In the late '70s and '80s, Van Halen ruled both arena rock and hard rock radio. The band's elaborate, dazzling stage shows delighted and metaphorically melted the faces of its millions of fans who came to see them perform their huge hits. But it hasn't been good times all the time for the rock band.
The group has endured a lot of lineup changesand they've dealt with the consequences of that rock 'n' roll lifestyle not to mention the consequences of just being alive.
So while Van Halen has brought a lot of joy to the world and themselvesits members have had a rough go of it, and they've faced some pretty awful setbacks.
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He was always good for a quippy quote, bounced around on stage, and mugged for the cameras. That left the rest of Van Halen, still a very hot act, scrambling to find a new lead singer to keep the gravy train rolling. Amazingly and surprisingly, several of the band's initial choices turned down the gig that eventually went to hard rock solo artist Sammy Hagar. Another interesting pick that could've been was the honey-voiced Daryl Hall of Hall and Oates.
When Hagar was a guest on Hall's show Live at Daryl's Househe asked Hall about the rumor that he'd been asked to join his old band. This wasn't Van Halen acting like a bunch of divas, however. In a videoDavid Lee Roth explained that the band's touring show was "the biggest production ever" and difficult to set up in a timely manner because the crews in each town were inexperienced with the ways of a massive rock 'n' roll setup.
If Roth spotted the candies in the bowl, it "guaranteed the promoter had not read the contract rider, and [the band] had to do a serious line check" to make sure all of the stage equipment had been installed safely and correctly.
And seriously, if people didn't pay attention to the contract, there were pretty bad consequences. For example, take the show in Pueblo, Colorado. And as it turns out, he had every right to be mad that the promoters hadn't carefully read the contract. Even though the floor requirements were laid out in the rider, organizers ignored that section, too. Hagar had started a new band called Planet Us and had asked Anthony if he'd like to join.
Van Halen took that to mean that the bassist had quit. Flash forward to when Van Halen wanted to tour with Hagar, and they asked Anthony to get the jilted singer to sign on. However, if Anthony wanted to be a part of it, he'd have to sign away his legal rights to the Van Halen band name and take a pay cut.
Three years later, Van Halen hit the road again, this time with Roth Then when we get back together with Dave, and all of a sudden, he wants back in. It's like, 'No dude, you quit the band. In its '70s and '80s heyday, the members of Van Halen would play a concert in the evening, and then they'd go out and party afterward. Well, everyone except Eddie Van Halen, who'd elect to stay back in his hotel room to write songs, work on guitar riffs, and ingest copious amounts of vodka and cocaine.
The blow keeps you awake, and the alcohol lowers your inhibitions," Van Halen told Billboardlater adding, "I was an alcoholic, and I needed alcohol to function.
Van Halen's descent into addiction began young — very young. I got drunk before I'd show up to high school.
Byhe'd turned into, as he told Billboard, "an angry drunk. He's reportedly stayed off of substances since Rock stars get together with actresses and models — that's just the natural order of things. It must've been close to love at first sight because the pair married in Apriljust eight months after they became a couple, according to NBC's Today.
However, drugs go hand in hand with rock 'n' roll, and they were also a part of this rock 'n' roll marriage from even before it started. Bertinelli wrote in her memoirLosing It and Gaining My Life Backthat as she and Van Halen filled out a pre-marriage questionnaire sent by their wedding officiant, they "each held a little vial of coke. In MarchVan Halen hit the road for a long stretch of concerts in support of its album Balance. Eddie Van Halen reportedly and cleverly nicknamed it the "Ambulance Tour" because both he and his brother were playing through the pain.Eddie Van Halen believes his throat cancer was caused by a metal guitar pick he used more than 20 years ago, TMZ reported.
The rock star, who has reportedly been "quietly" flying between the U. It's the same theory he posited in a interview with Billboardwhen he reflected on a mouth cancer scare in that caused him to lose one-third of his tongue. So that's one theory. Van Halen, who was a heavy smoker for several years, also gave credence to the idea that drugs and alcohol may have affected his health but added that his lungs were "totally clear" at the time.
He wears a patterned shirt under a jacket. TMZ reported that the rock star has been receiving radiation for the past five years and that he's currently in good condition. The cause of his cancer, however, is still up for debate.How Eddie Van Halen Invented Tapping
The doctor added that Van Halen's theory may have come from misconceptions about which metals can be harmful to human health. More from Aol. If you change your mind, here's how to allow notifications:. Stay in the loop! Get breaking news and big stories on your desktop. Notify Me.
