Doc about the early years of the great VH. First aired in 2003.
Van Halen is the self-titled debut studio album by American hard rock band Van Halen. Released on February 10, 1978, the album peaked at on the Billboard 200. The album became widely recognized as the band's popularity grew, selling more than 10 million copies in the United States by August 7, 1996 and being certified Diamond
1984 (stylized as MCMLXXXIV) is the sixth studio album by American hard rock band Van Halen, released on January 9, 1984. It was the last Van Halen album until A Different Kind of Truth (2012) to feature lead singer David Lee Roth, who left in 1985 following creative differences, and the final full-length album with all four original members. 1984 and Van Halen's debut are Van Halen's bestselling albums, each having sold more than 10 million copies.
Van Halen, David Lee Roth - er.
Covers the same timeframe as ‘Van Halen Rising’, the biography by Greg Renoff, this could be thought of as a video companion to that book. Despite the fact that it’s unofficial (there’s no Van Halen music within), it’s excellent, and about as good as a documentary could possibly be without the band’s involvement. There’s also some footage of never-seen interviews with David Lee Roth & Eddie Van Halen, and vintage audio interviews with Alex Van Halen, Michael Anthony, and Gene Simmons. Rare photos were seen for the first time from Mark Stone, Tom Broderick, Gregg Emerson, Eddie Anderson, Norman Seeff (who took lots of amazing shots taken from the Woman and Children First album cover sessions), and more. No doubt that thousands of our regular visitors have already seen this, but we’re sure thousands haven’t.
The Van Halen Story: The Early Years is a video biography that time lines the lives and formation of Pasadena's finest rock band as they graduate from playing backyard parties and Sunset Strip bars to headlining stadiums around the world. Assembled much like the skateboard documentary Dogtown and Z-Boys, The VH Story uses rare photographs, some grainy Super-8 clips, and relies heavily on modern interviews with folks surrounding the band throughout the mid-1970s and 80s.
Van Halen's self-titled 1978 debut album all but completely re-wrote the vocabulary of rock music. Here's a track-by-track look at how they made the record, and how its influence has been felt over the following decades. Runnin' With the Devil". Eruption had been part of Van Halen’s setlists for a couple years, but if you lived outside of Southern California, you needed to wait until 1978 and Van Halen’s debut to experience the sheer insanity of it. If Eruption had only been the first 20 seconds, with Alex and Michael thundering away on the drums and bass behind Ed, it would have been revolutionary. In 1996, Eddie recalled the story to Guitar World: I showed up at the recording studio early one day and started to warm up because I had a gig on the weekend and I wanted to practice my solo guitar spot. Our producer, Ted Templeman, happened to walk by and he asked, ‘What's that? Let's put it on the tape!’
No Van Halen music played; just meaningless gossip from those who may have known them in their early years. High hopes fall well short because although there is a constant music track throughout it's certainly no Van Halen but typical MTV2 background music fayre. In fact barely a VH note is ever heard and apart from minor Dave and Eddie Clips with disembodied contributions from Alex and Michael (I think I heard him at one point) with the whole package falling well short on genuine VH material.
Van Halen revolutionised hard rock when they came shrieking out of Pasadena in the 1970s, and have sold millions of albums since. Here they are, ranked from disastrous to dazzling. But eventually, in 2006, the Van Halen brothers buried the hatchet with Roth. And this reunion – which yielded the 2012 album A Different Kind Of Truth – continues to the present day, albeit with Eddie’s son Wolfgang on bass instead of Michael Anthony. Here, every Van Halen album is ranked from worst to best – beginning at the very bottom with poor old Gary Cheron. 4. Van Halen III (1998). Even the most partisan of David Lee Roth loyalists had to admit that Sammy Hagar could sing.