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If Music/TheRollingStones had Eddie Van Halen as their guitarist and a hyperactive, insane combination of [[Music/{{Queen}} Freddie Mercury]] and Music/RonnieJamesDio as their frontman (Music/DavidLeeRoth). [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg And a really good drummer.]] [[RunningGag And whoever's on bass.]] Probably the most fun HardRock band you'll ever hear. They even got their own VideoGame/GuitarHero game!

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If Music/TheRollingStones had Eddie Van Halen as their guitarist and a hyperactive, insane combination of [[Music/{{Queen}} Freddie Mercury]] Music/FreddieMercury and Music/RonnieJamesDio as their frontman (Music/DavidLeeRoth). [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg And a really good drummer.]] [[RunningGag And whoever's on bass.]] Probably the most fun HardRock band you'll ever hear. They even got their own VideoGame/GuitarHero game!


If Music/TheRollingStones had [[CaptainObvious Eddie Van Halen]] as their guitarist and a hyperactive, insane combination of [[Music/{{Queen}} Freddie Mercury]] and Music/RonnieJamesDio as their frontman (Music/DavidLeeRoth). [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg And a really good drummer.]] [[RunningGag And whoever's on bass.]] Probably the most fun HardRock band you'll ever hear. They even got their own VideoGame/GuitarHero game!

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If Music/TheRollingStones had [[CaptainObvious Eddie Van Halen]] Halen as their guitarist and a hyperactive, insane combination of [[Music/{{Queen}} Freddie Mercury]] and Music/RonnieJamesDio as their frontman (Music/DavidLeeRoth). [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg And a really good drummer.]] [[RunningGag And whoever's on bass.]] Probably the most fun HardRock band you'll ever hear. They even got their own VideoGame/GuitarHero game!

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** Specifically, his highest measured scream is about ''two full octaves'' over the typical highest note of a soprano, the highest pitched voice type for ''women''.


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** In more recent times, his Evh Wolfgang guitars, which have gone wayyy past simple signature models, and are beginning to see use by other huge, completely non Van Halen-related guitarists.


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* MrFanservice: ''David Lee Roth''! The guy was seriously built back in the day, and enjoyed performing shirtless. Even other stars who played with Van Halen back in the day have commented on the guy's looks.
** Eddie had a fair few fans too.


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* ReallyGetsAround: The entire band really, but Diamond Dave ''really'' got around, to the extent that he ''insured'' his... ehm, "Little Dave" like Eddie did with his hands.


* SecretTest: The band's infamous 1982 tour rider request that no brown [=M&Ms=] be included in their backstage bowl of M&M's or the band would not perform. The request was not intended to be self-indulgent or eccentric, but was instead proof that the promoters had thoroughly read the rest of their rider, which included important information about safety, security, lighting and ticketing. If they found brown [=M&Ms=], they had a reason to believe that the promoter was inattentive, because if such a small request had been glossed over, then other more important things also had; as a result, they would have reason to demand that the venue inspect and/or redo the setup, or could just refuse to play altogether if the venue balked. This was [[JustifiedTrope justified]] by the band after a number of near-misses caused by promoters not adhering to health and safety requirements that resulted in damaged equipment and members of the road crew very nearly being electrocuted on several occasions, and their concert preparations were so cumbersome they were rather reluctant to tour outside the USA at various points (see the "Mis-Blamed" entry at the YMMV page for one such example).

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* SecretTest: The band's infamous 1982 tour rider request that no brown [=M&Ms=] be included in their backstage bowl of M&M's or the band would not perform. The request was not intended to be self-indulgent or eccentric, but was instead proof that the promoters had thoroughly read the rest of their rider, which included important information about safety, security, lighting and ticketing. If they found brown [=M&Ms=], they had a reason to believe that the promoter was inattentive, because if such a small request had been glossed over, then other more important things also had; as a result, they would have reason to demand that the venue inspect and/or redo the setup, or could just refuse to play altogether if the venue balked. This was [[JustifiedTrope justified]] by the band after a number of near-misses caused by promoters [[NoOSHACompliance not adhering to health and safety requirements that resulted in damaged equipment and members of the road crew very nearly being electrocuted on several occasions, occasions]], and their concert preparations were so cumbersome they were rather reluctant to tour outside the USA at various points (see the "Mis-Blamed" entry at the YMMV page for one such example).


