Fair Warning (Van Halen album)


  • Vocals: David Lee Roth
  • Guitar, backing vocals: Eddie Van Halen
  • Drums: Alex Van Halen
  • Bass, backing vocals Michael Anthony

Fair Warning is the fourth studio album by the American rock band Van Halen, which was released on April 29, 1981 on the Warner Bros. label on record. The album reached double platinum in the United States. This makes it the least- selling album of the era with David Lee Roth, but was praised by critics.


During the recordings to Fair Warning, for the umpteenth time in Sunset Studio, there were tensions within the band. David Lee Roth separated himself a little, and Eddie Van Halen had already spoken with the other band mates that he might leave the band. However, his brother convinced him to stay. The album is considered the " darkest " of the previous Van Halen albums. It also contained no radio-friendly hits, which is why the label began to worry.

Success and criticism

Despite the problems the album on the Billboard 200 the # 5 spot on the website Allmusic.com it was by Stephen Thomas Erlewine as " dark, strange beast " referred to. But it show the full force of Van Halen better than any other album, so it was worth an occasional visit. The Album rating was 4 out of 5 stars.

Title list

All pieces were written by Anthony, Roth, Van Halen and Van Halen.