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Van Halen
Van Halen standing onstage and waving to the audience
From left to right: David Lee Roth (vocals), Eddie Van Halen (guitar), Alex Van Halen (drums), and Wolfgang Van Halen (bass guitar), 2008
Background information
Also known as Genesis, Mammoth (early)
Origin Pasadena, California, U.S.
Years active 1972–2020
Associated acts
  • Chickenfoot
  • The Circle
  • Planet Us
Past members

Van Halen is a hard rock group from Pasadena, California. They were formed in 1972. Guitarist Eddie Van Halen's style of playing changed the guitar world. He used lots of new techniques such as shredding and tapping. They made history with their first self-titled debut album in 1978, producing 4 major hits.

On March 2019, Van Halen was 20th on the RIAA list of best-selling artists in the United States; the band has sold 56 million albums in the States and more than 80 million worldwide.

In 2007, Van Halen was one of only five rock bands with two studio albums that sold more than 10 million copies in the United States. Additionally, Van Halen has charted 13 number-one hits in the history of Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart. VH1 ranked the band seventh on a list of the top 100 hard rock artists of all time.

On October 6, 2020, Eddie Van Halen died from cancer. He had first confirmed his initial cancer diagnosis in April 2001.

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