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Also Known As: Eddie Van Halen, Edward Van Halen Died:
Born: January 26, 1955 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Nijmegen, Gelderland, NL Profession:

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For a generation of aspiring musicians and rock aficionados in the late 1970s and 1980s, Eddie Van Halen was the premier guitar hero of the day, one whose sonic palette covered everything from rock, R&B and dance to classically inspired pieces that redefined the use and sound of guitar in hard rock-n-roll. As leader and co-founder of Van Halen, he enjoyed considerable success for over three decades with such songs as "Jamie's Crying," "Dance the Night Away," "Jump" and "Best of Both Worlds," which were anchored by his fluid, supercharged guitar work and nimble manipulation of both frets and strings. Relations within the group were often as fiery as Van Halen's playing, with no less than three singers, including David Lee Roth, Sammy Hagar and Gary Cherone departing the group amidst heated in-fighting over the course of their history. Van Halen himself would suffer frequent health problems, including serious drug and alcohol addictions, during this period, but invariably rose again to re-establish himself as a guitar titan. His fabled marriage with television sweetheart Valerie Bertinelli kept his name in fan magazines apart from his music. Though Van Halen the band became a textbook example of...

For a generation of aspiring musicians and rock aficionados in the late 1970s and 1980s, Eddie Van Halen was the premier guitar hero of the day, one whose sonic palette covered everything from rock, R&B and dance to classically inspired pieces that redefined the use and sound of guitar in hard rock-n-roll. As leader and co-founder of Van Halen, he enjoyed considerable success for over three decades with such songs as "Jamie's Crying," "Dance the Night Away," "Jump" and "Best of Both Worlds," which were anchored by his fluid, supercharged guitar work and nimble manipulation of both frets and strings. Relations within the group were often as fiery as Van Halen's playing, with no less than three singers, including David Lee Roth, Sammy Hagar and Gary Cherone departing the group amidst heated in-fighting over the course of their history. Van Halen himself would suffer frequent health problems, including serious drug and alcohol addictions, during this period, but invariably rose again to re-establish himself as a guitar titan. His fabled marriage with television sweetheart Valerie Bertinelli kept his name in fan magazines apart from his music. Though Van Halen the band became a textbook example of dysfunctional band relations, Van Halen the guitarist remained untouched in regard to the innovation and inspiration he provided through his playing.

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 Taken Away (1989) Bypasser
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1962:
Moved with family to Pasadena, CA from the Netherlands; took classical piano lessons with brother Alex
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Met David Lee Roth while they both attended Pasadena Community College in the 1970s
1974:
Formed the band Van Halen with brother Alex on drums, Roth on vocals, and Michael Anthony on bass; played guitar for band
1977:
Kiss bassist Gene Simmons discovered Van Halen at a local club
1978:
Van Halen released self-titled debut album, featuring the hit "Runnin' With the Devil"
1984:
Band delivered breakthrough album <i>1984</i>, which included signature hits "Jump," "Panama," and "Hot For Teacher."
1985:
Roth left Van Halen and replaced by Sammy Hagar
1991:
Ninth studio album <i>For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge</i> topped <i>Billboard</i> 200 chart; featured commercial hit "Right Now"
1993:
Band released first double-live album <i>Van Halen Live: Right Here, Right Now</i>
1996:
Hagar parted ways with band; four original Van Halen members made first public appearance together in over 11 years at the 1996 MTV Video Music Awards
1998:
Reunion with Roth short-lived; band released <i>Van Halen III</i> with former Extreme frontman Gary Cherone on lead vocals
2004:
Van Halen reunited with Hagar
2006:
Bassist Anthony left band and replaced by Wolfgang Van Halen, Eddie's son with actress Valerie Bertinelli
2007:
Van Halen inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
2012:
Released <i>A Different Kind of Truth</i>, Van Halen's first studio album with Roth on vocals since <i>1984</i>
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