The Real Reason David Lee Roth Named The Band Van Halen

For a time, Eddie and Alex Van Halen considered the name “Rat Salad,” a song by the iconic British heavy metal band Black Sabbath. “We played just about every Black Sabbath song,” Eddie told Guitar World in 2013. “I used to sing lead on every Black Sabbath song we did” (via Rock and Roll Garage).

But David Lee Roth wasn’t too fond of the name. Instead, the singer suggested simply using the last name of the brothers –- a name that originated from The Netherlands, where they were born and raised during their formative years before moving to the United States in 1962 (via New Netherland Institute).

According to Society of Rock, Lee Roth believed Van Halen “was more than just a name,” and would be a better fit to form “their identity” as a rock group. In 1978, soon after the name change, the band released their self-titled debut album (via Van Halen News Desk), which featured the songs “Runnin’ With The Devil,” “Ain’t Talkin’ ’bout ‘Love,” and a cover of “You Really Got Me” by The Kinks.

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