Van Halen

Van Halen is an American hard rock band formed in Pasadena, California in 1972. They enjoyed immediate popularity and influence from the release of their debut album, Van Halen in 1978, which lasted until the band's lineup destabilized in the late 1990s. As of 2007 Van Halen has sold more than 80 million albums worldwide and earning the band the Guinness Book of World Records title for the most number one hits on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. According to the Recording Industry Association of America, Van Halen is #19 on the list of top selling artists of all time (having sold more than 56 million albums in the U.S.) and is one of only five rock groups that have had two albums sell more than 10 million copies in the U.S. The band and its best known former members were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 12, 2007.

In addition to being recognized for artistic contributions and success, the band is known for the drama surrounding its lead singer spot. The band has gone through tenures with four different lead singers, but the (multiple) exits of Sammy Hagar and David Lee Roth were surrounded in controversy and mass press coverage. David Lee Roth is once again the current lead singer.

Following their 2004 concert tour the band was on a hiatus from the public until September 2006, when long-time bassist Michael Anthony's replacement was confirmed and stories involving Roth began to re-surface. After years of rumours and speculation about Roth, Van Halen began a tour with the new lineup in late 2007 across North America, which has been extended into early 2008. An album is proposed to follow.

Other than three new songs in 2004, Van Halen has released no new material since their last album Van Halen III was released in 1998.

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