Alex Van Halen

  • American musician
  • Born May 8, 1953

Alexander Arthur van Halen (born May 8, 1953 in Amsterdam) is a Dutch-American musician who is the drummer and co-founder of the hard rock band Van Halen. The band was formed in 1974 by Alex Van Halen; his younger brother, Eddie Van Halen; David Lee Roth; and Michael Anthony. Warner Brothers signed the band in 1977, and its debut album was released in 1978. Alex and Eddie Van Halen are the only members of Van Halen who have been in the band throughout its existence.

Sammy and I got together and it was like we hadn't missed a beat.

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

We're very needy people, you know.

It's unfortunate nine years were in between - you can't take that time back; you can't undo it.

You come to the planet with nothing and you leave with nothing, so you'd better do some good while you are here.

You don't leave behind box office scores or how many dollars changed hands.

Meaning that if you live in the moment, so to speak, we play today, and tonight we're done.

Everybody has a high point and a lot goes into that: timing, situation, general consciousness.

We're having a blast. Just four friends getting together.

Nobody sets out to make a bad record.

When you leave the planet, you leave music behind.

Music is a dialogue.

At our age, you don't want to stop.

Some things are impossible.

Whatever our personal differences are, there are no bigger fans of this band than the people who are in this band.

On a personal level, we all get along fine.

Yeah, we have our differences, but we put those aside, and now we're making music. It's great.

Van Halen is a work in progress.

It's part of our nature. As much as I love (brother and guitarist Eddie), if you put us in a room with no one else for 15 minutes, we'd be at each other's throats.

When the tour is done, that's the end of the U.S. tour. We'll regroup and see what we're going to do.

There is a volatile mix, and that's because we're all intense. And there's no denying that.

There's nothing worse than having everybody thinking alike, talking alike and having the same direction in mind. It gets stale that way.