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Van Halen

Formed: 1974 in Pasadena, CA
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Genre: Pop/Rock
Group Members: Sammy Hagar, David Lee Roth, Gary Cherone, Eddie Van Halen, Alex Van Halen, Michael Anthony, Wolfgang Van Halen
Biography: With their 1978 eponymous debut, Van Halen simultaneously rewrote the rules of rock guitar and hard rock in general. Guitarist Eddie Van Halen redefined what the electric guitar could do, developing a blindingly fast technique with a variety of self-taught two-handed tapping, hammer-ons, pull-offs, and ...Read full biography
Van Halen
Released: 1978
Label: Warner Music
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Among revolutionary rock albums, Van Halen's debut often gets short shrift. Although it altered perceptions of what the guitar could do, it is not spoken of in the same reverential tones as Are You Experienced? ...Read full review
Released: 1984
Label: Warner Bros.
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At the time of its release, much of the fuss surrounding 1984 involved Van Halen's adoption of synthesizers on this, their sixth album -- a hoopla that was a bit of a red herring since the band had been ...Read full review