What’s 30 years between friends? Back in 1978, Eddie Van Halen was thrilled to be touring with one of his idols, Black Sabbath. As this 1978 backstage photo shows, one day Queen’s Brian May attended a Black Sabbath/Van Halen show and hooked up with Eddie and Tony Iommi backstage. Luckily for guitar buffs, someone snapped […]
Eddie Van Halen News
After wrapping up Van Halen's 2012-2013 tour, Eddie Van Halen is currently on musical break. In the coming months, he is going to appear in Guitar Afficionado, and Esquire magazines. He is also set to appear in the upcoming photo book "Shades of Elvis".
Also, VHND is releasing Eddie Van Halen's music from the 1984 movie "The Wild Life". We will be putting out all of the music he recorded, unedited and uncut, straight from Eddie's tape.
Okay, so we all know that whilst producing Michael Jackson’s Thriller album in 1983, Michael’s producer, Quincy Jones called up the hottest guitarist on the planet—Eddie Van Halen—and had a conversation that led to Eddie playing the immortal guitar solo on “Beat It.” But what if it was the other way round? Imagine if—while David Lee Roth was […]
VHND reader Shawn Wiles ran into Eddie Van Halen skiing at the Kirkwood Mountain Resort years ago. It sure would have been awesome seeing Eddie doing all those iconic scissor-kick jumps off every mogul! “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 […]
Pictured here are Eddie Van Halen with Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen backstage at the CaliFFornia World Music Festival, held April 7th and 8th, 1979. Rick Nielsen gave two great quotes about Van Halen: “Van Halen is the musical equivalent of the yearly Harley festival in Sturgis. Loud, proud, and always a crowd.” “Eddie’s creativity, his […]
Ten years ago today, the great “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott was tragically shot dead onstage while performing on Dec. 8th, 2004 with Damageplan at the Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio. This is the story of why Dimebag’s last words were “Van Halen!”, and he was buried with the guitar that inspired him most — Eddie Van Halen’s yellow […]
Eddie Van Halen pictured backstage with his first Voyager (aka ” Star”) guitar. This one came into Ed’s possession in late ’79 or early ’80. He put a old Danelectro neck on it—an early Floyd Rose prototype—and rocked the world. (Incidentally, the first guitar that he gave to Dweezil Zappa back in ’82 was this body type and was white […]
Here’s a truly interesting tale about Eddie Van Halen that some folks were discussing on Reddit.com: Here’s a story about the rare genius of Eddie Van Halen, as told by Hartley Peavey to a longtime Peavey dealer I worked for. They had been doing some manufacturer’s clinics with Eddie, and Hartley shared this nugget with him. I thought […]
Here’s a press release from yesterday which briefly mentions Eddie Van Halen, followed by our thoughts. The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and Los Angeles-based Ideas Exchange Zocalo Public Square are partnering to launch “What It Means to Be American,” a collaborative three-year initiative aimed at engaging leading thinkers, public figures and Americans from all […]
A huge Van Halen fan decided to Van Halenize his Toyota truck with a unique paint job—in the same color scheme of Eddie Van Halen’s iconic guitar—for a fresh, rockin’ new look!The above video is nicely done, and shows Ryan Humphrey of Ohio giving us the step-by-step process of painting his truck, along with some vintage Van Halen playing […]
UPDATE #1: Scroll down to see MORE PHOTOS that we added today. UPDATE #2, from Paraquat: Paraquat tells the Van Halen News Desk, “Thanks to my brothers Eddie and Alex for stopping bye for a hang with Paraquat Kelley today to support Melody Rogers and me for the upcoming Mighty Met Acoustic Flashback on Dec 14 @ the Canyon Club […]
This Day in 1996: Eddie Van Halen, Billy Sheehan & Steve Lukather Perform at the ALS Benefit Concert
Something very special happened on this day in 1996. 18 years before the “Ice Bucket Challenge” went viral and drew attention to ALS, Eddie Van Halen assembled a band for an eight-hour benefit concert for his good friend Jason Becker—the guitar wunderkind diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease one week after joining David Lee Roth’s band in 1989. […]