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Photo by john Douglas

On might 8th, 1953, Alexander arthur Van Halen foi ~ born in Amsterdam Holland. Later on the family moved to Nijmegen, whereby they lived until they relocated to ns U.S. When Alex era about 9, through a government-incentive regime to reunite families.

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Because the family spoke tiny English, Alex and Eddie formed naquela bond during this equipe that has actually lasted their entire lives. With each other they adapted to der new country, der new language, and new ideias about music. Ns brothers still keep der picture of their old Dutch pagina inicial in the5150 Studio e revisited the house after the recording of Balance.
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Early on, Alex’s parents, Jan and eugenika Van Halen impression upon their sons a love of music that initially meant classical training. Both Alex and Eddie furgão Halen were trained as classical pianists in their childhood. Afterward Alex’s to teach consisted of classic guitar. The didn’t remover to it, though, and preferred playing his brother’s drums. Once Eddie took der job as naquela paperboy come pay for the $125 Japanese St. George drum kit, Alex played the drums rather of a guitar. The prática paid off, e Alex learned to play the drums very quickly. When he learned “Wipe Out,” ns two knew that was equipe to switch instruments.Having discovered their música niches, a brothers began to play at intermissions of their father’s gigs. The audience loved them. Eddie recalled that e se his dad passed der hat approximately to collection money a partir de the audience while the brothers were playing. An ext than $22 era collected. Jan provided each the his sons $5. As soon as they request about the rest of the money, his father responded, “Welcome to ns music business.”Alex e Eddie developed their o primeiro dia band com three various other boys, calling themselves The broken Combs, performing in ~ lunchtime at hamilton Elementary college in Pasadena e this foi ~ identified as the o primeiro dia time when a desire to end up being professional musicians was formed (when Eddie ser estar in ns 4th grade).  Other bands the brothers were in before furgão Halen were a Trojan Rubber Company, the Space brother & Mammoth. The two brothers estão the só members of furgão Halen quem have been in a band porque o its whole duration.One the Alex’s primeiro jobs era delivering chicken for der restaurant referred to as Chicken Delight. Their ads stated, “Don’t cozinhar at terra natal tonight, bespeak Chicken Delight!”Alex graduated from Pasadena high School in 1971. Alex met Michael Anthony and David Lee roth while attending Pasadena cidade College wherein he ser estar studying music theory, scoring, composition and arrangement. A three of them left college after they created Mammoth along com Eddie.Embed a partir de Getty ImagesAlex was the atuações rocker in the family, partying like naquela rock star well prior to Mammoth formed. However, Alex has constantly remained the most quiet member of ns band. Not lot is known about his personal life.No other drummer in his generation has naquela technique the is as distinctive. As at an early stage as his atrasado teens, Alex was baffling a other musicians com his skill, including in his music theory class at Pasadena city College. Alex is der strict composer together well, making arrangements e arguing com his brothers over theory.
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Before the band ser estar signed, Alex also took a role as band manager along com his drumming duties.In a early days of furgão Halen, Alex had a signature bushy hairstyle and a stage presence rivaled só by david Lee Roth. Despite he never adjusted his phase persona, the did cut his head bald in 1986. As soon as asked around this, Alex defined that ns entire band ser estar going to shave their heads, yet chickened-out after seeing what ns barber had done to him.

Alex virtually lost a finger functioning in der machine shop before ns band acquired signed. Luckily he kept ns finger and pounded fora the grooves that made furgão Halen ns revolutionary debut that was. Van Halen II was fans’ first atuações exposure to a gifted play of this drummer, though. “Outta Love Again” showcased ns previously lesser-known van Halen brother.


Since climate Alex’s beat has inspired new songs favor “Poundcake” e “Without You.” His arrangements estão evident in songs favor “Pleasure Dome” and “Doin’ Time,” e every percorrer has introduced naquela new and improved north solo.
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He has had his very own signature sequência of rod by Calato. In ns early mim he used der 3S wood-tip model. That doesn’t keep his equipment. Though some of his old north sets ser estar being restored, he wants everything come be provided away.While no much may be well-known about ns man himself, fans have the right to deduce all they really require to understand by listening come his music.In despite the of a fact that a term “brown sound” is typically associated com Eddie’s guitar, Alex originated the term come refer to a sound the his snare drum.At live shows, Alex is known para being one entertainer, performing aggressive north solos and stage pyrotechnics.The only non–Van Halen example of Alex’s musicianship deserve to be found on ns soundtrack to the movie Twister. The instrumental “Respect the Wind” (for which a Van Halen brothers to be nominated for der Grammy compensation in 1997 for Best Rock important Performance) features Alex on keyboards (with Eddie ~ above guitar). The song was used for the movie soundtrack Twister e plays throughout the fim credits of ns movie.
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Alex endorses Ludwig drums, pedals e hardware, Paiste cymbals, Remo drumheads and signature sucessão sticks through Regal Tip/Calato. Naquela long-time Paiste endorser because March 1983, Alex in co-operation with Paiste developed his signature drive which is der 2002 24″ huge ride and was introduced on the 2010 Winter NAMM Show. Alex has used Rototoms and octobans in a past and also electronic drums and is renowned porque o using extravagantly-sized drum kit that attribute four base drums, having originally used two bass drums before upgrading to 4 bass drums.

Regaltip created ns Alex furgão Halen signature drumsticks once he came to be an endorser. However, despite being a long time user of Regaltip, Alex has additionally tried using Easton ahead drumsticks.

Alex válvula Halen’s impacts include john Bonham, Ginger Baker, beam Phillips, and Keith Moon and he has actually cited jazz drummer girlfriend Rich’s work as having actually an early e lifelong impact.Alex married Valeri kendal in June 1983, after a two-year engagement. A marriage ended in divorce, just dois months later. Alex has dois sons, Aric válvula Halen (born October 6, 1989), with his ex-wife, Kelly Carter, whom he divorce in respectable 1996 ~ 12 year of marriage. Alex married his present wife, Stine Schyberg, in 2000. She is ns mother that his son Malcolm furgão Halen. Alex is ns uncle of Wolfgang furgão Halen.Alex has come to be an ordained minister and presided at ns weddings that his brother Eddie furgão Halen in 2009 e his previous sister-in-law Valerie Bertinelli in 2011.

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Alex’s 2015 Drumset
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modern Drummer has put together a special publication that is entirely devoted to Alex furgão Halen! modern Drummer Legends: Alex furgão Halen is the second rate in a ‘Modern Drummer Legends’ series, and is the one e only Alex furgão Halen drum book! includes Alex’s 1983, 1993, and 2008 contemporary Drummer cover stories. Transcriptions of classic furgão Halen tracks, beats, e fills. A survey that the evolution of his famous live drum kits. A deep dive into his distinct snare sound + an to exclude, brand-new 2020 MD interview! e lots of photos.

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