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Van Halen Quotes


"Van Halen is a work in progress." - Alex Van Halen

"Eddie Van Halen was probably the most influential." - Tony Iommi

"Classic Van Halen made people want to dance and f**k. Modern Van Halen makes you want to drink milk and drive foreign cars." - David Lee Roth

"I had a solo career before Van Halen. My fan base filtered through Van Halen with me and came right on out the other side with me." - Sammy Hagar

"Without a doubt, Eddie Van Halen is the greatest guitar player who has ever lived." - Zakk Wylde

"I do like Eddie Van Halen as a player. He gets it right quite often." - Paul Mccartney

"I've heard my share of Van Halen. I never liked rock." - Brad Paisley

"Van Halen can keep providing the rain and I'll keep providing the parade." - David Lee Roth

"The name Van Halen, the family legacy, is going to go on long after I'm gone." - Eddie Van Halen

"That song ["Don't Tell Me"] didn't take us anywhere, and I know why now. It wasn't what Van Halen fans wanted. It showed the darkness of Van Halen, and basically the end of the band." - Sammy Hagar

"My heroes were Eddie Van Halen - especially after Van Halen I, II, III, and IV - Randy Rhoads, Ace Frehley and dudes like that. My brother played drums and we jammed in the garage and started writing our own stuff." - Dimebag Darrell

"Greg Ginn was certainly a huge influence on my guitar playing. I put him up there with people like Eddie Van Halen. Eddie Van Halen changed everything; I don't necessarily like everything he did, but he definitely changed everything." - Buzz Osborne

"At some point I decided I didn't want to learn any more guitar technique. I was at that level where the next mountain there was to climb was Van Halen and I didn't really like Van Halen." - Rostam Batmanglij

"My first impression of Van Halen was that David Lee Roth was a god, and that so was Eddie." - Dave Mustaine

"If you put a Van Halen album in your record collection, it will melt all the rest of your records." - David Lee Roth

"I look at Van Halen as social workers. What we're really doing is creating jobs for rock critics." - Alex Van Halen

"Every once in awhile I'll call up Eddie (Van Halen) and ask, Found that fourth chord yet?" - Billy Gibbons

"I loved that song ["Don't Tell Me"], but man, it was dark. That song did nothing for Van Halen." - Sammy Hagar

"The Beatles will never get back together and David Lee Roth will never again sing with Van Halen." - Alex Van Halen

"I wouldn't mind meeting Eddie Van Halen. That would be great. We need to invite him to a race." - Al Unser

"When I was 13, I was just figuring out how to play 'Eruption,' poorly, by Eddie Van Halen." - Dierks Bentley

"Dave thought he was bigger than Van Halen the band. So there was this catfight going on for 10 years." - Gary Cherone

"The first Van Halen album makes Johnny Rotten out to be what he really was and still is: a hairdresser." - Henry Rollins

"You can never deny the immense talent, rock credibility and iconic historical contribution that Van Halen made." - Steve Vai

"Van Gogh was impulsive." - Joni Mitchell

"I admire Eddie Van Halen and Steve Lukather, but they might blow me away quite easily if we were to jam together." - Eric Clapton

"There's very little greatness in this world, but in the crucible of quality there's a special corner reserved for Van Halen." - Bob Lefsetz

"Sometimes I'll listen to a little old Van Halen, or some Beatles, Zeppelin stuff, classical music... I like a lot of different things." - Eric Carr

"People say that life is a cesspool of darkness and dispair. Well we of Van Halen are sailing through it in a yacht!" - David Lee Roth

"The human mind is like Van Halen. If you just pull out one piece and keep replacing it, it just degenerates." - Fran Kranz

"There's no great guitarist that doesn't sit down and listen to Chet Atkins and Eddie Van Halen, and all these other great players." - Lee Ann Womack

"I'd say it ["I Can't Drive 55"] has probably been the most successful song I've ever been involved with, including any Van Halen songs." - Sammy Hagar

"I really think that Van Halen has two choices if they want to continue. And maybe they don't want to continue, because they don't seem to do much" - Sammy Hagar

"I was more influenced by players like Randy Rhoads and Eddie Van Halen than by the guys in southern rock bands." - Dimebag Darrell

"Few bands in hard rock history have been so adept at balancing the awesome and trivial as Van Halen in their prime." - Chuck Eddy

