Back in the mid-1970s when Van Halen was forming, the band originally agreed on the name "Mammoth". When they found out later that "Mammoth" was already taken, it was Dave's idea to call the band Van Halen.
Attended John Muir High School in Pasadena, California. Graduated in 1972.
He was against having too many synthesizers in the Van Halen sound, especially during the 1984/"Jump" period, which was one of the things that led to his departure because he wanted more of a bluesy sound (according to Dave in his book "Crazy from the Heat"),.
Lead singer of Van Halen from the mid-'70s through 1985. He re-joined the band in 2007.
After an unsuccessful reunion attempt in 1996, he reconvened with Van Halen again in 2000. They recorded a couple of songs but soon parted ways due to legal reasons.
He will be training in New York City to be an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) 
Appeared on "The Sopranos: All Happy Families (#5.4)" (2004) playing himself in a VIP poker game that involves Tony Soprano.
Will start as an "all talk format" radio disc jockey in January 2006. He will replace Howard Stern on New York's K-Rock Station and some other US cities as well.
Obtained a Private Pilot license for rotorcraft-helicopter 12/12/2006.
Before 2007, his last two public appearances with the other members of Van Halen (besides Sammy Hagar) were at awards shows: in 1996 he appeared with Edward Van Halen, Alex Van Halen and Michael Anthony as a presenter at MTV's Video Music Awards; his last appearance before that was in 1985, as a nominee (with the other members of Van Halen) at the American Video Awards, a precursor to the MTV awards and produced by Casey Kasem. The last Video Music Awards show was held in 1987.