Van Halen started life as a paid bar band that gained a considerable live following in the 1970's. Frontman David Lee Roth grew up in an affluent California family which helped the talented Van Halen brothers and their bassist/backing vocalist make it in the Sunset Strip scene.

A considerable part of the Van Halen sound was the futuristic, tehnique laden approach of Eddie Van Halen (guitar, keyboards), although their music remained routed in their classic rock covers band material. Van Halens image, album covers and iconic videos were pieced together or driven by David Lee Roth, who was also a quotable tv and radio personality.

Van Halen is also a prime example of branded music entertainment; the band and its singers have collectively produced guitars, picks, amplifiers, t-shirts, cooking items, bikes, sunglasses, hats, videos, books and a specialist fans-only magazine called 'the Inside', all designed to extend and, some would say, water down the Van Halen name.

Fans are usually in favour of the bands earlier albums, in particular the guitar opus Fair Warning and their chart topping 1984 disc, titled "1984". In 1985 the bands singer and biggest personality was replaced by a mediocre classic rock/80's pomp rock vocalist called Sammy Hagar, who had released excellent and not-so-excellent material since the early 70's.
Van Halen is f*cking cool

No - Van Halen is not cool, its overrated suburban b-grade metal crap
by Shifty 333 June 21, 2010
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One of the greatest bands of all time. This band redefined the term of shredding and good fuckin' Rock and Roll. I love them in a very hedero way and Eddie Van Halens influence on todays guitar players such as me is extremely strong. Other bands such as POD, Sum 41 and Blink 182 should bow down to Van Halen because Van Halen is such a better band then those poor,low fuckin' excuses for a rock and roll band. Such rockin' songs by Van Halen were Runnin' With the Devil, Panama, Hot For Teacher, Ain't Talkin' Bout' Love, and the ultimite example of Eddies excellence of playing, is Eruption. Probably the greatest 1:32 seconds of any Van Halen fans life. That song is like orgasmic! Overall Van Halen is one of the best Rock and Roll bands of all time and will get their place in the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame. Next year baby! They will get in!!
Person 1: Hey dude whats that awsome fuckin music??
Person 2: Its Van Halen dude!
by guitarmaster8910 March 19, 2004
Listen To Eruption, and youll know why they got number 2 in 100 best solos
Eruption was just PRACTICE for eddie van halen, it wasnt even suppose to be in the album!
by Sex Maniac September 08, 2004
A band that owns all others, the best of the best. Need I say more?
Van Halen kicks ass.
by EVH February 22, 2005
One of the greatest bands ever until that pussy Sammy Hagar became the lead singer.
I was one of the best guitar players ever. Then, I decided to play keyboards. I needed a pussy singer. I fired Dave then hired the biggest pussy I could think of. Sammy Hagar.
by Pud June 19, 2005
The band to which all rock guitar solos must be compared, and the band of the cosmos in Back to the Future. Just listen to Eruption and you'll see why.
"*Marty inserts tape labelled Van Halen to wake up George McFly*"
by KinGAleX March 21, 2005
The Best Most Kick Ass Rock band ther ever is was and will ever be. Van Halen led by guitarist eddie van halen who cannot be stopped or topped.
Van Halen is the best period.
by Remember001 August 23, 2005
A really good classic rock band but unfortunately most pussies only know about one or two of their albums.


Don't even talk to me about Sammy Hagar.
Sammy Hagar is a cheesy dick.He can't sing for fuck compared to Diamond Dave.
by Rock & Roll ain't for pussies August 11, 2004
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