Van Halen News

Van Halen recently released its first-ever live album to feature original singer David Lee Roth. Recorded on June 21, 2013 at the famed Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan, TOKYO DOME LIVE IN CONCERT includes 23 songs, spanning all seven of the band’s albums with Roth. Available on double CD; four-LP set on 180-gram vinyl; and digitally. Stay tuned to VHND for all the latest band news!

Sammy Hagar on the Making of Van Halen’s ‘5150’

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Photo by David McGough This week is a special time in Van Halen history. It was 30 years ago this week that the band topped Billboard's LP charts for the first time, with 5150! The album sat in the Number One position for 3 weeks straight. In a new interview, Sammy Hagar shares some interesting stories from the making of the classic album. Before we get to what Sammy had to … [Read more...]

Van Halen Rocks Cabo Wabo Cantina, 1990 (Photos & Video)

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On this day in 1990, Van Halen performed at the Grand Opening of their very own Cabo Wabo Cantina! There's a sleepy town, south of the border. If you go there once, you'll be there twice. Sound familiar? These are the hallowed words that introduced us to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and the Cabo Wabo Cantina, which was, at the time, owned by Van Halen. Today marks the 26 … [Read more...]

‘Rock Legends: Van Halen’ Airs Wednesday, April 20 on AXS TV

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Today on AXS TV: Ranked among the top hard rock bands of all time, Van Halen was known as much for the drama surrounding its members as its larger-than-life stage performances. Interviews, news archives and performances reveal the story of this iconic band. Tune in Wednesday, April 20 at 8|7c on AXS TV! Tune in to AXS TV tonight! If the programs ends up online, we'll … [Read more...]

Watch Van Halen LIVE in Montreal, April 19th, 1984 (Video Upgrade)

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It was this day in 1984 that Van Halen played a show in Montreal, Canada. At the time, that show was not anything unusual — just your typical sold out concert by The Mighty Van Halen. But that one performance is now legendary. Why? Because it's the only performance from that tour that has been recorded in its entirety for anyone to see. It's the only full show from their 1984 … [Read more...]

Exclusive Photos: Van Halen Plays Houston on This Day in 1978

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Here's live & backstage photos from the Van Halen concert which took place 38 years ago today, at the Music Hall in Houston, Texas. Some of these pics are exclusive to VHND, and never seen before. Here's the button that Pantera Ten Productions used as a backstage pass, which states, "JOURNEY CONCERT, Special Guest Stars Montrose & Van Halen." Note that Michael is … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday, ‘Diver Down’! David & Eddie Discuss the Classic Album

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On this day in 1982, Van Halen released "Diver Down!" Here's what David Lee Roth and Eddie Van Halen had to say about every song on the classic album upon it's release. Roth's quotes are from Cream & Van Halen's are from Guitar Player. Eddie: "When we came off the Fair Warning tour last year [1981], we were going to take a break and spend a lot of time writing this and … [Read more...]

Hear Van Halen’s Unreleased Song “I Want Some Action” & Other ‘5150’ Demos

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For the 30th anniversary of Van Halen's, multiplatinum, No. 1 album, "5150," we're spotlighting an unreleased (and unfinished) song from the album, "I Want Some Action," which you can listen to above. This is a is a song that was written and recorded during the "5150" sessions, and, interestingly, the only unreleased song that has leaked out of 5150 from all the years with … [Read more...]

Did Roth Really QUIT Van Halen in ’85? This Insider Says No!

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One of the biggest shakeups in rock 'n' roll history is when David Lee Roth quit Van Halen in 1985. But did he really quit? This insider, who was known as "one of the fifth members of Van Halen," says David did not quit ... Legend has it that on April 1st, 1985 ... April Fool’s Day ... David Lee Roth left Van Halen. (First, let's get this out of the way ... it didn't happen on … [Read more...]

8-Year-Old Drummer Plays Van Halen’s ‘Jump’

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Young drumming sensation, Avery Molek, returns with another Van Halen song...this time it's their #1 hit, "Jump." In addition to playing along perfectly with the beat, Avery can seen smiling exuberantly as he lip syncs to the words to the classic song. (Avery's currently 9, but was 8 when this video was recorded). “I love rockin out to Van Halen! They kick butt!!” says Avery. … [Read more...]

Two Van Halen Mentions In Popular Culture This Week…

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There were a couple random Van Halen mentions in popular culture this week. Very cool to see Van Halen constantly being referenced on TV and elsewhere … First, in "The Goldbergs" TV show, when one character was asked to explain his SAT test answers, he replied, "The correct answers just happened to form the Van Halen logo.” You see, sometimes Van Halen IS the answer to … [Read more...]

Sammy Hagar Is Ready to Make Peace With Eddie Van Halen

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Some interesting quotes from Sammy Hagar were released today in Rolling Stone (that were NOT included in their interview yesterday, which was about the 30th anniversary of 5150): Earlier this month, Sammy Hagar bumped into Metallica frontman James Hetfield. "The first thing he said was, 'Is it true?" says Hagar. "I said, 'What?' He goes, 'That you guys [in Van Halen] are … [Read more...]