When prompted, click "Allow" you can always change your mind later. Search The Web Search Aol. Doctor refutes Eddie Van Halen's bizarre theory as to how he contracted throat cancer. Dillon Thompson, In The Know. Up Next. Discover More Like This.Guitar God. In every concert he plays, the fans chant his name. Eddie Van Halen has reached the top of the guitar world, but the long road of hard partying on his way to numerous hit records, has finally caught up with him.
Recently Eddie checked in to a hospital to undergo treatment for cancer symptoms in his mouth, specifically on his tongue. A heavy drinker and chain smoker, Van Halen has tried to curb his bad habits in later life, but it seems his early excesses have taken their toll before he could drop them. Eddie and brother Alex were born in Holland. At a young age the family immigrated to the United States and settled in Southern California.
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Both parents loved music, and at the age of seven the brothers were trained in classic piano. But Eddie and Alex wanted to play rock and roll. Eddie soon bought himself a drum set with the money he earned from a paper route. Eddie practiced on his drums and tried to learn the songs of the day, but his job cut into his practice time. Eddie decided he needed to learn another instrument.
The guitar became his instrument of choice, and as they say, the rest is history. He taught himself to play by listening to records and copying what he heard.
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By the time high school was over, both Eddie and Alex were very good with their instruments, and had been in a few bands. After kicking around a few ideas, they decided to use the last name of the brothers, and Van Halen was born. In a club one night, Ted Templeton, a Warner Bros.
Soon their self-titled album debuted, and it has been nothing but success ever since. Their albums have gone multi platinum, and they have established a loyal fan base that will pack any concert venue they play. He played fierce solos and soon became known for tapping, a technique where he would tap the fret board with his playing fingers while making notes with his fingering hand.
The tapping would produce numerous quick notes that drove his solos. Eddie Van Halen became a role model for modern guitarists, regardless of their tastes and preferences.Now look where we are. Van Halen revealed in an interview that he has never been able to read music. Instead, he learned from watching and listening. During recitals of Bach or Mozart, he would improvise. From throughhe won first place in the annual piano competition held at Long Beach City College.
Van Halen's view was, "What? I thought I was playing it correctly! After Eddie heard Alex's performance of The Surfaris ' drum solo in the song " Wipe Out ", he decided to switch instruments and began learning how to play the electric guitar. According to Eddie, as a teen, he would often practice while walking around at home with his guitar strapped on or sitting in his room for hours with the door locked.
Eddie and Alex formed their first band with three other boys, calling themselves The Broken Combsperforming at lunchtime at Hamilton Elementary School in Pasadena, where Eddie was in the fourth grade.
Eddie would later say that this was when he first felt the desire to become a professional musician. I've always said Eric Clapton was my main influence," Van Halen said, "but Jimmy Page was actually more the way I am, in a reckless-abandon kind of way.
Eddie and Alex Van Halen formed a band in Records offered the band a recording contract. Upon its release, Van Halen reached No. VH1 ranked the band seventh on a list of the top hard rock artists of all time. Inhe played the guitar solo in Michael Jackson 's " Beat It. He also provided a guitar solo on the album's track "Eagles Fly". Inhe co-wrote the riff of a song with Black Sabbath members, Tony MartinTony Iommi and Geezer Butlercalled "Evil Eye" on the Cross Purposes album, but he was not credited due to record company restrictions.
Inhe recorded two new instrumental tracks "Rise" and "Catherine" which debuted in a pornographic feature entitled Sacred Sin. The feature was directed by well-known adult film director Michael Ninna friend of Eddie's. Inhe had a cameo role in the season seven premiere of the sitcom Two and a Half Menin which he played the main riff from "As Is" from A Different Kind of Truth. Van Halen's approach to the guitar has influenced an entire generation of guitarists.
Van Halen, like many rock guitarists, has never, fully, learned to read music. The instrumental " Eruption " by Van Halen, which was voted No. Although Van Halen popularized tapping, he did not invent the tapping technique, which had been used infrequently by various guitarists.Credited with "restoring hard rock to the forefront of the music scene",  Van Halen is known for its energetic live shows  and for the work of its acclaimed lead guitarist, Eddie Van Halen.
