Alexander "Alex" Arthur Van Halen (born May 8, 1953) is a Dutch-born American musician, best known as the drummer and co-founder of the hard rock band Van Halen. Alex is the eldest member of the band. Originally, his brother Eddie had taken lessons for drums, while Alex practiced guitar. After spending time playing Eddie's drum kit, Alex became more skillful at the drums, (Eddie once mentioned "He could play Wipe Out and I couldn't, so I told him to keep the drums.") Alex stayed on them, and Eddie moved to guitar.
In 1974, the brothers, David Lee Roth, and Michael Anthony formed the final incarnation of a band they simply called Van Halen. They were signed to Warner Brothers in 1977 and released their first album in 1978. The two brothers are the only members of the band who have been in the band for its entire duration.
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