Relax people. Alex has not officially retired. He has turned 65 though, and since this is the age many people retire, I thought I would stir the pot a little. Here is a Top 11 (I could not knock it down to 10) Alex Van Halen tribute. Happy birthday dude.
11 -Girl Gone Bad – Too many people knock 1984 for the excessive use of keyboards, but the drums still sounded awesome.
10 – Loss Of Control – It sounds like complete control of the drums to me.
9 – Sinners Swing – This lesser known from Fair Warning has Alex pounding away.
8 – As Is – A Different Kind Of Truth may not have sold well, but I enjoyed the way it rocked. This song showed Alex still had it. It has kind of an 80’s Phil Collins sound, but don’t let that sway you.
7 – Big Bad Bill – He plays a ragtime beat along with his brother and dad. A fun bouncy tune that makes you smile.
6 – The Seventh Seal – Songs like this proved that Van Hagar could rock too.
5 – Drop Dead Legs – The quiet clicks of the cymbal mixed with the pounding drums really get me.
4 – Get Up – More Van Hagar rocking. Alex keeps up a frenetic pace here.
3 I’m The One – Yes Alex, you are.
2 Everybody Wants Some!! – The “jungle” beats used throughout the song are mesmerizing. Alex was so good he gets 2 exclamation points!!
1 Hot For Teacher – Another example of an all out rocker from 1984. The video is amazing and so is the drum intro in this one. It could be a vote for the top 100 drum songs of all time. So, so good.
Also rans: The drum solo in Light Up The Sky and Pleasure Dome are pretty awesome, and so is his versatility in Respect The Wind, and his backgound vocals on songs such as Could This Be Magic.