Eddie Van Halen

Dutch-american Rock Musician
Born Jan 26, 1956

Edward Lodewijk "Eddie" Van Halen is a Dutch-born American guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter and producer. He is best known as the lead guitarist and co-founder of the hard rock band Van Halen, who have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Van Halen is known for his innovative performing and recording styles in blues-based rock, tapping, intense solos and high frequency feedback, and his energetic and acrobatic stage performances.… Read More

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1955 Birth Born on January 26, 1955.
1962 7 Years Old In February 1962, the Van Halen family moved to the United States, settling in Pasadena, California. … Read More


1967 12 Years Old …  The amplifier had a 12301 serial number, which dated it to the 1967–1968 transitional period at Marshall, when the circuit of the 100-watt Marshall 1959 changed gradually from the "Bass" circuit to the "SuperLead" circuit. … Read More
1972 17 Years Old In 1972, Van Halen formed another band, originally called "Genesis." … Read More


1976 21 Years Old In 1976, band supporter Rodney Bingenheimer invited Kiss bassist Gene Simmons to check out a Van Halen show. … Read More
1977 22 Years Old One rainy night in May 1977 at the Starwood, Van Halen was spotted by record producer Ted Templeman. Like Simmons, Templeman was impressed and quickly convinced Warner Bros. Records executive Mo Ostin to sign the band, and they accepted 24 hours later. Their self-titled debut album was recorded in mid-September to early October 1977, and was released on February 10, 1978. … Read More
1980 25 Years Old It was 1980 when Van Halen met actress Valerie Bertinelli at a Van Halen concert in Shreveport, Louisiana. They married in California on April 11, 1981; and eventually had a son, Wolfgang (born March 16, 1991). … Read More
1982 27 Years Old 1 More Event
According to Gene Simmons' book Kiss and Make-Up, Van Halen approached Simmons in 1982 about possibly joining Kiss to replace Ace Frehley, chiefly because of his personality conflicts with Roth. … Read More


1992 37 Years Old For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge was awarded the 1992 Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance with Vocal. … Read More


1999 - 2001 2 More Events
2002 47 Years Old He was declared cancer-free in May 2002. … Read More
2003 48 Years Old In 2003, at the NAMM show, the relationship between Peavey and Van Halen began to strain. … Read More
2004 49 Years Old In December 2004, Van Halen attended "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott's funeral, and donated the black and yellow guitar featured on the Van Halen II album inlay, stating that it was always a favorite of Dimebag's. … Read More


2005 50 Years Old On December 5, 2005, Van Halen's wife, Valerie Bertinelli, filed for divorce in Los Angeles Superior Court, after four years of separation, which was finalized on December 20, 2007.
On March 8, 2007, Van Halen announced on the official band website that Van Halen was entering rehabilitation for unspecified reasons. … Read More
2008 53 Years Old On October 6, 2008, it was reported that Van Halen had proposed to his girlfriend Janie Liszewski, an actress and stuntwoman who became Van Halen's publicist in 2007.
2009 54 Years Old The two married on June 27, 2009, at his Studio City estate, with his son Wolfgang and ex-wife Valerie in attendance. … Read More
2011 56 Years Old 1 More Event
On January 1, 2011, Van Halen attended Valerie Bertinelli's wedding with his son, Wolfgang.
…  In 2012, he was voted in, a Guitar World magazine reader's poll, at number one of "The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time". … Read More
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