Today (5/8) is Alex Van Halen’s birthday.  Let’s celebrate this awesome drummer’s special day with some facts you probably never knew about him & check out an awesome video displaying his crazy drum solo techniques. 

Alex Was Supposed To Play Guitar, Edddie Drums

Originally Alex was learning guitar, while Eddie was taking up the drums. Eventually, both brothers switched instruments

Alex Is An Ordained Minsiter

Alex quit alcohol cold turkey in 1987. Since then, he became an ordained minsiter. He even presided over his brother Eddie’s marriage in 2009.

Alex Has Never Played On Any Record Without A Van Halen

While Eddie has played on a variety of other artist’s albums, including Michael Jackson’s, Alex has only played on records featuring a Van Halen. He’s only played on Van Halen albums and 1 track on the ‘Twister’ soundtrack. That track was a song he did with brother, Eddie.

Alex’s Dad Is A Jazz Musician

Alex didn’t come to the US until he was 9 years old. He was born in Holland. His dad was a jazz musician. He actually plays on ‘Big Bad Bill’ a tune from Van Halen’s ‘Diver Down’ record.

Alex Van Halen - Drum Solo Complete

Live at Selland Arena, Fresno, CA 1992