Other singles released from the album performed well, particularly "Hot for Teacher," the video for which featured a skimpily dressed model playing the part of a female elementary school teacher and young actors portraying the band members as children. 2 on the Billboard charts, behind Michael Jackson's Thriller.Jimmy Page said at the time, "For my money, Van Halen was the first significant new kid on the block.
Roth left in September 1996 after the MTV Video Music Awards.
The band auditioned many prospective replacements for Hagar, finally settling on Gary Cherone, former frontman of Boston hard rock band Extreme.
Cherone predicted that the new lineup would last "10 years;" however, the Van Halen III (1998) album was poorly received.
The band completed a world tour with their new single Without You and returned to the studio to start on a second album.
Their self-titled debut album was recorded in mid-September to early October 1977, and was released on February 10, 1978.
Van Halen released a total of six albums with vocalist David Lee Roth: Van Halen (1978), Van Halen II (1979), Women and Children First (1980), Fair Warning (1981), Diver Down (1982), and 1984 (1984).He once claimed that he had learned almost all of Eric Clapton's solos in the band Cream "..for note." "I've always said Eric Clapton was my main influence," Van Halen said, "but Jimmy Page was actually more the way I am, in a reckless-abandon kind of way." Van Halen and Alex formed their first band with three other boys, calling themselves The Broken Combs, performing at lunchtime at Hamilton Elementary School in Pasadena, where Van Halen was in the fourth grade.Van Halen would later say that this was when he first felt the desire to become a professional musician.In February 1962, the Van Halen family moved to the United States, settling in Pasadena, California. Although they hated the commute, they continued as their mother would discipline them if they refused to go.Van Halen revealed in an interview that he never could read the music. During recitals of Bach or Mozart, he would simply wing it.After Eddie heard Alex's performance of The Surfaris' drum solo in the song Wipe Out, he decided to switch instruments and began learning how to play the electric guitar.