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Alex Van Halen
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Van Halen performing live in 2012
Background information
Birth name Alexander Arthur van Halen
Born May 8, 1953 (1953-05-08) (age 68)
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Origin Pasadena, California, U.S
Genres
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Drums
Years active 1972–present
Labels Warner Bros.
Associated acts Van Halen

Alexander Arthur Van Halen (born May 8, 1953) is a Dutch-American musician who is the drummer and co-founder of the rock band Van Halen. The band was formed in 1974 by Alex Van Halen; his younger brother, Eddie Van Halen; David Lee Roth; and Michael Anthony. Warner Brothers signed the band in 1977, and its debut album was released in 1978. Alex and Eddie Van Halen were the only members of Van Halen who had been in the band throughout its existence.

Influences

Van Halen's main influences include Billy Cobham, Ginger Baker, Keith Moon and John Bonham, and he has cited jazz drummer Buddy Rich's work as having an early and lifelong impact.

Personal Life

Alex married Valeri Kendall in June 1983, after a two-year engagement. The marriage ended in divorce two months later. Van Halen's first of two sons, Aric Van Halen, was born October 6, 1989; Aric's mother was Van Halen's ex-wife, Kelly Carter, whom he divorced in August 1996 after 13 years of marriage. Van Halen married his current wife, Stine Schyberg, in 2000. She is the mother of his son Malcolm Van Halen. Van Halen is the uncle of Wolfgang Van Halen.

Van Halen is an ordained minister. He presided at the wedding of his brother Eddie in 2009.

His son Aric is a passionate runner and competed in the Olympic trials for the steeplechase in 2016.

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