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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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Van Halen ‘Summer Nights’ vs. Chicago, ‘Saturday in the Park’: Greatest Summer Song Battle

The second round of our Greatest Summer Song Battle puts Van Halen up against Chicago.

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Rob Kim / Ethan Miller, Getty Images

Dee Snider Takes Sides in Van Halen Feud: ‘Eddie’s Out of His Mind’

Dee Snider has never been shy about commenting on the state of rock, and the things rockers do. This time, he's taking aim at Van Halen.

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Van Halen, ‘Beautiful Girls’ vs. Bryan Adams, ‘Summer of ’69′: Greatest Summer Song Battle

Van Halen's 'Beautiful Girls' faces Bryan Adams' 'Summer of '69' in Ultimate Classic Rock's Greatest Summer Song battle.

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Van Halen, ‘Summer Nights’ vs. Queens of the Stone Age, ‘Feel Good Hit of the Summer’: Greatest Summer Song Battle

Van Halen's "Summer Nights" lines up against "Feel Good Hit of the Summer" by Queens of the Stone Age in the first round of our Greatest Summer Song battle

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Warner Bros.

11 Years Ago: Van Halen and Sammy Hagar Reunite for Three New ‘Best of Both Worlds’ Tracks

Van Halen reunited with Sammy Hagar for three new songs in 2004, then mounted a tour that would cause an irreparable rift.

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Slash

The Night Van Halen Posed as Punks

Punk was ascendant on the Sunset Strip in the late '70s, creating a schism between fans of rock's aggressive new style and its old guard — and even though they were just starting out, the guys in Van Halen found themselves squarely on the latter side of the line.

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Win Van Halen Concert Tickets!

We're teaming up with Live Nation to give away a pair of Van Halen concert tickets to any show on their 2015 summer tour each day this week.

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David Lee Roth Makes Bill Cosby Joke

David Lee Roth made light of the rape accusations made at comedian Bill Cosby on July 9.

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YouTube

Watch Van Halen’s ‘Eruption’ Make an Appearance in a ‘Minions’ Clip

Those gibberish-spewing, pill-shaped Minions spend much of their new movie in search of an evil master to serve, but they also make a little time to rock.

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Ethan Miller, Getty Images

Billy Sheehan Remembers Almost Joining Van Halen

If the only way you could join your favorite band was by costing one of its members their job, would you still want to do it? Bassist Billy Sheehan had to answer that question the hard way after getting an enticing invitation from Van Halen.

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