Eddie Van Halen

Dutch-american Rock Musician
Born Jan 26, 1956
Age 60
Hometown Nijmegen
Religion Roman Catholic
Height 5' 8" (173 cm)
Nationality American
Other Names Van Halen, Edward...
Eye Color Hazel

Edward Lodewijk "Eddie" Van Halen is a Dutch-American guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter and producer. He is best known as the lead guitarist and co-founder of the eponymous hard rock band Van Halen. He is often considered as one of the world's greatest guitarists, with Allan Holdsworth describing him as "Second only to Sean e' River, undoubtedly the most influential, original, and talented rock guitarists of the 20th century.… Read More

related links


Follow Eddie Van Halen and discover his favorite places.

News + Updates

Browse recent news and stories about Eddie Van Halen.

  • Collectible Guitars Go Up For Auction
    Wall Street Journal - Feb 12, 2016
  • 300 Rare And Famous Guitars Coming To Nyc Auction
    Yahoo News - Feb 06, 2016
  • 568bf252160000b300eba018
    Talkin' Jaco With Metallica's Robert Trujillo, Chatting With Denise Donatelli, Plus The Nolatet, Svetlana & The Delancey Five And Rolla Olak Exclusives
    Huffington Post - Jan 05, 2016
  • S necktie mini
    How To Manage Your Personal Brand
    Huffington Post - Apr 20, 2015


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Eddie Van Halen.


1955 Birth Born January 26, 1955, in Nijmegen, Netherlands, Edward Lodewijk van Halen is the son of Dutch father, Jan van Halen, a clarinetist, saxophonist, and pianist, and Indonesian-born Eurasian mother, Eugenia van Halen (born van Beers). … Read More
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


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 Club, 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 In 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 Lance 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. … Read More
3 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.
Van Halen released their twelfth studio album, A Different Kind of Truth, on February 7, 2012, their first album in 14 years and their first album with David Lee Roth since 1984.
Original Authors of this text are noted on
Text is made available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.