There are several other examples of great bands and musicians putting out their best work in the 1st dozen to twenty years of their career and then for the most part "resting on their laurels." maybe recording a little and just performing their catalog of songs live for rest of their careers. Rolling Stones come to mind, but there are others. Sometimes management and finances push you in the direction of touring and performing instead of composing new material. Sometimes that's what the fan base wants. Also writer's block and the well runs dry. I'm glad we got what we did from Van Halen. RIP Eddie!Eight studio albums in the first dozen or so years with many of them stone cold classics. Then a mere four albums the past thirty years and only one of them in the past twenty years. That's a pretty serious drought for a group that never really disbanded. I wouldn't profess to know all the reasons why the output was so low as time marched on but I will state that, as a band, they had precious little to say the past twenty five years. I find that a little surprising considering how groundbreaking and successful they were as a band. It definitely wasn't the lack of a willing fan base.