"You have Extreme and Van Halen and the history that I have with other people I played with. There are some effects that will hopefully break that stereotype." - Gary Cherone

"If I had had a chance to tour with Van Halen before the record, I think it would have been a different record." - Gary Cherone

"It was fun while it lasted, but it never seemed real to me. I could not believe I was in Van Halen." - Gary Cherone

"I think a lot of modern day guitarists start off playing like Eddie van Halen, and they don't take the time to learn the basics." - Alvin Lee

"What draws people to the instrument is the love for guitar players that play a certain way. I mean, even though it wasn't intentional, it was hard to avoid copying Eddie Van Halen. He was basically the *bleep* back then." - Tom Morello

"If aliens came down and challenged us to a Battle of the Bands to decide the fate of Planet Earth, I would feel very confident putting early Van Halen forward as our champion." - Tom Morello

"Ted Templeman, the producer, and Donn Landee, the engineer, are the same team that signed Van Halen, when they were called Mammoth. Donn convinced them to change it to the last name of the guitar player and drummer." - Sammy Hagar

"In death metal, a lot of guys are Eddie Van Halen disciples, but they take his style to really expressionistic places. It's a real pleasure for me to hear people pushing their craft." - John Darnielle

"It's the most natural progression for me to becoming a singing sensation next. And so many people have offered to be on it. Eddie Van Halen... and Prince, Madonna and Cyndi Lauper will probably be a backup trio." - Paul Reubens

"In Van Halen there were moments, like in some of the ballads, I put my heart and soul into those records. Those lyrics when I sang 'em, I gave myself goosebumps." - Sammy Hagar

"When we were on the road, I found out that my greatest hits album went Gold. They freaked out. Things really came to a head when we started arguing about a Van Halen greatest hits package." - Sammy Hagar

"Dave was great in Van Halen. No question about it. He was one of the best at being Mr. Rock Star. But it's sickening to see a guy still trying to be that with a wig on 20 years later." - Sammy Hagar

"If I would have ever dreamed that I wouldn't be in Van Halen anymore and was going to have resume my solo career again, I would have never contributed anything towards my own greatest hits package." - Sammy Hagar

"When I left Van Halen, I went in the studio and made a CD called Marching to Mars with all studio musicians. I did it immediately. With the disappointment riding on my shoulders of the breakup of the band." - Sammy Hagar

"I liked a lot of the things other people liked - Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Van Halen, AC/DC - but if I compared it to my dad's music, there just seemed to be elements missing." - Dweezil Zappa

"When I was in Van Halen I was hitting notes that were out of my range. I never went for those registers before until Eddie pulled it out of me." - Gary Cherone

"I did some research and tried to pull out some old, classic Van Halen that they had not played in 10 or 15 years. I think that was Sammy's mistake. I he didn't want to do the Dave stuff." - Gary Cherone

"The Alanis Morissette tour, everybody thinks that was all sitting around, lighting candles and talking intelligently about synergy and big words. That band was so gnarly. We were such scumbags. Alanis had no idea. We were like Van Halen." - Taylor Hawkins

"Spitfire asked me if I had a problem talking about Van Halen or Extreme. I really don't. There are people who are just going to want to know what it was like to play with Eddie." - Gary Cherone

"It's hard to say this about a guy like Eddie Van Halen, one of the greatest guitar players who ever lived, but he's really limited to a style and they're locked into it." - Sammy Hagar

"When Van Halen started out, there was no path to fame. We just played what we liked. Even today it always comes down to the simplicity of rock and roll." - Eddie Van Halen

"You know, most people, they want to go to Hollywood. They want to be a star. They want to be a rock star. That thought never entered any of our minds, the Van Halen family." - Eddie Van Halen

"I was a huge 'Pyromania' fan. You would never expect it, but I was in love with Iron Maiden; I was such a huge fan. I went to a lot of rock stuff like Van Halen, too." - Tiesto

"I believe that the art market is in a place similar to the music industry in 2005. Big changes are coming and the art market will most likely be very different in ten years. However, if you are the art equivalent of Van Halen, you don't really have to change anything. But if you are not Van Halen, then it is time to figure how to adapt to all the changes." - Mark Edward

