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Van Halen


VAN HALEN (1977–PRESENT). David Lee Roth (vocals, 1977–84, 2007– present), Eddie Van Halen (guitar), Alex Van Halen (drums), Michael Anthony (1977–2005), Sammy Hagar (vocals, 1985–?), Gary Cherone (vocals), Wolfgang Van Halen (bass, 2007–present). Van Halen changed everything. The release of Van Halen’s self-titled album in 1978—was it really in 1978?!—almost overnight changed the dominant paradigm in rock music. It’s amazing to realize that before Van Halen was an eighties Read more [...]
Steve Vai


STEVE VAI (1960–). One of the most recognizable guitarists on the rock scene over the last twenty years, Vai, along with his erstwhile teacher Joe Satriani, has only worked within established groups for short periods of time, instead having established a successful solo career of largely instrumental albums. After graduating from the prestigious Berklee College of Music, Vai started his professional career in 1979 as a transcriber for Frank Zappa, going on to play guitar for Zappa’s band for Read more [...]
Mr. Big


MR. BIG (1988–2002). Eric Martin (vocals), Paul Gilbert (guitar, replaced by Richie Kotzen), Billy Sheehan (bass), Pat Torpey (drums). Mr. Big were one of the most popular metal supergroups made up of virtuoso musicians. The band started in 1988, when bassist Billy Sheehan had grown tired of playing with perpetual man-child David Lee Roth and went off in search of another group of musicians. He soon found them in ace guitarist Paul Gilbert, lately of Racer X, and the more obscure but equally Read more [...]


BULLET BOYS (1988–2000). Marq Torien (vocals), Mick Sweda (guitar), Lonnie Vincent (bass), and Jimmy d’Anda (drums). A somewhat bluesy-sounding L.A. metal band, Bullet Boys emerged on the national scene with Van Halen–like buzz that started with the fact that they shared producer Ted Templeman and ended with the superficial similarities between blond-haired frontman Marq Torien and David Lee Roth. Riding the last wave of the L.A. hair metal scene, the band’s stock in trade was sleazy Read more [...]