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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.

How David Lee Roth Really Left Van Halen

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Like the histories of all great rock bands, Van Halen’s past includes some landmark dates.

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Watch More of Van Halen’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ Performance

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YouTube

David Lee Roth overcame a self-inflected nose bashing during Van Halen's special performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! — and the second half of the band's set is now online.

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David Lee Roth Injured During Van Halen’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ Performance

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Jeff Kravitz, Getty Images

David Lee Roth started Van Halen's performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! yesterday with some new hair on his recently shorn head, and finished it with a new bandage on his face.

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29 Years Ago: Sammy Hagar Plays His First Van Halen Concert

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Chris-Walter,-Getty-Images

On March 27, 1986, the city of Shreveport, La., bore witness to the very first public performance of Van Halen MKII.

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Van Halen Unveil ‘Pretty Woman’ Preview From ‘Tokyo Dome Live in Concert’

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Van Halen fans have early access to a couple more minutes from the band's new Tokyo Dome Live in Concert LP, courtesy of a freshly posted preview stream of the album's version of "Pretty Woman."

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The History of Van Halen on Late-Night TV

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NBC

The news that Van Halen will perform over two nights on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live caps an interesting history of late-night television appearances by the group and its members.

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35 Years Ago: Van Halen Jump Over the Edge With Their Third Album, ‘Women and Children First’

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Warner Bros. Records

Van Halen broke the hard-rock mold with their self-titled debut and its quickly released follow-up, Van Halen II.

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Van Halen Announce 2015 North American Tour

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Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Van Halen have announced a massive 2015 North American tour.

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Van Halen Post ‘Tokyo Dome’ Teaser Clip for ‘I’m the One’

VhTokyo

With just a few days remaining until Van Halen release Tokyo Dome Live in Concert on March 31, the band has posted a new preview from the album.

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John Bonham Vs. Alex Van Halen – March Drum Madness

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Led Zeppelin's John Bonham takes on Alex Van Halen of Van Halen in Ultimate Classic Rock's March Drum Madness.

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