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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Happy Birthday, Alex Van Halen

Happy fifty-ninth birthday today (May 8th) to Dutch born and American drummer Alex Van Halen.

Alex started out initially on guitar while his brother Eddie dabbled with the drums. Alex actually took better to the later, so the two switched it up and the rest was rock history. The two played in a number of early bands together (the Broken Off Combs, the Space Brothers, and Mammoth Chammoth) before they settled on the name Van Halen in 1977.

Besides decades performing with the band, Alex also did the instrumental track "Respect The Wind" for the soundtrack of the film Twister which featured him on keyboards. He is also a ordained minister.

- For my review of Van Halen's 1978 self-titled debut album, please click here.

- For my review of their second album from 1979 Van Halen II, please click here.

- For my review of their fourth album from 1982 Diver Down, please click here.

- For my review of their blockbuster sixth album 1984 from that same year, please click here.

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