REELZ Network Van Halen: Breaking The Band 06/17/18: At the height of their success, Van Halen is one of the biggest rock bands in the world, infamous for their excess and raucous live performances;
At the height of their success they were the biggest rock band in the world infamous for their excess and raucous live performances. With their strutting frontmen, wild hair and penchant for spandex they are often portrayed as the archetypal 80’s American rock band. The band went through two ‘break ups’ covered by our timeline owing to a variety of factors but most prominently conflicts over the Van Halen brother’s desire for total control and the destructive impacts of substance/alcohol abuse. By 1984 they were the biggest band in the world but, behind the scenes, all was not well and a battle for control raged between the brothers at the heart of the band and it’s lead singer, David Lee Roth. Years of touring, drugs and personality clashes had left them on the brink. When Roth’s ambitions grew beyond the band, the brothers moved quickly to force him out. Their millions of fans were left devastated, but rising from the ashes the they would regroup with a new front man, Sammy Hagar. Against the odds they reached even greater heights with a string of 4 consecutive No.1 albums. Apparently vindicated by their decision the band appeared harmonious. But as the success grew, new tensions emerged and in 1995 the tale of ten years earlier was repeated when Hagar too was ousted for his apparent disloyalty.
Cast: Dee Snider Narrator (voice), Matt Adams: Alex Van Halen, Bragi Arnason: Sammy Hagar, Tom Bowen: David Lee Roth, Charlie MacGechan: Eddie Van Halen, Michael Anthony Van Halen Bassist, Eddie Trunk Broadcaster, David Lee Roth, Edward Van Halen, Alex Van Halen (archive footage), Gary Geller Van Halen Road Crew, Greg Renoff Biographer, Linda Papadopoulos Psychologist, Sammy Hagar Van Halen Vocalist, Paul Elliot Journalist, Valerie Bertinelli (archive footage), Rest of cast listed alphabetically: Wolfgang Van Halen (archive footage)
2. The 2020 Billboard Music Awards 10/14/20: Eddie Van Halen Tribute with a rebroadcast of Van Halen reunion on TV with Wolgang 5 years earlier.
3. CBS Sunday Morning 10/18/20: Opening, it’s important to note that this interview with David Lee Roth was done prior to the passing of Eddie Van Halen but but aired after Eddie’s death. In the quiet of a late summer night, the artist is at work. Sumi-e, the art of Japanese ink painting, is equal parts beauty and discipline. “You’re a night owl – you usually paint and draw at night?” asked correspondent Tracy Smith.”Yes, nighttime,” replied the artist. “There’s no magic to that. It’s simple lack of visual stimulation.” For rock music fans, David Lee Roth needs no introduction. As the original lead singer of the Hall of Fame supergroup Van Halen, he was “Diamond Dave” on stage – a human cyclone of crazy energy. But the heart of the band was co-founder Eddie Van Halen, who died of cancer earlier this month at age 65, and who was arguably one of the greatest guitarists who ever lived. David Lee Roth performed with Van Halen for the last time in 2015, and shortly after Eddie’s death posted this tweet: “What a long great trip it’s been.”
4. The 2020 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 11/07/20: Eddie Van Halen tribute with various musicians including Slash from Gun ’n Roses paying homage to the artist.
5. Today 11/13/20: Exclusive teaser about next weeks interview with Wolfgang Van Halen by Carson Daly later next week
6. Today 11/17/20: Music fans around the world grieved last month when rock legend Eddie Van Halen died of cancer at age 65. Now his son, Wolf Van Halen is interviewed by Carson Daly about his personal grief since losing his dad. The 29-year-old musician, who began playing bass in his father’s band, Van Halen, more than a decade ago, is Eddie’s only child. His mother Valerie Bertinelli, was married to the rocker from 1981 until 2007. “It doesn’t seem like the pain is ever really gonna go away. You just kinda figure out how to carry it a bit better,” said Wolf, who called Eddie “the best father I could ever ask for” on Instagram shortly after he died.
7. Entertainment Tonight 11/17/20: Interview with Wolfgang discussing the loss of his father and his new single that went number #1 on the charts with all proceeds go to Mr. Holland’s Opus Fund