Thirty-five years ago last week, on March 25, 1979, Van Halen kicked off their first headlining tour following the release of their second album, Van Halen II. Their first world tour took place a year earlier, when they opened for Journey and Black Sabbath.
The editors of Guitar World have compiled a new book dedicated to one of the greatest rock bands the U.S. has ever produced: Van Halen. The book, Van Halen: 40 Years of the Great American Rock Band, tells you everything you ever wanted to know about Eddie Van Halen, David Lee Roth, Michael Anthony, Alex Van Halen and Sammy Hagar.
These videos are bonus content related to the February 2014 issue of Guitar World. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now, or in our online store.
In case you missed it, Van Halen made an appearance on last night's South Park. Well, sort of. The animated version of the band — complete with Wolfgang on bass — rocked a fictional world peace celebration.
Here's another one from the "things I found in my inbox this morning" files. It's a video of country shredder Brad Paisley rehearsing and performing — three times — Van Halen's "Hot for Teacher" with a 6-year-old drummer on Good Morning America earlier this year.