31 years ago today, Van Halen 5150 went No.1 the US and stayed on top for 3 weeks. It was the first album with Sammy Hagar and their first album to reach the top of the charts.To announce the dawn of Van Halen Mach II, 5150 opens with Sammy’s big voice saying, “Helloooo Baaybeeee!” This starts the loud and raucous Good Enough followed by the first “Van Hagar” hit, Why Can’t This Be Love. Not only did Sammy Hagar bring a whole new vocal dimension to compliment Eddie’s guitar wizardry, he was no slouch on guitar himself. The other big difference between this and the Diamond Dave Era, was the introduction of ballads to the catalog with Love Walks In and anthems with Dreams.

The made it to Maine with Sammy for the first time in the Summer of '86 for a sold-out two-night stand! Were you there?


Go backstage with Sammy, Eddie, Alex, and Michael on tour in ’86. Happy times. We miss these days. Maybe again someday? 

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