I am a big Van Halen fan. I've seen them twice in my lifetime, and I can say both times (once with Dave, once with Sammy) they were the best band I have ever seen live. To say that they've had an impact on music and popular culture is an understatement. I guess outside of album sales, concert ticket sales and other music related numbers, to be referenced in TV and movies is a sign that you've made it. Van Halen certainly has, just check out this You Tube tribute put together by Brian Bernhardt. It's Awesome!