After graduation from Wakefield High School, Arlington, he joined the Maryland-based band Mannekin and stayed with them until disbanding in 1990. Soon thereafter he was invited to Tony MacAlpine"s Eyes Of The World Tour, replacing Alan Sehorn
In 1992 he was with Crimson Glory to replace vocalist Midnight, but left the band shortly before they disbanded the same year. A few years later he together with former musicians of Crimson Glory formed Crush (1995), renamed to Erotic Liquid Culture (1996)
In mid-90s he auditioned with Michael Schenker Group, which resulted in three tours during 1997–1999 (United States of America, Japan, Europe).
He was invited by Michael Schenker again for 2011 (Temple Of Rock South American Tour), and 2012 (Temple Of Rock North American Tour), to replace Robin McAuley who was dealing with health issues.
Also, Schenker wrote that he and Van Landing were planning a special show together on the Axes and Anchors cruise. February 2016. Between the tours VanLanding was teaching voice, fronting various bands and talking part is some cover bands.
VanLanding died on November 17, 2015 in a car accident, collision with a dump truck in Clearwater, Florida.
Michael Schenker Group. Crimson Glory.