* LeadBassist: Kind of, in recent years. Wolfgang picks the setlists, and was the driving force behind ''A Different Kind of Truth'' (Eddie even stated it was a relief he could only play while his son handled the production part).

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* CarefulWithThatAxe: Dave's whistle screams are legendary, and almost impossible to emulate, they are just that high.


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* IconicItem: Eddie's "Frankenstrat", his "Shark" Ibanez Destroyer, the Bumblebee, and later his custom Steinberger; come to think of it, it's easier to name the guitars that ''haven't'' become instantly recognizable.
** To a lesser extent, Michael Anthony's Jack Daniels bottle bass guitar.


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** Eddie himself could really ham it up as well, especially during his solos.


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* SopranoAndGravel: None of the lead singers have had particularly deep voices, but this dynamic often occurs because Michael Anthony's vocals are ''just that'' high-pitched.


* {{Instrumentals}}: "Eruption", "Spanish Fly", "Sunday Afternoon in the Park", "Cathedral", "Intruder", "1984", "Strung Out"

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* {{Instrumentals}}: "Eruption", "Spanish Fly", "Sunday Afternoon in the Park", "Cathedral", "Intruder", "1984", "Strung Out"Out".
* InsufferableGenius: Eddie, depending on who you ask...
* InsultBackfire: A music critic once complained that all of Van Halen's songs were about either girls or cars. When David Lee Roth heard this, he realized that Van Halen didn't actually ''have'' any songs about cars, so he came up with the lyrics for "Panama." The song would go on to become one of Van Halen's most iconic songs.



* InsultBackfire: A music critic once complained that all of Van Halen's songs were about either girls or cars. When David Lee Roth heard this, he realized that Van Halen didn't actually ''have'' any songs about cars, so he came up with the lyrics for "Panama." The song would go on to become one of Van Halen's most iconic songs.


After being seen by two Creator/WarnerBrosRecords executives at a concert, the band got a contract with WB and started working on its debut album. [[RecordProducer Produced]] by Ted Templeman (who stayed with the band for its first six albums), ''Van Halen'' became a smash success thanks to the combination of Eddie's hyperactive, lightning-fast fretwork and Dave's flamboyant, {{Large Ham}}my [[TheAce Ace]] persona. It contained a few classic songs, such as the band's headbanging cover of "You Really Got Me" by Music/TheKinks, the ImageSong "Runnin' with the Devil" and Eddie's mindblowing solo "Eruption". They toured nearly a year in support of the album, notably opening for Music/BlackSabbath and completely blowing them out of the water in a time when Sabbath were going through their first DorkAge. Come to think of it, rock music itself was in a DorkAge at a time when disco was still dominant (if you believe the old narrative), and Van Halen is seen one of the bands that stopped it from collapsing under its own weight (along with, you guessed it, PunkRock, natch). You could even say they co-opted Punk Rock, thus preventing the genre from taking over the mainstream (at least for a time).

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After being seen by two Creator/WarnerBrosRecords executives at a concert, the band got a contract with WB and started working on its debut album. [[RecordProducer Produced]] by Ted Templeman (who stayed with the band for its first six albums), ''Van Halen'' became a smash success thanks to the combination of Eddie's hyperactive, lightning-fast fretwork and Dave's flamboyant, {{Large Ham}}my [[TheAce Ace]] persona. It contained a few classic songs, such as the band's headbanging cover of "You Really Got Me" by Music/TheKinks, the ImageSong "Runnin' with the Devil" and Eddie's mindblowing solo "Eruption". They toured nearly a year in support of the album, notably opening for Music/BlackSabbath and completely blowing them out of the water in a time when Sabbath were going through their first DorkAge. Come to think of it, rock music itself was in a DorkAge at a time when disco was still dominant (if you believe the old narrative), and Van Halen is seen as one of the bands that stopped it from collapsing under its own weight (along with, you guessed it, PunkRock, natch). You could even say they co-opted Punk Rock, thus preventing the genre from taking over the mainstream (at least for a time).