"My sisters were in that van." - Lauren Destefano

"I have Van Gogh's ear for music" - Stephen Fry

"You have Van Gogh's ear for music." - Billy Wilder

"He has Van Gogh's ear for music." - Billy Wilder

"These days I don't look to other people with the objective of trying to steal their licks, although I've got no objections to stealing them if that seems like a good idea. I'm sure that I'm still influenced by Mark Knopfler and Eddie Van Halen as well......I can't play like Eddie Van Halen. I wish I could. I sat down to try some of those ideas and can't do it. I don't know if I could ever get any of that stuff together. Sometimes I think I should work at the guitar more." - David Gilmour

"... Jeff Beck is my idol .. sometimes he finds notes that I just do not have on my guitar. Frank Zappa's another one .. I loved Frank Zappa ... I do think Van Halen reinvented the guitar ... he's an excellent musician, a shrewd guitarist and as a person he's wonderful..." - Ritchie Blackmore

"David Lee Roth had the idea that if you covered a successful song, you were half way home. C'mon - Van Halen doing 'Dancing in the Streets'? It was stupid. I started feeling like I would rather bomb playing my own songs than be successful playing someone else's music." - Eddie Van Halen

"I love players like Thurston Moore. I mean, you can put notes down on a sheet of paper, and if you practice and get your chops up, you can play like an Eddie Van Halen or a Steve Vai. But nobody can do what Thurston Moore does; he's his own guy. He talks through his instrument in a language that's all his own." - Frank Iero

"For a long time, when I was very young, I went to go see arena rock bands. I was 16, and it was all I could get in to see, legally. And I saw Led Zeppelin and Ted Nugent and Van Halen and all that." - Henry Rollins

"On 'Van Halen,' I was a young punk, and everything revolved around the fastest kid in town, gunslinger attitude. But I'd say that at the time of 'Fair Warning,' I started concentrating more on songwriting. But I guess in most people's minds I'm just a gunslinger." - Eddie Van Halen

"It comes back to the same old question people are always asking me: 'When are you going to do a solo record?' Well, if I did, it would probably be similar to 'Baluchitherium,' meaning it would be Van Halen music - which I write anyway - but without singing." - Eddie Van Halen

"Van Der Vaart's movement is always on the move" - Chris Coleman

"A van backed through my windscreen into my wife's face." - Abraham Maslow

"Loneliness is a kind of prison. [Vincent Van Gogh]" - Irving Stone

"Louis van Gaal has nothing more to learn." - Louis van Gaal

"I live in a van, down by the river!" - Chris Farley

"Sitting on a cornflake, waiting for the van to come." - John Lennon

"Bang goes another kanga on the bonnet of the van" - Kate Bush

"Scholes and Van Nistelrooy drugged the last two defenders." - Ron Atkinson

"I was a typical Valley teen, in smoggy Van Nuys." - Ed Begley Jr

"If Pride leads the Van, Beggary brings up the Rear." - Benjamin Franklin

"Remember the band, Flock of Seagulls? They had their van stolen. I was like, They still have a van?" - Craig Ferguson

"Punk-rock gave music back to people. For a long time, when I was very young, I went to go see arena rock bands. I was 16 and it was all I could get in to see, legally. And I saw Led Zeppelin and Ted Nugent and Van Halen and all that. Me and [Minor Threat and Fugazi vocalist] Ian MacKaye would go to these concerts, and it was fun." - Henry Rollins

"I like all of the typical hard rock bands. I'm an AC/DC fanatic. I love ZZ Top, just about any Van Halen, any Judas Priest, the list goes on and on, most of the Iron Maiden stuff. Those are the big bands, but I got my feel from, I grew up on Mountain and Humble Pie. That kind of stuff is where I get my feel from." - Mark Mendoza

"Speaking of stage freight. I was terrified! It was in NOLA at an all ages show. I was wearing Jeans, a Van Halen t-shirt, and a bandana on my neck. Once I gripped that microphone stand, I did not let go! I plugged my microphone into a guitar FX pedal. Then at the end of the a Black Sabbath song we were covering, I hit the guitar pedal. It was horrific!" - Phil Anselmo

"Vans are the vehicles of murderers. Serial Killers. Rapists. Thieves. Nothing good ever happens in a van. Police should be allowed to arrest van drivers without cause. The van is the cause, asshole." - Shalom Auslander

