Now Give The Drummer Some! Happy Birthday Alex Van Halen!

Coming from a musical family, Alex and his brother Eddie were trained as classical pianists. When Eddie bought a $125 drum kit, Alex would play it when his brother was out on his paper route trying to pay for it. Alex took to the drums quickly, and when he learned "Wipe Out" it became certain to the boys that Eddie should switch to guitar.

Check out the exhausting drumming during this clip of Van Halen playing "Hot For Teacher" at the Boston Garden in 2012. 

 
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