I'm curious, I've read in several threads both here and at the Army about 2006 being Van Halen's 30th anniversary. My question is, anniversary of what?!? As far as I know, Van Halen formed with Eddie, Alex, Mike and Dave in 1974 and their first record was in 1978, so what is the signifigance of 1976?

I'm either totally oblivious to some very important event in Van Halen's history, or it is a totally obscure event that some deem worthy of recognizing as a 30th anniversary. Just curious, please enlighten me.