Live Review

Eddie Van Halen Shares Life Story, Van Halen Update

February 13, 2015

Things were louder than normal Thursday night at the Smithsonian’s usually staid National Museum of American History in Washington D.C. Not only was there a rowdier crowd on hand, but there was also an amplifier and three guitars — and...


Van Halen Releasing First Live Album With David Lee Roth

February 6, 2015

It's taken them four decades, but Van Halen are finally releasing a live album with David Lee Roth at the helm. Tokyo Dome Live In Concert, taped June 21st, 2013 at a show in Japan, will be released on March 31st. It will be available as two CDs,...


Van Halen 'Amicably Resolve' Name Usage Lawsuit

January 10, 2015

A three-year legal battle over the name "Van Halen" has finally been settled. Kelly Van Halen, who was once married to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band's drummer, Alex Van Halen, until they divorced almost 20 years ago, has been fighting to use...



Watch a Preview of Sammy Hagar on 'The Simpsons'

November 20, 2014

Over the past 25 years, The Simpsons has featured guest appearances by everybody from George Harrison and Michael Jackson to Katy Perry and Lady Gaga — and this Sunday, Sammy Hagar will join their ranks when he voices himself on a new episode. The...


100 Best Singles of 1984: Pop's Greatest Year

September 17, 2014

From Prince to Madonna to Michael Jackson to Bruce Springsteen to Cyndi Lauper, 1984 was the year that pop stood tallest. New Wave, R&B, hip-hop, mascara'd hard rock and "Weird Al" Yankovic all crossed paths on the charts while a post-"Billie...


Sixties New York Rock Figure Manny Roth Dead at 95

July 31, 2014

Manny Roth, founder of the New York City club Cafe Wha? – where Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Bruce Springsteen and more played in their formative years – has died. He was 95. The Truth Behind Bob Dylan's First Encounter With Cafe Wha? "He was...


Shreddy Eddie: The Best Eddie Van Halen Guitar Solos

June 13, 2014

In his four-decade gig as Van Halen's fun-loving fret-master, Eddie Van Halen has invented some of rock & roll's most beloved riffs (and endured some of its most heated rifts). These tracks represent some of his finest licks, though there are easily...


Sammy Hagar: 'I Would Agree to a Van Halen Reunion'

October 30, 2014

Sammy Hagar called into Rolling Stone the other week to chat about his contribution to The Art of McCartney, a 42-track collection of Paul McCartney covers by Bob Dylan, Brian Wilson, the Cure, Kiss and many other huge names. Hagar sings "Birthday," and...


Flashback: Van Halen Play a Tiny Basement Club In 2012

September 9, 2014

On January 2nd, 2012 journalists across New York received an invitation to a mysterious Van Halen event at New York's Cafe Wha?, a basement club in Greenwich Village that seats a mere 250 people. It was initially thought to be a press conference announcing...


Ariana Grande's 'Problem' Sung 20 Ways

July 1, 2014

The man of a million voices, Ten Second Songs' Anthony Vincent, is back with another multi-faceted cover, this time performing Ariana Grande's smash hit, "Problem" in styles ranging from the R&B pop of Destiny's Child to Green Day's breakneck rock...


Bruce Springsteen 'Jumps' for Van Halen

April 7, 2014

"This has something to do with basketball, am I right?," Bruce Springsteen asked at the beginning of his NCAA March Madness Music Fest performance in Dallas on Sunday. He had walked onstage with a basketball, dribbling it once or twice, as "Sweet Georgia...



Van Halen Represent Peace on 'South Park'

November 7, 2013

Symbols for Islam, Judaism and Christianity morph together to become Van Halen's "VH" logo in the "Ginger Cow" episode of South Park, which aired last night. In the episode, those three religions settle their differences and a scene set in Jerusalem becomes...


Van Halen Reunite With Sammy Hagar in 2004

August 8, 2013

Van Halen's 2004 reunion tour with Sammy Hagar made a lot of sense, on paper. The group had been in hibernation for six years following their ill-fated LP and world tour with Extreme vocalist Gary Cherone, and fans were hungry to see the band again. David...


20 Killer Rock Star Moves

July 10, 2013

On YouTube, you'll find dozens of people playing guitar with their teeth – yet only one of them is famous for it: Jimi Hendrix. The very best rock star moves will inspire millions of imitators to make fools of themselves. So before you try...


Q&A: Sammy Hagar on New Album and 'Re-Tarnishing' Van Halen

August 12, 2013

It's no secret that Sammy Hagar loves cars. He's got 17 of them, with a heavy preference for Ferraris. Last year his neighbor, the Grateful Dead's Bob Weir, told Rolling Stone that when Hagar's wife throws him in the doghouse, he comes knocking on Weir's...


Sammy Hagar, 'Knockdown Dragout'

August 5, 2013

Like always, Sammy Hagar wants to rock out. For his new album Sammy Hagar and Friends, the former Van Halen singer enlisted a long list of pals for head-banging originals and reimagined covers. Here, Hagar gets heavy with Kid Rock and Joe Satriani on...


Van Halen Shoot Down Tour Rumors: 'Nothing's Been Discussed'

March 12, 2013

Irving Azoff, manager of Eddie, Alex and Wolfgang Van Halen, has debunked a rumor singer David Lee Roth has spread in recent interviews that rockers Van Halen will perform "probably 50, 60 shows" in Europe beginning at the end of this year. "Nothing's...