14. Van Halen: From Garage Band to Superstardom

Van Halen is to Rock ‘n' Roll as is to automobiles. It is one of the popular bands ever to perform in the country, is still going strong 40 years later. It known as one of the best bands ever come from a garage-band background. Founded by brothers and Alex Van Halen in their home in , California in 1972, the band was one of top rock acts in the country, and is popular today as it was then.

Eddie Van is considered one of the best lead guitarists the history of music by many of his , while Alex was a superior drummer. Together, they the nucleus of the popular band that also bass guitarist, Michael Anthony, and vocalist, David Lee . The brothers were born in the Netherlands, and to the United States when they were children. two were inseparable, and developed an interest in in the mid-60s. They formed the band in , using the name Genesis. They later changed the to Mammoth when Eddie discovered Genesis was already use. Eventually they renamed the band Van Halen.

to popular legend, Van Halen was discovered by Simmons of the rock band Kiss, while they performing at Gazzarri's on the Strip, a popular for heavy metal rock bands in the 70s. continued to play at gigs throughout Southern California they released their self-titled debut album Van Halen 1978. The album peaked at No. 19 on Billboard list, and the band never looked back. Halen's greatest commercial success was from 1978 through , but their albums continue to sell. It has a cult-like following from several, younger generations of Rock ‘n' Roll fans.