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When Van Halen released their self-titled debut album in 1978, fans hadn’t heard a guitar hero with such singular style since Jimi Hendrix shuffled off onto his final experience. Eddie Van Halen did things with his guitar that didn’t seem humanly possible – he could make it hum like a helicopter one minute and crush like a bulldozer the next. Backed by one of the hardest bands to ever plug in and turn the amps to 11, Eddie wasn’t Van Halen’s only star. With singer David Lee Roth at the mic, the group had a natural showman who wrapped 70 years’ worth of stage entertainment into one motor-mouthed fireball. Following ‘1984,’ which introduced synths to the group’s arsenal of instruments, Roth quit the band and was replaced by Sammy Hagar, a rock-music vet who gave the group some much needed melodic thrust and provided them with a series of hit records.

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Geffen

28 Years Ago: Sammy Hagar Releases (What He Thought Was) His Last Solo Album

With help on bass from Eddie Van Halen, Sammy Hagar bid farewell to his solo career - or so he thought.

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Ethan Miller / Kevin Winter, Getty Images
Ethan Miller / Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Eddie Van Halen on Michael Anthony: ‘I Had to Show Him How to Play … I Have More Soul as a Singer’

Eddie Van Halen says he's still enduring the ups and downs of his working relationship with David Lee Roth because it's what the fans want. The fans who want bassist Michael Anthony back in the lineup, however, are out of luck.

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Ethan Miller, Getty Images
Ethan Miller, Getty Images

Eddie Van Halen on David Lee Roth: ‘Act Like You’re 60′

In a new interview with Billboard, Eddie Van Halen says he didn't invite David Lee Roth back in the band for money — he did it for the fans.

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Warner Bros. / Hulton Archive, Getty Images
Warner Bros. / Hulton Archive, Getty Images

35 Years Ago: Van Halen and Rush Begin Beer-Fueled Backstage Beef

Drunken shenanigans in a hotel bar took place between Rush and Van Halen on June 20, 1980.

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How a Boxing Champion Named a Van Halen Album

Sammy Hagar explains how former boxing champion Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini named Van Halen's hit 1991 album, 'For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge.'

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Frank Micelotta, Hulton Archive / Getty Images

Sammy Hagar Claims Van Halen Are Trying to Prevent Him From Performing Songs They Wrote Together

Sammy Hagar's latest band, the Circle, delivers a hit-studded live show that offers classic cuts from throughout his career — but he claims Alex and Eddie Van Halen would love to prevent him from performing the songs they wrote and recorded together during his stint in Van Halen.

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Warner Bros. Records

11 Years Ago: Van Halen Mount Disastrous Reunion With Sammy Hagar

This reunion of Van Halen's most commercially successful lineup was contentious from the start.

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Ultimate Classic Rock
Ultimate Classic Rock

Four New Van Halen Remasters Now Available for Preorder

Remasters of four turn-of-the-'80s Van Halen albums, including 'Van Halen II,' 'Women and Children First,' 'Fair Warning' and 'Diver Down,' are now available for pre-order.

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Warner Bros. / Gramercy Pictures
Warner Bros. / Gramercy Pictures

Van Halen Song Provides Title for ‘Dazed and Confused’ Semi-Sequel

Van Halen's "Everybody Wants Some" will provide the title for Richard Linklater's long-awaited cinematic follow up to 1993's 'Dazed and Confused.'

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Scott Gries, Getty Images

Sammy Hagar Fires Back at David Lee Roth Over Van Halen Setlist

Sammy Hagar has taken to the airwaves to respond to Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth's pointed recent criticism of the so-called Van Hagar era.

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