Van Halen is a hard rock band formed in the US in 1972. Van Halen is known for its energetic live shows and for the work of its lead guitarist, Eddie Van Halen.
From 1974 until 1985, Van Halen consisted of Eddie Van Halen, Eddie's brother, drummer Alex Van Halen, vocalist David Lee Roth, and bassist Michael Anthony.
Upon its release in 1978, the band's self-titled debut album, a mania-classic & must-have album, would go on to sell over 10 million copies. By the early 1980s, Van Halen was one of the most successful rock acts of the time. The album 1984 was a commercial success with four hit singles, its lead single, "Jump", is the band's only number one single to date.
In 1985, Roth left the band to embark on a solo career and was replaced by former Montrose lead vocalist Sammy Hagar. Hagar left the band in 1996. Former Extreme frontman Gary Cherone replaced Hagar and left in 1999.
Van Halen then went on hiatus until reuniting with Hagar in 2003 for a worldwide tour. Hagar again left Van Halen in 2005. In 2006, Roth returned as lead vocalist and Anthony was replaced on bass guitar by Wolfgang Van Halen, Eddie's son.
On October 6, 2020, Eddie Van Halen died from cancer.