By the early s, Van Halen was one of the most successful rock acts of the time. With Hagar, the group released four U. Hagar left the band in shortly before the release of the band's first greatest hits collection, Best Of — Volume I. Former Extreme frontman Gary Cherone replaced Hagar, remaining with the band until ; Van Halen then went on hiatus until reuniting with Hagar for a worldwide tour in The following year, the band released The Best of Both Worldsits second greatest hits collection.
Hagar again left Van Halen in ; inRoth returned as lead vocalist. Anthony was fired from the band in and was replaced on bass guitar by Wolfgang Van HalenEddie's son. Inthe band released the commercially and critically successful A Different Kind of Truth.
As of MarchVan Halen is 20th on the RIAA list of best-selling artists in the United States; the band has sold 56 million albums in the States   and more than 80 million worldwide, making them one of the best-selling groups of all time.
VH1 ranked the band seventh on a list of the top hard rock artists of all time. The family moved to Pasadena, Californiain Young Edward first began studying classical piano, and became quite proficient although he never fully mastered the art of reading sheet music. Eventually the brothers started playing music together in the s—Eddie on drums and Alex on guitar.
While Eddie was delivering newspapers to pay for his new drum set, Alex would sneak over and play them. Eventually Eddie found out about it, and out of frustration he told Alex, "OK, you play drums and I'll go play your guitar.
As they progressed and gained popularity, they started to play many backyard parties and changed the name of their band to The Trojan Rubber Co. They initially rented a sound system from David Lee Roth but decided to save money by letting him join as lead vocalist even though his previous audition s had been unsuccessful. Following an all-night jam session, he was hired for bass and backing vocals. The band later changed its name to Mammoth when they discovered the name Genesis was already being used.
InMammoth officially changed its name to Van Halen.By creating an account, you verify that you are at least 13 years of age, and have read and agree to the PopCulture.
It was reported last week that Eddie Van Halen has been traveling to Germany to receive cancer treatment, but that isn't stopping him from enjoying his life, TMZ reports. This week, the musician was seen at a McLaren dealership in Beverly Hills, where he spent time with the sales team and took photos. According to TMZVan Halen has been flying between the United States and Germany for years to be treated for throat cancer, which he reportedly believes was caused by a metal guitar pick he used to use while playing.
The year-old used to hold the pick in his mouth and has been told that that could be the cause of his cancer despite the fact that he was also a heavy smoker. Sources say that he has been making the trip for around five years to receive radiation treatment and has worked to keep his cancer in check "for the most part. The rocker's reported treatment comes 20 years after he underwent treatment for tongue cancer, with doctors removing around one third of his tongue in He was cleared of that diagnosis inbut sources say that there were times when cancer cells migrated down to his throat and doctors would scrape them out.
So that's one theory. Van Halen's bandmate David Lee Roth was asked about his friend's reported health issues during an interview on Detroit radio station WRIFthough he declined to speculate about them. Van Hale last performed together in Remember me on this device Login. Register - Forgot Password. Celebrity Arrow. Lifestyle Arrow. Sports Arrow. Comicbook Arrow. Gaming Arrow. Search Search Close Search. View this post on Instagram. Start the Conversation.His birth name is Edward Lodewijk Van Halen.
He is known more as Eddie van Halen as his stage name. He was born on 26th January Van Halen is also recognized as a producer and songwriter. The rock band van Halen was co-founded by van Halen where he became the occasional keyboardist and lead guitarist.
In the history of rock music, he is included in the list of the most influential guitarists. Here are other interesting facts about Eddie van Halen to notice:.
The birthplace of van Halen was located in Nijmegen, Netherlands. His father was a pianist, saxophonist, and clarinetist. His name was Jan van Halen. His father was a Dutch. His mother was Eugenia van Halen. The family of van Halen relocated to Pasadena, California in February The middle name of Van Halen is Lodewijk. He was named after the Ludwig van Beethoven.
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He and his brother learned classical piano from Stasys Kalvaitis by commuting to San Pedro from Pasadena. However, he realized that piano was not challenging for him. Therefore, he began to play drum and Alex played a guitar. Six albums had been released by van Halen with David Lee Roth as the vocalist.
InVan Halen was released in the market. The last album with Roth was