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According to the Harper Collins Publishers website, October 22, 2024 is the day Alex Van Halen‘s memoirs are set for release. Alex was the drummer for the band Van Halen and brother of the legendary late guitarist Eddie Van Halen.

Photo: Craig O’Neal (source: Wikipedia)


The book has 384 pages (the audiobook version is 720 minutes), and is priced at 32 US dollars. It is already available as a pre-order.

Judging by the title given by the publisher (“The Brothers Van Halen“), Alex Van Halen is planning to break the silence as he has made no public appearances, given no interviews or performances at concerts in memory of Eddie since his brother’s death in October 2020.

Alex and Eddie Van Halen formed the band Mammoth in the early 1970s in Pasadena, California, where they had moved from Amsterdam, Holland, with their parents in 1962. In 1972, they were joined by singer David Lee Roth, who suggested changing the name group’s name to Van Halen. A year later, bassist Michael Anthony Sobolewski came on board, and so the classic lineup of the band was formed.

In 1985, after Roth’s departure, Sammy Hagar was taken on, with whom the band enjoyed further success, both in terms of concert attendance and record sales. Van Halen, by the way, belongs to an exclusive club of performers boasting record sales in excess of 100 million. The second stage of the band’s history lasted until 1996.

From 1996 to 2000, Gary Cherone of Extreme fame was the vocalist. After Hagar’s brief return between 2003 and 2005, David Lee Roth returned in 2006. Featuring Edward Van Halen’s son Wolfgang on bass guitar, the band continued until the guitarist’s passing.

Throughout his career, Alex Van Halen has been using Ludwig drums and Paiste cymbals.

Van Halen’s discography:

  • Van Halen (1978)
  • Van Halen II (1979)
  • Women and Children First (1980)
  • Fair Warning (1981)
  • Diver Down (1982)
  • 1984 (1984)
  • 5150 (1986)
  • OU812 (1988)
  • For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge (1991)
  • Balance (1995)
  • Van Halen III (1998)
  • A Different Kind of Truth (2012)