Van Halen TicketsVan Halen is an American hard rock band. The band's debut album, Van Halen, released in 1978 is commonly regarded as a milestone in rock music and following its release the band established itself as a leader in the U.S. hard rock scene of the 1980s. The band has sold more than 75 million albums worldwide and has received several Grammy nominations.
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Van Halen is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records with the most number one hits on the Billboard Mainstream Rock List.; from 1978 to 1998 the band released 11 studio albums (all of which broke the Top 20 spot of the Billboard 200 music charts). According to the Recording Industry Association of America, Van Halen is #19 on the list of Top Selling Artists of all time (having sold more than 56 million albums in the U.S.). Van Halen is also one of five rock groups that have had two albums (not including Greatest Hits albums) sell more than 10 million copies in the U.S. (the others being: Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Pink Floyd and Def Leppard). The two best-selling albums were their self-titled debut and 1984.
In addition to being recognized for their artistic contributions, commercial success and popularity, the band is known for drama surrounding the lead singer spot. Although the core instrumentalists and backing vocals have remained constant (Eddie Van Halen on guitar, Alex Van Halen on drums and, until 2006, Michael Anthony on bass), the band has recorded studio albums with three different lead vocalists: David Lee Roth, Sammy Hagar and Gary Cherone. Each vocalist has departed (at least once) under cloudy circumstances. Following their 2004 concert tour, Van Halen was on hiatus until September 2006, when on The Howard Stern Show, Edward Van Halen confirmed that his son Wolfgang had joined as bass player and that they were recording new material.
Some of Van Halen's biggest hits include "You Really Got Me" (1978), "(Oh) Pretty Woman" (1982), "Jump" (1984), "Why Can't This Be Love" (1986), "When It's Love" (1988), "Top of The World" (1991) and "Can't Stop Lovin' You" (1995). Van Halen is ranked #7 on VH1's "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock". Eddie Van Halen is also ranked #70 on Rolling Stone Magazine's list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. The solo in the track "Eruption" was also voted #2 on Guitar World magazine's 100 Greatest Guitar Solos.