Recorded at lightning speed, Van Halen’s fifth album, ‘Diver Down’, boasted great music and hidden depths.
The band’s lone album with vocalist Gary Cherone, ‘Van Halen III’ marked a point where ‘Eddie found a new freedom in his writing’.
From merciless metal riffs to synth-pop hooks, the best Van Halen songs outran the competition with their colossal hard-rock ferocity.
Recorded in a self-built studio and throwing keyboards in the mix, Van Halen’s ‘1984’ album took a bold leap and earned a handsome reward.
Now recognised as a groundbreaking classic rock song, Jump is the signature hit that sent Van Halen supernova.
Whether using their iconic winged logo or imaginative illustrations, the best Van Halen album covers define classic rock music.
Written amid personal tensions and professional frustrations, ‘Fair Warning’ saw Van Halen deliver their ‘hardest, most muscular album’.
Capturing the power of their live shows, Van Halen’s debut album turned a bunch of Pasadena punks into hair-metal pioneers.
From his two-hand tapping technique to innovations with amps and guitars, here’s how Eddie Van Halen rewrote the guitarist’s rulebook.
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