Moved with family to Pasadena, CA from the Netherlands; took classical piano lessons with brother Alex
Met David Lee Roth while they both attended Pasadena Community College in the 1970s
Formed the band Van Halen with brother Alex on drums, Roth on vocals, and Michael Anthony on bass; played guitar for band
Kiss bassist Gene Simmons discovered Van Halen at a local club
Van Halen released self-titled debut album, featuring the hit "Runnin' With the Devil"
Band delivered breakthrough album <i>1984</i>, which included signature hits "Jump," "Panama," and "Hot For Teacher."
Roth left Van Halen and replaced by Sammy Hagar
Band released first double-live album <i>Van Halen Live: Right Here, Right Now</i>
Ninth studio album <i>For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge</i> topped <i>Billboard</i> 200 chart; featured commercial hit "Right Now"
Hagar parted ways with band; four original Van Halen members made first public appearance together in over 11 years at the 1996 MTV Video Music Awards
Reunion with Roth short-lived; band released <i>Van Halen III</i> with former Extreme frontman Gary Cherone on lead vocals
Van Halen reunited with Hagar
Van Halen inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Released <i>A Different Kind of Truth</i>, Van Halen's first studio album with Roth on vocals since <i>1984</i>
Bassist Anthony left band and replaced by Wolfgang Van Halen, Eddie's son with actress Valerie Bertinelli