* FunWithAcronyms: ''For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge''. Sammy actually said he wanted to name the album ''Fuck'' as a protest against censorship, but his friend, lightweight boxer Ray Mancini, convinced him otherwise by telling him about the false etymology of "fuck".

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* FunWithAcronyms: ''For ''[[PrecisionFStrike For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge''.Knowledge]]''. Sammy actually said he wanted to name the album ''Fuck'' as a protest against censorship, but his friend, lightweight boxer Ray Mancini, convinced him otherwise by telling him about the false etymology of "fuck".



* Hidden Track: Women and Children First has a hidden instrumental at the very end, called Growth. It's only 19 seconds long.

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* Hidden Track: HiddenTrack: Women and Children First has a hidden instrumental at the very end, called Growth. It's only 19 seconds long.



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IconicLogo: The winged VH, that only got slightly redesigned as years went by.



* InsistentTerminology: According to Sammy Hagar, Eddie always referred to him as Sam. It's due to this reason that neither he nor Micheal Anthony believed a tweet from Eddie's Twitter account was posted by the man himself when it wished ''Sammy'' a happy birthday (instead believing it was written by an official account handler).

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* InsistentTerminology: According to Sammy Hagar, Eddie always referred to him as Sam. It's due to this reason that neither he nor Micheal Michael Anthony believed a tweet from Eddie's Twitter account was posted by the man himself when it wished ''Sammy'' a happy birthday (instead believing it was written by an official account handler).



* IntentionallyAwkwardTitle: In addition to ''For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge'', Eddie and Alex first band was named "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trojan_%28condoms%29 Trojan Rubber Company]]".

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* IntentionallyAwkwardTitle: In addition to ''For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge'', Eddie and Alex Alex's first band was named "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trojan_%28condoms%29 Trojan Rubber Company]]".



* LeadBassist: Kind of, in recent years. Wolfgang picks the setlists, and was the driving force behind ''A Different Kind of Truth'' (Eddie even stated it was a relief he could only play while his son handled the production part).



* PrecisionFStrike: 1991's "'''F'''ornication '''U'''nder '''C'''arnal '''K'''nowledge" album; take the first four letters of each word...



** The booklet of ''A Different Kind of Truth'' has discarded lyrics of "Big River" showing that the song is partly one to "Proud Mary":
-->“Music/{{Creedence|ClearwaterRevival}} told me. Music/{{Tina|Turner}} sold me. At first I was unconvinced. Been rollin' on that river ever since"



* SpokenWordInMusic: A lot of these from the early years with Roth: "''Have you seen Junior's grades?"

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* SpokenWordInMusic: A lot of these from the early years with Roth: "''Have you seen Junior's grades?"grades?''" (on recent tours, he likes to change Junior to "Wolfie", the bassist...)



** Recently averted in regards to Micheal and Alex Van Halen, who [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwO02Lr_ny0 stated in a recent interview]] with [[ThatMetalShow Eddie Trunk]] that he managed to get Alex on the phone, and they chatted for about 20 minutes. Michael has always stated that he and Alex never really "fell out," but were never able to speak because of Eddie.

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** Recently averted in regards to Micheal Michael and Alex Van Halen, who [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwO02Lr_ny0 stated in a recent interview]] with [[ThatMetalShow Eddie Trunk]] that he managed to get Alex on the phone, and they chatted for about 20 minutes. Michael has always stated that he and Alex never really "fell out," but were never able to speak because of Eddie.


* HeavyMetal: Though it's debatable whether or not they are this, Heavy metal wouldn't have been the same without Eddie being the TropeCodifier for lightning-speed tapping.

