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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 [...]


RIOT (1973–PRESENT). Guy Speranza (vocals, replaced by Rhett Forrester), Mark Reale (guitar), L.A. Kouvaris (guitar, replaced by Rick Ventura, others), Jimmy Iommi (bass, replaced by Kip Lemming, others), Peter Bitelli (drums, replaced by Sandy Slavin, others). Riot are a U.S. heavy metal band founded in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1973. Although they never attained an arena-headlining level of success, they were enormously influential in the development of eighties metal (especially the NWOBHM), and Read more [...]


MONTROSE (1973–77; 2002–PRESENT). Ronnie Montrose (guitar), Sammy Hagar (vocals), Bill Church (bass), Denny Carmassi (drums). Perhaps one of the most criminally overlooked American bands of the seventies, Montrose was nonetheless also one of the most influential when it came to informing how American hard rock and bands would adapt the heavy blues-based rock of Led Zeppelin to the U.S. scene. Formed in 1973 by guitarist Ronnie Montrose, who had just left the Edgar Winter Group, the band also Read more [...]