One of the biggest bands in the history of rock and roll Van Halen is an American hard rock band formed in Pasadena, California, in 1972. From 1974 until 1985, the band consisted of guitarist Eddie Van Halen, vocalist David Lee Roth, drummer Alex Van Halen, and bassist Michael Anthony. All six albums released by the original lineup achieved gold status. In 1985 the band replaced lead singer David Lee Roth with former Montrose lead vocalist Sammy Hagar. With Hagar, the group would release four U.S. number-one albums over the course of 11 years. Hagar left the band in 1996. Former Extreme frontman Gary Cherone was quickly recruited as lead singer to replace Hagar, and Van Halen III was released in 1998. Cherone's departure from the band was amicable in 1999. Van Halen went on hiatus until 2003 when they reunited with Hagar for a worldwide tour, but the reunion was short lived and in 2006 Roth returned as lead vocalist for their highest-grossing tour, and one of the highest-grossing tours of that year. In 2012, the band released the commercially and critically successful, A Different Kind of Truth, with Roth as lead vocalist. Van Halen charted the most number-one hits in the history of Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart and they are one of the world's best-selling bands of all time, having sold more than 80 million records. Van Halen achieved worldwide fame for their many popular songs and larger-than-life stage performances; they also became known for the drama surrounding the departures of former members. In 2007, Van Halen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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