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Eddie Van Halen

Eddie Van Halen


1/26/1955, Nijmegen, Netherlands

Birth Name

Edward Lodewijk Van Halen



Also Known As

Eddie Van Hallen
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Eddie Van Halen was born on January 26th, 1957, in Nijmegen, Netherlands. Eddie was trained as a classical pianist, but rock was the thing that inspired him most. Eddie and his drummer brother Alex played in various cover bands after high school. After forming a band of their…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In the fall of 2007, Eddie and his band Van Halen went on tour with original lead singer David Lee Roth for the first time in over 20 years. Roth and Van Halen had parted ways after the release of the hit album 1984. Roth returned to the group to add vocals for a greatest hits album but he was not asked to stay on with the group at that time.

    • Eddie's rock band, Van Halen, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.

    • Eddie has struggled with alcoholism throughout his adult life. His former wife, Valerie, urged him to enter rehab on several occasions during their marriage.

    • In 2006, Eddie's son Wolfgang was reported to have replaced Michael Anthony as the bassist for Van Halen. The group is still without a lead singer as of January 2007.

    • His son Wolfgang, a bass player and guitarist, joined Eddie on stage during some of the shows during Van Halen's 2004 concert tour. "Wolfie" played the instrumental track "316" with Eddie. That number/title was created to honor Wolfgang, as his birth date is March 16, 1991.

    • He named his son Wolfgang in honor of his favorite composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

    • His band Van Halen was voted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Monday, January 8, 2007, along with Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, R.E.M., the Ronettes and Patti Smith. The induction ceremony is scheduled for March 12, 2007, in New York. Artists are eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (located in Cleveland, Ohio) 25 years after the release of their first single or album.

    • Eddie has signed a deal to record two songs for the erotic movie, Sacred Sin. The songs selected are named Rise and Catherine.

    • He had a hip replacement in 1999.

    • After being separated from his wife, Valerie Bertinelli, for four years, they finally filed for divorce in December 2005.

    • His father, who was a clarinetist, provided the clarinet solos for the song, "Big Bad Bill (Is Sweet William Now)," on Van Halen's "Diver Down" album.

    • He made a guest appearance playing the guitar solo in Michael Jackson's 1980's hit song, "Beat It." Eddie did not appear in the music video, however.

    • His guitar solo "Eruption" on the first, self-titled, Van Halen album was one of the most influential rock guitar instrumentals of the 1970's and 1980's.

    • He usually tunes his guitars a half-step lower than is customary (i.e., the lowest string is E-flat).

    • After he was free of cancer in 2000, he began smoking again and the cancer returned.

    • He was diagnosed with cancer of the tongue in 1999 and had a portion of his tongue removed in 2000.

    • During Van Halen's early club-playing days, Eddie would play with his back to the crowd to conceal his two-handed tapping guitar technique.

    • He is noted for his revolutionary use of the right-hand to tap on the fretboard of his guitar. Though the technique had been used before, no one had ever used it to the extent Eddie did. He incorporated it into almost all of his soloing.

    • He has a son, Wolfgang William Van Halen, born March 16, 1991.

    • After twenty years of marriage, on July 9, 2002, Eddie and Valerie (Bertinelli) announced that they had been separated since October 2001.

    • He started playing the guitar at age 12.

    • He grew up in Pasadena, California.

    • Eddie has brown eyes.

    • Eddie also plays the drums.

    • He married Valerie Bertinelli in 1981.

    • Eddie and his brother Alex formed the band Mammoth.

    • He is number 70 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.

    • In 1962, he and his family moved to Pasadena, California.

    • Eddie is right handed.

    • He is a trained classical pianist.

  • Quotes

    • Eddie: (Eddie is delighted to have 2 songs included in Michael Ninn's erotic movie) Michael Ninn is like Spielberg to me -- the imagery, the way he makes things look just sensual.

  • One of the best guitarist

    Eddie Van Halen was born on January 26th, 1957, in Nijmegen, Netherlands. Eddie was trained as a classical pianist, but rock was the thing that inspired him most. Eddie and his drummer brother Alex played in various cover bands after high school. After forming a band of their own, with bassist Michael Anthony, they persuaded David Lee Roth to leave his band Real Ball Jets and become a member.

    After that they changed their name to Mammoth and started touring in clubs near Los Angeles. They were discovered by Gene Simmons, who produced their demo, only to find that there already had a band named Mammoth. So they decided to use Eddie's and Alex's last name, Van Halen.

    With help of Simmons and producer Ted Templeman, they signed a contract with Warner Brothers starting to record their debut album. That album, Van Halen, was published in 1978. It introduced Eddie's extraordinary guitar playing and set the standard for hard-rocking bands for years to come. In consequence of Eddie's wild guitar playing, he was named as the best guitarist of the year by "Guitarplayer" magazine.

    The following album, Van Halen II was also a great success, giving people the same formula they had used to with the first album.

    The next three albums, Women And Children First, Fair Warning and Diver Down, were commercially equal successes, despite of the fact that the Diver Down was their weakest album so far.

    But Van Halen got back into shape with their sixth album, 1984, which was released on new years day in 1984. It's biggest hit, "Jump", went to number one on the Billboard Chart.

    In 1985, David Lee Roth left the band and Sammy Hagar was chosen to replace him. Despite that, Van Halen released a new album, 5150, in 1986, which was their first US number one and their best selling album to date.

    The group's subsequent albums, OU812 and For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge, continued to feed audience's hungry needs. And after a live album, they released Balance, and a greatest hits compilation. The tension over the greatest hits release forced Sammy Hagar to leave, and Van Halen reunited with David Lee Roth.

    After recording only a few songs, Roth was replaced with Extreme singer Gary Cherone. The first album with Gary Cherone, Van Halen III, got little success and left a feeling that Eddie's bag of tricks had run dry. Cherone left soon afterwards.

    Rumors of a reunion with Roth continue, despite the news in early 2001 that Van Halen had developed cancer.moreless