Friday, August 17, 2007

Band Of The Week - Van Halen

Alright, my boring weekend is coming soon, it's time for my band of the week again, this weekend the band I want to intro to you all is Van Halen.

Let's listen some of my favorite tunes from Van Halen, I'll start from Runnin' With The Devil, one of their biggest hit. Next will be Can't Stop Lovin' You, my favorite rock love song. I think Jump will be very familiar to you all, it's another biggest hit from Van Halen. Finally, this song was voted #2 on Guitar World Magazine's 100 Greatest Guitar Solos, it is Eruption.

Click 'Play' to listen

Van Halen - Runnin' With The Devil

Van Halen - Can't Stop Lovin' You

Van Halen - Jump

Van Halen - Eruption

About Van Halen

Van Halen is an American hard rock band. In 1972, the Van Halen brothers formed a three-piece band were known as Mammoth, with Eddie Van Halen as lead vocalist and guitarist, Alex Van Halen on drums, and Mark Stone on bass. They rented a sound system from David Lee Roth, but decided they could save money by letting Roth and his P.A. system into the band. Michael Anthony was called over to David Lee Roth's father's basement (where the band rehearsed) to see how he compared. Anthony, the bassist and frontman of the band "Snake," had seen Mammoth performing at a festival. Eddie, Alex, and Anthony jammed late into the night and hired Anthony as the band's new bassist/backup vocalist.

They enjoyed immediate popularity and influence with the release of their debut album, Van Halen in 1978, and to date have selling 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 List. 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. Although the instrumentalists have remained the same (Eddie Van Halen, Alex Van Halen and until 2006, Michael Anthony), the band has recorded/toured with three different vocalists: David Lee Roth, Sammy Hagar and Gary Cherone. Each departed (at least once) under cloudy circumstances. More recently Michael Anthony was replaced in the band by Eddie Van Halen's son Wolfgang, but this new lineup is not yet known to have performed or recorded.

Eddie Van Halen

Following their 2004 concert tour the band was on hiatus again until September 2006, when word that Wolfgang Van Halen was confirmed as a new member of the band replacing Michael Anthony on bass. Other than three new songs in 2004, the band has released no new material since their last album Van Halen III was released in 1998. After long speculation, in August 2007 it was finally confirmed that the band would do a tour with the Roth/Van Halen/Van Halen/Van Halen lineup in late 2007 across North America.

Van Halen - The Greatest Classic Rock Band Ever!!!

Happy Weekend!!!


Anonymous said...

His solo in Eruption is simply out of this world. Amazing. I discover tapping technique for a first time thru this song, although I'm still suck at it.

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Iwan Sanchez said...

the pics looks damn retro!


tingtitlei said...

ahhh... one of the classic rock bands that made me start listening to classic rock bands. jump was the best.

have u heard of angelfish? they is teh bomb!

Firehorse said...

Have a great weekend, just kinda hopping around and visiting my favorite hawkers, err.....akcerli jet lag lah kenot slp so kam listen to musik 0_0

Anonymous said...

i like the song Eruption

JaMiLLa said...

Hello Kenny. I get to know you from Nonnie's blog.

Now only I know you are from Penang! COOL! I'm an ex-Penang. My father born there and living till 20+ then he flied over the ocean to Brunei or maybe swimm?? Hehe bad me...

I born in Brunei whereas both my bro and sis are in Malaysia, one is Penang and another one is Limbang....west and east ah!

But I still miss Penang altho I never live there. 2 years ago, I went back and visit the place for the second time as my first time was 10+ years ago. Quite long....

I love the food there like "Lok Lok". Kinda like steamboat but not really. Using the stick to steam the food. Quite nice. In the end, I got all wet because it really hot during afternoon. Took alot of photos during that visit.

Oh ya I commented here because I wanna introduce a rock artist from Taiwan 杨培安 His voice is so powerful to sing rock song. I was attracted by him when he sang 我相信。I upload it in my blog. I can listen it whenever I'm writing my blog. COOL!

_butt said...

I particularly fancy 'can't stop loving you' rocking love song! :D

Happy weekend :)

Kenny Ng said...

[zan master]
I never learn tapping, I believe your tapping skills are better than me.

Thanks for recommended

Don't look at the pic... listen to the songs la...

Me is Runnin' With The Devil... I like it. Angelfish? Never heard b4 leh...

Welcome back! Jet Lag? apa tu? :P

Thanks for dropping by.

Welcome and thanks for dropping by here. Wow! You also from Penang... Kaki lang eh!!! Haha...

Lok lok is my favorite food all time, I still missed it very much.

Thanks for intro me the rock artist, will check it out. Anyway, my rock taste is more to classic rock :)

Haha... you 'lamm' with that song?

JaMiLLa said...

woOooo COOL! Same interest. I wil show you the "Lok Lok" photos once i post it in my blog. Keep in touch! Thanks kaki lang!

Note: I need to figure out for some time when I'm talking with my aunt and cuz in Penang bcos the hokkien is different from here. I have to pause and ask my papa eh what they say ....then just I say "OHhhh icc.." weird...hahaha

Firehorse said...

Jet lag? Itu fancy way of saying old liao kenot slp :D

Nonnie King said...

Old classic rock ROCKS!
At least.. I really can understand what are they singing.

Btw... I'm thinking to learn guitar. Hehehe.

tanalan2 said...

Van Halen rocks !!!! Jump !!!!!
Weii..when free come out hv a drink lar

may said...

I'd like to think I know the rock scene simply 'cos I know Van Halen's Jump... hehehe!

Kenny Ng said...

Haha... Don't make me drolling of the Lok Lok pic ah, I afraid later I'll drive to Penang straight away to eat the Lok Lok after looking at the pics.

You lost touch with Penang Hokkien too long, that's why very hard to catch what they said, now worry, u can catch it slowly...

Oh... sorry ah, my English limited, dunno fancy ways la. Haha

[nonnie king]
Aiseh... at least you know it. Wanna learn guitar? Fuah... what makes u feel want to learn? Come... join me rock n roll when u learn it... keke

Errr... when free ah? I don't clubbing la, the places u guys go not ngam me la... I prefer to go pub with good live band or just drink at kopitiam... haha

Finally... you rock! Haha

Simple American said...

Hey did Eddie Van Halen beat his cancer? I know he was ill. Be cool to see three Van Halens perform together.

I saw them in 1984 with David Lee Roth in Germany. Eddie can make that guitar scream bruddah. Roth is a jerk though and he posed too much for me. Sammy Hager is so cool. I love the Red Rocker's voice. Too bad he hates flying.

Another great choice Kenny. I need to but that first album again. It is a classic.

Kenny Ng said...

[simple american]
I think Eddie Van Halen has beat his cancer, I saw a guitar magazine showing about him and re-produce his signature guitar. Thanks.

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