Prepare to "jump" when Van Halen goes on tour in 2015! The tour will feature most of the classic lineup, including David Lee Roth as the lead vocalist. Find Van Halen tickets right here on TicketNetwork.com and go see them live in concert!
|Current Tour:||2015 North American|
|First Album:||Van Halen (1978)|
Van Halen was one of the most influential rock bands of the 1980s, but it dates back to 1972 in Pasadena, CA, when Eddie and Alex Van Halen formed the band Mammoth. Soon after David Lee Roth was brought aboard as lead singer in leiu of paying him rent for equipment. Mammoth built a major following in California. A couple years later they later changed their name to Genesis, but when the band learned that their name was already being used they changed it again to Van Halen. In 1977, Gene Simmons saw the band at a Los Angeles club and with his help the band signed with Warner Bros. Records.
Their self-titled first album featured two hit songs, "Runnin' with the Devil" and a cover of the Kinks' 1964 hit "You Really Got Me." The album went on to sell more than six million copies. What followed was a string of immensely popular albums, including Van Halen II (1979), Women and Children First (1980), Fair Warning (1981), Diver Down (1982), and 1984 (1984).
Each of those albums was recorded with David Lee Roth on lead vocals, but in 1985 Roth left Van Halen to pursue a solo career and was replaced in the band by established rock vocalist Sammy Hagar. Hagar's stint with the group began with a string of albums that went multi-platinum. Albums included 5150 (1986) and For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge (1991). Following Balance (1995), tensions began to rise between Hagar and Eddie Van Halen. Hagar was against the recording of the Best of… album because he refused to perform any songs that were originated by David Lee Roth. Hagar ultimately left Van Halen in 1996.
Following Hagar's departure, the band hired Gary Cherone, who joined them on their 11th album Van Halen III. Consisting of songs that were much more experimental than on previous albums, it failed to meet up to the band's sales expectations. That combined with a poorly attended supporting tour led Cherone to leave Van Halen in 2007. Following this the band went on hiatus for a few years to regroup. Hagar briefly rejoined in 2004 for the first Van Halen tour since 1998, but left immediately after it. Bassist Michael Anthony also left the band in 2006.
After Hagar's second departure, the rumor mill went into overdrive regarding a Van Halen/Roth reunion. The speculation finally bore fruit in 2007 when Roth returned for a long-running tour. Afterwards, Van Halen, now with Roth fully back on board, and Eddie's son Wolfgang taking on the bass role, went into the studio to record their next album. That album, A Different Kind of Truth, is the first with all new material in 14 years.
In 2015, Van Halen is hitting the road for a massive North American tour with David Lee Roth returning as the lead vocalist.The performances will run from July until the beginning of October.