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Van Halen
Van Halen is an American hard rock band formed in Pasadena, California in 1972. From 1974 until 1985 the band was composed of guitarist Eddie Van Halen, vocalist David Lee Roth, drummer Alex Van Halen and bassist Michael Anthony. This line-up was changed when David Lee Roth was replaced as vocalist by Sammy Hagar. Critics and fans alike consider their 1978 self-titled debut album Van Halen to be one of the most "original and revolutionary albums to change rock and roll."


The band went on to further success, and by the early 1980s they were one of the most successful rock acts of the time. 1984, released in the same year as the name of the album, was their most successful. The lead single, "Jump", became an international hit, and their only single to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100. The following singles, "Panama" and "I'll Wait", both hit number 13 on the US charts. The album went on to sell over 12 million copies in the US alone. In 1985, the band replaced current lead singer David Lee Roth with ex-Montrose lead vocalist Sammy Hagar. With Hagar, the group would release four US number-one albums over the course of 11 years. Hagar left the band in 1996 shortly before the release of the band's first greatest hits collection, Best Of, Volume I. Ex-Extreme frontman Gary Cherone was quickly recruited as lead singer to replace Hagar, and Van Halen III was released in 1998. Cherone left the band in frustration in 1999 after the tour due to the poor commercial performance of the album.
Van Halen went on hiatus until 2003 when they reunited with Hagar for a worldwide tour. The reunited band released a second greatest hits collection the following year, The Best of Both Worlds. Like Volume I before it, The Best of Both Worlds included material from both the Roth and Hagar eras but omitted any Cherone era tracks. The album featured three brand new tracks recorded by the reunited band, two of which were released as singles. Hagar again left Van Halen in 2005 and in 2006, Roth returned as lead vocalist for their highest-grossing tour, and one of the highest-grossing tours of that year. Anthony was not invited to participate in the tour and was essentially fired from the band, replaced by Wolfgang Van Halen, Eddie's son. In 2012, the band released the commercially and critically successful, A Different Kind of Truth, with Roth as lead vocalist. According to the RIAA, Van Halen is the 19th-best-selling band/artist in United States history, selling 56 million albums in the U.S. and 75 million albums worldwide. They were also revealed at number 4 on the Billboard's top money makers list in 2013. Van Halen is one of only five rock bands that have had two studio albums sell more than 10 million copies in the U.S.Additionally, Van Halen charted the most number-one hits in the history of Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart.
Van Halen achieved worldwide fame for their many popular songs and larger-than-life stage performances; unfortunately, they also became known for the drama surrounding the departures of former members. Controversy surrounded the band following the exits of Roth, Hagar and Cherone; this controversy often included numerous conflicting press statements between the former singers and the band. In 2007, Van Halen were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.VH1 ranked them 7th on their list of the top 100 hard rock artists of all time.
 
Current members
Eddie Van Halen – guitar, keyboards, backing vocals (1972–present), lead vocals (1972–1974)
Alex Van Halen – drums (1972–present)
David Lee Roth – lead vocals (1974–1985, 1996, 2006–present)
Wolfgang Van Halen – bass, backing vocals (2006–present)

Former members
Mark Stone – bass, backing vocals (1972–1974)
Michael Anthony – bass, backing vocals (1974–2006)
Sammy Hagar – lead vocals, rhythm guitar (1985–1996, 2003–2005)
Gary Cherone – lead vocals (1996–1999)

Discography
Van Halen (1978)
Van Halen II (1979)
Women and Children First (1980)
Fair Warning (1981)
Diver Down (1982)
1984 (1984)
5150 (1986)
OU812 (1988)
For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge (1991)
Live: Right Here, Right Now (1993)
Balance (1995)
Best of Volume I (1996)
Van Halen III (1998)
The Best of Both Worlds (2004)
A Different Kind of Truth (2012)

Van Halen
Van Halen es una banda de hard Rock, originaria de Estados Unidos. Inicialmente nombrada Mammoth por los fundadores de la banda (Eddie Van Halen, Alex Van Halen y Mark Stone) en el año 1972, en Los Ángeles, California; luego se unirían el cantante David Lee Roth y el bajista Michael Anthony.
Van Halen alcanzó la fama rápidamente con su primer álbum debut homónimo en 1978, ampliamente considerado como un hit del rock, alcanzando ventas en Estados Unidos superiores a las 10 millones de copias y siendo calificado en agosto de 1996 como disco de diamante.Mucha de la fama ganada en sus comienzos se debe a la habilidad de Eddie Van Halen, que es considerado uno de los más influyentes e innovadores guitarristas de todos los tiempos. La banda ha tenido 3 vocalistas: David Lee Roth, Sammy Hagar y Gary Cherone, y durante los años 80 tuvo más hits en la revista Billboard que ninguna otra banda de hard rock o heavy metal.
Editando 12 álbumes desde 1978 hasta la actualidad, Van Halen está en el puesto número diecinueve de las bandas que más álbumes han vendido en los Estados Unidos, con un total de 56 millones de copias, y 90 millones mundialmente.Van Halen también es una de las 5 bandas de rock que cuentan con 2 álbumes que han vendido más de 10 millones de copias en los Estados Unidos, y en el año 2007 fueron incluidos en el Salón de la Fama del Rock. Después de haber sido nominados 3 veces al premio Grammy ganaron el primero por su álbum "For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge", que también les otorgó el premio AMA.
En el año 2004 la banda decidió tomar un descanso de los escenarios al finalizar el tour reunión con Sammy Hagar, quien decide alejarse del grupo. Después de la posterior 'exclusión' de Anthony en 2006, cuando Eddie anunció que el nuevo bajista sería su hijo Wolfgang, y después de varias especulaciones del regreso de la banda con David Lee Roth, en el año 2007 la banda regresó a los escenarios en un tour con Roth por los Estados Unidos que continuó hasta 2008. En agosto de 2010 la compañía discográfica Warner Bros. Records realizó una conferencia de prensa en la que informaron que Van Halen lanzaría un nuevo álbum de estudio y planeaba un tour para 2011. En octubre-noviembre de 2011 se confirmaron rumores de que Van Halen, tras más de 30 años con Warner Bros. Records, firmaría con Interscope Records para el lanzamiento del nuevo álbum A Different Kind Of Truth, confirmado para el 7 de febrero de 2012.

Integrantes
Eddie Van Halen – guitarra, teclados, coros (1972–presente), voz (1972–1974)
Alex Van Halen - Batería, Percusiones
David Lee Roth - Voz (1973 - 1985, 1996, 2007 - presente)
Wolfgang Van Halen - Bajo eléctrico, Coros (2007 - presente)

 
Ex Integrantes
Mark Stone - Bajo, Coros (1972 - 1974)
Michael Anthony - Bajo, Coros (1974 - 2005)
Sammy Hagar - Voz (1985 - 1996, 2003 - 2005)
Gary Cherone - Voz (1996 - 1999)

Discografía
Van Halen (1978)
Van Halen II (1979)
Women and Children First (1980)
Fair Warning (1981)
Diver Down (1982)
1984 (1984)
5150 (1986)
OU812 (1988)
For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge (1991)
Live: Right Here, Right Now (1993)
Balance (1995)
Best of Volume I (1996)
Van Halen III (1998)
The Best of Both Worlds (2004)
A Different Kind of Truth (2012)

References: Wikipedia
Referencias: Wikipedia