"There was a fence and there was this other van- So I go, 'Fence or van? Cause I'm crashing into one of them,' and I said 'Fence,' so I hit the fence and bounced into the van" - Pete Wentz

"The Hillary team is driving around in a van. Sometimes people get those gag bumper stickers put on their van. Hillary has one on her van, and it says, 'If this van's rockin', I'm deleting emails.'" - David Letterman

"I had a Vincent van Gogh, a small Provencal landscape. We sold it. If you're going to have a van Gogh it should be a really good van Gogh." - Pierre Berge

"Wij wezen allles wat kopie of beschrijving was af en lieten het elementaire en het spontane in volle vrijheid reageren. Omdat de plaatsing van de vlakken en de kleuren en de verhoudingen van deze vlakken louter op toeval schenen te berusten, verklaarde ik dat deze werken, zoals in de natuur, gerangschikt waren "volgens de wetten van het toeval", toeval dat voor mij alleen maar een beperkt onderdeel vormde van een onpeilbare reden van bestaan, van een orde die in zijn totaliteit ontoegankelijk was." - Hans Arp

"Vincent van Gogh's mother painted all of his best things. The famous mailed decapitated ear was a figment of the public relations firm engaged by Van Gogh's dealer." - Roy Blount Jr

"During my youth, I was fascinated by the colors of Van Goth's paintings" - Joseph Pisani

"I will be an artist. I am sure I will. [Vincent Van Gogh]" - Irving Stone

"It's so easy to love. The only hard thing is to be loved. [Vincent Van Gogh]" - Irving Stone

"Someday my paintings will be hanging in the Louvre. [Vincent Van Gogh]" - Irving Stone

"I said about Van Jones . Be careful. This guy is extraordinarily dangerous and he is smart." - Glenn Beck

"He drove me home in the van, complaining, 'Women only like me for my mind'." - Steven Morrissey

"We like to kidnap them in a van, and take then somewhere dangerous... SURPRISE!!" - Gerard Way

"I spent more time in a van then in my mom's womb." - Myles Kennedy

"Van Gogh would"ve sold more than one painting if he"d put tigers in them." - Bill Watterson

"I joined Arsenal to play with Robin van persie - not replace him" - Olivier Giroud

"Took me by the hand, she's gonna love me in my Chevy Van." - Sammy Johns

"Einstein's space is no closer to reality than Van Gogh's sky." - Arthur Koestler

"What do you think of Manchester Uniteds three Rs - Rooney, Ronaldo and van Nistelrooy?" - Rob McCaffrey

"I have many favorite artists...Van Gough as one, but he didn't really sing a lot!" - Colin Mochrie

"Van Gogh would've sold more than one painting if he'd put tigers in them." - Bill Watterson

"Youth has triumphed (upon defeating 86-year-old Dirk van Foreest)." - Jacques Mieses

"[Van Jones] you should be a racial polemicist. You should be a racial reconciler." - Mary Matalin

"We do not need an Osami bin Laden leading us. -television evangelist Jack Van Impe" - Pat Robertson

"The bank, Mr. Van Buren, is trying to kill me, but I will kill it." - Andrew Jackson

"Dick Van Dyke was older than me and I was playing his dad." - Lionel Jeffries

"You can consider this carved in stone: I rule out becoming Herman Van Rompuy's successor." - Jean-Claude Juncker

"Mozart. Vivaldi. Van Gogh. Stretched their genius on struggle, stress and survival." - Billy Cannon

"The paintings by Van Gough and Chagall had a big influence on me." - John Dyer

"Dick Van Dyke spent most of his time setting everybody else up." - Dave Foley

"I think that Van Gogh is really the ultimate crazy artist that we all think of." - Ellen Forney

"I did not have a van, or wear Birkenstocks and tie-dyes." - Rachel Zoe

"I travel in a Ford Econoline van with a trailer. So it's not quite so glamorous." - Tift Merritt

"So, okay, I'm not a genius. Vincent Van Gogh and Albert Einstein were geniuses." - Bonnie Bassler

"I have a 15-passenger van, which is not fun to drive in L.A. ever." - King Tuff

"We shot that in all the real places where Van Gogh worked." - Vincente Minnelli

"There's Dick Van Dyke and John Ritter, the two greatest physical comics of our generation." - Suzanne Somers

