supplied […]