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The following is a complete chronology of the various line-ups of Van Halen, from the group's inception in 1972 until the present.

Van Halen line-ups

Band/year Lineup Releases
Mammoth
(1972)
Mammoth
(1972-1973)
  • Eddie Van Halen - guitar, lead vocals
  • Mark Stone - bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Alex Van Halen - drums, percussion
Mammoth/Van Halen
(1973-1974)
  • David Lee Roth - lead vocals
  • Eddie Van Halen - guitar, backing vocals
  • Mark Stone - bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Alex Van Halen - drums, percussion
Mammoth/Van Halen
(1974)
  • David Lee Roth - lead vocals
  • Eddie Van Halen - guitar, backing vocals
  • Michael Anthony - bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Alex Van Halen - drums, percussion
Van Halen
(1974-1985)
  • David Lee Roth - lead vocals
  • Eddie Van Halen - guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Michael Anthony - bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Alex Van Halen - drums, percussion
Van Halen
(1985-1996)
  • Sammy Hagar - lead vocals, rhythm guitar
  • Eddie Van Halen - lead guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Michael Anthony - bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Alex Van Halen - drums, percussion
On hiatus
(1996)
  • Mitch Malloy - lead vocals (informal jam sessions)
  • other vocalists - lead vocals (informal jam sessions)
  • Eddie Van Halen - guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Michael Anthony - bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Alex Van Halen - drums, percussion
Van Halen
(1996)
  • David Lee Roth - lead vocals
  • Eddie Van Halen - guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Michael Anthony - bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Alex Van Halen - drums, percussion
Van Halen
(1996-1999)
  • Gary Cherone - lead vocals
  • Eddie Van Halen - guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Michael Anthony - bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Alex Van Halen - drums, percussion
On hiatus
(1999-2000)
  • Eddie Van Halen - guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Michael Anthony - bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Alex Van Halen - drums, percussion
On hiatus
(2000)
  • David Lee Roth - lead vocals
  • Eddie Van Halen - guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Michael Anthony - bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Alex Van Halen - drums, percussion
On hiatus
(2000)
  • Eddie Van Halen - guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Michael Anthony - bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Alex Van Halen - drums, percussion
On hiatus
(2000)
  • David Lee Roth - lead vocals
  • Eddie Van Halen - guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Michael Anthony - bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Alex Van Halen - drums, percussion
On hiatus
(2000-2001)
  • Eddie Van Halen - guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Michael Anthony - bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Alex Van Halen - drums, percussion
On hiatus
(2001)
  • David Lee Roth - lead vocals
  • Eddie Van Halen - guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Michael Anthony - bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Alex Van Halen - drums, percussion
On hiatus
(2001-2002)
  • Eddie Van Halen - guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Michael Anthony - bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Alex Van Halen - drums, percussion
On hiatus
(2002-2003)
  • Eddie Van Halen - guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Alex Van Halen - drums, percussion
Van Halen
(2003-2004)
  • Sammy Hagar - lead vocals, rhythm guitar
  • Eddie Van Halen - lead guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Alex Van Halen - drums, percussion
Van Halen
(2004-2005)
  • Sammy Hagar - lead vocals, rhythm guitar
  • Eddie Van Halen - lead guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Michael Anthony - bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Alex Van Halen - drums, percussion
On hiatus
(2005)
  • Eddie Van Halen - guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Michael Anthony - bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Alex Van Halen - drums, percussion
On hiatus
(2005-2006)
  • Eddie Van Halen - guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Alex Van Halen - drums, percussion
On hiatus
(2006)
  • Eddie Van Halen - guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Wolfgang Van Halen - bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Alex Van Halen - drums, percussion
Van Halen
(2006-present)
  • David Lee Roth - lead vocals
  • Eddie Van Halen - guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Wolfgang Van Halen - bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Alex Van Halen - drums, percussion
  • Guitar Hero: Van Halen

Notes

  • Wolfgang Van Halen played rhythm guitar and sang backing vocals on some dates of the 2004 reunion tour.
  • Alan Fitzgerald played keyboards offstage for Van Halen tours in the early 1990s and in 2004.
  • Early in the band's career, they experimented with a keyboard player (somewhere between 1974 and 1978).
  • Alex Van Halen provides backing vocals in the studio.
  • From 1967-1972, Eddie Van Halen and Alex Van Halen begin learning instruments together, performing in various small venues. They then joined various "Top 40" cover bands.
  • Eddie Van Halen and Alex Van Halen formed their first band, Trojan Rubber Company, in 1971, which lasted until the formation of Mammoth in 1972.
  • From 1972–1973, Mammoth rented a PA system from David Lee Roth for 50 dollars a night. To save money, Roth joined the band.
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