Van Halen, both the band and guitarist Eddie, have given a lot to the music industry. Their synth-backed glam metal style helped bring forward the bombastic California glam movement of the 80s, they introduced contract riders which in tern made promoters produce safer shows, and in 1984, Eddie Van Halen occupied both the number one and two spot on the Billboard 200, with appearances on Van Halen's 1984 and Michael Jackson's Thriller.
Fast forward to 1998 and things are very different.
Grunge swallowed up and spat out glam metal, neither of Van Halen's talismanic frontmen are with the band and Van Halen III is a drab mess that sounds like a constant clash between the music and vocals. After this, the band went into a hiatus from the public.
Not one to be deterred, Van Halen reunited with David Lee Roth (again) and brought in Eddie's son Wolfgang as the band's new bassist for A Different Kind of Truth in 2012. Harkening back to the glory days, the album performed considerably well and featured some of Eddie's best guitar work in years.
Cheesier than halloumi fries dipped in fondue.