Alex Van Halen’s Autobiography ‘Brothers’ Coming This October

February 20, 2024

HarperCollins Publishers is releasing Van Halen drummer Alex Van Halen’s autobiography on October 22, 2024! The 384-page book has a sell price of $32.00 USD.

If you don’t know the back story – Alex and brother Eddie Van Halen formed a band called Mammoth in Pasadena, California, in 1972. They eventually renamed the band Van Halen when singer David Lee Roth joined, and later, bassist Michael Anthony.

As you know, Van Halen was one of the biggest rock bands of the ’80s and crushed the airwaves and MTV with songs like “Runnin’ With The Devil”, “Dance The Night Away”, “Hot For Teacher”, “Panama” and “Jump”. Sammy Hagar would go on to front the band after Roth’s departure and the band was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2007.

The Van Halen’s moved to Pasadena, California, after emigrating to the U.S. from the Netherlands in 1962.


Back in ’21, Sammy Hagar told Ultimate Classic Rock that he had tried to reach out to Alex after Eddie’s death, but couldn’t get ahold of him, “Alex just seems to he just doesn’t want to communicate with anybody. You know, Mike [Anthony, former Van Halen bassist] has reached out, and I reached out many times. I don’t know. I’m sure he’s still in pain from the whole thing, but I’m not dogging him. I’m just saying he just really doesn’t want to be friends or doesn’t want to communicate. I don’t know why, but we’ve still got the rest of our lives to work this out.”

When Alex turned 68 in May ’21, he shared the following statement: “First birthday without you, Ed. The view from my drum set will never be the same. VH forever!”

Eddie passed away (complications due to cancer) in October ’20 at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, California. Alex was by his side, so was Eddie’s son, Wolfgang.

Can’t wait to sink my teeth into Alex’s book! What’s your favourite rock read?


Written by Todd Hancock