"It's only a few nutcases who do art for themselves, like Van Gogh." - David Bailey

"Mr. Van Buren, your friends may be leaving you but my friends never leave me." - Andrew Jackson

"I buy Dries van Noten shoes. I love his clothes, too." - Christian Louboutin

"I thought it would be very nice to become Picasso or Rembrandt, or a van Gogh." - Dick Bruna

"I always liked the Van Gogh story because I was terribly involved in that." - Vincente Minnelli

"I have many favorite artists... Van Gogh as one, but he didn't really sing a lot!" - Colin Mochrie

"I grew up in a very musical household. My brother had KISS and Van Halen records, but my parents loved country and show tunes, so I had all of those records when a kid. I pretty much knew exactly what I was going to do at a young age. I loved album covers, I loved listening to a record and staring at the art while listening to it. When I got older and discovered paining, drawing and PhotoShop, I was able to do both simultaneously; I enjoy making both." - Piggy D.

"My old man said, `Follow the van, Don't dilly-dally on the way!' But I dillied and dallied, dallied and dillied, Lost the van and don't know where to roam." - Marie Lloyd

"What is drawing? It is working oneself through an invisible iron wall that seems to stand between what one feels and what one can do. - Vincent van Gogh, The Letters of Vincent van Gogh to His Brother" - Hokusai

"That's the van? It looks like a rotting banana." This was undeniable - Eric had painted the van a neon shade of yellow, and it was blotched with dings and rust like splotches of decay." - Cassandra Clare

"One association with the arts that I vividly remember was a magazine called Normal Instructor, a teachers' magazine, that Miss George would hold up with illustrations of great artworks like [Vincent] van Gogh and Rembrandt [van Rijn]." - Paul Smith

"My old man said, Follow the van, Don't dilly-dally on the way!' But I dillied and dallied, dallied and dillied, Lost the van and don't know where to roam." - Marie Lloyd

"It may be a point of great pride to have a Van Gogh on the living room wall, but the prospects of having Van Gogh himself in the living room would put a great many devoted art lovers to rout." - Ben Shahn

"And then I went round the corner and there's a Van Gogh portrait, and you just think, well, this is another level. A higher level, actually. I love the Sargent, but it's not the level of Van Gogh." - David Hockney

"I've had many nicknames over the years: V, Nessa, Nessy Poo, Nessy Bear and Van. Only my parents call me Van, though, and I hate it. I get embarrassed." - Vanessa Hudgens

"Monet, Manet, Sisley, Renoir, Van Gogh and others went outside to paint for one simple reason - it looks different outside." - Mike Svob

"Van Ritzen is one of the funniest humans I've ever met. Read her book, laugh, lather, rinse, repeat." - Mark Leiren-Young

"You cannot be the good all the time - sometimes it is necessary to get angry. [Vincent Van Gogh]" - Irving Stone

"Richard Wagner commenting on the music of Ludvig Van Beethoven: He was a Titan, wrestling with the Gods." - Ludwig Van Beethoven

"I both love and am terrified by Greg Van Eekhout's vision of Los Angeles. I already want to go back." - John Scalzi

"If the FBI parks a van bristling with cameras outside your house, you are justified in closing your blinds." - Bruce Schneier

"I cannot see myself in a new car. I am a tiny white van person. That is what i want!" - Alexander Mccall Smith

"I'm as good as Jean-Claude Van Damme when it comes to martial arts. Sounding a little cocky aren't I" - Talisa Soto

"I creep like a thief, no doubt the man's swift, I'm more magnificent than Lee Van Cleef" - Diamond D

"158 Lewis Avenue between Lafayette and Van Buren, that was back durin days of hangin' on my bed-stuy block" - Big Daddy Kane

"It doesn't make you bad losing to Rob Van Dam... it just makes you like everybody else." - Rob Van Dam

"Genius gives birth, talent delivers. What Rembrandt or Van Gogh saw in the night can never be seen again." - Jack Kerouac

"I thought it'd be something cooler, like a van with 'Death to Demons' painted on the outside." - Cassandra Clare

"Rip Van Winkle, who said, Don't make the bed; I'm just going to the bathroom. Never got a dinner!" - Red Buttons



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