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* HeavyMetal: Though it's debatable whether or not they are this, Heavy metal wouldn't have been the same without Eddie being the TropeCodifier for lightning-speed tapping.tapping[[note]]though it should be noted that Eddie credits prog guitar legend Music/SteveHackett with originating the technique; Eddie just turned it UpToEleven[[/note]].

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* PrecisionFStrike: 1991's "'''F'''ornication '''U'''nder '''C'''arnal '''K'''nowledge" album; take the first four letters of each word...


After being seen by two Creator/WarnerBrosRecords executives at a concert, the band got a contract with WB and started working on its debut album. [[RecordProducer Produced]] by Ted Templeman (who stayed with the band for its first six albums), ''Van Halen'' became a smash success thanks to the combination of Eddie's hyperactive, lightning-fast fretwork and Dave's flamboyant, {{Large Ham}}my [[TheAce Ace]] persona. It contained a few classic songs, such as the band's headbanging cover of "You Really Got Me" by Music/TheKinks, the ImageSong "Runnin' with the Devil" and Eddie's mindblowing solo "Eruption". They toured nearly a year in support of the album, notably opening for Music/BlackSabbath and completely blowing them out of the water in a time when Sabbath were going through their first DorkAge. Come to think of it, rock music itself was in a DorkAge at a time when [[DeaderThanDisco disco]] was still dominant (if you believe the old narrative), and Van Halen is seen one of the bands that stopped it from collapsing under its own weight (along with, you guessed it, PunkRock, natch). You could even say they co-opted Punk Rock, thus preventing the genre from taking over the mainstream (at least for a time).

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After being seen by two Creator/WarnerBrosRecords executives at a concert, the band got a contract with WB and started working on its debut album. [[RecordProducer Produced]] by Ted Templeman (who stayed with the band for its first six albums), ''Van Halen'' became a smash success thanks to the combination of Eddie's hyperactive, lightning-fast fretwork and Dave's flamboyant, {{Large Ham}}my [[TheAce Ace]] persona. It contained a few classic songs, such as the band's headbanging cover of "You Really Got Me" by Music/TheKinks, the ImageSong "Runnin' with the Devil" and Eddie's mindblowing solo "Eruption". They toured nearly a year in support of the album, notably opening for Music/BlackSabbath and completely blowing them out of the water in a time when Sabbath were going through their first DorkAge. Come to think of it, rock music itself was in a DorkAge at a time when [[DeaderThanDisco disco]] disco was still dominant (if you believe the old narrative), and Van Halen is seen one of the bands that stopped it from collapsing under its own weight (along with, you guessed it, PunkRock, natch). You could even say they co-opted Punk Rock, thus preventing the genre from taking over the mainstream (at least for a time).


A few years after leaving the band, Hagar and Anthony formed Music/{{Chickenfoot}} with Creator/JoeSatriani and [[Music/RedHotChiliPeppers Chad Smith]].

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A few years after leaving the band, Hagar and Anthony formed Music/{{Chickenfoot}} with Creator/JoeSatriani Music/JoeSatriani and [[Music/RedHotChiliPeppers Chad Smith]].

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** The Sammy Hagar tenure is treated like this since David Lee Roth's return (or at least as far back as the last time he was kicked out of the band). The band has never performed any of their post-''1984'' songs (except for those in ''A Different Kind...'', obviously) with Dave as frontman, and none of the songs from that period are even in the ''Guitar Hero'' game (which was released two years before ''[=ADKoT=]''). Then again, Sammy would only ever perform three Roth-era Van Halen songs live ("Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love", "Panama" and "Jump"[[note]]There was also "You Really Got Me", but that was a cover, so it doesn't really count[[/note]]), so the trope kinda goes both ways.


* CarSong: "Panama", even with all the {{Double Entendre}}s. [[WordOfGod Roth]] said that the lyrics came after he was criticized for only writing songs about "partying, sex and cars", which made him realize he hadn't written a song about a car.

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* CarSong: "Panama", even with all the {{Double Entendre}}s. [[WordOfGod Roth]] said that the lyrics came after he was criticized for only writing songs about "partying, sex and cars", [[InsultBackfire which made him realize he hadn't written a song about a car.car]].

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