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.

Van Halen All Access Photo: Eddie’s Tiny Destroyer

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Who shrank Eddie Van Halen’s Ibanez Destroyer?! Very rare shot of Eddie in Japan. Photo by Koh Hasebe, 1979. We don’t know anything about the miniature guitar above, but below is a photo of Wolfgang holding the real thing, which he calls simply, “My favorite.” Most Van Halen fans first saw a black-and-white image of Ed’s […]

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 […]

Eddie Van Halen Visits Howie Weinberg Mastering Studio

Eddie Van Halen Visits Howie Weinberg Mastering Studio

Eddie Van Halen dropped by the Howie Weinberg Mastering Studio this week. Howie mastered Van Halen’s last album, A Different Kind of Truth. Hopefully Ed didn’t drop by to simply say hi—could this visit have something to do with the mysterious Van Halen “project” that we reported on earlier this year?! The above photo is from […]

Eddie Van Halen’s “Fashion Dynasty” Instrumental from ‘The Wild Life’ Film Score

Keyboard track from The Wild Life!

More music from The Wild Life! Here’s “Fashion Dynasty”— a keyboard track from the 1984 movie The Wild Life. Eddie wrote the entire musical score for the movie, playing guitar along with his electronic drum machine. The director wanted this background music to be used during the scene at the Fashion Dynasty store in the mall. More exclusive tracks […]

A Bourbon Street Adventure with Van Halen

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Journalist Steven Rosen shares his tale of his wild weekend attending the ’85 NAMM show with Eddie Van Halen. This is the full, unedited version of that adventure (only right here!)—from issue #9 of The Inside magazine. The weekend begins on a deceptively subdued note, but this would change.  The alarm clock performs its mechanical duty, […]

Eddie & Janie on the set of The Bridge

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Eddie & Janie Van Halen having fun on the set of The Bridge yesterday. Unfortunately, the were arrested by Mexican police and thrown in jail. Hopefully they’ll be “Unchained” before too long!

VHND’s All Access Photo: Eddie’s Porsche 911

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Eddie Van Halen poses with his new Porsche 911. He treated himself after the Fair Warning album and tour. “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!

Exclusive: Eddie Van Halen’s “Peeping Tom” Instrumental from ‘The Wild Life’ Film Score

New 'The Wild Life' track—"Peeping Tom!"

Finally, we are kicking off Round 2 of music from The Wild Life! These are all Van Halen News Desk exclusives. Here’s what we call “Peeping Tom,” written and performed by Eddie Van Halen in 1983. This track is part of the musical score from the movie The Wild Life. Eddie wrote the entire musical score for the […]

One-Handed Guitarist Impressively Covers Van Halen’s “Eruption”

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A truly inspirational story! John Denner may have been born without a hand, but that didn’t stop him from wailing on the guitar like Eddie Van Halen. Working around his birth defect, he devised a homemade prosthetic that could hold a guitar pick. He started playing and began to capture the attention of audiences, winning […]

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 […]

Eddie Van Halen Interviews Les Paul

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Happy Birthday, Les Paul! In 1986, Guitar World put Eddie Van Halen and Les Paul together in the same room to talk about what they knew best. From Guitar World: Almost three decades ago, Guitar World writer Steven Rosen brought together Les Paul and Eddie Van Halen for a quick chat. It would be the […]

VHND’s All Access Photo: Shakey’s Pizza

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Rare photo of 24-year-old Eddie Van Halen clowning around in Tokyo at Shakey’s Pizza Parlor. This was taken during the band’s second tour through Japan, in September of 1979. “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 […]