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Van Halen performing onstage: David Lee Roth is wearing a sea captain's outfit with his arms outstretched, Woflgang Van Halen is jumping in the air with his bass guitar, Eddie Van Halen is also jumping while playing guitar, and Alex Van Halen is behind them drumming
Current Van Halen line-up: David Lee Roth, Wolfgang Van Halen, Eddie Van Halen, and Alex Van Halen
Background information
Origin Pasadena, California, United States
Genres Hard rock, heavy metal
Years active 1972–present
Labels Warner Bros., Interscope Records
Associated acts Montrose, The Other Half, Chickenfoot, Mad Anthony Xpress, Extreme, The David Lee Roth Band
Members Eddie Van Halen
Alex Van Halen
David Lee Roth
Wolfgang Van Halen
Past members Mark Stone
Michael Anthony
Sammy Hagar
Gary Cherone

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.

As of March 2019, Van Halen is 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.

As of 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.

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