One of the world's premier guitarists, Van Halen name is also the name of Eddie's band because of their lead singer David Lee Roth, who thought it sounded cool. He thought that people would wonder if it was a place name. Also, his brother Alex Van Halen is in the group. When Roth left the band and was replaced by Sammy Hagar, the previous version became known as the David Lee Roth era band and the new Van Halen was nicknamed by fans "Van Hagar. The anchor of their music was always Eddie, his guitar playing was featured on Michael Jackson's Beat It," where he played a memorable solo and took no money for his contribution, insisting the recognition was payment enough. In the 1980s the group had more Billboard Hot 100 hits than any of their hard rock or heavy metal competitors. In 1992, Van Halen won a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance on their album, For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge.
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